Play Like an Animal!

Why Critters Splash, Race, Twirl, and Chase

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Dash! Hide! Splash! Ride! Exuberant text celebrates all the different ways animals play, from rhinos taking mud baths and parrots somersaulting through the air to kangaroos boxing and dolphins diving through the surf. Additional text explains how playing benefits animals. Fascinating back matter gives more information about the featured animals in the book and encourages readers to make time to play every day!

Format Your Price
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Nonfiction
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Expository Literature, Animals, Science
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2020-04-07
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF021000, JNF003000, JNF051150
Dewey 591.56/3
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 560
Guided Reading Level L
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Original artwork, and Reviewed


  • Texas Topaz Reading List, Winner, 2021


Kiss the Book

Play Like an Animal! Why critters splash, race, twirl, and chase by Maria Gianferrari, illustrated by Mia Powell. NON-FICTION PICTURE BOOK. Millbrook (Lerner), 2020. $20. 9781541557710
What a fun look at the animal kingdom and an introduction to the concept of play.
Any teacher in elementary could use this as an extension to the way humans interact with each other and why we do what we do. And you can twirl, slide, glide your way right out the door to recess!
Cindy, Library Teacher, MLS

School Library Journal

“A fun way for children to realize that animals play just like them.”—School Library Journal


“An inviting choice for animal-lovers.”—Booklist

Author: Maria Gianferrari

Maria Gianferrari is an author who lives in northern Virginia with her family and dog.

Illustrator: Mia Powell

Mia Powell is an illustrator based in the United Kingdom.