As part of our ocean animals unit study, we are reading. Reading lots and LOTS of books. Starting with Orca Whale Books for Kids, there are enough books here to last a couple weeks or to give you plenty of choices for the best fit(s) for your family.
If you’re looking at adding a fun new learning activity to your day, why not teach the kids a bit more about orca whales? They’re an interesting creature with so many fun facts to learn about.
Below you’ll find some great books that can help explain to the kids what the life of an orca whale is really like.
Are orca whales and killer whales the same thing?
They are but people often hear that name and think that they’re mindless hunters in the water. While they are hunters, they’re looking for food and marine life that they can eat, not out just hunting anything and everything that they come across.
How do orcas communicate?
In the water, they communicate with clicks and a type of whistle and they also use slaps and other methods of movement when they’re above the water as well.
1. This lively book introduces young readers to every aspect of these singular beasts, from their surprising social arrangements (living in lifelong family groups) to their pod-specific dialects to their awesome methods of killing prey. Photos by noted wildlife cinematographer Jeff Foott include rare shots of killer whale behavior.
2. Like his first top selling book "Great White: The Great White Facts Book For Kids", it is written in mind for those kids learning to read, so it slots well into the 5 to 8 year old age bracket. It is full of interesting quick fun facts and information, as well as photos your children will love.
3. Amazing facts, photos and video links to one of the world's most effective killers. Aimed mainly at the 8-13 age range, it's a fun and fascinating way for newly and not so newly independent readers to find out more about the beautiful but deadly Orca.
5. Davy's Dream takes Davy on a journey of believing in what he knows to be true, in spite of the nay-sayers in his life. Your children will love the illustrations and even notice Paul's cat, Guinevere on every page!
7. These little tattoos are perfect for small body parts. They also help children learn about the animals. Each whale (killer, sperm, blue, humpback and bottle-nose, narwhal) and dolphin (Atlantic white sided, bottle-nose, spinner and hacky) are beautifully illustrated. They are easy to apply and come off easily with a shower and washcloth.
8. Here is a spectacular and informative guide to whales, dolphins, seals, and manatees. Superb color photographs of dolphins, killer whales, walruses, and more offer a unique "eyewitness" view of these mysterious sea creatures - what they look like, how they behave, and their battle for survival. See the whiskers of a walrus, inside the mouth of a killer whale, dolphins at play, male elephant seals fighting, the way a blowhole works, a carved sperm whale's tooth, and a 19th-century blubber pot.