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Building, A Book About Beaver Dams - Alder & Alouette

Building | Beautiful Children’s Book

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This classic and beautifully illustrated picture book follows a family of beavers as they build their home. A companion to Nesting by celebrated author-illustrator Henry Cole, Building will be welcomed by young naturalists.

With stunning line art and a limited color palette, this book about beaver dams with its simple text follows a family of beavers as they do what beavers do best: build! Two beavers find a stream, build a dam, and raise a family in their new lodge. When the dam is threatened by storms, the beavers work hard to rebuild it. Building is what beavers do best.

Building is perfect for parents and teachers to share with young children to introduce beginning life science concepts such as life cycle, feeding habits, caring for young, and the wetlands ecosystem. An author's note provides even more information at the end of the book.


  • Building
  • A Book About Beavwr Dams
  • Written and illustrated by Henry Cole. 
  • Published by Katherine Tegen Books, June 21, 2022.
  • Ages 4 to 8 years
  • 0.5” x 10.2” x 9.2” (0.85 lbs) 40 pages
  • Hardcover
  • Life Cycles, Habitat, Ecosystem, Natural Science