We have a family of five raccoons living in our neighbouring trees and I've been enchanted with these little guys all summer long. Sometimes the babies sleep on a large oak branch that overhangs right beside our deck!
They've inspired me to make raccoon clipart, including this freebie, as well as learn all I can about these nocturnal creatures. I've never done a raccoon unit before, but this might be the year.
Below you'll find a brief review of one of my favourite raccoon books, as well as a list of other books I love, and some activities for home or your classroom.
Title: Raccoon Moon
Author & Illustrator: Nancy Carol Willis
Publisher: Birdsong Books, 2002
While there are LOTS of fabulous raccoon books, the reason I chose this one is because it combines fact with fiction in such a lovely way. This book, along with Bobbie Kalman's "The Life Cycle of a Raccoon", should be in every classroom!
It's a fictional story about a mother and her cubs, Rusty, Rudy and Spice. This beautifully illustrated text takes us through a full year in the life of a raccoon family. While it is chock-full of solid facts and interesting trivia, it's narrated in a gentle picture book style. The end of the book even contains helpful information about what to do should you ever come across a young raccoon.
I canNOT recommend this book enough!
Ms. Willis has a website with her other books and lots of fun info. They're all about nature and animals.
Here's a sweet and easy raccoon craft from SassyDealz. Click to see it on my pinterest board and then over to SassyDealz for directions:
I love doing directed drawings in my class. Here's a good one! Click the pic for the link.
Although this idea is for a party favour bag, I think it would be perfect to fill with notes containing raccoon facts. It would make doing research a lot more fun! Again, just click the pic.
Want to make your own worksheet with a cute little raccoon? Click the image and he's all yours. The full set is further down.
MORE RECOMMENDED RACCOON BOOKS
The Life Cycle of a Raccoon, A Bobbie Kalman Book
Chester the Brave, by Audrey Penn
Chester Raccoon and the Acorn Full of Memories, Audrey Penn (deals with death in a very sensitive way)
Ready for Anything, by Keiko Kasza (Duck helps Raccoon confront his worries)
Waddles, by David McPhail (Sweet story about love and friendship)
The Searcher and Old Tree, by David McPhail (Really cool story about a raccoon and a HUGE storm)
Bandits, by Johanna Wright (Fun story about the nocturnal antics of a raccoon family)
Raccoon Tune, by Nancy Shaw (Similar to above)
School for Bandits, by Hannah Shaw (Awesome book about the value of good behaviour. Very fun!)
I just finished making a seasonal set of raccoon clipart. All the images are on transparent backgrounds and for $4 you get 30 images (including black lines). If you'd like to purchase, just click the pic and you'll be taken to my TpT store.
PS This post contains affiliate links at absolutely NO cost to you. It's just a way to help compensate a bit for my time. Thank you for clicking :)
PPS Here's a pic of some of the little rascals hanging out in my yard:) Thanks for reminding me, Erik!