Animals of Farms and Neighborhoods

Photo of red squirrel in a tree

Read City USA and the Tails and Tales million-hour reading challenge are visiting farms, neighborhoods, and other artificial habitats. These environments are extremely diverse, and can include areas like parks, vacant lots, gardens and yards, campus areas, golf courses, bridges, landfills, and of course, our homes! Some species can be found around the globe, wherever humans are known to inhabit. However, some species that are known to scavenge from human trash can range from tropical monkeys to polar bears depending on location! Animals found in urban habitats include all domesticated animals (dogs, cows, etc.), rabbits, mice, pigeons, crows, squirrels, and deer. 

Neighborhood-inspired craft

 a colorful bird and nest cut from paper with bits of twine glued to nestPrint your own template to make our Bird in a Nest craft. When you complete the activity, log another hour in our Million-Hour Reading Expedition! Don't have access to a printer? Every library location will have one or more crafts available to pick up each month. We'd love to see your creations! Share with us on Facebook or Instagram.

Reading lists

These book lists feature the animals and environments most affected by humans. Let's explore our own backyard!

Juvenile

Teen

Adult Fiction

Adult Nonfiction