Poop for Breakfast

Why Some Animals Eat It

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Eating poop is gross! So why do some animals do it? For lots of good reasons!

Male butterflies slurp up poop to give as a gift to females, which makes their eggs stronger. Robins scarf down the poop of young chicks because it’s full of undigested nutrients. And baby elephants gobble up the poop from adults to get essential bacteria into their digestive systems. This disgustingly informative book is bursting with lots of surprising information about animals—and digestion!

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books, Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Expository Literature, Animals
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2023-04-04
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF051150, JNF051050, JNF028000
Dewey 591.5/3
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Guided Reading Level N
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: Sara Levine

Sara Levine is an author, educator, and veterinarian. Her science books for children include the Animal by Animal series, Germs Up Close, and A Peek at Beaks: Tools Birds Use. Her books have received a number of awards including AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize, Utah Beehive Book Award, Cook Prize finalist, Monarch Award master list, and Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year.

Illustrator: Florence Weiser

Florence Weiser is a French illustrator currently based in beautiful, rainy Belgium. While growing up in Luxembourg, she always knew she wanted to draw and draw. She lives and works surrounded by nature, from which she gathers most of her inspiration.


Check out April new releases from Lerner Publishing Group! Picture Books Poop for Breakfast: Why Some Animals Eat It by Sara Levine and illus. by Florence Weiser Eating poop is gross! So why do some animals do it? For lots of good reasons! Male butterflies slurp up poop to give as a gift View →


  • Dogwood Readers Award Finalist, Short-listed, 2024
  • Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year 2024, Winner, 2024


Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“This read was both captivating and instructive in equal measure. The author’s scientific yet accessible approach to exploring the reasons behind the consumption of feces as a part of some animal’s diets was intriguing and informative. Reviewer Rating: 5” —Children’s Literature

Kirkus Reviews

“Levine knows how to grab young readers’ attention and explain science topics simply but effectively. And while Weiser’s illustrations are entertaining, they’re also enlightening . . . Irresistible science.”—Kirkus Reviews