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Born in the Wild – A Picture Book Review

Born in the Wild - A Picture Book Review from All About Reading

Reading the newly-released Born in the Wild by Lita Judge this morning was an absolute joy.

This non-fiction book reads as easily as fiction, with every page turn revealing a new baby mammal with its mother.

My own sweet puppy Bea turns one year old today. She’s such a good girl, and I’m privileged to be her momma!

Reading Born in the Wild gave me a chance to indulge myself in a nostalgic look back at Bea’s first year of life. Maybe that’s why it tugged at my heart strings.

I think I said “Aww…how darling!” and “How sweet!” at least ten times, even in response to the musk ox herd protecting a baby. Can you find him?

Born in the Wild - A Picture Book Review from All About Reading

Why I Love Born in the Wild

Lita Judge is uniquely qualified to write and illustrate a book about animals. Her childhood was filled with wildlife: bears, hawks, owls, cats, dogs, eagles, and more. The experiences she had as a child helped shape her dream of one day creating books for children. You can read more about Lita’s childhood and about her love of animals on her website.

Lita still observes nature every day from her home in the woods of New Hampshire. This may explain her incredible ability to capture the unique expressions of the animals in her illustrations.

Just look at the little faces on this passel of possums!

Born in the Wild - A Picture Book Review from All About Reading

I love books that you can enjoy on multiple levels, and that is the case with this book. If you are reading Born in the Wild with a very young child, you can simply read the nine larger sentences that divide the 48-page book into sections, such as “The baby is hungry!” and “The baby needs protection.” The playful illustrations will entertain even the youngest child.

Born in the Wild - A Picture Book Review from All About Reading

With older children, or just for your own enjoyment, you can dive in more deeply and read the descriptive paragraphs that accompany each of the twenty-six animals. Born in the Wild is the perfect book for children of all ages!

One of my all-time favorite picture books is another Lita Judge classic—red sled. I didn’t think any book could surpass it…but Born in the Wild did just that.

What’s your favorite animal? Share in the comments below.

Other Books By Lita Judge:

  • Hoot and Peep and A Song for Snow (Read my full review)
  • Red Sled (Read my full review)
  • Red Hat
  • One Thousand Tracings: Healing the Wounds of World War II
  • Bird Talk: What Birds Are Saying and Why
  • Pennies for Elephants

Read more reviews of my favorite Friendship Picture Books!

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Heather

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We are always looking for new authors and books. This looks very sweet.

Robin E.

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Heather,
It IS a very sweet book!

Michelle

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Love the illustrations!

Chandi

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Ooh! Sounds great! My kids will love this one; need to see if the library has it.

Ginger

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Can’t wait to learn more about these books.

Mandi

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This book looks so cute! I’m hoping our library gets it in 😊

Mindy S.

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These books look so sweet! Would love to read them.

I’ve heard so much positive comments about these books and with my struggles with my 6 year old …I would b pleased to try them out

Frances L

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Can’t wait to see if my library has any of Judge’s books – they are so beautiful!

Robin E.

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Frances,
If your library doesn’t have them, maybe you can put in a recommendation. They are definitely great books for a library to have!

Kamila J

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I am not familiar with this author… would love to read one of her books

Leila

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I love this picture book. I want it for my child and for my students!!!

Samantha Stuard

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I have yet to read one of lita’s books but the illustrations are beautiful

Robin E.

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Samantha,
Hopefully when you do read one of Lita Judge’s books you find you enjoy it.

Lisa

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I love the illustrations – they are beautiful!

Jamie

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We love Red Hat and can’t wait to check out more of her books! Thank you for the library list.

Julie C

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I love these illustrations!

Judith Martinez

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These illustrations are just darling!

Angela Bennett

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I think both of my kiddos would enjoy this book, I’ll have to look for it at the library.

Robin E.

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I hope you can find it, Angela. It is a gem of a book!

Jessica

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Thank you for always having such good book recommendations! These look like wonderful books. I love the illustrations.

Robin E.

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You are welcome, Jessica!

Char

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Pandas are my favorite!

