Because I live in Austin, I have chosen several books at the bats of Texas. Bats of Texas by Loren K. Ammerman contains illustrations and information about 32 different species of bats in Texas. This is not a book to be read by young children but it's an excellent resource for those who are teaching units on the bat population and the importance of conserving them.
Another Texas book named Texas Bats is written by Merlin D. Tuttle. Mr. Tuttle is the director of Bat Conservation International. I like the layout of the book because it highlights each of the 32 species of bats in Texas, giving their appearance, mating and rearing young, habitat and food, roosting behavior, human encounters and a map of Texas illustrating their location. Again, this book is a great resource for teachers and older students.
by Diane Ackerman is illustrated by none other than Merlin D. Tuttle. The beginning of the book shows a photograph of the Mexican free-tailed bats flying out from Bracken Cave near San Antonio. Bracken Cave is home of the largest bat population in the world. Twenty million bats fly out from the cave using their sonar to feed on insects. I love this book because Diane tells the story in first person. I feel like she's having a conversation with me. The photographs are wonderful!
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