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Sea Lions in the Parking Lot: Animals On The Move In A Time Of Pandemic (Hardcover)

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By Lenora Todaro, Annika Siems (Illustrator)
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What would happen if people all around the world stayed inside, away from animals' habitats? Twelve fascinating real-life stories of creatures around the globe who reclaimed their habitat during the COVID-19 quarantine show animal lovers and aspiring citizen scientists how to help wildlife by fighting habitat loss. 

A Junior Library Guild selection.
With the skies, roads, and waterways clear and quiet during the COVID-19 pandemic, the natural world seemed to return to an earlier, wilder state. Animals crossed boundaries that people had set over centuries, reclaiming ancient habitats. From sea lions who clambered into a parking lot in Argentina to deer who wandered in a Japanese subway to lions lounging in the middle of South African roads to kangaroos who bounced through a shopping district in Australia, this thoroughly researched, stunningly illustrated book tells the stories of these newly footloose creatures -- and describes what the COVID-19 "pause" taught scientists about how ecosystems and wildlife can rebound if the right environmental conditions are achieved.

About the Author

Lenora Todaro is a writer, editor, walker, and wildlife enthusiast. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, the Atlantic, Salon, Bookforum, and elsewhere. This is her debut children's book.

Winner of the Global Illustration Award of Excellence in book illustration and a White Raven Award, Annika Siems holds a Master of Science illustration; her inspiration is based on nature and her work has been shown at exhibitions around the world. This is her debut children's book. Visit

Praise For…

A Junior Library Guild selection

“Captivating…. A must-have for all science and social studies collections at all grade levels.” —School Library Connections, highly recommended

Sea Lions in the Parking Lot is an amazingly timely and stunning account of how animals were impacted by the Pandemic. As educators we strive to encourage our students to become Global Citizens and this book points them in the right direction!  If you are a teacher who covers Climate Change, Human Impact , Biomes, or Animal Habitats, this book is a great resource to enhance your unit!” —Sasha Swift, Science Teacher, Arts & Letters 305 United, Brooklyn, NY

"Timely, fascinating and informative! Sea Lions in the Parking Lot will make children laugh, wonder, and most importantly, see the interconnectedness between human life and wildlife. The short vignettes and beautiful illustrations make this book accessible to children of all ages. It lends itself perfectly to facilitating lively elementary classroom discussions about the pandemic, animal habitats and conservationism." —Rebecca McMurdie, Principal, KIPP Washington Heights Elementary School, New York, NY 

"If you're looking for a book with wide appeal and broad curricular connections, look no further than Sea Lions in the Parking Lot! I teach grades K-5 and I try to incorporate the Global Goals into as many lessons as I can. I see this book fitting into several of those categories—Life on Land, Sustainable Cities and Communities, and Climate Action, to name a few—making for a strong way to tie in a global focus and STEM themes." —Laura Luker, MLS, Library Teacher, Massachusetts School Library Association President

"In this series of delightful vignettes in which animal behavior and habitat change during the COVID-19 lockdowns, Todaro playfully captures some of the serious problems of coexistence between humans and wild animals." —Dr. Matthias-Claudio Loretto, Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior

Product Details
ISBN: 9781662650499
ISBN-10: 1662650493
Publisher: mineditionUS
Publication Date: October 5th, 2021
Pages: 48
Language: English