Bat Loves the Night | Learning About Bats & Why the World Needs Them
Night has fallen, and Bat awakens to find her evening meal. Follow the little pipistrelle bat as she swoops into the shadows, flying her acrobatics as the echoes of her voice create a sound picture of the world around her. When morning light creeps into the sky, Bat returns to the roost to feed her baby . . . and to rest until nighttime comes again. Bat loves the night!
Bat back matter included for parents and older children.
All proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Bat Conservation International.
- Written by Nicola Davies and Illustrated by Sarah Fox-Davies.
- Published by Candlewick Press, August 19, 2004.
- Ages 4 to 8 years.
- 0.2" H x 9.8" L x 8.8" W (0.35 lbs) 28 pages
A LITTLE BACKGROUND FROM A SCIENTIST AND EDUCATOR ABOUT CREATING POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS AND UNDERSTANDINGS WITH CHILDREN ABOUT BATS
Kids are fascinated by bats. Unfortunately, many children see that fascination go away due to sometimes just a lack of information as they grow and sometimes because of our own incorrect adult misperceptions about bats trickling down to our children.
I know this first hand from teaching science to 1000s of children, including teaching the role bats play in the health of an ecosystem.
WHAT DO YOU ALREADY KNOW ABOUT BATS?
As a parent, it’s important to have the correct information about bats when passing that information to your children.
FROM A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
Do you know how important bats our to the global ecosystem? They are critical.
Do you know how important they are to our world’s food supply and how many foods we’d lose without them? That’s also critical.
Did you know that most bat species are a keystone species? Keystones are the glue that hold certain ecosystems together. Without them, ecosystems fall apart and disappear.
FROM A SCIENCE & HEALTH PERSPECTIVE
Do you know how important they are in science for research into virus immunity? They hold some possible answers, and still many secrets to puzzle out, for our own survival against deadly viruses.
Or, do you know how they are shining a light on the possibility of bioaccumulation of toxins from their food sources and why that should concern us?
This problem is more widespread than we realized in a huge number of species.
FROM A SOCIAL & EMPATHETIC SIDE
Have you seen the strong bonds and affection between mothers and offspring, even once grown, or seen the friendships they develop with roost bat mates? The bonds last for life and they will always remember each other.
Did you know that like elephants, whales, and Orcas (a type of dolphin, not a true whale) they take care of each other’s babies and take care of each other when they are not feeling well.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Bats are all at once so much like us…and so important to this world, yet shrouded in mystery to many or written off as not necessary, and it’s devastating to see what’s happening to them with white-nose syndrome and mass deaths caused by humans who are mis-informed.
If you can’t explain most of those above topics to your child, or if you have your own unexplained aversions to bats that you want to try to correct so you can teach your children, please try this children’s book as a starting point. It’s an easy book for young children and can start a positive relationship for them that will hopefully continue down the road.
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO TEACH OUR CHILDREN THE CORRECT INFORMATION
We tend to fight for what we love and what we care about. One way to care about bats is to find out more about them, their value to our own survival, and their value to the planet. This book is a great starting point for children between 4 to 8 years (and adults too 😉).