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.
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!
1. Ms. Willis has a website with her other books and lots of fun info. They\’re all about nature and animals.
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
5. 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
, by Johanna Wright (Fun story about the nocturnal antics of a raccoon family)
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!
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