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This fascinating nonfiction picture book about animal construction projects will captivate young scientists and naturalists—and have them looking for more in their own backyards!

Did you know the natural world is a construction zone? All over Earth, on land and at sea, animals are building the most amazing things. From tricky trapdoors to undersea cities to palaces of pebbles and more, come see the incredible creations of animal architects.

Photograph courtesy of the author

Amy Cherrix works as the children’s book buyer at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, North Carolina, and squeezes in writing time whenever she can. Her books include the nonfiction In the Shadow of the MoonBackyard Bears, Eye of the Storm, and Animal Architects. She earned a master’s degree in children’s literature from Simmons University. If she isn’t writing or scouring the internet for late-breaking science news, you can find her on Instagram @AmyCherrix.

Photo courtesy of the illustrator

Chris Sasaki is an animation art director, illustrator, and writer living in Oakland, California. He worked at Pixar Animation Studios and designed characters for Monsters University, Inside Out, Coco, and Onward. His work has been featured in Nucleus Gallery, Cartoon Brew, The New York Times, and Red Cap greeting cards. Chris is the illustrator of Animal Architects, Home Is a Window, and Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist, which received the 2019 Dilys Evans Founders Award from the Society of Illustrators.