Animal Helpers: Raptor Centers

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Animal Helpers: Raptor Centers
Even powerful birds of prey can get sick or hurt. When that happens, animal helpers at raptor centers come to the rescue! Dedicated staff treats injured, sick, and orphaned animals. They return the birds to their native environment or find forever homes at education and raptor centers for those that can’t survive in the wild. Follow along in this photographic journal as staff and volunteers come together to care for these remarkable birds.

This nonfiction picture book with a cuddle factor includes a 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 82-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. Animal Helpers is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The interactive ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension.

Written by Jennifer Keats Curtis
32 pg, 10 x 8.5, Ages 4-8, Grades K-3, Lexile: AD 880, F&P: O
Hardcover 9781628554472 $17.95  
Paperback 9781628554557 $9.95  
EBook 9781628554878 $12.99  
Spanish Paperback 9781628554632 $9.95  
Spanish EBook 9781628554953 $12.99  
Keywords:   raptors, jobs, helping animals, environmental education, nocturnal/diurnal, animal adaptations, kindness, Animal Helpers Series, birds
Animals in the book:   bald eagle, barred owl, black vulture, golden eagle, great horned owl, northern harriers, northern saw whet owl, osprey, peregrine falcon, red-tailed hawk
Vetters:   Thanks to the following raptor centers and individuals for their photographs and knowledge: California Raptor Center, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Carolina Raptor Center, Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky, Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota, Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Peter McGowan of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Other books in this "Animal Helpers Series" include:


...this detailed look at why raptors might need help, how people can provide care for them, and how the birds are either eased back into the wild or trained as ambassadors for wilderness-education programs. - Kirkus Reviews

Now I know what to tell a child about how raptors are injured, rehabilitated, and what can happen to the raptors. In addition, now I know what to tell that child that asked, "What can I do to volunteer?" - NSTA Recommends

Striking full-color photography of raptors in need and people who work to help return them to the wild fills this captivating book. - Midwest Book Review

Author/Illustrator Info:

Award-winning nature author Jennifer Keats Curtis is frequently found among students and teachers, talking about literacy and conservation. She is the author of more than a dozen books about wildlife rescue, animal care in captivity, and citizen science.In addition to The Lizard Lady and Maggie: Alaska's Last Elephant, Jennifer has written After A While Crocodile: Alexa’s Diary, The Lucky Litter: Wolf Pups Rescued from Wildfire, the Animal Helpers series, Baby Owl’s Rescue, Kali’s Story (Children’s Choice Book Award 2015), Salamander Season, Primate School, and Turtles In My Sandbox for Arbordale. She lives in Maryland with her family and a wide variety of pets. Visit her website at


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