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Deep Dive collections

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The Santa Ana Public Library is partnering with Discovery Cube - Orange County to offer Santa Ana students and families interested in learning more about their favorite Discovery Cube programs and exhibits an opportunity for a “deep dive” into a specially curated collection of books, e-books, audiobooks and a variety of other materials that can be accessed online, in-person, or through the Library’s curbside pickup service. Santa Ana Unified School District students will be able to use their Student Success Library Card (Student ID number) to checkout all library materials. Call the Information Desk at 714-647-5264 if you need assistance.

The following lists are curated by the SAPL librarians:

Habitat Diorama

1 Amara and the Bats

by Reynolds, Emma

Amara loves bats, so when she learns there are none near her new home due to habitat loss, she overcomes her feelings of helplessness and inspires her community to take action. Includes facts about bats and bat houses.

1 The Bear Report

by Heder, Thyra

What's there to say about polar bears? They're big. They're mean. They eat things. Bor-ing. At least that's how Sophie feels when she sits down to do her homework.

But then something decidedly unboring happens--Sophie is whisked away to the Arctic by a jovial polar bear named Olafur. In a whirlwind of a day, he shows the reluctant Sophie the many brilliant things there are to see in his home, from glacier mice to the northern lights. Sophie begins to learn that the polar bear's home is so much more than a barren, frozen land. It's a world filled with life, adventure--and a new friend.

1 A Whale of the Wild

by Parry, Rosanne

In the stand-alone companion to the New York Times-bestselling A Wolf Called Wander, a young orca whale must lead her brother on a tumultuous journey to be reunited with their pod. This gorgeously illustrated animal adventure novel explores family bonds, survival, global warming, and a changing seascape. Includes information about orcas and their habitats.

For Vega and her family, salmon is life. And Vega is learning to be a salmon finder, preparing for the day when she will be her family's matriarch. But then she and her brother Deneb are separated from their pod when a devastating earthquake and tsunami render the seascape unrecognizable. Vega must use every skill she has to lead her brother back to their family. The young orcas face a shark attack, hunger, the deep ocean, and polluted waters on their journey. Will Vega become the leader she's destined to be

A Whale of the Wild weaves a heart-stopping tale of survival with impeccable research on a delicate ecosystem and threats to marine life. New York Times-bestselling author Rosanne Parry's fluid writing and Lindsay Moore's stunning artwork bring the Salish Sea and its inhabitants to vivid life. An excellent read-aloud and read-alone, this companion to A Wolf Called Wander will captivate fans of The One and Only Ivan and Pax.

1 Rescue at Lake Wild

by Johnson, Terry Lynn

In this funny and moving animals-in-peril adventure, a twelve-year-old girl and her two best friends determine to rescue two orphaned beaver kits--and soon find themselves trying to solve a local environmental crisis. Perfect for fans of Pax and A Boy Called Bat.

1 La Escuela Sabana

by Oro, Begoäna

En la escuela Sabana hay animales de muchos tipos y todos dicen siempre al entrar: « Buenos d as por la ma ana , bueno, todos no. La jirafa Julia tiene una lengua muy larga y se hace un l o con las palabras. Ella dice: « Es d a sand a o d a banana? . Todos se r en de ella. Todos menos Paco, que siempre la defiende y trata de animarla.

Pero, qu es un «d a sand a ? Y un «d a banana ?

1 Bajo Tus Pies

by Stroud, Jacqueline L.

Hongos, lombrices, ej rcitos de hormigas, topos, organismos microsc picos... Sab as que aproximadamente un tercio de las criaturas del planeta viven en el suelo? Bajo tus pies se esconde un fascinante mundo lleno de vida que sirve de hogar a miles de especies y es la base de la vida en la Tierra. Cu nto sabes sobre lo que pisas?

