Making Animal Tracks Step by Step

If you're planning baby animal, nature, or habitat themes for primary kids in your classroom or library, my new nonfiction picture book Step by Step will come in handy. The book starts with pages full of muddy paw prints and the question, "Who walks in the mud?” When young readers turn the page they'll find the answer (a puppy.)

 A puppy walks in the mud, that’s who! 

A puppy walks in the mud, that’s who! 

The next page asks, “Who waddles to the pond?”  It turns out to be a mallard duckling. The simple pattern of the text combined with realistic illustrations make it an ideal informational text for Preschool to Grade 1 readers (or readers-in-training.) It works well as a read aloud and for individual perusal. The back matter includes additional facts for kids to discover.

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The book's first review has already come in and is very positive (whew!):
“...The simple, patterned presentation neatly imparts multifaceted information, and a handy, succinct addendum will encourage second and third views. Effortlessly enlightening.” Kirkus Reviews

I'm super excited that a board book edition of Step by Step for babies and toddlers will also be available. Though I've been in the children's book biz since 1984, this is my very FIRST board book. The official publication date is in May.

Let's brainstorm a few ways to use this book, shall we?
 THEMES
 • baby animals and their names
 • animal tracks
 • nature
 • habitats
 • doing things “step by step”

CONTENT
 • tracks • footprint • paw print • toes • claw • walk • waddle • crawl • run • hop • dig • mud • sand • snow • mammal • bird • reptile • invertebrate • insect • crab • birth • hatch • egg • baby • grow

ACTIVITY IDEAS
 • Whose Tracks are These? Cut sponges into animal footprint shapes, glue to corregated cardboard, then print tracks with paint. Draw a picture of the animal that corresponds to the tracks.
 • Who’s Making Tracks? Trace around feet on construction paper, cut out and make tracks leading to each child’s picture on a bulletin board.
 • We Learn Step by Step: bulletin board promoting perseverance, grit, staying on task.

For FREE printable activity pages that tie in directly, please click on the image below to pick them up in my TPT shop:

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