Don’t Anthropomorphise Animals

Anthropomorphism is attributing human characteristics and behaviours to animals and other non-humans. It’s so easy to do, and I’m sure I do it often with my own dog, but a study has found that using anthropomorphism in children’s books leads to less learning and influence their conceptual knowledge of animals. Using more realistic books leads to more accurate biological understanding.


As well as this, misinterpreting behaviours in wild animals, or even perhaps pets you don’t really know, could potentially lead to serious consequences.