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Hooray for DNA!

Hooray for DNA!

How a Bear and a Bug Are a Lot Like Us

Illustrated by Greg Pizzoli


Hooray for DNA!

About the Book

Bill Nye meets Green Eggs and Ham in this playful and rhythmic nonfiction picture book that introduces readers to the concept of DNA, and celebrates the similarities we share with all life-forms--and each other!

DNA is the ABC
of what makes you, you
and what makes me, me.

Did you know we share DNA with every living thing? Humans, bugs, bears, even a virus--we all have shared DNA hidden inside us! 

From a debut author and an award-winning illustrator, here is a bouncy and playful picture book--perfect for the classroom or for story time--about the genetic code that makes up all living things, and reminds us that we're all more alike than we think.

Product Details

On sale: April 25, 2023
Age: 4-8 years
Grade: Preschool - 3
Page count: 40 Pages
ISBN: 9780593427040
Reading level: Lexile: AD590L | Fountas/Pinnell: R

Author Bio

Pauline Thompson spends her days writing, drawing, painting, making music, dancing, and dreaming about all the fun art interests she hasn’t yet explored. Her love of popular science is the fuel for her stories. Here is a DNA quirk about Pauline: she can form her tongue into a cloverleaf shape (but can’t whistle to save her life!). In her spare time, Pauline facilitates writing workshops for Writers Collective of Canada. This is her debut picture book.

Greg Pizzoli is the creator of the Baloney & Friends series, as well as a three-time Theodor Seuss Geisel Award recipient for The Watermelon Seed (Medal winner), The Book Hog (Honor book), and Good Night Owl (Honor book). He is also the author-illustrator of This Story Is for You, The 12 Days of Christmas, Templeton Gets His Wish, and Number One Sam. His nonfiction for children includes the New York Times Best Illustrated Book The Impossibly True Story of Tricky Vic: The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower. He lives in Philadelphia with his family.


"It's a peppy, approachable intro to a big topic, best suited to the younger end of the target audience." —Publishers Weekly

"A fun introduction to DNA that will certainly pique the curiosity of future scientists." —School Library Journal