This Is How I Grow
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Explore what it means to be all grown up!

All newborn mammals—whether they have hooves, flippers, claws, or wings—rely on mother’s milk to help them grow. In order to survive, every cub, calf, and kit must eventually figure out how to find their own food. From bats learning how to fly to elephants gaining control of their trunks, animal families help their young develop the tools they need to hunt, forage, or scavenge. Open this book to explore the incredible variety of skills baby mammals must learn in order to survive and thrive.


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]


"Smartly told from the first person point of view, This Is How I Grow deeply draws young readers in. Verbal gems and lush, lifelike illustrations infuse the writing with warmth and personality. Kids find the wide-ranging skills these animals must quickly develop in order to survive to be all the more compelling for their, and our, shared classification as mammals."
-Dan Levy, Chair of the Tillywig Toy & Media awards committee