New from the creators of You Are Stardust, an artistic and awe-inspiring look at
what animals can teach us about creative problem solving.

"This is a work that will be read and examined again and again,
with something new to be discovered at every turn. Profound and entirely wonderful."

- Kirkus Reviews

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Podcasts on the science behind the book

Wild Ideas introduces some fascinating concepts about the creative ways animals solve problems. In each of these podcasts, author Elin Kelsey delves a bit deeper into one idea from the book and explores the science behind it:

  1. 1. Even Killer Whales Need Advice from Their Moms

  2. Listen

  3. 2. The Spotted Hyena’s Recipe for Teamwork

  4. Listen

  5. 3. Orangutans Engineer Places to Think

  6. Listen

  7. 4. Octopuses Make-Believe Their Way Out of a Jam

  8. Listen

  1. 5. Sea Otters Could Teach Shop Class

  2. Listen

  3. 6. Pigeons Procrastinate Too!

  4. Listen

  5. 7. Dung Beetles Steer by the Milky Way

  6. Listen

Learn more about the first book, You Are Stardust 

Kids are nature. From the water they drink to the trees they climb, kids are connected to the natural world in big and surprising ways.

Here’s what reviewers had to say about the first book.

Get to know author Elin Kelsey

What inspired Elin Kelsey to write Wild Ideas, and how did she encounter the ideas in the book?

Download this Q&A to find out. 


Get to know artist Soyeon Kim

How does Soyeon Kim move from an initial idea to rough sketches to a final piece of art? How do 3D dioramas turn into a picture book?

Download this Q&A to learn.

Peek behind the scenes at the Wild Ideas photo shoot

Watch a time-lapse video of the photography session that turned Soyeon's dioramas into spreads for the picture book. 

Lesson plan for teachers

A special thanks to the dedicated educators at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School (OISE, University of Toronto) who prepared this lesson plan focused on inquiry-based learning, suitable for K-6 students.

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A note from the author

Do humpback whales really use bubbles to catch fish? Every example in Wild Ideas comes from scientists who spend years studying how other animals think and feel. Author Elin Kelsey explains more in this short essay.

Read the note from the author.

Watch a video of whales blowing bubble nets

To learn how humpback whales use bubbles to catch fish, a scientist started by observing the way fish react to bubbles. Hear a sound recording of bubble netting humbpacks here.

When the critter cam (an underwater camera) was invented, he painlessly attached one to the forehead of a humpback whale and was treated to a whale’s-eye view of how they work together to hunt with a bubble net.



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Why is Wild Ideas important in today's world?

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