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Science and nature books for first graders

Help first graders learn about the natural world around them. This book list will not only spark their curiosity about creatures as varied as beetles, sea turtles, and polar bears, but also offer important lessons about becoming an involved citizen.

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The Beetle Alphabet Book

The Beetle Alphabet Book
by Jerry Pallotta, illustrated by David Biedrzycki
Charlesbridge Publishing (2004), $17

A fun, informative way for kids to learn what a beetle is and isn't. Illustrations help readers see the unique features of the selected insects — pincers, antennae, and all. Upper- and lowercase letters are included on each page, and there's subtle humor throughout.