Wychwood Wildlife and Five Busy Beavers
Have you visited Wychwood Branch recently? It reopened in October 2022 to much excitement after a four-year renovation. When you have a chance, go check out the expanded space, beautifully preserved architecture... and the beaver lodge!
Yes, you read that right: there is a beaver lodge in the children's area. The books are safe though, because it's one of our KidsStop early literacy centres! KidsStops are fun, hands-on learning and reading spaces created for you and your child to enjoy together. Some KidsStops also feature Big Books, which are oversized, floor-mounted books designed for children and their parents and caregivers to read together.
Five Busy Beavers by Stella Partheniou Grasso and illustrated by Christine Battuz
Read the story in the branch or scan the QR code on the book to watch or listen online. The story can be experienced in multiple accessible formats, including Braille, audio, video and American Sign Language versions. The beaver lodge theme was chosen to complement the local ravines surrounding Wychwood Branch and to encourage kids to explore and discover nature, plants and animals.
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More books on wildlife
Looking for more stories starring beavers? We've got those and lots more books for all ages about wildlife:
Animal Hospital: Rescuing Urban Wildlife by Julia Coey
How does the Toronto Wildlife Centre help sick or injured animals? Kids can get tips on how to protect and support urban wildlife, and find out what to do if they encounter an animal that needs help.
Big City Bees by Maggie de Vries and Renné Benoit
Sophie and Matthew are worried about their garden. Would bees be able to find it in the city? They set out with Grandpa to look for bees.
Chasing Bats and Tracking Rats by Cylita Guy and Cornelia Li
What are ratmobiles and bug vacuums, and how do scientists use them to study urban wildlife? Learn fascinating animal facts and ways to help make cities healthier.
Explore Rivers and Ponds! by Carla Mooney and Bryan Stone
From building their own field kit to designing a watershed model, these 25 hands-on science projects will help kids dive into learning about lakes, streams and wetlands.
Going Wild: Helping Nature Thrive in Cities by Michelle Mulder
How do we balance living in an urban environment with a connection to nature? Kids can get inspired to help plants and animals while contributing to a better city.
Lake by Kate Moss Gamblin and Karen Patkau
Dragonflies, fish, geese, moose: many different creatures appear throughout the changing seasons of a lake.
The Superpower Field Guide: Beavers by Rachel Poliquin and Nicholas John Frith
Chainsaw teeth! Paws of power! Discover the amazing abilities of Canada's favourite rodent.