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Running Wild - Awesome Animals in Motion

Running Wild

Awesome Animals in Motion

By Galadriel Watson
Illustrated by Samantha Dixon
Interest Age: 7–11
Grade: 2–5
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: W.5.2,2a,2b,2c,2d,2e,7,8,9,9b

Reading Level: Lexile 1000L
Paperback : 9781773213699, 68 pages, April 2020 , 11.75" x 9.5"
Hardcover : 9781773213705, 68 pages, April 2020 , 11.75" x 9.5"
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781773213712, 68 pages, April 2020


Creatures sprint, slither, and soar in this STEM-driven dive into the extraordinary, everyday ways animals move!

A squid jets through the ocean like a rocket. A cheetah races after a zig-zagging gazelle. A fishing spider walks on water with its eight hairy legs. All animals must move. Whether on the hunt for something to eat, on the run from being eaten, or in search of a mate or a safe place to live, their lives depend on marvelous motion.

In this fascinating introduction to biomechanics, seasoned non-fiction writer Galadriel Watsondraws on biology, physics, and other sciences to show readers the incredible ways a variety of creatures move to meet their everyday needs—and overcome the physical forces working against them. An accessible, lively style and dynamic design will keep readers engaged, while Samantha Dixon’s energetic illustrations and mechanical diagrams reinforce STEM concepts on each spread. 


  • Short-listed, Animal Behavior Society Children's Book Award 2021
  • Joint winner, EUREKA! Honor Award, California Reading Association 2020



- Youth Services Book Review, 01/07/20

“Information is expertly presented . . . a conclusion sparks curiosity and inquiry . . . Jump, hop, or pounce on this winning, informative title.” 

- Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 01/21/20

“Engaging text and bright illustrations . . . An excellent choice for a book talk.” 

- School Library Journal, 02/20

“A well written, engaging book that will appeal to engineering, science, and animal lovers alike.” 

- Sharon the Librarian, 04/06/20

"Sure to engage students who are just beginning to discover the variety of animals in nature as well as students who are ready to dig deeper into the methods and reasons animals move as they do. . . .  Running Wild ends with the directions “Keep wondering . . . keep watching . . . keep learning”. Watson and Dixon have created a book that is sure to inspire all three—wondering, watching, and learning. Well done. Highly Recommended.”

- CM Reviews, *starred review, 03/27/20

“Carefully researched and with a design that is appealing and entertaining, the author presents variety in ways of looking at nonfiction and gleaning pertinent information for all readers.” 

- Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 06/05/20

“Fascinating facts abound . . . an excellent choice for personal reading or prjects. It is augmented by many full-colour, attractive illustrations and diagrams that entertain, clarify and amplify the well-presented information.” 

- Canadian Children’s Book News, Spring/20

“A great choice.” 

- SMS Nonfiction Book Reviews, 07/02/20

“An inspiring read.”

- Redeemed Reader, 08/30/20