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Trav's Favorite Books

I Don't Want to Be A Frog

Dev Petty, Mike Boldt

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I Don't want to be a frog is an excellent book to go along with our Panamanian Golden Frog episode!


In this book, a young frog is tired of life as a frog and wants something different! However, he encounters a problem which makes him realize the grass isn't always greener on the other side. 

Is a Camel a Mammal?

Tish Rabe, Jim Durk

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Although Is a Camel a Mammal? isn't exclusively about a camel, it is a wonderful book that helps kids learn what makes a mammal a mammal! 

Join the cat in the hat as he takes you on a safari to observe animals in their natural habitat!

Yes, You Can! said the toucan

Moriana Suarez, Tanja Tadic

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There comes a time in every young toucan's life where they must fly away from mother's nest. Although, the little toucans in this are afraid to fly! Read along as momma toucan motivates her children to help them overcome this big challenge!

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Author Jamie Harper is one of my FAVORITE authors! The Miss Mingo series teaches amazing lessons to children.

Learn about animal habits and weather facts as you join Miss Mingo's class on their latest adventure to the weather station on High Hill


Also be on the lookout for Miss Mingo's next adventure, Miss Mingo and the 100th Day of School 

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It is a typical slow moving day at the zoo for Slow Loris. Slow Loris has a reputation for being lazy because of what the other animals see it do during the day. However, Slow Loris has a secret life at night time. discover the mystery of the slow loris in this wonderful book. 

Flying Fish

Capt. Barney Barnacle

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This book is an excellent way to build upon what you learned in our Flying Fish episode of Trav's Travels. Capt. Barney Barnacle goes through some incredible facts about flying fish including where they live, what they eat and how they can fly! The author also includes some beautiful pictures of the flying fish 

The Koala Who Could

Rachel Bright, Jim Field


Life for Kevin the Koala is comfortable. His life is safe and predictable. Kevin sure is thankful that he doesn't have to move or change! Until he does.... 

Join Kevin the Koala on his quest to be brave as he encounters new challenges. 

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Can't get enough of this interesting bird after watching our latest Trav's Travels episode? No worries! Read along with Mary Dunn as she explains some of the interesting facts about this powerful predator. The pictures of the california condor in this book are breathtaking!

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Friendship is so powerful. We love to do everything with our best friends! However, what happens if our friends want to do different stuff than us? Are activities still fun if we aren't sharing them with our friends?

Groundhog's Runaway Shadow is a hilarious book that looks at the importance of friendship and sticking with your closest pals. 

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Are you as amazed as I was when you learned about this little brave fox that withstands some of the coldest temperatures on the planet? If so, check out Arctic Fox A day in the life: Polar Animals. This book goes into more detail of the everyday activities that an arctic fox experiences. There are also adorable pictures because the arctic fox is so CUTE

Panda Pants

Jacqueline Davies, Sydney Hanson

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Sometimes parents can be so frustrating, right kids? Little panda finds that out when his dad won't let him wear pants. Why can't he wear pants?! Doesn't his dad know how awesome pants are? what could be so bad about wearing pants if you are a panda!

Panda Pants takes a humorous look at why we should always list to our parents, because they may know more than we give them credit for!

A Couch for Llama

Leah Gilbert


How great is a couch? They are comfortable and they help you relax! The Lago family loves their couch but realize it is time for a new one. The only problem is on their way home with their new couch, the couch falls off the truck only to be discovered by a llama! 

Follow along as llama tries to figure out what this strange object is and the Lago family tries to find their missing couch

The Wump World

Bill Peet


This classic tale from Bill Peet explores the beautiful green world of the wump, an animal based on the capybara! The wumps love their land, however, when pollutians invade their space and start turning their green land into concrete, the wump's pay the price.


It is important for children to understand the importance of protecting the environment and Bill Peet approaches that heavy topic in a wonderfully kid-friendly way. 

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Mike the pufferfish is self-conscious. He has these weird spikes that make him different than his friends! Why couldn't he just look like his friends?


This book is a delightful read for children who struggle with confidence. Will the spikes turn out to be something mike could be proud of? Watch as Mike grows to love and appreciate what makes him different.   

Charlotte's Web

E.B. White


While this book isn't about a tarantula, it is about arachnids and it is absolutely positively one of my favorite books ever! All children should have the opportunity to read charlotte's web because of the wonderful values of love and friendship   

The Adventures of Pelican Pete

Frances Keiser and Hugh Keiser


The adventures of Pelican Pete is a delightful series that shows the title character, Pete, experience a variety of life lessons that are perfect for young children. The first book, a bird is born, sets the stage for the entire series with Pete receiving his hat from his parents. This book focuses on the importance of environmental stewardship and the great outdoors!

I'll Follow the Moon

Stephanie Lisa Tara


I'll Follow the Moon is an amazing kid's book that chronicles the journey baby turtles makes from the beach nests to the ocean. It always fascinated me that baby turtles were able to find their way right after hatching and this story does a great job at illustrating that for children!


Bobby the Blue-footed booby auditions for a concert. The director loves his blue feet but once he sees the dance moves of the blue-footed booby, he quickly realizes that Bobby will be an overnight sensation! This book does a fantastic job at analyzing the effects of fame and what happens when the novelty of fame wears off. 

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This book highlights the many challenges that the gecko faces with life in the wild. Read along as the gecko avoids predators and looks for food in its native habitat.


Olivia lives in the jungle with her other animal friends. She uses the many talents she has as an ocelot in her detective work! Read along as Olivia helps solve the problems of her many different friends. 

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