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Animal Allstars: African Animal Facts and Folklore

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The anomalous animals of the African continent get their moment in the spotlight. From honey badgers to electric catfish, Animal Allstars provides factual and fantastical fun. Every animal within the vivid pages of the book has a tantalizing tale to tell. Each creature presented is illustrated next to a breakdown of both notable and curious traits including class, weight, habitat, and social behaviors. To further deepen each narrative, the animal’s special skill is offered alongside its corresponding African folk tale – interweaving method and myth. Children (and adults) will find their new favorite animal and delighted in the super-powers that these striking species possess. Animal Allstars delivers a comprehensive portrait of the lesser-known characters of the animal kingdom.


Canine Athletes – Published by

Some of the world’s most incredible athletes have four legs and live in our own homes. Canine Athletes introduces readers to the world of dog sports, where dogs show off their speed, stamina, and agility. With information on training, conditioning, and the rules of the game, these books are sure to be popular among sports fans and animal lovers alike.

“Readers will be thrilled to find this informative series. These titles could find a home either with books about dogs or in your sports section; you won’t regret adding this series to your team.” – School Library Journal


How Animals Smell

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From sniffing out a meal to finding a mate, species throughout the animal kingdom use their sense of smell every day. While most animals use their noses to smell, such as cats, dogs, and humans, others use different parts of their bodies. For example, bees can use their antennae, snakes use their tongues, and butterflies use their legs. A good sense of smell can allow animals to survive in dark, underground habitats. It can help others locate food sources in the vast oceans or the driest of deserts. In this book, readers can find out about how animals’ and people’s senses of smell work and why this sense is essential for most creatures’ everyday lives.

“Builds systematic conceptual frameworks for each topic that new and younger readers will find easy to follow…the bright color photos range from cute close-ups of cat and dog noses to less cute (if no less attention-getting) views of a star-nosed mole, a bull shark, and an African giant pouched rat at work sniffing out a land mine.” — Booklist


Bug Wars – Published by

When the world’s biggest, baddest bugs come face to face, it can mean only one thing – war! In Bug Wars, readers first learn about some of the world’s meanest bugs, including their strengths, natural weapons, defenses and more. Then they get a ringside seat to watch two bugs battle it out for the ultimate victory!


The Language of Cats and Other Felines

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From a kitten’s purr to a lion establishing his dominance, communication is vital for felines of all shapes and sizes. This book explains the different ways cats communicate and what these messages mean for both house pets and cats in the wild.

“Each book in this series highlights the primary forms of communication for four different animals within the larger group. The structure successfully shows the commonalities and unique qualities of the featured animals. Readers learn that tigers, bobcats, and snow leopards all use scents, for example, but vocalize in very different ways…the writing provides substantial information without overwhelming readers.” – School Library Journal


Distinctions in Nature – Published by

There is great diversity in nature, even among species or elements that appear to have so much in common. What are these differences? For example, why do some animals sleep during the day and others sleep at night? These fun books decode distinctions in the natural world. Readers apply critical thinking skills as they compare and contrast the defining characteristics of each subject, with each title including a quiz to reinforce these differences and concepts.


Predators – Published by

From orcas and lions to pythons and wolves, nature’s predators are amazing! Learn how they hunt, where they live, how they act, and what physical features set them apart from their prey. Each book includes a range map and a life cycle diagram.

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Snakes Are Awesome

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This vibrant photo-illustrated book offers 12 exciting facts about these cold-blooded creatures, including a look at their diet, habitats, life cycle, and more. Full-color spreads share fascinating facts about slithering snakes and engage readers with a wide variety of snakes from around the globe. The back matter includes a list of additional readings as well as a QR code where readers can connect to the 12-Story Library website and discover additional web resources and current stories about all kinds of snakes – from cobras to anacondas.


Toxic Creatures – Published by

The Boomslang Snake

The boomslang snake is shy and not aggressive, but one bite from this highly venomous creature leads to a horrible death. This book describes how the poison affects its victims, where this large snake lives, how it hunts and hides, and why it wasn’t considered dangerous to humans until one unfortunate incident.

The Puffer Fish

The puzzling thing about the pufferfish or blowfish is that it is highly toxic yet some people consider it a delicacy. That can make for a dangerous dinner. This book describes how the spiky fish got its name, how it fights off predators, where it lives, the strength of its toxins, and how a skilled chef can render it safe to eat.


Real-Life Zombies – Published by

This series features high-interest topics that entice students to read – large, high-quality photos that align with the text and a visually appealing design. For the zombie-lovers and the zombie-obsessed, this series teaches readers all about the organisms in nature that behave like zombies. From creatures that rise from the dead to those that feast on brains, the world is full of zombies and zombie-makers.

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