B i b l i o g r a p h y


Caufield, Catherine. In the Rainforest. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984. Excellent overview of rainforest ecology and a storehouse of fascinating facts.

Cherry, Lynn. The Great Kapok Tree. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990. For children.

Collins, Mark. (Ed.). The Last Rain Forests-A World Conservation Atlas. Oxford Univ. Press Inc., 200 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016. Oxford University Press, 1990. One of the best books providing science, photographs, maps and context all in one well-illustrated volume.

Forsyth, Adrian. Portrait of the Rainforest. Camden House, Ontario, Canada, 1990. Informative, richly written, lushly photographed book on South and Central American rainforests with emphasis on Costa Rica and Peru. Many animals in the Tropical Rainforest Food Web game are discussed and pictured.

Forsyth, Adrian and Miyata, Ken. Tropical Nature. New York: Charles Scribner & Sons, 1984. Subject: Rainforest ecology in Central and South America. Short, well-written chapters on leaf-cutter ants, dung-beetles, and also on the meaning and significance of the forests.

George, Jean Craighead. One Day in the Tropical Rain Forest. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1990.

Mitchell, Andrew W. The Enchanted Canopy: A Journey of Discovery to the Last Unexplored Frontier, the Roof of the World’s Rainforests. Macmillan, 1986

Kricher, John C. A Neotropical Companion: An Introduction to the Animals, Plants, and Ecosystems of the New World Tropics. Princeton Univ. Press: Princeton, NJ, 1989.

Moffett, Mark W. The High Frontier: Exploring the Tropical Rainforest Canopy. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1993.

National Geographic Society. The Emerald Realm: Earth’s Precious Rain Forests. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 1990.

National Science Teachers Association. Biodiversity. First in a series on Global Environmental Change Series. 1997.

National Wildlife Federation. Wonders of the Jungle. Washington, D.C.: National Wildlife Federation, 1986.

Prance, G. R. & Lovejoy, Thomas E. (Eds). Amazonia. A book in the Key Environments Series, J.E. Treherne (General Editor). Pergamon Press Ltd, 1985.

Pratt, Kristin Joy. A Walk in the Rainforest. Dawn Publications: Nevada City, CA. 1992. Children’s book of the alphabet featuring people, plants, and animals of the rainforest in poetic form with in-depth descriptions as side-bars.

Reagan, D. P. & Waide, R. B. (Eds.). The Food Web of a Tropical Rain Forest. Presents over 30 years of research performed at the El Verde Field Station, part of the Luquillo Experimental Forest of Puerto Rico. 1997(?).

Wilson, E.O., Ed. Biodiversity. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press, 1988.

CD Materials

“Rainforest Explorer CD.” Contains full-screen, full-motion video that brings rainforest plants and animals to life. Available for Mac or Windows from Orange Cherry/New Media Schoolhouse, P.O. Box 350, Pound Ridge, NY 10570. Tel: 914-764-4104.

Audio Cassettes

“Amazon Days, Amazon Nights-An Audio Adventure.” Suitable for all ages. 40 minute cassette. Natural Resources Defense Council, P.O. Box 1400, Church Hill, MD 21690.

“A Forest Walk.” 15-minute cassette of tropical rainforest sounds. Available from Kuja Sni Research Group Productions, P.O. Box 986, Boulder, CO 80306.

Curriculum Guides

More Than Trees!/Mas Que Arboles!. 1983. Ecology of rainforests and problem of deforestation. Available in Spanish. The World Wildlife Fund, 1250 24th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20037-1175. Tel: 202-293-4800.

Tropical Rain forests-A disappearing treasure. (1989). S. Coppersmith , Missouri Botanical Garden & F. Adelman, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (Eds.). Teacher manual and student activities. Order from: Michelle Turner, SITES/Smithsonian Institute, 1100 Jefferson Dr., SW, Washington, D.C. 20560. Tel: 202-357-1300.

Tropical Rainforest Curriculum. (1992). Earthwatch. 680 Mt. Auburn St., P.O. Box 403, Watertown, MA 02272. Tel: 800-776-0188. Grades 4-8. Activities and games for all school subjects.

Vanishing Rain Forests: Teacher’s manual. (1988). G. Lieberman and L. Hardie (text), A. Alexander (illustrator). Developed by World Wildlife Fund and funded by Chevron Corp. Contains activities to help teachers present rain forest issues to students in grades two through six. Includes, among others, a rain forest simulation game which uses plants and animals of an Asian rain forest in Borneo. Inquiries to: World Wildlife Fund, 1250 24th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037. Tel: 202-293-4800.

Magazine Articles

Ranger Rick’s Naturescope Series. (1989). “Rain Forests: Tropical Treasures“ and “Endangered Species: Wild and Rare.” Excellent resources and activities. Order from: National Wildlife Federation, 1400 16th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036-2266. Tel: 800-432-6564.

Wilson, E.O. (December, 1991). “Rain Forest Canopy: The High Frontier.” National Geographic, Vol. 180, No. 6.


“Amazon: Land of the Flooded Forest” 59 min. National Geographic, March 1990 [A free Resource Guide is available from National Geographic Specials, c/o Chevron, 742 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94710]

“3-2-1 Contact-You Can’t Go Home Again.” One hour Emmy-winning video tape on Costa Rican Rainforest. Grades 5-8. The Video Project, 5332 College Ave., Suite 101, Oakland, CA 94618. Tel: (510) 655-9050, 1-800-4PLANET.

“Tropical Forests of Costa Rica.” VHS, produced by National Geographic Society and WQED Pittsburgh, 1987. Available from National Geographic Society, Educational Services, P.O. Box 98019, Washington, D.C. 20090. Tel: 800-368-2728.


“The Rain Forest.” A slide set available from Carolina Biological Supply Co., 2700 York Rd., Burlington, NC 27215. Describes rain forests along the Napo River in Ecuador, concentration on plants and their use by natives. Grades 6-8.

Additional Resources

Fredericks, Anthony. Exploring the Rainforest: Science Activities for Kids. Contains a list of addresses one can write to for additional information. Also, contains list of addresses for purchasing products from the rainforest.