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Bats
Submitted by: Paula Martin, Katherine Tyra
Audience
• Pre-school • Schoolage
Books
Bat in the Dining Room by:Crescent Dragonwagon
When a bat flies into a hotel restaurant, Melissa comes to the rescue.
Bat Loves the Night by:Nicola Davies
Bat wakes up, flies into the night, uses the echoes of her voice to navigate, hunts for her supper, and returns to her roost to feed her baby.
Bat Time by:Ruth Horowitz
Before she goes to bed, Leila shares a special moment with her father, watching bats enjoying an insect feast in the backyard.
Batbaby by:Robert Quackenbush
When Batbaby gets caught in a storm, he spends the night at Squirrel's house.
Robert Quackenbush by:Batbaby Finds a Home
When the barn in which they have been living is knocked down, Batbaby and his parents search for a new home.

Bats by:Gail Gibbons
Describes different kinds of bats, their physical characteristics, habits and behavior, and efforts to protect them.

Bats Creatures of the Night by:Joyce Milton
Describes the physical characteristics, behavior, and habitats of different kinds of bats. This is a nonfiction reader. It is appropriate for use with pre-school and early elementary.
Batty Riddles by:Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg
Children in early elementary love riddles. Many of these are groaners.
Hector Visits His Country Cousins by:Jane Scoggins Bauld
Hector, a Mexican free-tailed bat whose home is under Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas, visits a cousin in Bracken Cave.
Iktomi and the Boulder by:Paul Goble
Iktomi, a Plains Indian trickster, attempts to defeat a boulder with the assistance of some bats, in this story which explains why the Great Plains are covered with small stones. This is more appropriate for use with elementary age children.
Magic School Bus Going Batty by:Joanna Cole
Ms. Frizzle's class is studying about nocturnal animals--creatures of the night-- and the students imagine all sorts of strange things, such as imagining that their school bus has grown wings like a bat. Good elementary students.
Stellaluna by:Janell Cannon
After she falls headfirst into a bird's nest, a baby bat is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother.
Songs
Craft
Clothespin bat: a very easy craft using a pinch style clothespin. Good for all ages.
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/halloween/batclip/

Origami bat: I was so excited when I found this and could do it myself. Good for elementary aged children.
http://art-smart.ci.manchester.ct.us/easy-bat/easy-bat.html

Notes
This storytime is appropriate for both pre-school and elementary depending on which books you choose to use and the amount of time you want to spend on a craft. It would also be good to extend a science unit or use as a scout program.