Love in the Wild is a colorful celebration of love in the animal kingdom, a perfect board book to read to a child snuggled on your lap.
Katy Tanis’s gently rhyming text takes the reader through a variety of animal scenarios found in real life, including holding paws, nuzzling necks, hitching rides, playing peek-a-boo, and hide-and-seek. She also shows examples of same sex couples raising wee ones, non-binary gender expression (check out that butterfly!), and animals accepting others who are born looking or acting different from their species in some way.
Let’s hear it for diversity and compassion in the animal kingdom!
Here’s a better look at my favorite spread. Love love LOVE those ringtails! I just wish my photos did them justice.
Katy’s currently getting a Masters in Biology with a focus on promoting conservation biology through art. Clearly, she’s an overachiever!
Love in the Wild is a 28-page board book, leaving no room for back matter, so Katy created a printable guide describing the animal behaviors depicted in the book in much more detail. The handout is designed for adults to read and then discuss with children. I’ve included a link to download it below.
Pair this book with Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer
Make your own paper plate butterflies
Title: Love in the Wild
Author/illustrator: Katy Tanis
Publisher: Mudpuppy, 2021
Themes: diversity, love/kindness, acceptance
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