Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

Carry Me!

Animal Babies on the Move

by Susan Stockdale

Animal parents carry their young in many different ways. Some tote babies on their backs. Others dangle them from their mouths or prop them on their shoulders.

In straightforward language and bright, colorful pictures, author-illustrator Susan Stockdale shows young children how animals around the world transport their young.

From kangaroos carrying babies in pouches in the Australian outback to penguin babies perched on their parents’ feet in the frozen Antarctic, Stockdale places each animal family in its natural habitat. The story ends on a reassuring note with a human baby snuggled in her mother’s arms.

Paintings from Carry Me! are also featured in a coloring book, block puzzle and notecards available from Pomegranate.

Hardcover: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-328-3
Total Pages: 32
Size: 10 3/8 x 9 3/8
Language: English
Paperback: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-449-5
Total Pages: 32
Size: 10 3/8 x 9 3/8
Language: English
F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: I
F&P Grade: 1


“A beautifully sweet look at how babies are carried, from insects and birds, to mammals and fish, and ultimately to how your own mother carried you… The illustrations are perfect for young readers. Featuring simple lines and vibrant colors, they complement the text by focusing on the interaction between the parent and child. Sure to become a calm and soothing bedtime favorite.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“The facts of zoology are both exciting and cuddly in this science picture book with clear, bright acrylic illustrations… A bibliography will lead to more fun reading about animals. The focus on movement as well as the physical immediacy in words and pictures make this a good choice to introduce science to the very young.” ―Booklist

“This is an ideal book for very young scientists to begin to explore adaptations, habitats, and life cycles. The minimal, vocabulary-building text accompanies double-page illustrations that skillfully employ color and strong design to illustrate the diversity of animal adaptations.” ―NSTA Recommends

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“…Science is combined with warming images of parental love to create a lovely picture book that adults will enjoy sharing with the children in their lives.” ―Through the Looking Glass blog

“Susan Stockdale’s bold, bright illustrations and easy-to-read text introduce young children to the variety of ways animal babies are carried about.” ―Sally’s Bookshelf blog

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NSTA Recommends ―National Science Teachers Association 2005

Parents’ Choice Approved Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation 2005

The Original Art ―Society of Illustrators 2005

Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education 2006

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Meet the Author/Illustrator

Susan Stockdale has written and illustrated a number of children’s picture books, including Stripes of All TypesBring On the Birds, Fabulous Fishes, and Carry Me. Her books celebrate nature with exuberance and charm and have won awards from the American Library Association, Parents’ Choice, and the National Science Teachers Association. Stockdale lives in Maryland and speaks frequently at schools and conferences. You can visit her website here.