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Published Books & Apps
Written by Melissa Pilgrim
Illustrated by Ira V. Gates

Book Published by Indigo River Publishing
App Published by Authorly

Follow Eric as he stretches and moves his body at the start of his day by mimicking 17 different kinds of animals he has seen.  Travel with him to the jungle, the forest, the ocean, the desert—and don't forget to keep your body moving!  

This fun, interactive story for ages 3 - 6 shows how using your imagination can help make moving your body even more fun! 

Note:  This children’s picture book & app was inspired from Melissa’s theatre classes with young children.  It was written to help kids learn how to be “creatively fit” by doing 2 things at once:

* Shows children how to move and stretch their body in a variety of animal-like poses to help them develop healthy lifestyle habits, stay active, and be more confident with how their body moves overall.

* Teaches children how they can be creative and use their imagination as they pretend to be 17 different kinds of animals living in various habitats. 

Print Book:  32 pages with beautiful, colorful, full page watercolor illustrations.    
Print Book Available At:
Barnes & Noble
Cost: $12.95

App (Based on the Full Book): Has engaging animations, audio hotspots, and word-by-word highlighting with professional narration.  Options include Read To Me, Read Myself, and Auto Play.
Parents, Teachers, Librarians, & Child Caregivers! 
At Get:

* 6 Free Lesson Plans for both Preschool & Kindergarten (in 3 different categories)! 
* And Kids—A Free Animal Motions Mini-Poster to print out & color is there too!
Note:  Melissa has also edited over 12 published books in both fiction and nonfiction for clients from N.Y.C. to L.A.  Click Here to see Some Samples on her Client Projects Page...
Editorial Reviews of Animal Motions…
Favorite for the Classroom!
"All the world's a stage and our youngest children can be players right in their own homes through the imagination and experienced hand of Melissa Pilgrim… Clearly she loves to work with children both to get their bodies moving and to get their imaginations charged. The book guides you from one animal to the next and the directions for how to move are simple and well-illustrated. The illustrations lend themselves to caricature which lights each page with a touch of humor and fun along with the bright colors and energy. The author offers lesson plans for preschoolers and for kindergarteners. This would be a favorite for the classroom."
—Barb Langridge, A Book and a

This is a Fun Children's Book!  Gives Kids a More Exciting Way to Stretch and Move... 
“The illustrations are bright, colorful, and captivating. They really bring the story to life. I love the concept of this book. I love that it can get kids moving and they don't even realize it! They just think they're mimicking the animals. My six-year-old laughed and loved this book. I also love that the website has lesson plans, and that there is an app that goes along with the story. I would definitely recommend this book for families with toddlers to first graders. It would also be great in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade classes, along with younger dance and gymnastics classes.” 

Awakens the Imaginations of Young Children!
“Not all books should be read sitting down… beautifully illustrated. Parents and teachers will appreciate this book for its ability to teach their children to be ‘creatively fit.’ Pilgrim wanted to awaken the imaginations of young children, which she does very well as she suggests that they ‘soar like an eagle’ or ‘swing... like a monkey.’ And those same children will continue to use their imagination as they request that this book be read to them again and again.” 
—Emily Castilla, Reading Matters Blog (Great Reading for Your Children)

Published by Zoozil Media, Inc.
Sergeant Stubby in the Great War
By Melissa Pilgrim
Illustrations by Abigail Larson
What People are Saying About Sergeant Stubby in the Great War (and the App)...
(5 stars!) Very enjoyable journeys through time! 
by Permlova
These books are great! I have used the app with my daughter and she loved the story about the WWI dog, Stubby. The emphasis is on the literature and Zoozil laces just enough media to captivate kids with great art and animations. Also, we got a reading report which showed our reading behaviors, choices we made, and answers to comprehension questions from the night before. Very neat product from a startup that I can imagine will only get better!

The Zoozil eReader App lets readers Change the Story™ by making decisions for the characters in Zoozil books. Reading is an all-new adventure with Zoozil! Use the app to purchase Zoozil books that interest your readers, and while they’re having a blast exploring Zoozil's books, parents and teachers can log in at and get key insights into what – and how – their kids are reading. 

See metrics including:
- What words readers are looking up in the Zoozil dictionary
- How long readers spend on each book and chapter
- What choices they made for the characters
- Their answers to optional reader comprehension questions
- And more!

About the Zoozil eReader App (available on itunes):

​Book Details
Genre: Historical Fiction
Reading Level: For ages 9 & up (Lexile Measure: 4th grade & up)
Language: English
Cost: $3.99

When a little stray puppy befriends a soldier training to go to war in 1917, he starts an adventure of a lifetime as the private teaches him all he needs to know to become a U.S. Army soldier too. After sneaking him on board a ship heading to Europe, the two best friends fight side-by-side in what soon becomes the biggest war anyone has ever seen! And the little dog, affectionately named “Stubby,” learns to bravely confront all the brand new warfare devices he encounters including tanks, machine guns, planes, and mustard gas as he proudly serves his country in the First World War.

Plus—with a chance to choose what Stubby can do when faced with critical decisions at key times throughout his journey in the Zoozil App—the reader gets to discover what really happened during World War I when Stubby was at war and what didn’t happen, making the story even more engaging and fun!

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Other Books by Melissa Pilgrim...
Animal Motions Book & App
App Available At:
Amazon Appstore
Google Play
Cost: $2.99
Or, Click Here to see Melissa's Produced & Published Plays, Including:
Our Holiday Show! 
A One Act Play & Holiday Concert Combined
(5 stars!)  Great App
by M. Garabino
Cool app, fun books let you make choices that change the outcome of history. Back end is really cool too, I made an account and saw what words my son looked up, how long he spent reading, what choices he made in he book. Later I talked to him about it and he explained why he made he choices he did, I even slipped some of the vocabulary into a sentence to reinforce words he looked up.
Click Here to Read Melissa's Interview on The Daily Zoozil
* 2018 N.H.'s Children's Authors Tea Recipient!