Animal Eating Habits

These great books support National Science Standards and will fascinate your students as they learn.

Time to Eat.  Steven Jenkins.  Houghton Mifflin, 2011.
Brief descriptions are given of the eating habits of 17 animals, common and not so common, such as the aye-aye and the crucifix toad.  The equivalents in human consumption will capture kids’ interest.  Back pages give more detail about each animal.
K-3rd grade



Crunch Munch.  Jonathan London.  Harcourt, 2001.
Describes very simply what various animals eat and the sounds they make while enjoying their food.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K



Gobble It Up!  A Fun Song About Eating.  Jim Arnosky.  Scholastic, 2008.
The eating habits of a raccoon, crocodile, shark, whale and panda are revealed in this song.  Music CD is included.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade


How Many Ways Can You Catch a Fly?
  Steve Jenkins.  Houghton Mifflin, 2008.
This beautifully designed book starts with “All animals must find or catch food to stay a live.  Most have to avoid being eaten themselves.”  Readers are asked to guess how six animals solve these problems.  More info about each animals is provided in the back.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-4th grade


Just One Bite:  11 Animals and Their Bites at Life Size!  Lola Schaefer.  Chronicle Books, 2010.
Starting with a worm eating a speck of dirt, the animals become increasingly larger.
Visually entertaining.  In some instance only a small part of the animal is shown, so it may be necessary to have some photos of unfamiliar animals.  Back matter includes a paragraph about each animal.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade

Quiet in the Garden.  Aliki.  Greenwillow Books, 2009.
A young boy enjoys watching and listening in the garden.  He observes the eating habits of insects and small animals.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade


Worms for Lunch.  Leonid Gore.  Scholastic, 2011.
Simple text, lift-the-flap and die-cut pages allow readers to guess what various animals eat before being shown the answer.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade
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