Little Red Bat

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Little Red Bat
Red bats can hibernate or migrate to warmer regions during the winter. Should this solitary little bat stay or should she go? That’s the question the little red bat ponders as the leaves fall and the nights get colder! The squirrel tells her to stay. But what about the dangerous creatures that hunt red bats in winter? The sparrow urges her to go. But where? Carole Gerber takes young readers on an educational journey through one bat’s seasonal dilemma in Little Red Bat. The For Creative Minds educational section includes: Match the Bat Adaptation, Bat Fun Facts, How Animals Deal with Seasonal Changes, Red Bats and Seasonal Change, and Bat Life Cycle Sequencing Activity.

This fictional story includes a 3-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 70-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. Little Red Bat is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The interactive ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension.

Written by Carole Gerber, Illustrated by Christina Wald
32 pg, 10 x 8.5, Ages 4-8, Grades PK-3, Lexile: AD 600, AR: 3.1, F&P: N
Hardcover 9781607180692 $16.95  
Paperback 9781607188681 $10.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628553994 $11.95  
Chinese Paperback 9781607186878 $11.95  
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Keywords:   seasons, behavioral adaptation, bats, migration, hibernation, seasons, adaptations, life science, life cycle, sequencing
Animals in the book:   red bat, squirrel, deer, rabbit, chipmunk, mouse, wild turkey, sparrow, field mouse
Vetters:   Thanks to Laura Seckbach Finn, Director of The Bat Specialists, for verifying the accuracy of the information in the book.


Generating sympathy for a bat isn't always easy. Gerber pulls it off, though, thanks to some rewarding research and an engagingly repetitive structure. -Booklist

Carole Gerber captures the beauty and intelligence of bats in this book. She follows an adorable red bat as she decides if she will go and migrate for the winter or if she will stay where she is. - Bat World Sanctuary

Thanks to award-winning children's science and textbook author Carole Gerber's exquisite account of the common Red Bat's life and the charming illustrations by Christina Wald, young Canadian children will have the opportunity to learn about the much maligned bat. - Canadian Review of Materials

Author/Illustrator Info:

Carole Gerber (Little Red Bat) has written over a hundred science and reading textbooks, a multicultural folktale series, several adult nonfiction books, two chapter books, and 14 picture books. Her recent picture book, Winter Trees, was selected as a 2009 Outstanding Trade Book by the National Science Teachers' Association and the Children's Book Council. Other awards include NSTA and Cooperative Children's Book Center commendations for Leaf Jumpers, a CCBC commendation for Blizzard, and a Parent Council Award of Excellence for Hush! A Gaelic Lullaby. Carole is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and participates as an Artist-in-Schools through the Greater Columbus Arts Council. She is frequently invited to elementary schools as a visiting author. She and her husband, Mark, have been married for more than 30 years. They are the parents of two grown daughters, Paige and Jess, and two grandchildren, Sara and Tyler. For more information, visit her website at (Author photo credit: Carolyn Meiners.)

In addition to Cash Kat, Christina Wald has illustrated Fibonacci Zoo, A Cool Summer Tail, A Warm Winter Tail, Habitat Spy, Little Red Bat, and Henry the Impatient Heron for Arbordale. She also enjoys illustrating a wide variety of toys, games, books, and magazines. From a book that featured hundreds of animals on each page (Look, Find, and Learn: Animals of the World) to games including the Star Wars role playing game series, every assignment covers something new and exciting. In recent years, she has illustrated tons of different animals for books and other publications. Christina enjoys the research aspect of such projects, saying that each new book is a fascinating new learning experience. She often integrates travel to research for her illustrations. She lives in Ohio with her husband and three cats. Visit Christina's website.


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