Inside: Book review of Raccoon Moon, related activities, raccoon clip art.
I published this post a year ago, but it’s so packed full of raccoon goodness that I’m republishing.
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 clip art (see below) 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
Theme: Raccoons, Nature, Family
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!
3. I love doing directed drawings in my class. Here’s a good one from Art for Kids Hub.
4. 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! This sweet craft comes from Bottle Your Brand.
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)
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!)
RACCOON CLIP ART
I just finished making a seasonal set of raccoon clipart. All the images are on transparent backgrounds and for $3 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 Here’s a pic of some of the little rascals hanging out in my yard:) Thanks for reminding me, Erik!