Step into spring…with a wild adventure!

March has finally arrived, and spring is in the air! The groundhog didn’t see his shadow this year so it’s safe to say the worst of winter is finally over. Spring is the perfect season to get outside with your kids and take advantage of all your town has to offer.  What better way to spend a day then taking a stroll through your local zoo? Zoos across America are gearing up for their busiest season by planning special events for the whole family.

Sylvan Dell proudly publishes two titles designed to both entertain and educate your child about the many different animals they can find in the zoo.  T’was the Day Before Zoo Day and What’s New at the Zoo are stories guaranteed to capture your child’s interest and prepare them for either a Saturday afternoon at the zoo, or a math test at school the next day.ZooDay.php

T’was the Day Before Zoo Day  is written by Catherine Ipcizade and illustrated by Ben Hodson. This story will have your children laughing as you turn the pages to discover all of the mishaps the zoo keepers face in preparation for a day at the zoo. “Children will love this story for its bold colors and familiar meter. Parents and educators will enjoy using the educational materials, which include a picture-word matching exercise, animal fun facts table, a zookeeper fact sheet, and an online supplement.” – ForeWord Magazine. This story is for animal lovers…young and old!

Catherine Ipcizade has written for numerous publications and also works as an assistant editor for Thirteen Minutes Magazine. Ben Hodson illustrates full time from his home in Ottawa, Canada. His published works for Sylvan Dell include ‘Twas the Day before Zoo Day, In Arctic Waters, and How the Moon Regained Her Shape. ‘Twas the Day Before Zoo Day  was selected for the IRA-CBC Children’s Choices List 2009 and also for the 2010 Florida Summer Recommended Reading List.

The next Sylvan Dell title, What’s New at the Zoo?, written by Susan Slade, also guarantees to captive the young mind with fun, yet educational, animal adding games and vivid illustrations by Joan Waites. This story takes your child on an adventure through the zoo adding up the various different species.  Winner of the 2011 Teachers’ Choice Award, What’s New at the Zoo has been described as:

Art from What's New at the Zoo?

“An attractive and instructive picture book. This cheerful package of images and information delivers intellectual nourishment in the guise of a tasty treat for the eyes. It’s a fun introduction to early math skills and basic animal facts.–Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR. 

Slade is the author of more than 80 books for children, including Animals are Sleeping, What’s the Difference?, and What’s New at the Zoo?  for Sylvan Dell Publishing. Joan Waites has illustrated nearly 40 books for the educational and trade marketplace, including What’s the Difference?, and What’s New at the Zoo? for Sylvan Dell Publishing.

So sit down, relax, and read with your child this spring to gear up for a trip to your local zoo!  For more information about zoo events near you, visit the National Associations of Zoos and Aquariums website, and search your state. For even more books for the animal lover, visit the Sylvan Dell Publishing Website at


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