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 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.
- Pet Safety
Books and Videos for Curbside Pickup
by Hughes, Catherine D.
Playful puppies! Cuddly kittens! Beautiful birds! Learn all about pets with fur, feathers, fins, scales, and shells-and how to find and care for the perfect family pet.
by Jeffrey, Laura S.
Would I be happy with a gerbil or a guinea pig? With help from American Humane, readers learn about different small mammals and how to choose the right one. Readers will learn about how to take care of a small mammal.
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by Armentrout, David.
The perfect introduction to being a pet owner for the child ready to get a kitten.
by Maribeth Boelts, David M. Walker
Adopting a shelter dog can come with many questions, but also endless love.
A little boy imagines what life was like for his new dog before he adopted him from a shelter. Maybe he had a boy who loved him, but the family had to move and couldn't keep him. Maybe he belonged to someone who didn't appreciate how mischievous puppies can be. Maybe he was treated badly, and now he can be shown all the love he's been missing. This boy wonders about all of these things, but maybe they don't matter. Because now, his dog is home.
by Elizabeth Verdick, Marieka Heinlen
Pets may not have words, but they can communicate. Paying attention to an animal's cues—a joyful bark, a scary growl, a swishing tail—can help a child understand what the animal is "saying" and what an appropriate response might be. That's part of what this book is about. But mostly it's about showing children how to love pets gently—because pets are for loving, after all. Kids learn that teasing isn't nice, that they can choose to be kind to animals, and that if you want to touch someone else's pet, there's one important rule you should know: Ask the owner first! Read-along edition.
by Mercer Mayer
Little Critter loves his pets! Meet his fish, frog, cat, and dog in this Step 2 Deluxe Step into Reading leveled reader, first published in 1988! With over 30 shiny stickers, this book is perfect for children ages 4 to 6. Step 2 Readers use basic vocabulary and short sentences to tell simple stories. For children who recognize familiar words and can sound out new words with help.
by Mary Man-Kong
Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. This Step 3 Step into Reading leveled reader is perfect for boys and girls ages 4 to 6!
by Megan McDonald, Erwin Madrid
Dr. Judy knows a sick pet when she sees one, and Jaws the Venus flytrap is for-sure sick. Time for some urgent care and first aid! Judy Moody, pet vet, will never rest in her efforts to nurse Jaws back to health. In her quest for a medical miracle, Judy finds herself wrangling an unruly toad and seeking help from Mouse, the mind-reading cat. Nothing will stand in the way of Judy's search for a cure. Not even the fearsome Carnivoria vampira! From Megan McDonald comes this selection of three mini-stories just right for luring young readers into the Moody universe.
by Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao
Having spent twenty-seven years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes.
by Jacobs, Pat, Ochoa, Santiago
From where they sleep to what they eat and how you can make them feel safe and at home, this book gives you all the pet care advice you need to become a hamster's best pal. Learn the inside information on how hamsters communicate, what games they like to play, and how to understand their behavior, so you can build a bond with your pet that will last a lifetime.
- Feed the Birds
Books and Videos for Curbside Pickup
by Franco, Betsy
Young readers can celebrate the birds in their own neighborhoods with this lyrical picture book that helps them learn to count backwards from ten to one.
by Baker, Keith
Explore colors and patterns with a zipping hummingbird in a new board book of a Keith Baker favorite!
by Otten, Jack
Kids love arts and crafts, and learning to follow instructions is a key part of all child development. This series focuses on different fun activities kids can do - making a mask or a bird feeder, painting a picture, and planting a garden. Colorful photographs throughout illustrate the step-by-step processes.
by Dolch, Edward W.
Stories about a crow, blue jay, robin, mynah bird, and mallard duck, for beginning readers. Emphasis is on reading rather than pictures.
by Stark-McGinnis, Sandy
Eleven-year-old December waits to sprout wings and fly away, until a new foster mother changes her perspective on home and family.
by Voigt, Cynthia
Celebrated Newbery Medalist Cynthia Voigt introduces Little Bird, a tiny crow with a big imagination and an even bigger heart, in this timeless read-alone and read-aloud just right for the young middle grade audience. Little Bird features black-and-white illustrations by Newbery Medalist Lynne Rae Perkins throughout.
by Thomas, Peggy
Roger Tory Peterson revolutionized the way we look at and appreciate birds, animals, and plants. Some kids called him "Professor Nuts Peterson" because of his dedication to his craft; yet he went on to create the immensely popular Peterson Guides, which have sold more than seven million copies, and which birders everywhere appreciate for their simple text and exquisite illustrations. Working closely with the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown, New York, author Peggy Thomas and artist Laura Jacques have created a fascinating portrait of a global environmentalist with this very first children's biography of Peterson, a winner of the John Burroughs Nature Books for Young Readers Award.
