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Koala Is Not a Bear

Kristin L. Gray, Rachel McAlister (Illustrator)


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Where does Koala belong? Find out, in this sweet story of friendship and family--with fun facts about marsupials thrown in.

It's Koala's first day at camp, and she thinks she's found her place in the Bear Cabin--until know-it-all Kangaroo comes along and tells Koala in no uncertain terms that she is not a bear. Koala points out all the ways in which she resembles her new friend, Grizzly, but Kangaroo just isn't buying it. As Koala tries to find her place, alert readers will recognize clues about where Koala belongs. Using humor and fun illustrations, this engaging story will reel kids in and leave them with a satisfying ending.

Union Square Kids, 9781454927457, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 7, 2019

About the Author

Kristin L. Gray's first novel, Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge, was a 2018 Bank Street Best Children's Book. Koala Is Not a Bear is her first picture book. She lives in northwest AR with her family and several pets. Visit her online at and on Twitter @kristinlgray. Rachel McAlister studied Visual Development at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where she also developed a love for illustrating children's books. She lives in Los Angeles with her two cats.