Animal Helpers: Zoos

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Animal Helpers: Zoos
Zoos are amazing places to see and learn about the many native and exotic of animals that inhabit this world. Some animals are plentiful while others are threatened or in danger of extinction. Zookeepers not only feed and care for these animals, they may also be helping to conserve and protect whole species through breeding and “head start” programs. Follow the extraordinary duties of these unusual animal helpers in this behind-the-scenes photographic journal.

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 PK-4, Lexile: AD 850L, F&P: N
Hardcover 9781607187134 $17.95  
Paperback 9781607188506 $9.95  
EBook 9781607188537 $12.99  
Spanish Paperback 9781628553420 $9.95  
Spanish EBook 9781628551600 $12.99  
Keywords:   helping animals, environmental education, map, Animal Helpers Series
Animals in the book:   giraffe, trumpeter swan, red panda, moose, snow leopard, llama, rhinoceros, brown bear, porcupinefish, chimpanzee, monkey, polar bear, wolf, cougar, mountain lion, puma, panther
Vetters:   Thanks to the following zoos and photographers for their stories, photographs, and knowledge: John Gomes and Patrick Lampi of Alaska Zoo; Patti Clark of Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary; Jeff Bill, Robyn Johnson, and Carey Riccardone of Maryland Zoo; Brint Spencer and Jason Fantuzzi of Turtle Back Zoo.

Other books in this "Animal Helpers Series" include:


Curtis capitalizes on children's love of animals to teach them about zookeepers. Aimed at a young audience, the text is minimal, describing for readers some of the tasks zookeepers perform on a daily basis. - School Library Journal

Animal Helpers: Zoos would work well as an introduction to this topic to spin off students' research projects and to stimulate their interest in learning more. - NSTA Recommends

Zoos is chock full of portraits of zoo animals and their caretakers up close and will thrill young students of nature and living creatures. - 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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