The Zookeeper’s Sleepers


A zookeeper tries to help all her animals get to sleep by giving them books to read. She just forgot one important thing..

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The Zookeeper’s Sleepers

Written by Frank B. Edwards
Illustrated by John Bianchi

A noisy old owl is keeping all the animals in the zoo awake so one-by-one they go to see the zookeeper for advice. She gives each of them a book and sends them on their way hoping to start her own bedtime story at the end of her very long day. But a late knock at her door reminds her that the animals don’t know how to read so she invites them all into her bed to share a story.

” We are awake. We cannot sleep.

Take these books and read a bedtime story.”

By story’s end, the zookeeper’s bedroom is overflowing with sleeping animals. Not surprisingly with so many companions, now she can’t get to sleep.

The books in this New Reader series are designed to encourage children to take their first tentative steps toward reading.

The series has proven to be very popular with teachers and parents as well as young children who enjoy the experience of learning to read. The books use classic literacy strategies to encourage new readers to learn language skills:

  • Repetition
  • Rhyme
  • Predictability
  • Simple illustration to provide context and clues
  • Simple language
  • Number patterns

Children quickly learn the word and number patterns so they can predict the number of characters who will appear on the following page and the words that develop the simple plots. Bright, colourful illustrations have proven popular with literacy instructors and parent who use a “story-talk” approach to engage children with the books.

Follow this link to watch a video of the author helping a pre-schooler learn to read The Zookeeper’s Sleepers.

24 pages. Fully illustrated.
Reading level: Grade one (C)
Interest level by age: preschool to K


Additional information

Weight 92 g
Dimensions 8 × 8 in


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