The woman behind the popular series Sad Animal Facts has an upcoming audiobook memoir available August 13
Meet Brooke Barker aka @SadAnimalFacts
Meet Brooke Barker, the author and illustrator behind “Sad Animal Facts.” What are sad animal facts? Well, exactly that — animal illustrations paired with “did you know” style, bite-sized information about animals. As Barker explains, “We’re all familiar with the concept of animals, and everyone assumes animals have these really easy and carefree lives. They’re frolicking in the woods; they’re just relaxing. They’re sleeping in cute little dens. But we don’t know how terrible animal lives are because they can’t tell us about them.”
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Bad news about anglerfish. If you live near San Francisco or Portland, I’d love to meet you this week! Come to a book event at @booksmithsf on TUESDAY night at 7pm, and on WEDNESDAY night at @powellsbooks at 7:30pm. There will be stories, strange facts, drawings, and I’ll draw an animal in your book. Any animal, even a horse. Both events are free and have open seating ♥️ #sadanimalfacts
While the project started with Barker sharing the content on the internet, she has subsequently written and illustrated two sad animal books, “Sad Animal Facts” and “Sad Animal Babies”, as well as a book about animal couples that is co-authored with her husband. In this episode, we discuss some of her favorite facts as well as her new series ‘Meet This Scientist.’ We talk about her new audiobook, “So Help Me Gosh,” which is a series of essays about growing up Mormon, and she even gives us a sneak peek by reading an excerpt.
Scroll through this carousel to meet scientist Juita Martinez and learn about her work with pelicans.
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MEET THIS SCIENTIST Juita Martinez @juitamartinez is a scientist studing pelicans ✨ I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never drawn a pelican fact before today and I have a lot of catching up to do because they’re adorable and so beautifully strange. She’s also a birdwatcher and one of the founders of #blackbirdersweek and shares amazing bird photos while fighting for a safer and more inclusive outdoors. Thank you so much Juita!
For more sad animal facts:
Buy Brooke’s Books!
And remember, if you order any of her books from White Whale Bookstore, they can be signed and personalized:
To listen to Brooke’s memoir (at this point, it is only available as an audiobook)
If you liked this episode, you might also want to press play on:
- Episode #23 – Local poet and publisher Kris Collins
- Episode #12 – Jenna McGuiggan co-author of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: A Visual History”
This episode was hosted by Stephanie Brea, recorded remotely, engineered and edited by Epicast Studios.