The Lerner Menagerie: Explore ARCs for Animal Lovers

From badgers to pteropods, kids can’t get enough of animals! Today we’ll share some of our upcoming titles that combine our love of interesting creatures with cool concepts like art, conservation, and bioengineering.

Continue reading to find upcoming titles for all grade levels and the links to take a sneak peek on NetGalley!

Washed Ashore: Making Art from Ocean Plastic by Kelly Crull

Coming March 1st 2022! Ages 6 – 10 Nonfiction

Every day, we use plastic products. And where do these items go when we are done with them? Too many end up in the ocean. Enter artist Angela Haseltine Pozzi, the founder of Washed Ashore. With the help of volunteers, she collects ocean trash and uses it to construct sculptures of ocean wildlife. The sculptures go on display to educate people about the effects of trash in our oceans. Author and photographer Kelly Crull highlights this phenomenal work, featuring fourteen sculptures. Each sculpture is accompanied by information about the animal as well as tips for how to reduce your plastic use.

Read and review this title on NETGALLEY!

Kelly Crull is an author, illustrator, and photographer. His most recent picture book is Washed Ashore: Making Art from Ocean Plastic. Originally from Iowa, he currently lives with his wife and three children in Spain.

Make Way for Animals! A World of Wildlife Crossings by Meeg Pincus and illustrated by Bao Luu

Coming April 5th 2022! Ages 5 – 9 Nonfiction

Around the world, roads and highways have cut through natural spaces. As a result, wild animals are cut off from the resources they need to survive. Fortunately, solving this problem has inspired some creative solutions! Take a tour of wildlife crossings across the globe—including badger bridges, penguin pipelines, and elephant underpasses. Discover how these inventive pathways have saved both animal and human lives and helped preserve ecosystems.

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Meeg Pincus is the author of several nonfiction books for children including Winged Wonders which was a Eureka! Nonfiction Honor Book and a Kirkus Best Picture Books of 2020. She lives in California with her husband and two children.

Bao Luu was born in Vietnam and currently lives near Houston, Texas. Bao knew he wanted to become an artist since he was a child. As an artist, he focuses on color and texture in his illustrations.

Glowing Bunnies!?: Why We’re Making Hybrids, Chimeras, and Clones by Jeff Campbell

Coming May 3rd 2022! Ages 11 – 18 Nonfiction

Our brave new world is here. With modern genetic technologies, science fiction’s “what if?” has become scientists’ “why not?” Bioengineering has the potential to remake animals in almost any way we can imagine, and it’s being used to solve a range of urgent global problems, including climate change, species extinctions, conservation, and human health. With reassuring, wry humor, Glowing Bunnies!? introduces teen readers to the possibilities, dangers, and ethical issues of bioengineering. Presented as a compendium of existing and proposed creatures, this book describes the animals being created, the scientific techniques involved, and each animal’s purpose. Additionally, it addresses bioethics, unintended consequences, and animal welfare.

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Jeff Campbell is a freelance writer and book editor. For twelve years he was a travel writer for Lonely Planet and has written two young adult books: Daisy to the Rescue, and Last of the Giants, about conservation. He lives in Morristown, New Jersey.

Little Killers: The Ferocious Lives of Puny Predators by Sneed B. Collard III

Coming March 1st 2022! Ages 8 – 12 Nonfiction

What do you think of when you hear the word “predator?” Lions, tigers, or bears? What about ladybird beetles? Meet some of the world’s most impressive predators! Small creatures can make a huge impact, changing ecosystems, controlling pests, and even taking down much larger creatures. Tiny predators utilize adaptations including poisons, strong jaws, and social groups to take down their prey. From pteropods to driver ants, discover the amazing lives of these voracious killers.

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Sneed B. Collard III has written more than fifty highly acclaimed books for young people including The Prairie Builders, One Night in the Coral Sea, Leaving Home, and the novels, Dog Sense and Flash Point. He lives in Missoula, Montana with his family.

Sensational Senses: Amazing Ways Animals Perceive the World by Rebecca E. Hirsch

Coming April 5th 2022! Ages 8 – 14 Nonfiction

Humans have five senses. But some animals can perceive things we can’t thanks to their extraordinary senses. From science writer Rebecca E. Hirsch comes a fascinating book that introduces these animals and delves into the science behind their senses. Discover how animals use their senses to find food, navigate their environment, and communicate. Featured animals include the star-nosed mole with its highly developed nose, the deadly sidewinder rattlesnake which uses its pits to strike its prey, and the electric eel that uses electroreception to sense its prey.

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Rebecca E. Hirsch, PhD, is the author of numerous books about science, nature, and geography for children. She lives with her husband and three children in State College, Pennsylvania. You can visit her online at

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