by Kissock, Heather
¿Sabías que el nido del colibrí tiene el tamaño de una nuez? El nido está hecho de hojas y telarañas. Descubre más en Los colibríes, uno de los libros de Pequeños animales del patio.
by Griff, Peter
Hummingbirds are some of the smallest and most interesting animals on the planet. With more than 300 kinds floating and fluttering, there's lots to learn about these tiny birds. Learn what causes them to hum and what they like to eat. The smallest birds on earth are full of fun facts, and an awesome picture glossary will help young readers learn concepts and definitions with this great book through accessible text presented in both English and standard Latin-American Spanish.
by Schwartz, David M.
Take a closer look at a hummingbird's full cycle of growth and development.
by Otfinoski, Steven
The world of nature awaits you right in your own backyard. Search for fast-flying Hummingbirds. While on safari, learn how to identify and observe these birds and discover their interesting behaviors, life cycle, enemies, and defenses.
by Kissock, Heather
Did you know that a hummingbird's nest is about the size of a walnut? The nest is made of leaves and spider webs. Find out more in Hummingbirds.
by Hoff, Mary King
Describes how birds, insects, wind and rain help plants reproduce by spreading their pollen.
by Rose, Elizabeth
Describes how living and nonliving things are classified using various criteria such as scientific sorting, sorting by homes, and sorting by the five kingdoms.
by Lauber, Patricia
Text and illustrations describe the many ways that flowers are pollinated with emphasis on the role of bees in this important process.
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Mr. and Mrs. Bird's search for a "better" nest leads them to some peculiar spots.
by Silverman, Buffy
¿Qué tienen en común un pingüino, una paloma y un pavo real? ¡Son todos pájaros! Conozca las características que comparten todas las aves.
by Coulton, Mia
How many birds can you find? Practice counting and colors with rich photos of birds.
by DK and Smithsonian Institution
A unique guide to the extraordinary world of plants, from the smallest seeds to the tallest trees.
by Perdew, Laura, Mazeika, Katie
A nonfiction picture book that explores the amazing adaptations that keep certain species of bird alive and soaring!
by Unstead, Sue
Learn everything there is know about bees in Amazing Bees! From buzzing to different flowers to being a vital part of the earth's ecosystem, bees are very busy creatures.
by MacDibble, Bren
A story about family, loyalty, kindness and bravery, set against an all-too-possible future where climate change has forever changed the way we live.
by Kanninen, Barbara, O'Malley, Kathy
Jake and his friends make bird feeders at school, but their creations turn out to be more popular than they expected!
by Peters, Katie
From tiny seeds to yellow flowers to fluffy seed heads, follow every stage of the dandelion life cycle. Pairs with the fiction title Dandelions to Eat.
by Peters, Katie
Sunflowers are a cheerful addition to any bouquet. How do they grow? Emergent readers will follow the sunflower life cycle through carefully leveled text and full-color photos. Pairs with the fiction title Flowers in the Sun.
- Build Your Own Adventure
Books and Videos for Curbside Pickup
by Aston, Dianna Hutts
Loony Little and her friends set off to tell the Polar Bear Queen that the polar ice cap is melting. Sly Foxy Loxy attempts to lead the animals to his lair to eat them, but Loony Little saves the day, tricking the fox into being devoured by the Polar Bear Queen. Includes information about climate change and the animal species in the book.
by Larsen, Andrew
Charlie learned about the life cycle of butterflies in Bye Bye Butterflies and now is back for another Tell Me More Storybook adventure. When Charlie and his dad follow a parade of their neighbours through the local park they discover everyone is walking towards a big pile of dirt But this isn't just any pile of dirt - this is compost. Charlie learns from his neighbors about the gardens they have and the delicious vegetables they grow in them. Mr Martino is growing tomatoes while Mrs Lee has onions and Mr Singh has herbs. Charlie is determined to become a gardener as well - and come up with something special to add to his neighbour's plans to make the best spaghetti sauce ever
by Parr, Todd
An eco-friendly picture book from the New York Times bestselling author that celebrates our Earth and introduces the youngest of readers to the concept of 'going green'
by Cazet, Denys
While relaxing in the farmer's hot tub, two cow friends unknowingly thwart an alien invasion and save the planet
by Clauss, Lauren
Peg and Corn are inseparable best buddies who love to make their home, Galloping Grove, a better place. This mighty unicorn and Pegasus duo practice showing kindness to all while the series explores a school-readiness curriculum that includes colors, math, directions, health and wellness, and emotional intelligence.
