Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

Hey, Daddy! Animal Fathers and Their Babies

by Mary Batten
illustrated by Higgins Bond

In the animal kingdom, mommies are often solely responsible for the upbringing of their young. But daddies can, and do, help in a variety of surprising ways.

In this natural science book for children, award-winning writer Mary Batten offers a fascinating and entertaining look at paternal behavior in the animal world. From birds and amphibians to small mammals and primates, numerous examples of males caring for their young are presented in accurate and clear language. Factual information on animal development and behavior is provided throughout the text.

Illustrator Higgins Bond’s realistic and detailed illustrations accurately depict the animal families in their natural habitats, and warmly bring to life the animal daddies interacting with their babies.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-272-9
Publication Date: 9/1/2002
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-3/4″ x 9-3/4″
Age Range: 6 – 10
Language: English
AR Level: 4.4
F&P: GRL N, Gr 3, Genre I
Lexile: AD720L
Themes: Animal Fathers
BISAC 1: JNF019060 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Family /Parents
BISAC 2: JNF003330 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Baby Animals
BISAC 3: JNF051150 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Zoology


“A good deal of information in an attractive format…a welcome addition to most libraries.” ―Booklist

“Bond’s realistic watercolor paintings nicely reflect the text and do an excellent job of showing a loving relationship between the animal dads and their young against a backdrop that shows their natural habitat… a lovely book…” ―School Library Journal

“The text is written in a clear, easy-to-understand format that goes along with beautiful, full-page realistic drawings that show fathers caring for their offspring… This book would be exceptionally valuable in a science class where the roles of each animal family member are taught, especially the unusual roles of animal fathers. Highly Recommended.” ―Library Media Connection

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“Big, realistic, vivid art instantly captivates the reader. And the text grips him with the strange parenting habits of mammals, birds, and reptiles.” ―Science Books & Films

“A terrific read for Father’s Day or any day.” ―Bristol Herald Courier

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Young Hoosier Book Award (Nominee, Picture Book) ―Association for Indiana Media Educators, 2005-2006

Children’s Crown Gallery Award (Nominee) ―National Christian School Association, 2004-2005

Meet the Author

Mary Batten, an award-winning writer for television, film and publishing, was nominated for an Emmy for her work on the Children’s Television Workshop’s science series 3-2-1 Contact and has written more than fifty nature documentaries for television, including the syndicated series Wild Wild World of Animals. She lives in Virginia. You can visit her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Higgins Bond received a BFA from the Memphis College of Art and has illustrated many books for children. She lives in Tennessee. You can visit her website here.