In this children's book about animals, join Adi, a nonbinary middle schooler, as they share fun animal facts for kids.
"Adi is a great role model, proving that LGBTQIA+ kids can become whatever they want to become. This book educates and empowers—and you can't ask for more than that!"
—Mama G, storyteller and international drag queen featured on Britain's Got Talent
Have you ever dreamed of having hundreds of pets? At Adi's public school, there are over one thousand animals!
Join Adi as they help take care of the animals—from giving Charlie the chinchilla a dust bath to exercising Squishy the tortoise.
Along the way, learn interesting animal facts for kids. (Did you know snakes smell with their tongues and octopuses have three hearts?)
Adi's Animal Adventures is the perfect story for readers looking for:
- A nonbinary children's book—where their gender expression isn't the focus of the story.
- Animal lover gifts for kids featuring fun facts without talking down to young readers.
- An enthusiastic role model for taking care of pets for kids.
- A kids zoology book for classrooms and homeschool libraries.
- A fun family read, with an interactive search-and-find and surprising animal facts for all ages.
Julie Schanke Lyford is a lifelong activist and the award-winning author of the picture book Katy Has Two Grampas. Fans of Julián is a Mermaid and Federico and All His Families will appreciate the "incidental representation" in Adi's Animal Adventures.
This fun story of meeting animals of all shapes, sizes, and colors reminds us that we may all be different—but we can still take care of one another.
"Julie Schanke Lyford is creating some of the most important children's books about acceptance I've seen. These are the kinds of books I want my kids growing up with."
—Kolina Cicero, author of Rosie and the Hobby Farm
Julie Schanke Lyford is an award-winning author and lifelong activist for LGBTQIA+ rights.
Trained by Minnesota United for All Families, Julie has traveled throughout Minnesota to deliver speeches, working to rally the vote for Marriage Equity in Minnesota. Julie's activism has been recognized with the Lavender Community Award and featured in NPR, Publishers Weekly, the Star Tribune, West St. Paul Reader, and The Bay Area Reporter.
As the author of Katy Has Two Grampas and Adi's Animal Adventures, Julie believes in the power of representation in children's literature to create a better, more inclusive world.
Julie lives in West Saint Paul, Minnesota with her husband, two kids, and their rescue dog, Wallace.
"I loved finding out about all the amazing animals that Adi's school looks after—and now I know some super interesting facts too! Adi is a great role model, proving that LGBTQIA+ kids can become whatever they want to become. This book educates and empowers, and you can't ask for more than that." -—Mama G, international drag queen and storyteller
"Julie Schanke Lyford is creating some of the most important children's books about acceptance I've seen. Katy Has Two Grampas and Adi's Animal Adventures are the kinds of books I want my kids growing up with. Our children need stories like these, and I'm grateful to Julie for creating them." —Kolina Cicero, author of Rosie and the Hobby Farm