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Wild Ideas

Wild Ideas
From Wild Ideas by Elin Kelsey,
illustrated by Soyeon Kim

From the creators of You Are Stardust


New from the creators of You Are Stardust, an artistic and awe-inspiring look at
what animals can teach us about creative problem solving.

Wild Ideas Picture from Inside the Book

Kirkus Reviews


“This is a work that will be read and examined again and again,
with something new to be discovered at every turn. Profound and entirely wonderful.”

Wild Ideas Book Cover

Podcasts on the science behind the book


Wild Ideas introduces some fascinating concepts about the creative ways animals solve problems. In each of these podcasts, author Elin Kelsey delves a bit deeper into one idea from the book and explores the science behind it:

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You Are Stardust

Learn more about the first book, You Are Stardust

Kids are nature. From the water they drink to the trees they climb, kids are connected to the natural world in big and surprising ways.

Get To Know Eli

Get to know author Elin Kelsey

What inspired Elin Kelsey to write Wild Ideas, and how did she encounter the ideas in the book?

Get to know artist Soyeon Kim

How does Soyeon Kim move from an initial idea to rough sketches to a final piece of art? How do 3D dioramas turn into a picture book?

Peek behind the scenes at the Wild Ideas photo shoot

Watch a time-lapse video of the photography session that turned Soyeon’s dioramas into spreads for the picture book.

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Lesson plan for teachers

A special thanks to the dedicated educators at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School (OISE, University of Toronto) who prepared this lesson plan focused on inquiry-based learning, suitable for K-6 students.

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A note from the author

Do humpback whales really use bubbles to catch fish? Every example in Wild Ideas comes from scientists who spend years studying how other animals think and feel. Author Elin Kelsey explains more in this short essay.

Watch a video of whales blowing bubble nets

To learn how humpback whales use bubbles to catch fish, a scientist started by observing the way fish react to bubbles. Hear a sound recording of bubble netting humbpacks here.

When the critter cam (an underwater camera) was invented, he painlessly attached one to the forehead of a humpback whale and was treated to a whale’s-eye view of how they work together to hunt with a bubble net.

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Download the press release

Why is Wild Ideas important in today’s world?

Explore Other Books By Elin Kelsey and Soyeon Kim


You Are Stardust
Reveals both the relationships and parallels between humans and the planet they live on
You Are Never Alone
Explore how humans are inextricably connected to nature
A Last Goodbye
Exploring the beauty in how animals mourn