Sing and Act Along Board Book is Perfect Blend of Art, Zoo Animals, and Singing to "The Wheels on the Bus"

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“Animals in the Zoo” is a beautifully illustrated board book where preschool and early elementary children can sing and act out the motions and sounds of their favorite zoo animals.

A sing and act along board book to the tune "The Wheels on the Bus"

Meet the purple elephant reaching its trunk high, the lion’s very loud roar, the blue snake slithering through the grass and my favorite, the pandas eating bamboo!

Written by Beth and William Hoos, the book idea emerged from Beth’s experience in zoo education at Zoo Atlanta where she designed children’s programs. Her experience merging activities about animal behavior into engaging, interactive, and fun programs for preschool age children eventually led to the idea for the new version of the classic song “The Wheels on the Bus.” As their own children embraced the new lyrics and started singing the song on road trips to the Carolinas and around town, they decided to share the fun through the creation of a board book.

“As we planned out the book, we approached watercolor artist Coe Steinwart to be our illustrator. Our family had come to love her illustrations in the award winning book, 'Elf on the Shelf'. Coe loved the idea and embraced our vision beyond what we could have hoped,” says Beth Joy Hoos, author.

Each watercolor illustration depicts an animal displaying a natural behavior as well as children playing and acting in a similar way. While the orangutans are featured swinging through the trees, the kids are swinging on the playground monkey bars.

"As the illustrations developed, the bright, clear flow of watercolors helped me give each animal and child in the book action with an easy spirit and a sense of built in whimsy and fun!” says Coe Steinwart, the book’s illustrator. “Meet the purple elephant reaching its trunk high, the lion’s very loud roar, the blue snake slithering through the grass and my favorite, the pandas eating bamboo!”

She continues, “It was a delight for me to work with Willy and Beth and share their enthusiasm for this special book that so beautifully encourages a child's respect and insight into animal behavior."

Young children begin to make a connection and develop an appreciation for these exotic or endangered animals by imitating their motions and sounds to the classic tune. Young children get into this wonderful learning action quickly and love it!

An example of one of the verses is:

“The gorillas in the zoo, beat their chests, beat their chest, beat their chests
The gorillas in the zoo…beat their chests, just like me!”

“Animals in the Zoo” is available from independent book sellers nationwide, from and direct from the website

“Animals in the Zoo” is also available electronically on and soon on the iPad.

Visit the site for ordering information, to view a fun YouTube video or browse to the signed giclee prints for decorating children’s rooms.

About the illustrator:
Coe Steinwart is the illustrator of the award winning children's book, Elf on the Shelf. An accomplished watercolor painter and designer, she lives and practices her art in Marietta, Georgia. Her art has also represented the state of Georgia on the hand painted ornament for the 2008 White House Christmas tree.

About the authors:
Beth Joy Hoos has a background in animal behavior research, studying primates in the field for 5 years before managing zoo education programs for Zoo Atlanta. William is an entrepreneur and marketing professional.

Contact for book signings and wholesale orders:
Beth Hoos

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