How To Be An Elephant

Growing Up in the African Wild

Written and illustrated by Katherine Roy

Where Neighborhood Sharks follows a day of hunting in the life of one white shark, How to Be an Elephant explores just what it takes for a 200-pound baby African elephant to grow into a multi-ton member of one of the most socially complex family groups on earth. Safe and surrounded by leathery gray pillars and the sounds of excited trumpeting, a newborn elephant’s first learning task is to stand up and walk on her own…

Katherine Roy researched How to Be an Elephant on location in Kenya with researchers who study these incredible animals.

Roaring Brook / David Macaulay Studio, September 2017. Age Level: 7 and up.

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Blog Posts About the Elephant Book!

The Bright Side of Totally Missing My Deadline

It’s been exactly one year since my last blog post. In the past 365 days, a lot has changed. For one, we’ve moved out of a one-bedroom, walk-up apartment in New York City and into a three-bedroom, two-bath house in a small town in Oregon. For another, our infant son is now a toddler,
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Ten Minutes to Finish My Book

Give birth to child. Check. Host family visits. Check. Next up: Finally finish How To Be An Elephant! I’m not exactly sure what my new life as an author-mom looks like, other than that there’s a lot more baby in it than before. A baby—with its around-the-clock needs as it
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Elephant Summer

The past few months have been full of many things: writing a manuscript, drawing a book, attending my first library conference, and—last but not least—getting ready for a baby! My son is due to arrive any day now, forever changing the lives of my husband and I in ways that we can̵
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The Many Lives of Page One

When I was in high school, dreaming of being an illustrator, and even while at RISD on my way to that goal, I really had no idea how many drafts it could take to get a drawing right. A couple of thumbnails, a color sketch, and WHAM BAM KABLAM, make the final art, right? Finger paintin
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