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Discover what Hidden Dangers lurk in this new #PictureBook from Chronicle!

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They creep. They slither. They gallop, fly and swim. The world’s deadliest creatures can be hard to spot unless you are right on top of them!

Author Lola M. Schaefer and illustrator, Tymn Armstrong explore 13 of the world’s deadliest creatures in the vibrant new picture book, Hidden Dangers published by Chronicle Books.

About Hidden Dangers

From the Golden Poison Dart Frog or the Tarantula Hawk Wasp to the mighty Hippo and Grizzly, Lola and Tymn have created a beautiful tapestry on each page that challenges the readers to spot the creature before it spots them! They also invite readers to dig deeper into the facts about each dangerous critter so they can learn how to spot, and survive, and encounter with one.

“Like us, animals try to avoid danger. But if someone, or something, invades their turf and startles them, they’ll use their natural defense mechanisms to protect themselves. In some cases, their defense is nothing more than a harsh sting. Other times, it may be a venomous tentacle, barbed quills, or poison-oozing skin. Just like in the real world, you may not see all of the animals in the book at first glance. Take a few moments to look under leaves, stare closely at a wave or peer into a dense forest. Sometimes danger is right in front of you~”

Hidden Dangers is a hardcover picture book for ages 5-8.

Note from Valarie: The author is very straightforward about the topic of animal injuries and possible death. Though refreshing, not all parents will appreciate the blunt and slightly graphic descriptions of the dangers.

Something To Do | Hidden Dangers-related FUN

There are so many wonderful ways for kids to learn about animals in the wild. Here are a few of the best sites for kids to be entertained while learning:

Switch Zoo
Switch Zoo is another site where the learning is slightly disguised by fun! Children can play animal games, create their own wacky new animals, even solve jigsaw puzzles.

World Wildlife Fund
As well as discovering more about endangered species and the important work the WWF does, this website has lots of great educational materials about animals. Check out tabs like Species, browse the excellent close-up images, and find the answers to questions like Why Are Sloths Slow?

Nat Geo Kids

National Geographic’s magazine for the younger set: an appealing mix of articles on wildlife, entertainment, science, technology, extreme sports, adventures, amazing kids, and world wonders.National Geographic Kids magazine: 10 issues per year, with large pullout posters and maps, collectible trading cards, contests, stickers, cover wraps, and more.

See Ya Later Alligator! | Alligator Crafts for Kids

Kids love animals so creating crafts featuring them has an extra appeal and face it alligators are pretty exciting animals. has shared a handful of fun alligator-themed activities and the crafts in this collection were not just chosen for the ease of doing them with children, but also for their displayability. Have fun!

alligator crafts

A Not-so-Scary Critter | The Fox Diaries.

This four-legged woodland creature is not something you want to run up to and pet, but their beauty and exuberant personalities are hard to beat!

Experience the magical story of a family of foxes that took up residence right in the front yard of the author and publisher, Valarie Budayr. The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden offers an enthusiastically educational opportunity to observe this fox family grow and learn together.

The Fox Diaries
From digging and hunting to playing and resting, this diary shares a rare glimpse into the private lives of Momma Rennie and her babies. Come watch as they navigate this wildly dangerous but still wonderful world. Great to share with your children or students, The Fox Diaries speaks to the importance of growing and learning both individually and as a family unit. It is a perfect book for story time or family sharing. Not only can you read about the daily rituals of this marvelous fox family, there is an information-packed resource section at the end of the book that includes lots of facts and even a few “fox movies” that you can enjoy with your family. Grab your copy of this beautiful and inspiring book HERE.