ReadersMagnet Review features these five compelling books about endangered species and extinction.

Who’s Yawning Now? By Nicki Collins Geigert

Wildlife education should begin at an early age. Travel photographer and wildlife conservation advocate Nicki Geigert released a photo book featuring animals caught yawning. However, Who’s Yawning Now? is also a book about the risks of animals extinction. The alphabet book includes animals like lemurs, birds, tigers, and many others. The book also revealed that some animals yawn when they are stressed. Apart from exciting trivia for the featured animal, one of the exciting parts of the book is the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species tag for each animal species. The tag determines how endangered the animal is. Who’s Yawning is an exciting read not only because it provides excellent pictures of candid animals but also because it invites us to help protect and preserve them.

Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine

Last Chance to See is the accompanying book of the 1989 BBC radio documentary series written and presented by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine. It was published in 1990 in the United Kingdom. The book highlights the search for the most precious and endangered animals, covering almost a dozen countries, including Madagascar, Indonesia, Zaire, China, Brazil, Chile, and Mauritius. Although this timeless classic continues to possess a comic tone, it never fails to remind readers that animals worldwide suffer the threat of extinction. Last Chance to See is one of a kind book that readers both young and mature should read at least once in their lifetime.

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

The New Yorker staff writer is also the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change. The Sixth Extinction is by far Kolbert’s most riveting and thought-provoking worth about the extinction of animals and the rising number of endangered species. Kolbert’s intellectual and natural history and documentary provide dark and harrowing images of past extinction and the one currently unfolding right before our very eyes. If you want to be informed about the status of our wildlife and many of the planet’s species, this book is for you. Comprehensive with in-depth discussions, The Sixth Extinction is a book that will inspire and haunt readers for quite a long time.

Lost Animals: Extinct, Endangered, and Rediscovered Species by John Whitfield

John Whitfield’s 2020 photo book features some of the most charismatic creatures to inhabit the planet. With more than 200 incredible photographs, artworks of fossils, and scientific drawings of charming creatures like dodos, paraceratherium (the largest land mammal), spinosaurus (the biggest carnivorous dinosaur), placeoderm fishes (the sharks of their day), John Whitfield’s Lost Animals is a time travel machine, museum, and archeology book rolled into one. Science journalist John Whitfield tells stories of both evolution and extinction in this colorfully entertaining and enlightening book. 

Don’t Let Them Disappear by Chelsea Clinton

Don’t Let Them Disappear is a children’s illustrated book by Chelsea Clinton. The child of former President Bill Clinton has authored several children’s books that tackle climate change and endangered species. In this 2019 kid’s picture book, Chelsea Clinton writes about 12 endangered species from all over the world. Don’t Let Them Disappear talks about some of the majestic animals found on our planet and how they face extinction. With the help of renowned illustrator Gianna Marino, Clinton provided readers with fabulous trivia of some of the most exciting animals, including rhinos, tigers, whales, and tigers. Don’t Let Them Disappear is a very engaging kid’s photo book that will interest animal lovers and environmentalists alike.