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We all know kids who are obsessed with animals. There's the kid who's read all the dinosaur books the Library has to offer, and is still hungry for more. Or the kid who can't stop watching videos of fluffy, adorable small mammals, who wants to know everything they can about them. I know all about these kids—because I was one of them (and in many ways, I still am).
If you're looking for something to entice your household animal lover over the long winter break, check out these movies and books at the Library.
Explore the gorgeous wilds of China in this feature film. You'll see a panda cub finding its independence, a mischievous golden monkey, a snow leopard trying to provide for her cubs, and other animals that call China home. Try all of the Disneynature films and discover the wonders of the natural world.
Learn how people are working to rescue, rehabilitate, and return animals to Borneo's rainforests and the Kenyan savannah. Meet adorable orangutans and mighty elephants in this wonderful documentary narrated by Morgan Freeman. Perfect for kids interested in helping animals.
Travel to the Arctic to learn how creatures survive in one of the harshest environments on earth. Follow a mama polar bear and her cubs as they learn to survive in the changing Arctic wilderness. Narrated by Meryl Streep.
The Search for Olinguito: Discovering a New Species
Olinguito is just about the cutest little mammal ever! But before August 2013, science didn't even know about this little cutie. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History scientist Kristofer Helgen searches for evidence of this new species—and meets Olinguito for the first time. Suggested for grades 3–6.
In 2007, scientists first discovered that bats are dying in huge numbers. Why is this happening? How do we stop it? Watch a team of scientists as they look for the answers to this mystery in dark caves. Suggested for grades 4–6.
A Little Book of Sloth
Prepare yourself for Lucy Cooke's magnificent book, because the photos alone will have you saying, "Awwww!" in record numbers. Learn what it takes to care for these remarkable critters as you journey to a sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica and meet its slow motion residents under the care of Judy Arroyo. This book will melt your heart. Suggested for grades 3–5.