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Animal Teachers

By Janet Halfmann

Illustrated by Katy Hudson

Blue Apple Books

Ages 3-8, Picture Book, hardcover

Buy this book at your favorite indie bookseller or; also available as a DIGITAL BOOK at the subscription-based platform Epic!

JANET TAKES YOU INSIDE THE BOOK! Click here for the video.



2014 Platinum & Gold Best Book Awards: Oppenheim Toy Portfolio

Honorable Mention: 2014 Tofte/Wright Children's Literature Awards: Council for WI Writers


The Story

In the forest, in the pond, in caves, prairies, and jungles, in all the world's outdoor "classrooms," baby animals are . . . learning! They are taking lessons on how to be an expert swimmer, alarm-sounder, racer-chaser, or hide-and-seeker. They don't have books, or disks, or computers. But they do have teachers!

My Inspiration

Whenever I read about or research animals, I serch for the exact details of their behavior, so I can make the life of the animal come alive for the reader. In doing this, i was fascinated by how animal parents teach their young, much like human parents and caregivers do. I think kids like to read about things that animals do that mirror their own lives.


Educational Connections

How animals learn, similarities to how humans learn, family relationships

Growing with Science blog: Learning About Animal Behavior with Animal Teachers

Illustrator Katy Hudson's Art Journey for Animal Teachers


"Just like human children, animal babies from chicks to bear cubs learn lessons from adults around them."—Kirkus Reviews 

"Twelve vignettes explore the kinds of "lessons" that various animal adults teach to their offspring . . . Hudsons'graceful artwork offers a hint of anthropomorphic tenderness between the animal parents and children, while remaining naturalistic. Readers should especially enjoy prompts inviting them to compare their own behavior with that of the animals: "Do you yip? Can you bark? Or shout? Or yelp? How do you make yourself heard?"—Publishers Weekly

Animal Teachers book cover
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