Happy Book Birthday, Growing up Gorilla!

Today is the official release date for my 12th book, Growing Up Gorilla: How a Zoo Baby Brought Her Family Together. I couldn’t be happier with my publisher, Millbrook Press, for having produced a beautifully designed book with full-color photos and an irresistible cover:


As PBS mentioned in its special new series titled Animal Babies: First Year on Earth, the birth of a baby gorilla is rare indeed both in zoos and around the world.  Growing Up Gorilla is the story of one gorilla baby’s birth at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo and what happened after her mother refused to care for her when she was first born. Was she not interested in her baby or did the first time mother just not know what to do? Fortunately, with a patient and determined zoo staff and help from a shy silverback male named Leo, mother and daughter were able to bond successfully within several months.


I will be giving a reading and book signing at Woodland Park Zoo’s Summer Safari: African Wildlife Conservation Day on Saturday, September 7 at 11:30 am at the Gorilla outdoor exhibit.

Join me in celebrating African wildlife and the conservation projects the Zoo is involved with to help promote the long-term survival of gorillas, giraffes, lions, and other critical African animals in the wild and in zoos around the world.

Please follow me on Facebook and Twitter. I also do author visits at your school or library. You can order the book from your favorite bookstore or online at Lernerbooks.com, Amazon or BarnesandNoble.