by Gail Gibbons, author and illustrator
Gail Gibbons is a master of children’s nonfiction. She writes and illustrates her own books so they are very well done. Children who enjoy nonfiction will want to read every one of her books. She does not use photographs and so she can focus on what is being explained with close-ups, diagrams, labels, and other nonfiction conventions in the illustrations.
BATS by Gibbons is beautifully illustrated book with many descriptive pages explaining the life and abilities of bats. There are pictures such as the two-page spread in the middle of the book which discusses echo location and sound waves. It says, “A bat sends out a rapid beeping sound too high-pitched for people to hear. When hunting, the sound waves hit an insect . . . in a flash, the bat scoops up the insect.” We need bats or we would have too many insects.
This book helps children realize that bats are shy, gentle, and helpful creatures. Some even drink nectar just as hummingbirds and butterflies do. Most people have never seen a bat. The fact people almost never see bats is reassuring to children in the same way dinosaurs are extinct. Exciting animals we will probably never encounter are more fun to learn about for some reason. This is a wonderful book about bats and if you are only going to buy one bats book, this is the one!
Free Printable Bat Diagram Work Page
My free PDF work page, coloring page, and answer key: free-bats-by-Gail-Gibbons-work-page-and-key