Zoobooks is the everything-you-wanted-to-know-but-didn’t-know-where-to-look children’s resource for animals. Each issue delves into topics such as anatomy, habitat, socialization, and reproduction-all on a single animal or animal group-in a vibrant, easy-to-understand way. The series is produced by Wildlife Education, Ltd., a company first established in 1980. Hardcover library editions of the series were first produced in 1983. Zootles magazines and books, for younger readers 2 to 6 years old, were launched in 2005. Then, the animal learning fun was extended to the littlest learners, ages 0 to 2 years old, with the introduction of Zoobies magazines and books in 2008.
Our subscribers number in the hundreds of thousands and enjoy more than just a magazine – they receive the password to our Secret Jungle website with just-for-kids animal games, puzzles and articles PLUS twice monthly e-Safaris that trek through the best animal sites on the web. Welcome to the world of Zoobooks, Zootles and Zoobies!
It’s been a long time since John Wexo first came up with the idea for Zoobooks while standing in front of a primate enclosure at the zoo. Back then, in 1980, his idea was simple: to create a colorful, concise, informative series of animal books that could be impulsively purchased at the very spot interest was highest-at the animal enclosures themselves, through vending machines.
Before long, the vending machine idea gave way to subscription sales, and Zoobooks was soon being shipped to hundreds of thousands of subscribers around the country. To meet the clamoring demand of librarians, the first hardcover editions of Zoobooks were produced in 1983, which only further whetted the public’s appetite.