May 23, 2014 — The author of Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux shares her summer book recommendations for young readers ages 8-13.
Sep 5, 2013 — Kitties don't play — they hunt. And their aloof appearance has evolutionary roots. In a new book, anthrozoologist John Bradshaw explains cats' mysterious nature and looks at how the cat's relationship with humans has changed over the years.
Aug 5, 2013 — Earlier this summer, NPR's Backseat Book Club — our book club for young readers — asked you to weigh in on your favorite books for kids age 9-14. We heard from more than 2,000 of you, and our expert panel has whittled your hundreds and hundreds of nominations down to a list of 100 great reads.
Mar 21, 2013 — Morality emerges from our evolved nature: so claims primatologist Frans de Waal, who takes aim in his new book at the view that morality comes from God. Commentator Barbara J. King finds de Waal's argument persuasive.
Feb 19, 2013 — The politics of beehives might be able to teach our Congressional leaders a little bit about governing.
Jan 16, 2012 — January can be a hard time: It's cold, dark and you're still recovering from the holidays. If this month has you feeling a little down, author Kelly McGonigal has you covered. She recommends three books that will help you remember to let yourself off the hook.
Aug 15, 2011 — Everything you wanted to know about bug sex (but didn't bother to ask) is explained in a new book. Insect expert Marlene Zuk describes how ants learn, why some crickets don't chirp and how various bugs mate in Sex on Six Legs: Lessons on Life, Love and Language from the Insect World.
Aug 11, 2011 — NPR coverage of Sex on Six Legs: Lessons on Life, Love, and Language from the Insect World by Marlene Zuk. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 22, 2011 — Entomologist Mark Moffett loves ants. He's devoted his career to studying the tiny insects: how they move, what they eat, when they attack their prey. Moffett's book, Adventures Among Ants, details his explorations around the world, tracking many a species through jungle forests and remote mountain passes.
May 26, 2011 — Animal behaviorist John Bradshaw has spent much of his career debunking bad advice given to dog owners. His new book Dog Sense details what pet owners should expect from their dogs — and what their dogs should expect in return from their owners.