About the Book A beautifully illustrated nonfiction children's book about special animals. Book Synopsis This book offers readers exactly what it promises and just might trigger greater interest and curiosity in readers, inspiring them to research and read further on their own. - Sharon the Librarian Just like people, animals need a place to live. The nine animals in this book are very talented builders and make their own homes! Sometimes it's high in a tree, and sometimes it's hidden under the ground. They use earth, branches, and leaves, or whatever they can find nearby. Each house has its own style, from small and simple to large and complex. There are animals that prefer to live alone and others that live in groups. Animals build nests, dig tunnels, build roads and dams, and webs. Discover the amazing beaver, cross spider, sociable weaver, termite, stork, meerkat, honeybee, Japanese pufferfish, and mole. See who these special builders are! This is the first book in the Super Animals series, beautifully illustrated nonfiction about special animals. For little biologists ages 5 and up. Guided Reading Level O Review Quotes Beautiful book with excellent illustrations and detailed information. Great STEM book for any classroom and library This book thoroughly explains the outstanding building expertise of animals and their survival. Animals build in fascinating manners to create their personal homes. Students will observe the comparison between humans and animals for survival. Terrific discussion will develop as students increase their knowledge of animals. - ITEEA This book is lovely for younger children as an introduction to nest building creatures. It's beautifully illustrated and easy to read. - Rebecca B (Educator at Walnut) Builders is a great nonfiction beginner's guide to a variety of animals that build burrows, lodges, dens, nests, and more. Filled with colorful illustrations and plenty of basic information about each featured animal, this would be great for upper elementary grades to use for research projects. - Springdale Elementary Beautifully illustrated and informative, an interesting collection of animals. Children interested in learning about different types will enjoy the detailed illustrations and descriptive texts about these unique creatures. - Bibliotheek Kortrijk About the Author Reina Ollivier (Ukkel, Belgium, 1956) studied German languages at the University of Brussels (KUB) and Leuven (KUL). She combined writing with teaching at secondary schools, but now she is a fulltime author and (crowned) translator. Young children have an open mind and are longing to learn, that's why Reina loves to give the information in an attractive and playful manner. At Clavis Publishing Company she worked at the Willewete-series and together with Dixie Dancercoeur she wrote the thrilling series about Emma Dewitt and her adventures in the polar regions against the background of climate change, for children ages 10 years and up. Karel Claes was born in 1955, in Vilvoorde (Belgium). He studied Literature, Philosophy, and Communication. He was director of Doctors Without Borders, made children's and youth programs for the Belgian national television, was editor-in-chief of children's magazines Zonneland and Zonnestraal and for many years he published a successful series of articles on important life issues. Karel loves traveling, sailing, playing tennis, cross-country skiing, swimming and reading. Steffie Padmos studied illustration at the art academy in Maastricht (NL) and Bath (UK), and obtained her master's degree in Scientific Illustration. Her work is characterized by craftsmanship, an eye for detail and an interest in nature. Because of her background as a scientific illustrator, Steffie has a lot of experience in depicting complex biological and medical subjects, but she has a much broader orientation. She also illustrates for museums and publishers of children's books. Steffie works in different styles and techniques, both analogue and digital, depending on the specific assignment. Steffie's lives in Amsterdam, with her two children and partner.