Preserving habitats are part of building and design projects in many communities; for example, we want new housing to coexist with nearby lakes, parks, and other habitats where animals live. For a habitat-related hands-on project, check out the blog Edventures: http://www.kcedventures.com/blog/exploring-habitats-with-the-cat-in-the-hat-40-projects-science-activities . They have a wealth of activities to choose from, many focusing on Dr. Seuss books.
Barroux, Where’s the Elephant? As the jungle is eliminated to make room for cities, it becomes more difficult to find a place for the animals.
Berkes, Marianne. Over in a River, Flowing Out to the Sea. Just one of Berkes’s many picture books about habitats using the rhyming pattern of “Over in the Meadow,” this focuses on habitats in North American rivers.
Fleming, Denise. In the Small, Small, Pond.
In the Tall, Tall, Grass.
Where Once There Was a Wood. Fleming’s dramatic full color paper collage illustrations and brief texts make her books on various habitats perfect for storytimes.
Messner, Kate. Over and Under the Pond. Explore the habitat of a pond in this simple factual book.
Na, Il Sung. Welcome Home, Bear: A Book of Animal Habitats. A bear goes exploring and sees what types of homes other animals have.