Enliven Your Storytime with Creek Critters

800 450 Stroud Water Research Center

Do you like scavenger hunts? How can you tell if creek water is clean and healthy? Join Lucas and his sister as they act like scientists looking for certain kinds of stream bugs (aquatic macroinvertebrates) that need clean, unpolluted water to survive. What will they find as they turn over rocks, pick up leaves, and sort through the mud? Read Creek Critters (ages 7-11) to discover how stream bugs are the storytellers of our streams.

“Beautifully illustrated by the artwork of Phyllis Saroff, and deftly written by Jennifer Keats Curtis in collaboration with Stroud Water Research Center, Creek Critters is a unique and unreservedly recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library [STEM picturebook] collections.” – The Midwest Book Review

The adventures don’t end with storytime! Back-of-the-book activities, including a scavenger hunt, life cycle matching activity, and field notebook, make this picturebook a handy companion for exploring your home watershed!

Creek Critters includes back-of-the-book activities, including a scavenger hunt, life cycle matching activity, and field notebook. (Spanish version shown here.)

Purchase your copy today in Spanish or English. Part of the proceeds benefit boots-in-the-water education by the Stroud Center.


Arbordale Publishing Opens Entire eBook Library!

As teachers get creative with ways to connect with students, and parents tackle new roles in their child’s education during these uncertain times, Arbordale Publishing is supporting families with FREE access to their entire multilingual eReader library until May 15th. Access the eBooks HERE using the password May15 (no space). Don’t miss out on exploring this read-aloud library from an award-winning publisher of children’s literature and several STEM picturebooks, including Creek Critters!

The bilingual e-book option lets non-native speakers of either language hear and see both languages side-by-side.

eBook readings of Creek Critters are available in English and Spanish languages, including a Bilingual option for non-native speakers of either language to hear and see both languages side-by-side! Beginning readers will enjoy assistive technologies such as word highlighting and pronunciation at varying speeds.

NOTE: Now free through May 15, 2020, eBook readings of Creek Critters usually cost $7.99 per language option.

FREE Creek Critters Printables!

Enrich your Creek Critters storytime with printable resources, which will remain FREE indefinitely on the Stroud Center and Arbordale Publishing websites:

  • For Creative Minds: This educational section at the back of each Creek Critters book can be downloaded in Spanish and English. Includes a scavenger hunt, scientific field notebook, life cycle matching activity, and aquatic macroinvertebrate sensitivity chart.
  • Teaching Activity Guide: This 19-page supplement to Creek Critters includes important curricular extensions in Spanish and English for educators, teachers, homeschooling parents, and parents/caregivers. Includes pre-reading questions, reading comprehension activities, vocabulary, and more!