Prepublication Reviews and Expertly Selected Title Lists

June is Zoo and Aquarium Month

Did you know that June is Zoo & Aquarium Month?  If you didn’t, you do now.  To pay homage, we’ve created a list of titles for readers of all ages and reading levels.   Featured below are a few selections, but be sure to visit the entire list here.

Z is for ZookeeperNonfiction

Z is for Zookeeper by Marie and Roland Smith

Sharing many years of zookeeping experiences, Roland Smith goes behind the scenes to show the many different aspects of a zookeeper’s job.  From A for Animals to Z for Zoo, this book is full of four-line rhyming verses for each letter and is accompanied by detailed and informative text written along the side of the pages.  Readers will come away with something they didn’t know about zoos and admiration for the keepers that make it all possible.  Learn more and order here.

BiographyMr. Hornaday's War

Mr. Hornaday’s War by Stefan Bechtel

Hornaday, an American zoologist and conservationist, is credited with discovering the American crocodile, saving the American bison and the Alaskan fur seal from extinction.  In this biography, Bechtel traces Hornaday’s journey from big game hunter to one of the 19th century’s most noted conservationists.  If you’re looking for a book that appeals to the beginning of wildlife conservation in America, then this is the read for you.  Learn more and order here.


Penguins by Liz Pichon

It’s a typical day at the zoo for the penguins.  They swim, play, people watch, and eat fish.  A little girl comes along and accidentally drops her camera in the enclosure.  After the zoo closes for the day, the penguins begin their attempts to figure out what this object is.  They peck it, jump on it, look in it, and make it flash.  The zookeeper finds it and takes it to Lost and Found.  The little girl claims it and is in for a fun surprise when she develops the film.  Learn more and order here.

FictionTraps and Specters

Traps and Specters by Bryan Chick

For more than a year, the Scouts, which consist of Noah, his sister Megan, and their best friends, Ella and Richie, have been protecting the Secret Zoo.  DeGraff, also known as the Shadowist, has been seen creeping around their neighborhood.  He captures three of their allies and takes them into a frightening, off-limits sector of The Secret Zoo.  Can the Scouts rescue them and stop the Shadowist?  Learn more about the fourth book in The Secret Zoo series and order here.




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