Spectacular Spots

Category: Themes: Animals
You’ll be amazed to discover all the different reasons why animals have spots!
Price: $15.95
  • ISBN: 9781561458172
  • Publication date: 03/01/2015
  • Page Count: 32
  • Size: 10-3/8" x 9-3/8"
  • Age Range: 2-6
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You’ll be amazed to discover all the different reasons why animals have spots!

What kinds of animals have spots, and why do they have them? To scare predators, hide more easily, or warn enemies to stay away? With engaging rhymes and bright, bold images, award-winning author and illustrator Susan Stockdale introduces young readers to the many ways in which animals benefit from their spots. Back matter tells a little bit more about each animal, and readers can test their knowledge of animal spots with a fun matching game at the end!



Susan Stockdale


Susan Stockdale, a former textile designer for the apparel industry is the author-illustrator of critically acclaimed picture books that celebrate nature. Her books have won a variety of awards, including the ALSC Notable Children’s Book, NCTE Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts, NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12, and the Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year. Susan lives in Maryland with her husband, and is a popular speaker at schools and conferences.


“A spot-on animal gallery for budding naturalists.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“This beautifully illustrated picture book celebrates creatures with spots, ranging from ‘singing quails’ and ‘gliding snails’ to ‘clinging frogs’ and ‘dozing hogs.’” ―Booklist

“An attractive, briefly informative, fun offering for the curious of mind.” ―School Library Journal


Notable Children’s Book (Nominee) ―Association for Library Service for Children 2015

Capital Choices Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (Nominee) ―Capital Choices 2015

Maryland Blue Crab Young Readers Award (honor book, Beginning Non-Fiction) ―Maryland Library Association 2016

Correll Book Award (birth to 3-year-old division) ―University of Maine’s College of Education and Human Development 2016

Redskins Reading List ―Redskins Charitable Foundation/Everybody Wins! DC 2016

Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award (preschool nominee) ―Keystone State Reading Association 2016-2017

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (primary) ―Kansas National Education Association 2016

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F&P: J, Gr 1, Genre I
Themes: Camouflage, Patterns in Nature
BISAC 1: JNF003000 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / General
BISAC 2: JNF042000 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Poetry / General
BISAC 3: JNF051000 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / General