Awesome Animals!

Big and small. Furry and smooth. Fierce and calm. Animals are incredibly diverse and represent so much that is amazing about our vast planet. 

Grab your favorite one, two, three, or four-legged friend and get ready to investigate and discover more about what makes animals such a gift to our lives. 

Activities

Author and illustrator Ed Emberley walks artists through each step of drawing an animal. The steps for drawing a cat, T-rex, and crab are all right there!

The Met Gala typically takes place in May, but due to COVID-19; was canceled this year. But what about the Pet Gala? Watch the video, check out the inspiration, and create a fantastic new look for the animal in your life.

You might be an avid reader, but what about your animal friends? What are their favorite books? Take a picture or make a drawing of your favorite animal, catching them reading a book.

Animal conservation works towards ensuring that the animals we share the Earth with are always around. The World Wildlife Fund has worked on this goal for over 60 years. Their various toolkits provide activities to help future conservationists learn about protecting tigers, monarchs, elephants, and sea turtles. Want to connect more with the world around you? WWF's live streams and fun daily activities in "Wild Classroom" will keep you connected.

Books

Also available in: e-book

The more we know about the animals in our world and the better we care for them, the better our lives will be. Former veterinary technician and animal advocate Tracey Stewart understands this better than most--and she's on a mission to change how we interact with animals. Through hundreds of charming illustrations, a few homemade projects, and her humorous, knowledgeable voice, Stewart provides insight into the secret lives of animals and the kindest ways to live with and alongside them. At home, she shows readers how to speak "dog-ese" and "cat-ese" and how to "virtually adopt" an animal. In the backyard, we learn about building bee houses, dealing nicely with pesky moles, and creative ways to bird-watch. And on the farm, Stewart teaches us what we can do to help all farm animals lead a better life (and reveals pigs' superpowers!). Part practical guide, part memoir of her life with animals, and part testament to the power of giving back, Do Unto Animals is a gift for animal lovers of all stripes.

Also available in: print

What if one dangerous animal had a fight with another? Who do you think would win? In this five-book bind-up of the popular Who Would Win? series, kids will learn about each animal's anatomy, behavior, and more. Then compare and contrast the battling pairs before finally discovering the winner! This nonfiction collection is full of facts, photos, and realistic illustrations, and it includes a range of mammals, sea creatures, insects, and dinosaurs to satisfy all kinds of animal fans, including Lion vs. Tiger , Hammerhead vs. Bull Shark , Polar Bear vs. Grizzly Bear , Hornet vs. Wasp , and Triceratops vs. Spinosaurus . So who do YOU think would win?

Also available in: print | e-book | large print

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all. Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he's seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line. Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it's up to Ivan to make it a change for the better. Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan's unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.

Resources

Did you know that pets have stories to share? Check out these podcasts for a variety of story options. Unsure what the heck a podcast is and how to "do" it? We've got you covered. Read this.

Animal cams at the Detroit Zoo, the San Diego Zoo, and the Smithsonian's National Zoo allow you to visit the animals in their home while you're still in your home. Here are some fun learning activities you can do while you "visit" the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. 

The Creature Conservancy in Ann Arbor houses rescued and transplanted animals. Check out their new baby sloth!

 

Head back to the 62 Days of Summer home page for more ways to participate in the summer program!