Q: The recommended age range for Zoology for Kids is 9+. That covers a lot of ground. What is the "ideal age" to read this book?
A: The sweet spot for Zoology for Kids in terms of target age range is probably 11-14. However, science and/or animal-enthused 9-10-year-olds will also enjoy the book, especially if they have guidance in reading and performing the activities. Our suggestion for readers on the younger side of the spectrum is to take the book in small chunks, enjoy the funny stories and colorful photos, and work with an older sibling or an adult to maximize learning during activities. Chapters 1-3 contain the most dense science material, so this section may present a good opportunity for parents to step in and help, depending on the child.
On the older end of the age spectrum, pre-teens and teens will find particular value in the real-life zoologist profiles and career-advice sections throughout Part 2. Older readers can use the book as a career guide, a supplement to science classes, and a springboard for designing more advanced science projects.
THE BOTTOM LINE: Zoology for Kids has depth and therefore, it’s a book kids can grow into! It may serve a different purpose for a 9-year-old than it does for a 14-year-old, but there’s value among its pages for animal lovers of ALL ages.
Q: Can I adapt the Zoology for Kids activities for younger kids?
A: Yes! While the text is written for ages 9 and up, most of the 21 activities can be adjusted for kids of all ages. In fact, many activities include tips to help readers, teachers, parents, and homeschoolers make projects simpler or more difficult depending on the audience.
Q: What was it like to write Zoology for Kids?
A: It was a fun challenge to co-author a book as a married couple. Bethanie’s favorite sections to write were the chapter openers, which tell stories, and the bits about ecology, conservation, and inspiring kids to see the bigger picture. Josh’s favorite sections to write were those that involved animal training and husbandry, as well as wildlife research.
We also enjoyed interviewing dozens of zoologists around the world! We leveraged connections and subject experts to make sure Zoology for Kids reflects the latest research. Our number-one goal is to inspire readers to use their unique talents and passions to make a difference. The book took a lot of time and effort, but it was worth it. We hope Zoology for Kids is as much fun to read as it was to write!
Q: What is your connection with the Kratt Brothers?
A: Like many other current and future zoologists, the Kratt Brothers helped inspire our love for animals and the natural world. We shared our vision for Zoology for Kids with the bros and sent them bits and pieces of the book as we were writing it. To our delight, Martin and Chris believed in the value of our project and agreed to write a foreword for the book!