by Coppens, Katie
When a melting snowman raises her awareness about climate change, Acadia Greene looks for ways to reduce her carbon footprint while discovering scientific principles behind helium balloons, paper airplanes, and sledding.
by Hiaasen, Carl
Noahs dad is sure that the owner of a casino boat is flushing raw sewage into the harbor. Now Noah is determined to succeed where his dad failed and will sink the crooked casino, and prove the boat owner is dumping illegally.
by Camerini, Valentina
Highlights the life and accomplishments of the Swedish teenage environmental activist who started the student movement to combat climate change and led a worldwide children's march to challenge world leaders to act on the issue.
by O'Brien, Cynthia
Energy powers the things that make our lives easier, safer, and more fun. Read about the Earth-friendly tools that are used to gather energy.
by Hare, Tony
Describes the greenhouse effect which may be causing the world to heat up, and discusses the use of alternative forms of energy which do not pollute the atmosphere.
by Duling, Kaitlyn
The sun is huge and bright! We get heat, light, and energy from this star. My Physical Science Library: Sun Power teaches young readers about the power of the sun while asking readers to consider cause and effect.
by Sharif-Draper, Maryam
Examines the worldwide climate change crisis, covering such topics as humankind's effect on climate, key figures in climate activism, and what readers can do to prevent further damaging changes.
by Brundle, Harriet
Can you imagine if your house, neighborhood, or town was destroyed? The dangers of climate change threaten the habitats of living things all over the world. In this age-appropriate text, readers learn about habitat destruction, its impact on Earth, and what humans can do to minimize it. The text is filled with educational facts and striking full-color photographs to enhance young learners knowledge of climate change while supporting science curriculum topics. Readers will have a better idea of how to be environmentally responsible and work toward helping end habitat destruction.
by Gilles, Renae
Climate change is one of the leading environmental issues today. In this book, readers will learn about the causes and effects of climate change. Large-scale and personal solutions to climate change are also presented. Colorful and clear graphics, such as maps, charts, and infographics, give readers an alternative to text-heavy sources. Action-based activities will leave students with ideas for improving the world around them. Book also includes a glossary, index, suggested books and websites, and a bibliography.
by Steele, Philip
Deforestation, mining, drilling, rising sea levels, and other threats are contributing to decreasing biodiversity around the world. This analytical approach to disappearing habitats and endangered species addresses issues such as climate change, population growth, and the efficacy of conservation efforts. Readers are provided with statistics and perspectives on all sides of the issue, allowing them to consider difficult questions such as how to balance the needs of humans with those of other species and the health of the planet as a whole.
by Grunbaum, Mara
What controls Earth's temperature? How do the changes happening now compare to those that have happened in the past? This book lays out how the makeup of Earth's atmosphere can affect everything living beneath it, and how human activities - from cutting down trees to burning fossil fuels - are changing the climate worldwide.
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by Brown, Jordan D.
When Jet learns that humans celebrate Earth Day, he can't help but wonder, why can't every day be Earth Day? After he takes his friends for an amazing ride around the world in his flying saucer, they feel the same way!
by Feldman, Jean and Karapetkova, Holly
Sing along with Dr. Jean and Dr. Holly to learn about how we can all work together to take care of the Earth.
by Freeman, Marcia S.
Explains different uses for water.
by Rooney, Anne and Britannica Digital Learning
Written in British English. Is Our Climate Changing? looks at the complex issues surrounding climate change.
by Dorion, Christiane
Are We Running Out of Energy? looks at the worldwide drive to produce and consume increasing amounts of energy and at its potentially catastrophic effects on the environment.
by Groc, Isabelle and Goodall, Jane
Gone is Gone looks at why species become endangered, how scientists are learning about endangered wildlife, what people are doing to conserve species and ways young people can help.
by Engel, Christiane
Pairing aspects of eco-friendly living with each letter of the alphabet, ABC Earth-Friendly Me features 26 things a kid can do to help care for the earth.
by Gaarder-Juntti, Oona
Presents the different ways we use energy and resources in our homes and suggests ways to have a gre
by Osborne, Mary Pope, Ford, AG
The magic tree house whisks Jack and Annie to the Yosemite National Park in 1903. They are surprised to join John Muir and President Theodore Roosevelt on the most significant camping trip in conservation history!