Descubre c mo sobreviven las plantas en la aridez del desierto, c mo crecen los hongos o c mo puede ayudar el suelo a frenar el cambio clim tico. Con sencillos textos educativos e infinidad de datos curiosos, este libro sobre naturaleza es perfecto para acercar a los m s j venes el asombroso mundo que yace bajo nuestro pies, ampliar conocimientos sobre el mundo natural y tomar consciencia sobre la realidad de los recursos del suelo y problemas como la deforestaci n, la desertificaci n o la sobreexplotaci n.

Sab as que la caca de las lombrices ayuda a que crezcan las plantas o que existen gusanos tan grandes como serpientes? Aprende fascinantes datos sobre el mundo subterr neo y conoce asombrosas criaturas como el topo estrellado en este incre ble libro a todo color que combina fotograf a con divertidas ilustraciones y explicaciones sobre la biolog a y geolog a del suelo y su asombrosa biodiversidad.

Un entretenido libro infantil para ni os de 7 a 9 a os amantes de los animales y plantas, peque os ge logos, y cualquier ni o con inter s por descubrir el funcionamiento de los ecosistemas subterr neos, de cuyo equilibrio depende la vida de las plantas, los animales y los seres humanos.

1 Bosques

by Hansen, Grace

Readers will learn about the three major forest biomes, which are temperate, boreal, and rain forests. The text will focus on the climate, plants, and animals that are found in forests around the world. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Abdo Kids is a division of ABDO. Translated by native Spanish speakers--and immersion school educators. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Abdo Kids Jumbo is an imprint of Abdo Kids, a division of ABDO.

1 Pax

by Pennypacker, Sara, Klassen, Jon

Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild.

At his grandfather's house, three hundred miles away from home, Peter knows he isn't where he should be—with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox.

1 Hoot

by Hiaasen, Carl

Everybody loves Mother Paula's pancakes. Everybody, that is, except the colony of cute but endangered owls that live on the building site of the new restaurant. Can the awkward new kid and his feral friend prank the pancake people out of town? Or is the owls' fate cemented in pancake batter?

1 Ecosistemas

by Rice, William B.

¡Existen diferentes tipos de ecosistemas en todo el mundo! Un ecosistema es la forma en que los seres vivos de una zona se comportan entre sí y usan recursos como el suelo, el agua y el sol. ¡Aprende todo sobre la ciencia detrás de los ecosistemas en este fascinante lector! Las imágenes vibrantes son acompañadas de texto fácil de leer para mantener la atención de los estudiantes de principio a fin. Este lector también incluye instrucciones para una actividad de ciencias interesante donde los estudiantes pueden conducir su propio experimento científico para ver cómo pueden cambiar el equilibrio de algo. También se incluye un glosario y un índice útiles como complementos adicionales.

1 Organismos Consumidores (Consumers)

by Hansen, Grace

The food chain is an incredible and delicate system that shows the flow of energy throughout an ecosystem. This title explains what this energy is, how it is used, and what consumers are and how they are a part of the food chain. The book is complete with colorful photographs and clear and informative photo diagrams and text. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Abdo Kids Jumbo is an imprint of Abdo Kids, a division of ABDO. Translated by native Spanish speakers—and immersion school educators.

1 Redes de Alimentos (Food Webs)

by Hansen, Grace

This title shows how the many food chains in an ecosystem come together and overlap to create food webs. This title explains what a food chain and food web is and the major players that make them, like producers, consumers, and decomposers. The book is complete with colorful photographs and clear and informative photo diagrams and text. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Abdo Kids Jumbo is an imprint of Abdo Kids, a division of ABDO. Translated by native Spanish speakers—and immersion school educators.

Rolling Animal Discovery

1 Me--Jane

by McDonnell, Patrick

In this inspiring true tale of Jane Goodall's early years, bestselling author Patrick McDonnell gently reminds readers that with determination, you really can make your dreams come true.

1 The Last Bear

by Gold, Hannah

There are no polar bears left on Bear Island. At least, that's what April's father tells her when his scientific research takes them to a faraway Arctic outpost for six months. But one night, April catches a glimpse of something distinctly bear shaped loping across the horizon. A polar bear who shouldn't be there--who is hungry, lonely, and a long way from home. As their unlikely bond grows, April is determined to save her new friend--and so begins the biggest and most important journey of her life.

1 Project Startup

by Alexander, Heather

Hallie and Jaye are two very different sixth graders who both attend Brookdale Middle School. When they get paired as partners for their business class pitch competition, it's not exactly a perfect match. Jaye doesn't want to be seen with the kid who was called Bug Girl after eating a fried cricket during a trip to the zoo! But they're stuck with each other, and together try to come up with creative ways to sell bugs as food. As the competition heats up, can Hallie and Jaye make the judges say Bug appétit! or will they only hear crickets?

Based on the true story of a sustainable protein start-up company, this relatable illustrated novel is a heartwarming reimagining for any middle-grade reader interested in STEM, entrepreneurship, or fitting in and finding friends. Bonus material includes a Cricket Cookie Recipe in the back of the book as well as an interview with the creators. Chirps founders Rose Wang and Laura D'Asaro met as freshmen at Harvard University and cooked up the concept of selling chips made with cricket flour to help Americans feel more comfortable eating bugs. Together, Rose and Laura appeared on the TV show Shark Tank to pitch their idea and landed a deal with Mark Cuban. Chirps chips are now sold in stores across the nation.

1 ¡Mira, una medusa!

by Kenan, Tessa

Sab as que las medusas pican a sus presas? Aprende m s sobre las fascinantes criaturas que viven en cada oc ano de la Tierra. Las fotos frescas y vibrantes involucran a los lectores j venes mientras construyen las primeras habilidades de lectura de no ficci n.

Zap Did you know that jellyfish sting their prey? Read on and learn more about the fascinating creatures that live in every ocean on Earth. In this Spanish-language edition, carefully leveled text and fresh, vibrant photos engage young readers as they build early nonfiction reading skills.

1 Los Orangutanes Infantes

by Nilsen, Genevieve

In Orangutan Infants, emergent readers learn how baby orangutans live in the trees and learn from their mothers as they grow up in the rain forest. Carefully crafted text, high-frequency words, repetitive sentence patterns, and strong visual references support emergent readers.

Orangutan Infants includes tools for caregivers, as well as introductory nonfiction features such as labels, a table of contents, words to know, index, a Let's Review image and question.

1 Egg Marks the Spot

by Timberlake, Amy, Klassen, Jon

Buried in the heart of every animal is a secret treasure. For rock scientist Badger, it’s the Spider Eye Agate he found as a cub, stolen years ago by his crafty cousin, Fisher. For Badger’s roommate, Skunk, the treasure is Sundays with the New Yak Times Book Review. When an old acquaintance, Mr. G. Hedgehog, announces his plan to come for the Book Review as soon as it thumps on the doorstep, Skunk decides an adventure will solve Badger’s problems as well as his own. Surprisingly, Badger agrees. Together they set off on an agate-finding expedition at Badger’s favorite spot on Endless Lake.

1 The Worm Whisperer

by Hicks, Betty, Hatke, Ben

Ellis Coffey loves animals. He spends so much time outdoors that sometimes he thinks he can talk with them. When he discovers a caterpillar that seems to follow his directions, he knows he has a chance to win the annual Woolly Worm race. The prize money is $1,000—exactly the amount of the deductible for his dad's back surgery. If Ellis is right and he can train his woolly worm to be the fastest in the county, he's sure can solve all his family's problems. But when you're trying to talk to insects, nothing is as simple as it seems.

1 La melena de la leona

by Kompelien, Tracy

Laura Lion envies the handsome new mane her best friend Leo grows over the summer. Contains facts about lions.

1 Los Invertebrados Increíbles (Incredible Invertebrates)

by Housel, Debra J.

Did you know that most animals in the world don't have backbones? Learn more about invertebrates in this engaging, Spanish-translated nonfiction book. Readers will learn all about mollusks, arthropods, arachnids, and crustaceans while being stimulated from cover to cover with its detailed images and charts, intriguing facts, and informative text.

