Hi, we're Bethanie and Josh Hestermann, and we write animal-science books for kids. Our goal is to connect kids, their families, and wildlife enthusiasts of all ages to the wonderful world of zoology.
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Animal-Science Books

  • Zoology for Kids

    An interactive introduction to working with animals, Zoology for Kids invites the next generation of zoologists to discover the animal kingdom through clear, entertaining information and anecdotes, lush color photos, hands-on activities, and peer-reviewed research.

    Marine Science for Kids

    A colorful, comprehensive, and friendly guide to the underwater world, Marine Science for Kids features tons of cool creatures, marine habitats, real-life marine scientists, and hands-on, cross-curricular activities in each chapter.

    Ocean Animals for Kids

    In Ocean Animals for Kids: A Junior Scientist's Guide to Whales, Sharks, and Other Marine Life, kids discover dozens of marine species, from sea spiders to sponges, and find out where they live, what they eat, and more!

    The Fascinating Ocean Book for Kids

    The Fascinating Ocean Book for Kids features 500 awesome ocean facts. Pages of full-color pictures showcase life in and around the sea including marine mammals, marine reptiles, sharks and other fishes, shipwrecks, and even pirates!

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  • NEW! The Magnificent Book of Creatures of the Abyss

    Filled with facts and bright, bold, scientifically accurate illustrations, The Magnificent Book of Creatures of the Abyss takes young readers on a deep dive of adventure and exploration! 

    Search the Ocean, 
    Find the Animals

    Explore a world of ocean animals in Search the Ocean, Find the Animals. Kids search for hidden pictures and learn about the ocean’s most interesting animals and habitats along the way.

    Search the Zoo, 
    Find the Animals

    Search the Zoo, Find the Animals is a fun, fact-filled search book for kids. You won’t have to search far to find (and find out about) some of the world’s wildest and most interesting animals.

Our Reviews

  • An engaging, fascinating, and thorough book. The kind of book that parents (and aunts and uncles) enjoy as much as the children. Plus the activities are kind of brilliant. This will be a go-to for holiday and birthday gifts for years to come.

    Perfect for your little animal lover

    Coralhoriza on Amazon
  • What a delight! A well-written, informative, and educational book for kids with engaging and exciting activities. Read the book and did some of the activities with my 8 year old nephew. He did not want to stop! Would highly recommend this book to anyone with kids or teachers looking for a new science book. Great layout and pictures! Very engaging!

    Great addition to our science library!

    Amazon Customer
  • This book is so awesome! The illustrations are great, and some of the creatures are hidden just hard enough to have my 4yo challenged. It’s written at a good level of engagement for young kids.

    Awesome book!

    MG Mom on Amazon
  • My animal loving daughter is obsessed with this book!! Full of interesting info of different animals as well as the “I spy” aspect! My daughter is 4 and it’s hard enough, but also not super easy. Love all the facts about the animals.

    Great book for animal loving kids!

    Jasmine Schroeder on Amazon
  • We used this for homeschooling and my son was enthralled by it. He learned way more than he ever has from a textbook! I learned a lot also. I would definitely recommend this book.

    Kept my son enthralled

    Amanda Riley on Amazon
  • My husband and I, and our children (ages 16-10 & 6) recently read The Fascinating Ocean Book for Kids and we loved it! The book had great pictures, interesting information and fun activities. The format based on 500 facts made it a quick read where our kids kept wanting to find out the next fact!!! It is definitely a great book for any age, and a perfect gift!

    Fun and easy reading with my kids

    Chris Campbell on Amazon
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