Babies Nurse
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This poetic picture book introduces readers to a collection of baby animals doing what comes naturally—nursing. The luminous illustrations and lyrical text give children a glimpse into the worlds of 13 different mammal babies. Compelling childhood facts broaden the reader’s knowledge about each species. Did you know that newborn bats consume their own weight in milk every day?

The overarching theme of breastfeeding inspires conversations about parenting, biology, habitats, survival, and more, making this book an engaging choice for young children as well as elementary school readers. An extensive Teacher’s Guide, available for free download in English and Spanish, enhances the book’s content, increasing learning opportunities.

Babies Nurse is a 2019 International Book Awards winner in the "Children's Picture Book: Softcover Non-Fiction" category.


Phoebe Fox is an elementary school librarian, children’s book author and mother of three. She wrote this book to emphasize the warmth and beauty of nursing. With degrees in Early Childhood Development and Curriculum Instruction, Phoebe was particularly well positioned to present this information in a way that young readers will respond to. She is also the author of Starry’s Haircut, Starry Gets Lost and Up Up Up (winner of the 2015 First Edition Children’s Book Contest). Fox lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband and their three sons. She can be reached at [email protected]


"Babies Nurse is gorgeous. It is right at the right level for the kids in our program. I love that you (Science Naturally) are putting out gorgeous STEM books for kids! That they are bilingual and show diverse humans is also very important to the kids we serve; reading about people who are like themselves is powerful. The Teacher guides are also helpful."
—Dr. Crystal Merrill, Executive Director of the Read-Aloud Volunteer Program

“What a gentle book! It nurtures a child’s empathy for others and opens their eyes to the world of nature. Very sweet and educational.”
—Dr. Harvey Karp, FAAP, author, The Happiest Baby on the Block

"Animal mothers of all shapes and sizes lavish their little ones with love and affection in a series of sweet poems celebrating nature, wildlife, and the special bond forged through nursing. Tigers, seals, dolphins, pandas, and other mammals softly take shape in peaceful watercolor portraits. Perfect for reading aloud to find out which mamas nurse their babies in the snow, underwater, on the beach, or upside down."
— Foreword Reviews

“Simple, rhyming text and gentle, quiet illustrations introduce the very youngest reader and listener to that most natural and loving of activities—mothers nursing their offspring. Mothers and babies of the fields, jungles, air, and water are all portrayed, demonstrating that all mammal babies are nourished in the same way. This book will be invaluable in presenting nursing as something completely natural, normal, loving, and good for both babies and mothers.”
—Wendy Watson, author and/or illustrator of over 60 books for children, Phoenix, Arizona

“It is extremely important for children to learn that nursing is natural and normal. With its gorgeous illustrations, Babies Nurse beautifully represents the art of breastfeeding.”
—Katie Finney, R.N., NICU Nurse

“This beautiful book magnificently demonstrates the natural and instinctual connection between a mother and her offspring. Breastfeeding is the first step in cultivating a healthy mind, gut and spirit for both mommy and her little ones. As a pediatrician and mother, I appreciate the simple text paired with the lovely illustrations. Brilliant and inspiring!”
—Kristin Struble, M.D., author of How to Be a “Poop” Detective

Exhibited At: International book fairs