Char

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Panda bears

Sau Myaw

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Thank you so much for giving a great chance to try. Now l am only heading to save money by giving tutions not by taking LOANS for start up cost to run Lilttle America pre-school in Myanmar.
Thanks a lot for your information and free materials.
May God bless you all greatly.

Catherine Brown

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I can’t wait to get these books and start reading them to my boys!

Deanne

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Will be adding this to my list of must have books

Patti M.

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Illustrations are just beautiful!

Lydia H.

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I love that these books get kids interested in animals and nature!

Daniella Garcia

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Love that these books adapt to different ages!

Kiri Nielsen

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Another cute animal one! My kids would love it.

Ashley Pittman

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I’m going to see if my library has these. I think my son would love them.

ko

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These books look great! My kids and I should look for them at our library…

Billie Joy

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We love Lita Judge books! We’ve borrowed Born in the Wild from the library, and Red Hat is part of our family picture book collection! Can’t say enough good things about the precious art and sweet story lines.

Robin E.

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Billie,
We agree! Lita Judge’s books are simply wonderful!

Katie Olson

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I need to read these with my kids!

Sara Sharer

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I can’t wait to see these charming books and use them to entice some struggling readers.

Betty Bair

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What an adorable book – can’t wait to read it to my granddaughters!

Dorinda Turner

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Oh my goodness I have to get this book for my son he would love it.

Raluca V.

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Fascinating book 😍

Clorinda

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The books look nice

Angie

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I’m going to have to look for this one. It sounds much more engaging than a lot of animal nonfiction.

kelly thompson

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this is adorable and I think my little ones would love to read it

Elizabeth whalley

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Would love this for my two youngest !

Ann Morris

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I can’t wait to get a Lita Judge book to read to my grandchildren!

Kristen

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I had only read Flight School before now, and am really looking forward to reading more of Lita Judge’s books! I love that she lives in NH as well, and that we have both lived in Alaska. She has surely witnessed much of the beauty of nature. Her illustrations are filled with expression and tell a story on their own!

Robin E.

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Kristen,
You have so much in common with Lita Judge!

Melissa Picou

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Labrador Retrievers are my favorite animal and I can not wait to be introduced to Lita’s amazing books.

Nishath Rehman

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It was an absolute joy to read this book. The illustrations are beautiful.

Kateri

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Love the illustrations and humor

Judy S.

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Looks like a beautiful, well illustrated, informative and heart warming book. Love animals and this is one my daughter would enjoy completely.

Audra

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The illustrations are amazing!

Rae C

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Looks like a great book! My favorite always has been the cheetah. So beautiful, graceful, and fast.

Robin E.

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Rae,
My mother’s favorite animal has always been the cheetah. She has a very large collection and by extension they have always felt special to me.

Meghan Taylor

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Can’t wait to read! The pictures and story look amazing!

Absolutely love the pictures.

Jane

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This looks awesome! I am recommending to my local library!

Becky

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Looks awesome!

LoryAnn Payne

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I love books that will appeal to all my kids ages 2-10 and this seems like a perfect one. I just put it on hold at our library and can’t wait to pick it up.

Dawn

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The illustrations are beautiful. I love how the books will grow with kids from a short sentence to a full paragraph. I see many opportunities for counting in this book as well. Can’t wait to read this book to my daughter.

Robin E.

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Dawn,
You pointed out some great teaching opportunities in this book that I didn’t even notice! Thank you.

Sarah K

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I just love this book. The illustrations are beautiful.

Chere

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Love these illustrations!

D. Dorsey

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Nice artwork!

Sara L

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This looks adorable! I love animal books for kids. The illustrations are just beautiful.

Hope Ryan

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The giraffes are my favorite.

Karen

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Cute! Thanks for the book suggestion.

Brianna

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This is a new book and author for us! It sounds like an endearing book with beautiful illustrations that is sure to become a family classic. Thanks for sharing your review of the book!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Brianna!

Orly raz

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Wow!!! Amazing!!!

Mandy T

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This author is new to me. Her books look interesting and beautiful. I look forward to sharing these with my children.

Melissa

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Thank you for sharing. I love the illustrations! I’m looking forward to reading the book.

