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Cover art from Whispers of the Wolf, by Pauline Ts'o

Whispers of the Wolf – by Pauline Tso

I thought, maybe I should write about this "letting go" thing. But how to give it the voice of a child? Letting go of an animal adopted from the wild seemed like a good metaphor, something that kids would understand. And because I had fallen in love with the Four Corners region after visiting for years, the pueblos felt like a natural setting. I knew there were a number of books which were retellings of Native American traditional stories, but few featured realistic characters, people more like the actual people I had met on my trips. Perhaps this was something different I could contribute.Read More
Baby Horned Owl

Helping Injured Birds and Other Animals the Right Way – The Books of Jennifer Keats Curtis

Spring is here, which means baby animal season is about to be upon us. Spring is when many tiny wild creatures are born and hatched. Sometimes, those animal infants get into trouble, get lost, get injured. What should you do if you find a wild animal that you think needs help? The answer is simple: Use the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA) website to find the rehabilitator nearest you!Read More
Thai boy feeds baby elephant

Tony and His Elephants – A Thai Elephant Sanctuary Picturebook

Tony and His Elephants is a picturebook that introduces young readers to Tony, an eight-year-old boy, whose family runs a small elephant sanctuary in northern Thailand. Tony becomes involved in the care of two young elephants, Baby Pumpuii and Nam Cho, rescued from an urban setting to a new life in the forests. But life in the wilds is not without its own drama and danger. Tony is quickly drawn into a deep and lasting relationship with these amazing and sensitive animals. This is the third book by documentary photographer Cathleen Burnham in her series featuring kids involved in wild animal rescue activities around the world.Read More
The Watcher - Jane Goodall's Life with Chimps

The Watcher – Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps

The Watcher starts out with a bang. Jane Goodall is missing! Not Jane, the primatologist, but Valerie Jane, the little English girl, beloved by her family. Thankfully, young Jane is found safe and sound, hiding in the henhouse to see exactly how an egg comes from a chicken. Jane was doing what she would come to do best: watching animals to learn about them. The Watcher is written for children who don't yet know Jane Goodall but can relate to the little girl who loves animals and has one singular, unshakable dream: to visit Africa.Read More
Baby Leatherback Sea Turtle

My First Trip to Parismina Island, Costa Rica

(Guest Post by Cathleen Burnham) My family hired a small motor boat from the tiny port at Siquirres to a tinier landing at Parismina Island. We had come to the small island on the Caribbean Sea, on the east coast of Costa Rica, to learn about sea turtles and participate in the local turtle conservation program, including meeting the kids involved in patrolling the beaches, who called themselves the Tortuga Squad.Read More
loggerhead turtle swimming

Tortuga Squad – Kids Saving Sea Turtles in Costa Rica

Tortuga Squad: Kids Saving Sea Turtles in Costa Rica, by Cathleen Burnham (Book 2 in the WAKA series), is about a group of kids in Costa Rica working to save baby turtles, patrolling the beach for poachers and rescuing eggs to incubate in a hatchery. On Parismina Island in Costa Rica, the "Tortuga Squad," a group of youngsters, keep watch on the beach for new nests of sea turtle eggs. Like many places in the Caribbean and elsewhere, this island is a dangerous place for turtles. Here, the villagers have eaten turtle meat and eggs for generations. But many species are close to extinction. Poaching eggs and killing sea turtles for meat is now illegal on the island. But some people still do it. So the turtles need extra help. This is where the kids come in.Read More
Koala Hospital, by Suzi Eszterhas, tells about a wild animal rescue program in Australia

Koala Hospital – A Great Book for Young Readers

In Koala Hospital, wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas introduces readers to the world’s only hospital for the universally adored and incredibly cute marsupial: the Australian koala. The delightful 48-page book, targeted for kids (ages 7–10), documents the work of Cheyne Flanagan and volunteers at the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie, Australia.Read More
Doyli to the Rescue: Saving Baby Monkeys in the Amazon Rainforest

Doyli to the Rescue – Saving Baby Monkeys in the Amazon

"DOYLI TO THE RESCUE: Saving Baby Monkeys in the Amazon is a delightful book for all ages. It is the best kind of nonfiction – engaging as well as informative.... Burnham shows us how even young children can make a difference in the world, and offers ideas on ways to help protect wild animals. Young and old alike will be enthralled with this book." – Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, Children's Book AuthorRead More