Cuddled and Carried
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Babies, whether in snowy dens, warm lagoons, cozy nests, or living rooms, are carried and cuddled, nurtured and nuzzled. This book is a celebration of the bond between parent and child across the animal kingdom. Stunning images and elegant verse will capture the curiosity of even the youngest readers.


Dia L. Michels is an award-winning science and parenting writer who has authored or edited over a dozen books for both children and adults. While her topics include science and math books for middle grade students, her passion is promoting attachment parenting and supporting breastfeeding. A popular speaker, she lectures frequently at conferences, universities, libraries, and schools around the country. The mother of three grown children, she lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C., with three cats and a dog. She can be reached at [email protected]


"Cuddled and Carried 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

"A delightful display of loving mothers nursings their babies. The tender, warmth of the colour pallet...enriches the message of the text by portraying nurturing, cuddling and a mother's unbreakable bond towards her tiny infants. The book is a catalyst to converse about parenting, biology, habitats, survival instincts, and classification. I highly recommend this book."

“As a science educator, I appreciate the variety of animal species depicted with accurate, yet artistically vivid, detail. As a teacher of early learners I appreciate the rhythmic and direct text that will ensure the students are actively reading. The kids will enjoy reading this engaging book over and over again."
—Brian Lax, American School Foundation of Chiapas, Tuxtla-Gutierrez, Mexico

"★★★★★ Cuddled and Carried is one of those books children will ask to be read over and over. The illustrations make you want to cuddle and carry the book itself. The amazing lifelike illustrations show nurturing relationships of a variety of animals and their babies [who] share the meaning of love. Simple sentences promote a child self-reading from the artwork, even if they don’t know the words. Cuddled and Carried is a fun and educational resource. Highly recommended!"
—Reader's Favorite

“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

“A beautifully and realistically illustrated book that briefly introduces how animals care for their young. Young children will enjoy seeing care-taking by familiar animals and learning about new ones. A good choice for first graders to support NGSS performance expectation 1-LS1-2 to read to ‘determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive.’ The book places humans squarely in the Animalia kingdom, rather than setting us apart from all others, inviting comparisons between species.”
—Peggy Ashbrook, early childhood science educator and author of Science Learning in the Early Years

“Captivating images, beautiful but simple poetry and a great information resource for teachers make Cuddled and Carried a must-have in any home and school classroom library. My 5 and 6 year olds were captivated by the message and beautiful images. I strongly recommend this book!”
—José Avilés, Head of School, Academia Antonia Alonso Charter School, Wilmington, Delaware.

"My 2 young boys and I love this charming little book! I really appreciate how it normalizes the nurturing relationship between parents and their children. It makes cuddling during storytime that much sweeter."
—Sarah Reece-Stremtan MD, Pediatric Pain Medicine Doctor and Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Board Member in Washington DC

"I love this book so much, not just for the beautiful illustrations and theme, but also for all the wonderful resources that Platypus Media has provided parents and educators with ways to use this book to get the most out of it."
—Monica Olivera, Mommy Maestra Blog

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