Marlea

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I love these illustrations. <3

K Fussell

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I can’t wait to read this book during our Science unit on mammals. My children will love the captivating illustrations!

Robin E.

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This will be a great add-on for a unit on mammals!

marie

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We have read another of her books, “Hoot and Peep.” very cute

Melissa

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These look fantastic! Thank you for showing us this great book and wonderful author!

Kristi

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Fun books! Love hearing about ones I’m not already familiar with.

Patricia

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Looks like a great book. Looking forward to reading it with my little ones!

Heather

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These books look so fun to read! Can’t wait to find them at my local library.

Kristina

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😃

Barbara

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I can’t wait to read this book to my students

Candace

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Is it ok to read picture books to your kids when they’re teenagers? I don’t think I will outgrow it, so I hope they don’t. My oldest is 9 and time flies!

Robin E.

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Candace,
It’s okay if they are willing to sit and listen! However, I have found that teenagers are more willing to enjoy picture books when they are the ones reading them and sharing them with a younger child.

Arfat Hadrami

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I hope my kids become always winners of your creative learning products.

Erica Livingston

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I cannot wait to share with my kids! The illustrations look beautiful!

Mary

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What beautiful illustrations! I’d love to share these books with my students!

Amber S

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I always enjoy discovering new authors and books that will inspire the love of reading in my kids just as I have! Thanks for the new recommendation.

Hannah

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I have never heard of these books! Thanks for this!

Julianna Hofer

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The art work is beautifully done.

Brittany

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Thanks for introducing me to a new author! Can’t wait to check out some of these beautiful books!

Robin E.

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We hope you enjoy Lita Judge’s works as much as we have, Brittany!

Amber richards

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These illustrations are so heartwarming! We all love giraffes in our family, so that is our favorite image!

pam

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Love this book!

Lily

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Looks cute!

Rose Muralla

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Great books to have when teaching students about basic needs.

Robin E.

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Rose,
Yes! There is lots to learn and enjoy in Lita Judge’s books.

Kelly Potter

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Love your suggestions! Thanks for the downloads!!

Beth

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Thanks for this recommendation. I love books that can be enjoyed by my littles and bigs. Will have to check it out.

Robin E.

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Beth,
We do think Lita Judge’s books are enjoyable by a wide range of ages. Enjoy!

Teresa

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Love the beautiful illustrations!

PattyH

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I am excited to read more of the Lita Judge books. They are wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated!

Jackie

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Can’t wait to read these to my kids.

Jessica S

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I have not seen this author’s books before! Thank you for sharing them. My kids would love these illustrations. I will be putting these on our library list!

Robin E.

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I hope you and your kids enjoy these books, Jessica!

Jennifer Allen

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Looks cute! I love the cover art!

Magela

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What precious book

Nicole

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I hadn’t heard of Lita Judge prior to your pitch for Hoot and Peep. The stories seem sweet and the pictures are outstanding. Thanks for the recommendation.

Robin E.

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You are welcome, Nicole. We hope you enjoy these as much as we have!

Grandmama

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LOVE her illustrations. These animals speak to you through their expressions. The grandkids dissolve into giggles sharing what they think the animals would say. Can always count on these books for a happy reading experience.

Robin E.

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Grandmama,
Awww, how sweet! Thank you for sharing your experiences with your grandkids with this book.

Jessica Shirley

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The illustrations look beautiful. Something that would captivate my two daughters. Always on the lookout for good books WITH beautiful illustrations!

Robin E.

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We agree, Jessica! We love beautiful picture books!

Becki

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Wow! This book looks wonderful for my almost four year old! Thanks for the review. It’ll be headed to our home soon!

Kristen

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This looks like an awesome book! We’re always on the look out for books all our kids will love!

Delpha Powell

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Just pinned Hug Machine and Born in the Wild, The illustrations are beautiful and I can hardly wait to read the stories. Thank you, Marie, for all the work you do to help us teach our children to read.

Marie Rippel

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You are so welcome! Enjoy savoring these books from cover to cover. The illustrations really are fantastic.

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