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Children's Fiction General

The Animals Come Out

by (author) Susan Vande Griek

illustrated by Josée Bisaillon

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 2023
General, Poetry (see also Stories in Verse), Environment
Recommended Age
3 to 6
Recommended Grade
p to 1
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2023
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2023
    List Price

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Do you ever wonder what could happen if we all hid away? If we stayed in, we just might see … the animals come out!

A delightful series of poems describes the many animals that emerge from the woods, the hills and the skies when we are not around. Peek out your window and watch the deer grazing under the streetlights, the rabbits hopping through our vegetable gardens, and the ducks quack quack quacking along the sidewalks.

The Animals Come Out was inspired by the wildlife seen in quieted urban areas during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, a situation that young readers may well remember. But this book also encourages readers to be aware that, in fact, we share the outdoors with these animals all the time, and to consider the impact that we have upon them.


Key Text Features



Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:


Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.


Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.


Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

About the authors

Susan Vande Griek is the author of several children’s books. Her non-fiction picture book Loon, illustrated by Karen Reczuch, was named a USBBY Outstanding International Book and won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction and the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award. Susan has also written the acclaimed middle-grade novel A Gift for Ampato and a picture-book biography of Emily Carr, The Art Room, illustrated by Pascal Milelli, which won the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award.

She divides her time between Halifax, Nova Scotia, and St. Andrews, New Brunswick.

Susan Vande Griek's profile page

Jos&eacutee Bisaillon a illustr&eacute plus de trente-cinq livres pour enfants et cr&eacute&eacute de nombreuses illustrations pour des magazines et des journaux. Elle a &eacutet&eacute finaliste au Prix litt&eacuteraire du Gouverneur g&eacuten&eacuteral &agrave deux reprises et a remport&eacute le prestigieux Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award pour The Snow Knows. Il s’agit du quatri&egraveme ouvrage de Jos&eacutee avec Orca, apr&egraves My Head in the Clouds et Bedtime 123 &eacutecrit par Eric Walters, un succ&egraves de librairie. Elle vit en banlieue de Montr&eacuteal avec sa famille.

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Editorial Reviews

This book encourages us all to be more still and observant in the ways of animals and to appreciate the nature all around us.

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database

A lovely look at animals with whom we share this earth, all venturing among houses and roads and observed by people from their windows.

International Educator Global Book Recommendations

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