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    AMICUS READERS

    Amicus Readers provide an inviting variety of nonfiction leveled books for K-2, serving young learners in pursuit of reading skills—just like Amicus pursues the big red ball.

  • Illustrated

    AMICUS ILLUSTRATED

    Amicus Illustrated offers fiction and nonfiction for preschool to grade 6 with highly visual information and stories that students—and our pal Amicus—are after!

  • High Interest

    AMICUS HIGH INTEREST

    Like many students, Amicus likes to pursue what's of interest to him. Amicus High Interest books serve individual interests of those in grades 2-6.

  • Ink

    AMICUS INK

    Amicus Ink features board books, picture books, and paperbacks that encourage young children to explore facts, examine ideas, and imagine new ways of understanding the world.

  • Spot

    SPOT

    Spot books pair key words with engaging images at the beginning, middle, and end—making it fun to read, spot, and learn.

  • Sequence

    SEQUENCE

    Sequence books explain the processes and timelines behind kids' favorite things. Each title connects products and knowledge step-by-step from idea, through creation and discovery, to the end user.

Author Q&A: Julie Murphy

A former zoologist and zookeeper, Julie Murphy has been writing about animals and nature for two decades. I’ve Got a Tail!, the third book in her I’ve Got… series, came out this year, and she agreed to answer a few questions.

Q: Tell us, Julie, why animal tails? What made you decide to focus on just one body part?

JM: The idea to focus on one body part first came to me after watching my (then) 2-year-old daughter, who loved wriggling her toes. Young children are fascinated by their own bodies and what they can do. It went from there.

I also love that my pet dog Banjo tells me things with his tail, like if he is in a good mood and confident, if he's worried about something, and even if he's about to play a sneaky trick on me. Tails are really interesting!

Q: Did anything surprise you during the publishing process—for this book or any others in the series?

JM: I only have a vague picture of the animals in my head when I write, so it's always a wonderful surprise seeing how the illustrator, Hannah Tolson, interprets my words into such beautiful illustrations.

Q: If you could tell your readers one secret about I’ve Got a Tail!, what would it be?