Do you or any member of your family loves animals and wish you could do more to help them? Well, you can! There are plenty of ways to contribute to worthy causes today. Reading books is one simple method to help change your approach in conservation efforts and learn more about wildlife and animals at risk of extinction. Check out the list of books that you can read right now to transform how you think about wildlife conservation.

Gone Wild by David McLimans

The world is filled with many magnificent creatures that we can’t help but feast our eyes on. But, little by little these amazing animals are disappearing forever. The multitude of wild animals are so rare that once run wild, free along others are now becoming endangered. To shed light on this issue, David McLiman graphically rendered bold and playful illustrations with animal characteristics. From scales to horns, each letter in the alphabet is animated to life. No one can take away their eyes from the wonderful illustrations. McLiman’s work will never let you see a letter or animal the same way again. Gone Wild is a work of art filled with zoological adventure that children and adults alike will love.

Who’s Yawning Now? by Nicki Geigert

Have you seen animals yawning before? If not, Nicki Geigert collected all of her photographs of different animals in the animal kingdom yawning. Yawning can mean differently for each animal but this will leave young readers a healthy sense of curiosity towards the amazing animals featured. Nicki Geigert captured these photos not only for the entertainment other people, but also to raise awareness of wildlife conservation and endangered species. This will spark discussion between people about how humans can greatly help endangered species, forestry and animal behaviors, and other wildlife efforts. Who’s Yawning Now? book about risk of animals extinction by Nicki is a colorful yet immersive educational work perfect for young readers.

Olivia’s Birds by Olivia Bouler

No matter what age, you can make a difference when you put your heart, mind, and passion to it. Olivia Bouler is the proof of that statement. In 2010, a major calamity happened when the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig spilled hundreds of gallons of crude oil onto the Gulf of Mexico. Armed only with her art supplies, love for birds, and a whole lot of passion, Bouler decided to take action. Soon, she painted hundreds of bird species, raising $200,000. All of which go towards her valiant campaign to save birds and other wildlife affected by the spill. Olivia’s Birds tells real life accounts of young Olivia Bouler who single-handedly started a campaign that triggered a change.  

National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry by J. Patrick Lewis

National Geographic is known for its historic preservation and conservation efforts through videos and documentaries. Now, J. Patrick Lewis compiled thought-provoking poems paired with breathtaking photos to create the National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry. Lewis’ hopes to provide perspectives on the many wild animal selections inspiring youngsters to pen their own animal ode and maybe help with the great efforts of conservation. This book sets the scene for helping young readers appreciate the gift of language and wildlife. National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry is a classic and dynamic must-have book for the family bookshelf.

100 Heartbeats by Jeff Corwin

It is no secret that the Earth is in crisis, specifically the delicate web of ecosystem. Plenty of environmental threats puts thousands of plant and animal species survival in danger. Using his popularity and wide reach, TV host Jeff Corwin presents 100 heartbeats to take everyone on a gripping journey around the world to meet animals at risk of extinction. Witness the critical state of the natural world through the portraits as Corwin shares inspiring stories of battles of many conservationists on the front lines of defense for animal protection. 100 Heartbeats is Corwin’s hopes to raise awareness and help people take responsibility of their actions and make the needed change as we race to save the planet’s most endangered wildlife.