Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

Spectacular Spots

Bilingual Edition: Spectacular Spots/Magníficas manchas

by Susan Stockdale

You’ll be amazed to discover all the different reasons why animals have spots!

What kinds of animals have spots, and why do they have them? To scare predators, hide more easily, or warn enemies to stay away? With engaging rhymes and bright, bold images, award-winning author and illustrator Susan Stockdale introduces young readers to the many ways in which animals benefit from their spots. Back matter tells a little bit more about each animal, and readers can test their knowledge of animal spots with a fun matching game at the end!

Hardcover: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-817-2
Total Pages: 32
Size: 10 3/8 x 9 3/8
Language: English
F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: J
F&P Grade: 1


“A spot-on animal gallery for budding naturalists.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“This beautifully illustrated picture book celebrates creatures with spots, ranging from ‘singing quails’ and ‘gliding snails’ to ‘clinging frogs’ and ‘dozing hogs.’” ―Booklist

“An attractive, briefly informative, fun offering for the curious of mind.” ―School Library Journal

“Stockdale ingeniously uses pattern in text and art to introduce kids to a variety of creature and their habitats. Rhyme, alliteration and deftly handled meter energize [the] information.” ―Washington Parent

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“There are so many rich opportunities for reading Susan’s work with your students.” ―The Uncommon Corp

“There is a lot packed into this beautiful picture book.” ―The Nonfiction Detectives

“It’s a great resource for kids and adults will enjoy it, too!” ―Raised to Read

“Susan Stockdale has created a fun book that works well as a read aloud for both personal and classroom use.” ―Geo Librarian

“The text makes great use of verbs and may expose some children to new vocabulary.” ―Kid Lit Frenzy

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Notable Children’s Book (Nominee) ―Association for Library Service for Children 2015

Capital Choices Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (Nominee) ―Capital Choices 2015

Maryland Blue Crab Young Readers Award (honor book, Beginning Non-Fiction) ―Maryland Library Association 2016

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Correll Book Award (birth to 3-year-old division) ―University of Maine’s College of Education and Human Development 2016

Redskins Reading List ―Redskins Charitable Foundation/Everybody Wins! DC 2016

Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award (preschool nominee) ―Keystone State Reading Association 2016-2017

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (primary) ―Kansas National Education Association 2016

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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.