03 July 2007

Going Batty

Since Bug had such a fabulous time watching the bats at the Oregon zoo during our vacation, we got a bunch of bat books from the library after we got home. I am so impressed with how many cute bat books we found, so I am sharing some of our favorites today.

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon is a cute fiction book about a baby bat that gets separated from her mama and gets raised by a mama bird. The illustrations are just adorable!

Bats at the Beach by Brian Lies is definitely our favorite. It is about all the bats meeting at the beach on a perfect moonlit night and what they do (bug-mallow roast is one thing). We have read this one just about every night since we checked it out!

Little Lost Bat by Sandra Markle and Alan Marks is about a little Mexican free-tailed bat that loses its mother and a mama bat that loses her baby. The mama bat adopts the little orphan. Although this book is fiction, the notes at the end of the book suggest that it may be an explanation of a significant number of Mexican free-tailed bat mama-baby pairs found by researchers that don't share common DNA.

Bats by Tony Hutson is a longer, non-fiction book all about bats. We have started a habit of having a non-fiction "chapter book" that we read a chapter before bed. The more memorable ones include a biography of Jackie Robinson, a book about weather, a book about animal classification. Since we finished Bats, we have been working on Built to Last, a book about big, cool engineering projects in the U.S.

Shadows of Night: The Hidden World of the Little Brown Bat by Barbara Bash. This book is also non-fiction, but reads more like a story, going through a year in the life of the Little Brown Bat.

Other than going crazy at the library, we have been making regular trips to close park, "Keys" park, the coffee shop, the grocery store, and all our other favorite haunts.

I haven't been blogging very regularly and have gotten behind in my blog reading again...my laptop has been acting flaky at times, which with the time we spend outside, can really cut down on computer time! I'll work on getting caught up again...


Marianne said...

I think it's just a little harder finding the blogging and computer time when the weather is nice and you end up spending more time outside, and later due to lingering light...ahh, Summer!
Conor went through the bat phase, we still loves us the bats, he's into everything natural science.. Gracie likes the gardening and anything funny...

Sounds like good times are being made :^)

Namma said...

What fun! I would love to become a member of your batty "book club." It sounds like the littles are enjoying a wide variety of reading materials, in addition to the current batmania. I'm glad to see, though, that our friends, the bats, are so well represented in literature, especially in fun children's literature.

knottykitty said...

Wow, I had no idea there were so many bat books to be had! You are such a fun mom to indulge all of those flights of fancy of the little ones as they come up! :)