Anastasia Suen

Developmental Editor

Worms for Breakfast: How to Feed a Zoo

Worms for Breakfast: How to Feed a Zoo
by Helaine Becker (Author) and Kathy Boake (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Feeding time is one of the most popular events at zoos. It also prompts a smorgasbord of questions: what do different animals eat? How much food do they need to stay healthy? Where do zookeepers get all that chow? And what constitutes a special treat?

Worms for Breakfast answers all these questions and more in a cookbook-style primer packed with facts from experts at zoos and aquariums. Covering everything from regular animal nutrition to feeding babies to mimicking how animals hunt and eat in the wild, this book explores the eating habits of carnivores, omnivores, herbivores, and insectivores. Inside, you’ll also find real-life recipes from zoos around the world for meals like eucalyptus-leaf pesto, kelp tank goulash, and mealworm mush. Beware! You probably don’t want to eat any of it yourself.


1 large animal bone (deer or cow)
5 gal. (20L) bucket of water

1. Place bone in water and store in freezer until water is frozen solid.

2. Remove ice (with bone) from bucket. It is now a predator popsicle!

3. Float popsicle in the tiger’s enclosure pond, like an iceberg. Watch tigers study, fetch, lick, gnaw, and play with their frosty treat all day long.

It’s STEM Friday! (STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

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A Year in Our New Garden

A Year in Our New Garden
by Gerda Muller (Author / Illustrator)

Booktalk: Anna and Benjamin’s family has just moved into their dream house and even though it’s in the middle of a busy town, it has a beautiful big garden for them all to enjoy. Soon the family has made plans for their perfect garden — Mum wants a lawn and a terrace, Dad wants to help the birds and insects, Benjamin wants to plant beautiful flowers and Anna wants to fill the garden with tasty vegetables. Join Anna and Benjamin as, with a little help from their neighbour, they spend a year learning about all the wonderful things you can do in a garden; planting, harvesting, playing, enjoying picnics and spotting wildlife.

Snippet: People get hot and thirsty in the summer and so does the garden. The children had to water it everyday. Luckily, there were plenty of fun ways to do the job — and cool down at the same time.

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Papa’s Backpack

Papa’s Backpack
by James Christopher Carroll (Author / Illustrator)

Booktalk: When a soldier has to leave his or her family for extended service, it’s an emotional time for all involved. It can be especially confusing and upsetting for children, who long for the comfort and security of a parent’s presence. Papa’s Backpack honors the bond between a parent/soldier and a child, and acknowledges the difficult and emotional process of separation during deployment. A young bear cub dreams of accompanying Papa when he leaves on a mission, wanting to stay close to provide comfort and moral support, ultimately overcoming adversity together.

Snippet: But if I could . . .

I’d ride in Papa’s backpack
and whisper in his ear.
I’d ride with Papa side by side,
so when he goes I’m near.

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