Written by Diane Lang and illustrated by Lauren Gallegos


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ISBN 978-1-938849-64-0

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ISBN 978-0-9834594-6-0

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They scuttle, slither, buzz, and crawl;
They get no praise or love at all,
But is there someone who will send
A note that says, “You have a friend”? 

When it comes to animals, the fluffy, the hand- some, and the strong get all the attention. But children have every reason to love the critters that scuttle, slither, buzz, and sting. Naturalist and author Diane Lang and artist Lauren Gallegos take children on a guided tour of the animals that do so many good things for us, yet don’t get enough love.

Through lively, witty rhymes and warm, friendly illustrations, Vulture Verses helps children appreciate and befriend even the scariest critters. That’s right, even the vampire bat!


Diane Lang is an effervescent naturalist who leads children’s programs at three wildlife centers in California. She will be doing a nationwide author tour—along with her pet tarantula and sometimes with visits from other special animals—to bookstores, nature centers, children’s museums, libraries, and schools in the fall of 2012. Learn more at dianelang.net.

Illustrator Lauren Gallegos is a graduate of the prestigious illustration program at California State University, Fullerton. Her drawings and paintings have appeared in several children’s books. Learn more at laurengallegos.com.


“Gallegos’s playful illustrations transform the hideous creatures such as the vulture, spider, and bat into animals that children would not fear approaching. Preschoolers and early elementary-aged children will adore the colorful pictures and the rhythm of the poems.” A 5-star review.
— ForeWord Reviews

“I love the idea behind this book. Exposing children to our least thought about and so-called “less popular” animals is so important, and I think really teaches kids to appreciate things that may not always be cute or lovely but are incredibly necessary to our world.”
Jessica Perry, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA


PubWest Design Award: 2013 Silver Medal for Children’s Illustrated Books.

California Reading Association’s 2014 EUREKA! Nonfiction Children’s Book Honor Award