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Students start learning about Ohio Animals in elementary school.  Here are some free library resources to help children learn more about the animals that reside in Ohio:


Amazing insects and spiders by George C. McGavin 

This book discusses the life cycles as well as physical characteristics and behaviors of spiders and bugs including praying mantises and jumping spiders.

Curious Critters  by David FitzSimmons 

A fascinating nonfiction book that includes striking photographs of various animals found in North America along with engaging text for children.  In the back of the book, there is detailed information about each animal and life-size silhouettes that have each animal numbered so the reader can guess which silhouette belongs to which animal.  

Eat like a Bear  by April Pulley Sayre 

The book follows a grizzly bear after he wakes up from hibernation and is searching for food.  The collage illustrations enhance the story and vividly show the variety of things that bear eat like plants, dead bison, parsnip stems, dandelions, ants, elks, trouts, ground squirrels, moths, berries, and pinecones.  

Fun facts about snakes! by Carmen Bredeson 

This book discusses what snakes eat, where they live, how they move and their behaviors.

Hello, squirrels!: scampering through the seasons by Linda Glaser 

This book depicts a year in the life of a squirrel family, through the seasons.  The book is packed with factual information like a squirrel’s life cycle, what squirrels eat, and how they communicate. 

Lizards, Frogs, and Polliwogs by Douglas Florian 

A wide variety of poems about reptiles and amphibians such as tortoises, box turtles, newts, bullfrogs, polliwogs, pythons, spring peepers, and Gila monsters.  The watercolor on primed brown paper bags with collage illustrations adds to the entertaining and silly animal poems.  

Lost in the Woods by Carl R. Sams II & Jean Stoick 

This stunning photographic story tells the tale of a young fawn looking for his mother while encountering various animals like the red-winged blackbird, mouse, chipmunk, cardinal, goslings, tree frog, katydid, squirrel, dragonfly, turtle, and owl.  Little fawn finds his mother and discovers that she left because her scent will attract predators.  

Owls by Mary R. Dunn 

An interesting nonfiction book for early readers about owls; how they look, how they find food, their lifespan, and their young.  There is a table of contents, glossary, and a list of books to read if they want more information about owls.


Diary of a worm by Doreen Cronin 

A funny recording of a young worm finding out that being a worm can be good and also not so good.

Frogs by Gail Gibbons and read by Christina Moore 

A great recording for early elementary children to listen to learn lots of facts about frogs; the life cycle of frogs, what they eat, their predators, the important role frogs play in nature and the differences between frogs and toads.


Animal Songs & Stories by Susie Tallman & Friends 

A collection of fun, upbeat, and entertaining songs that feature popular animal songs like Little Bunny Foo Foo, Mmm Ahh Went the Little Green Frog, & Five Little Speckled Frogs.

Zoos by Kim Mitzo Thompson& Karen Mitzo Hilderbrand 

A collection of bubbly songs that includes facts about the various animals that are applied to Ohio animals like “What is a mammal?,” “What is a reptile?,” “What are amphibians?,” & “If only I could leave my shell.”


The Fascinating World of Insects 

An interesting look into the world of insects, featuring mosquitoes, bees, ants, butterflies, dragonflies, praying mantises, grasshoppers, fireflies, and ladybugs.  

Reading Rainbow Stellaluna 

LeVar Burton hosts the television Reading Rainbow and this show features the book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon.  After Stellaluna, bat expert, Dr. Merlin Tuttle, shows us a bat cave and shares lots of bat facts.  Then the video shows Jessica, a young girl, who takes part in a sleep study at the New York University Sleep Center.


A video of the picture book The Ant and the Grasshopper by Rebecca and Ed Emberley paired with the nonfiction book Inside an Ant Colony by Allan Fowler.  There are several different animal stories on Bookflix under the Animals and Nature category. 

Cloud Library /find/digital-resources

Eaudiobook – Let’s Look at Bats by Ruth Berman

Ebook – Fly Guy Presents: Snakes by Tedd Arnold

Hoopla /find/digital-resources

Eaudiobook – Wolves by Michael Dahl 

Ebook – Cardinals by Lisa J. Amstutz 

Ohio Digital Library or Libby app /find/digital-resources

Audiobooks such as Monarch Butterfly by Gail Gibbons

Ebooks such as Over in the Forest by Marianne Berkes


Discovery kit 5. Insects, level 1  

This ready-to-use kit is designed to engage children ages 4-8 and enhance their understanding of insects. Each kit includes books, one or more DVDs and CDs, several hands-on games, and activities related to insects.

Discovery kit 6. Insects, level 2 

This ready-to-use kit is designed to engage children ages 8-12 and enhance their understanding of insects.  Each kit includes books, a DVD, manipulatives, and hands-on activities.

For more information about library materials and resources about Ohio animals contact your local library location.


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