Outback Babies

Series of 6 titles

What color is an emu chick’s egg? What are baby kangaroos called? Early readers will learn these facts and more about their favorite Outback babies. Adorable, vibrant photography and tightly controlled text work together to provide an engaging and supportive early reading experience. Each title in Outback Babies includes tools for teachers and caregivers as well as introductory nonfiction features such as labels, a table of contents, words to know, and an index. A Let’s Review! question and image at the end of each title helps engage readers and reinforce content.

Title   GRL Format Qty
Cover: Bat Pups Bat Pups D
Cover: Dingo Pups Dingo Pups D
Cover: Emu Chicks Emu Chicks D
Cover: Kangaroo Joeys Kangaroo Joeys D
Cover: Koala Joeys Koala Joeys D
Cover: Wombat Joeys Wombat Joeys D
Interest Level Preschool - Grade 1
Reading Level Preschool
Category Beginning Readers
Subject Animals
Copyright 2022
Publisher Jump!
Imprint Tadpole Books
Language English
Number of Pages 16
Publication Date 2021-08-01
Dewey 598.5-599.77
Graphics Full-color photographs
Dimensions 6.5 x 9
Lexile 90-220
Guided Reading Level D
ATOS Reading Level 0.6-0.9
Features Index, Table of contents, and Teaching guides


Emu Chicks - Reviewed by Booklist

Australia’s wispy-feathered emu stars in this offering from the Outback Babies series (6 titles). U.S. children may be unfamiliar with this ostrichlike bird, but here they’ll follow a group of chicks that hatch from dark green eggs and eventually grow up and lose their baby stripes. Cute photos fill single- and double-page spreads, showing off the chicks’ features and other “Words to Know” (e.g., egg, dad), identified at the book’s start. Each spread contains one to two short sentences printed in a large font and set within a blue box; colorful dots label elements int he illustrations. Repetition and formulaic sentences particularly support emerging readers, as do the strong correlations between the words and images. A table of contents and mini-index offer a taste of standard nonfiction text features as well.