Cheetah Dreams

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Cheetah Dreams
Cheetahs are the most rapidly vanishing cat in Africa. Share the dreams of a bright future for cheetahs while engaging sidebars provide a wealth of natural history information. From cleat-like feet to tear-marked faces, these majestic cats are well adapted to life on the African plains. The fierce predators sprint after their prey at high-speed, an exhausting dash that leaves them ready for a nap! This rhythmic text will lull readers into cheetah dreams of their own.

This nonfiction picture book with a cuddle factor includes a 39-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 39-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The interactive ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension.

Written by Linda Stanek, Illustrated by Shennen Bersani
32 pg, 8.5 X 10, Ages 4-9, Grades 2-3, Lexile: 710, F&P: P
Hardcover 9781607187271 $17.95  
Paperback 9781607187417 $9.95  
EBook 9781607187660 $12.99  
Spanish Paperback 9781607187479 $9.95  
Spanish EBook 9781607187714 $12.99  
Keywords:   big cats, adaptations, conservation, Environmental Education
Animals in the book:   cheetah
Vetters:   Thanks to Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder and Executive Director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), and Suzi Rapp and Shannon Swint, VP and Office Coordinator of Animal Programs at Columbus Zoo, for verifying the accuracy of the information in this book.


Incorporating two different writing styles in each double-page spread, Stanek aims to appeal to young readers’ emotions and intellect...This hybrid of poetic text with factual sidebars adequately serves its purpose as a way to interest early grade schoolers in the plight of one endangered species.
-Kirkus Reviews

Author/Illustrator Info:

While Shennen Bersani is an award-winning children’s book illustrator, Achoo! Why Pollen Counts is her debut picture book as an author. Her art delivers a unique blend of realism, heartfelt emotion, love of nature, and life lessons for children of all ages. She has illustrated Salamander Season; Sea Slime: It’s Eeuwy, Gooey and Under the Sea; The Shape Family Babies; Animal Partners; Shark Baby; Home in the Cave; The Glaciers are Melting!; and Astro: The Steller Sea Lion for Arbordale. Shennen has also illustrated a number of best-selling books, including, Snakes: Long, Longer, Longest; Sharks: Big, Bigger, Biggest; Ocean Counting: Odd Numbers; and Icky Bug Shapes. Shennen lives near Boston. For more information, visit her website at

As an early and middle childhood educator, Linda Stanek wants to inspire young learners, including children with written language disabilities, to write about things that excite them. Her own passion for saving endangered animals and teaching children about the importance of each link in natural world provide the inspiration for Once Upon an Elephant. Linda has also written The Pig and Miss Prudence and Beco’s Big Year: A Baby Elephant Turns One. Linda has two grown sons and lives in Ohio with her husband and feline family members. Visit her website at


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