Author Spotlight: Steve Jenkins


At LEAP, we love to share some of favorite children’s books with you. You may notice a lot of our favorite stories have one thing in common—they are about animals! Books are one of the best ways to connect our own experiences to those of others, including animals and nature!

One author that we love is Steve Jenkins. Jenkins writes about animals big and small, from beetles to blue whales and everything in between, but he doesn’t stop there! He has books about the deepest parts of the ocean and the farthest reaches of space. These might be for children, but we always learn something new when we read one of Jenkin’s books. The beautiful illustrations are what pulled us in, but the amazing animal facts are what what kept us coming back for more!

Below are a few of Jenkin’s books that we highly recommend making a part of your collection.

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Who Am I? An Animal Guessing Game

Who Am I? gives reader clues so they can guess which animal will be revealed in a beautiful, full-spread illustration when they turn the page. Playful nouns, adjectives, and verbs describe the characteristics and movements of each animal.


Actual Size

In this visually stunning book, seeing is believing as Jenkins illustrates animals both large and small at their actual size.

How big is a crocodile? What about a tiger, or the world's largest spider? Can you imagine a tongue that is two feet long or an eye that's bigger than your head? Sometimes facts and figures don't tell the whole story. Sometimes you need to see things for yourself, at their actual size.



Animals move! Follow them as they swing, dance, float, leap, and slide from page to page, then learn why these animals move the way they do. Move! is a playful introduction to motion in the animal kingdom that invites young readers to guess some of the unusual ways that animals get around. Action is the name of the game, so move!

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Sisters & Brothers: Sibling Relationships in the Animal World

Investigate sibling relationships throughout the animal kingdom. In this book you will learn that anteaters are always only children and nine-banded armadillos are always born as identical quadruplets. You will also learn that falcons play-hunt in the sky and that hyena cubs fight to the death. This is the perfect book for animal lovers young and old!

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What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?

A nose for digging? Ears for seeing? Explore the many amazing things animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails in this interactive guessing book, beautifully illustrated in cut-paper collage, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor.


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Written by Emily Van Laan