Enter to Win Copies of Our Two New Books: Cuddled and Carried and Babies Nurse!


Breastfeeding is a beautiful part of nature, and is very healthy for you and your baby. In addition to containing nutrients and vitamins, breastmilk also includes disease fighting substances, protection from illness, and nurtures a strong bond between mother and child. Every child should be aware of what breastfeeding is and that it is a wonderful bond between mommy and baby. There are many ways to explain breastfeeding to your child, but by familiarizing kids with the benefits of breastfeeding, they’ll grow up to see it for what it is: a completely normal and natural aspect of childcare.


Babies Nurse and Cuddled and Carried are a beautiful way to talk about breastfeeding, nurturing, and family bonding with your child!

Giveaway - Win a Free Copy of All Three!


Enter today to win a free copy of Cuddled and Carried and Babies Nurse! Simply follow the link below and fill out the form with your name and email! We will enter your name in a random drawing, and the winner will be announced on October 15th, so please submit your entry no later than midnight on October 14, 2018.

To enter, please click here!


Babies Nurse

This collaboration between a children’s librarian and an NBA- player-turned-watercolor-artist introduces the most natural and loving act—mothers nursing their young. Winner of a Parents’ Favorite Products Award, the book’s luminous illustrations and lyrical text give children a glimpse into the worlds of 13 different mammal babies. Compelling childhood facts also broaden the reader’s knowledge about each animals.



“What a gentle book! It nurtures a child’s empathy for others and opens their eyes to the world of nature. Very sweet and educational.”
—Dr. Harvey Karp, FAAP, author, The Happiest Baby on the Block

The book’s overarching theme of breastfeeding inspires conversations about parenting, biology, habitats, survival, and more, making this book an engaging choice for young children as well as elementary school readers.


Elementary school librarian, children’s book author, and mother of three, Phoebe Fox wrote Babies Nurse to show children that all mammals provide milk for their babies. Fox sought to emphasize the warmth and beauty of nursing while demonstrating that all mammals share certain approaches to feeding, protecting, and teaching their young.


When it came time to find an illustrator for the book, Phoebe asked her father-in-law, Jim Fox if he would accept the task. Retired from the NBA where he played for the Phoenix Suns, Jim was himself a recipient of plenty of his own mother’s milk and says the benefits are obvious: he is 6’ 10”, healthy, and has produced wonderful kids and grandkids.


Cuddled and Carried

This award-winning book celebrates the bond between parent and child with gentle text and gorgeous illustrations of animal babies that will delight and educate children.


With warm paintings of animal mothers tending to their cubs, pups, calves, and chicks, Cuddled and Carried introduces the reader to a variety of animals and their behavior. Written by Dia L. Michels and illustrated by Mike Speiser, the simple text, supplemental back matter, and stunning illustrations will help parents, librarians, educators, and healthcare providers creatively describe how babies are cared for. The book introduces a range of early science concepts including habitats, family systems, and survival instincts. The book has already won a Purple Dragonfly Award and a Top Choice Award from Baby Maternity Magazine.

The accompanying Teacher’s Guide is also an excellent resource for continuing the discussion, available for free download at PlatypusMedia.com. It includes additional content and hands-on activities to develop cognitive skills, introduce early science concepts, and improve literacy.

“This book shows that animal families are not so different from human ones,” explains Michels, who is also the author of If My Mom Were A Platypus: Mammal Babies and Their Mothers. “I want children to think about how each species matures, survives, and what their communities look like—whether pride, flock, or family. Showing children this type of attachment in the natural world fosters empathy, kindness, and compassion.”

English Nurtured and Nuzzled Book Set


Both Cuddled and Carried and Babies Nurse also now come in a two-book set! (The giveaway winner will receive a copy of both books). These two early childhood books from our Beginnings collection are filled with captivating illustrations of animal mothers caring for their babies. These books demonstrate a wide range of habitats and healthy relationships in the natural world. The elegant text and educational back matter will help parents, librarians, educators, and healthcare providers adopt new ways of introducing children to attachment, breastfeeding, and early science concepts. Both books model the warm, nurturing bond between parent and child, while encouraging curiosity about childhood, nature, and families.


"These gentle books beg to be read aloud with a little one in your lap, but they offer more than mere bedtime stories. Designed to encourage a lifelong passion for learning, they also include supplemental information about the animals pictured as well as suggestions for talking with children about the natural world."
—Karen Lyon, The Literary Hill 

Set includes Cuddled and Carried and Babies Nurse. Click on titles for more information about each book. 

Free, downloadable Teachers’ Guides are available to further explore the content in each book.

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