When it comes to children’s literature, it’s hard to beat a good animal story. And that’s good news for South Milwaukee children’s book author Janet Halfmann, who has written more than a few animal-themed books in her career.
Animals figure in both of her two latest titles – Animal Teachers and a Rainbow of Birds. Animal Teachers just won a 2014 Gold Best Book Award from Oppenheim Toy Portfolio
Janet Halfmann speaks with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich and shares how these stories came to be.
"In researching, I found that there were a lot of ways that the [animal] parents and even their older siblings were teaching the children," Halfmann says. "That just fascinated me, and I thought that that would fascinate kids too, to see that the animals are sort of mirroring the child's world."