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Find Out About ... Animal Babies

Find Out About ... Animal Babies

Published: 1 Apr 2021

Hardback, 32 pages

Recommended for age 3+ and 5+

By Martin Jenkins

Illustrated by Jane McGuinness

Published by Walker Books Ltd

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A colourful and gentle introduction to the concept of animal babies for young children. All animals have babies, but not all babies are the same! From big babies to little babies, babies that look like their parents to ones that don't, this beautiful picture book is a perfect introduction to different kinds of animal babies, from the award-winning author Martin Jenkins and illustrated by up-and-coming talent Jane McGuinness.

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wildlife writer, Martin Jenkins, talks about his research background and writing animal books for very young children. Listen here:

Reviewed by Aimee Durning

Find Out about Animal Babies – is exactly what I did when I read this book. Not all animal babies are the same. Some hatch from eggs, some are born in vast oceans, whilst others undergo the most amazing transformations: from egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis and then to a beautiful butterfy. Totally amazing!

Big babies, small babies, hopping babies, this beautifully illustrated non-fiction picture book is packed with so many interesting animal babies and the parents who look after them or in some cases those who don’t! Turtles lay their eggs and when hatched the baby turtles fend for themselves. Conversely, male elephants stay with their mothers for up to 10 years, whilst female elephants may never leave their mothers.

There are so many facts which children will enjoy discovering. They may acquire new knowledge about the extraordinary places where some animals keep their young. Some keep them in their stomachs or even in their mouths. Very strange!

Find Out about Animal Babies is the perfect match for the key stage one science curriculum and therefore would be best placed in primary classrooms. Or in the school library where children could find out about animal babies just because they enjoy reading nonfiction.


Aimee works at the University of Cambridge Primary School as the Lead Learning Coach (TA) and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. She loves reading and sharing her passion for children’s literature with everyone she meets. Another passion of Aimee’s is educational success for all children and she endeavours to assist children to reach their full potential.