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Sam with Ants in His Pants

Sam with Ants in His Pants

April Reynolds
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This ferociously fun read-aloud--perfect for bedtime or anytime--begins with a can't-settle-down boy who spends his naptime with wild animals that have leapt off the pages of his favorite book, and ends with a sleepy boy all played out!


Sam is not ready for naptime. Momma says he has ants in his pants and that he must calm down, but Sam says "NOOOOOO!" and flies off to his bedroom. He flips open his favorite book-- African Wildlife--and out jumps a herd of gazelles...followed by a pride of lions...and then a zeal of zebras. And that's just the beginning! How can Sam ever be expected to take a nap?!


Amidst all the jumping and stalking and striding and prowling comes a sound louder than any other-- GRROOWWL! It's Sam's tummy, and it scares those ants right out of his pants. It must be time for a snack. But after such a wild day, how can Sam ever be expected to stay awake?!


April Reynolds is the author of Knee-Deep in Wonder, which won the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation Award and the PEN/Open Book Beyond Margins Award. April has taught at New York University, the 92nd Street Y, and currently teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Her second book is The Shape of Dreams and is forthcoming from Knopf. Sam with Ants in His Pants is her debut children's book.


Katie Kordesh is an award-winning illustrator who currently works as a social media illustrator for the NFL. In 2019, she received an Emmy for Outstanding Trans-Media Sports Coverage as an associate producer on the NFL 100 Campaign. Katie also works as a freelance illustrator for the Seattle Seahawks. Sam with Ants in His Pants is her debut picture book.


  • Publisher: ‎Anne Schwartz Books (June 20, 2023)
  • Language: ‎English
  • Hardcover: ‎40 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎059356460X
  • ISBN-13: ‎9780593564608
  • Reading age: ‎4 - 8 years
  • Grade level: ‎Preschool - 3
  • Item Weight: ‎1 pound
  • Dimensions: ‎10.8 x 0.45 x 9.8 inches
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