The Animal Mating Game

The Wacky, Weird World of Sex in the Animal Kingdom

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Birds do it, bees do it, penguins do it, and orangutans do it. By having sex and giving birth to offspring, animals ensure that their species will survive into the next generation. And in this quest for survival, animals go to great lengths.

Some animal mating techniques may strike you as strange or gross, but to the animals themselves, these practices are essential. Animals with the best strategies for choosing mates and making babies ensure that their species live on. Without animal sex, there would be no animal life.

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Science, Young Adult
Category Animals
Copyright 2017
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 104
Publication Date 2016-08-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN003000, YAN050010, YAN050030
Dewey 591.56
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 1150
ATOS Reading Level 7.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 184679
Accelerated Reader® Points 4.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Index, Reviewed, Source notes, and Table of contents



“[W]ith a frank approach and an emphasis on the absolute necessity of reproduction . . . [t]his is a visually appealing and scientifically sound resource on an uncommon topic.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“A unique and well-organized survey of reproductive behaviors that belongs in every middle and upper school library but will probably not last long on the shelf.”—Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“Downer’s investigation of the myriad ways different species produce offspring is sure to enthrall researchers and browsers.”—School Library Journal

Author: Ann Downer

Ann Downer was born in Virginia and spent part of her childhood in the Philippines and in Thailand. She is the author of five fantasy novels for young readers and three previous books about science, including the award-winning Elephant Talk: The Surprising Science of Elephant Communication for Twenty-First Century Books. Her first picture book, Shark Baby, was published in 2013. She lives outside Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband and son. Their backyard is visited by woodchucks, skunks, and rabbits, but no bears—so far.