Center for Children's Literature Blog

Children’s Book Committee – January 2021 Pick

Packs: Strength in Numbers
Author: Hannah Salyer

Simple text and colorfully captivating mixed-media illustrations explore how different creatures live in communities using teamwork to survive and thrive. (5-8).

Our Young Reviewer Says:

I liked this book and liked how it teaches you that when you work together it makes things easier. I liked how the animals protect each other by being in big groups. I also liked how the author showed all the names of the different animals at the end of the book.

I loved the illustrations! They’re really detailed and the pictures show how the animals protect each other and their babies from predators in groups.

–Ronan, 7, Salisbury Beach, MA.

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