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Children's Nonfiction Biology

Hooray for DNA!

How a Bear and a Bug Are a Lot Like Us

by (author) Pauline Thompson

illustrated by Greg Pizzoli

Random House Publishing Group
Initial publish date
Apr 2023
Biology, Body, General
Recommended Age
4 to 8
Recommended Grade
p to 3
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2023
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2023
    List Price

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Bill Nye meets Green Eggs and Ham in this playful and rhythmic nonfiction picture book that introduces readers to the concept of DNA, and celebrates the similarities we share with all life-forms--and each other!

DNA is the ABC
of what makes you, you
and what makes me, me.

Did you know we share DNA with every living thing? Humans, bugs, bears, even a virus--we all have shared DNA hidden inside us!

From a debut author and an award-winning illustrator, here is a bouncy and playful picture book--perfect for the classroom or for story time--about the genetic code that makes up all living things, and reminds us that we're all more alike than we think.

About the authors

Pauline Thompson's profile page

Greg Pizzoli is the author and illustrator of several books, including the Geisel Award-winning The Watermelon Seed, as well as Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower and Good Night Owl.  He lives in Philadelphia. Visit him online at

Greg Pizzoli's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"It's a peppy, approachable intro to a big topic, best suited to the younger end of the target audience." —Publishers Weekly
"A fun introduction to DNA that will certainly pique the curiosity of future scientists." —School Library Journal

Other titles by Greg Pizzoli