1 Reptiles y Anfibios Reptantes (Slithering Reptiles and Amphibians)

by Housel, Debra J.

Take a journey into the wild world of reptiles and amphibians! Readers will learn about crocodiles, lizards, snakes, tortoises, and salamanders. Featuring a glossary, index, colorful images and charts, intriguing facts, and clear, informative text, readers will be sure to be enthralled as they move through this engaging, Spanish-translated book.


1 Don't Bug Me

by Zollman, Pam

When Megan must collect twenty-five insects for a school project, her little brother's interference and a classmate's teasing make the task difficult, and reveal that she does not know either of them as well as she thought.

1 Bugging Out

by Kloepfer, John

The only thing worse than monsters Bugs. Billions of them.Just when Freddie Liddle thought he could catch a break, a new kind of terror infests his town: slimy, disgusting, man-eating, self-replicating bugs. But these aren't just any pests-these bugs were 3D printed by Freddie's classmate Trevor, and they're stronger, faster, and meaner than any other insect on earth.Now it's up to Freddie, his new friends, and their pet monsters to stop these bad bugs before they devour everything in sight. The kids start crunching, stomping, and smashing, but as the bugs get bigger, the chances of winning against them get smaller.d

1 Pedro y Sus Insectos

by Manushkin, Fran

A school assignment has Pedro collecting bugs, bugs, and more bugs But what happens when his brother Paco lets them all out? This easy-to-read chapter book is a fun addition for units on insects and includes a glossary, discussion questions, and writing prompts.

1 El Gran Libro de los Bichos

by Zommer, Yuval

How slowly does a snail move? Are insects afraid of the dark? Why do ants walk in line? This oversized, illustrated book answers these and many more questions about insects of all kinds. Children are also invited to find all the insects hidden in the artwork

1 De Huevo a Saltamontes

by Hansen, Grace

Introduction to the life cycle and characteristics of grasshoppers.

1 The End of the Beginning

by Avi

Avon the snail has never had an adventure. And adventure, he has heard, is the key to a happy life. So he sets out on an exciting journey with his new pal, Edward, a thoughtful but misinformed ant. Together they meet all manner of wise, weird, and intriguing creatures—including a dragon!—and discover that even tiny adventures can broaden your view of the world.

1 The Way of the Hive

by Hosler, Jay

Nyuki is a brand-new honeybee—and she has a lot of questions. Like

When does a bee go through metamorphosis?
Why does a queen bee sometimes leave her hive?
And where does all this honey come from, anyway?!
But Nyuki's biggest question is, "What is this inner voice I hear, and why does it tell me to go forth to adventure?

Follow Nyuki on a lifelong journey as she annoys her sisters, avoids predators, and learns to trust her inner voice as she masters the way of the hive.

And if you still have questions at the end, the back of the book uncovers even more mysteries about the lives of these incredible insects!

1 Si yo fuera un saltamontes / If I Were a Grasshopper

by Halpert, Laine C., Jiménez, Alberto

Grasshoppers can hop. They can also fly. What else can grasshoppers do? In this book, readers will view the world through the eyes of a grasshopper and learn about what it's like to be a bug. Age-appropriate text is perfect for emerging readers or for reading aloud to younger listeners. Each spread features bright, full-color illustrations to help children make connections with the text. A picture glossary and index introduce readers to important nonfiction text elements.

1 Los Insectos

by McDowell, Pamela

Did you know that caterpillars crawl very slowly? They turn into insects that use wings to fly very fast. Young readers will discover the differences between these insect opposites and more in Insects, a Science Opposites book.The AV2 Spanish language collection gives emerging bilingual readers access to both a printed Spanish book and an eBook that provides both Spanish and English translations of the text.

1 ¿Cuál es tu potencial? La energía del movimiento

by McNeilly, Linden

How objects store and exert energy.
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