Books About Endangered Animals for Kids

Endangered animals are those belonging to a species whose numbers are so small that they are likely to become extinct. Few people want to see any animals become extinct, particularly if they are being endangered as a result of human activity. We are willing, therefore, to do what we can to protect these animals and do what we can to prevent then from disappearing forever.

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Will We Miss Them? Endangered Species

Will We Miss Them? Endangered Species
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What kind of animal becomes an endangered species? Is it one with a short life span? You might think so, but that would mean that the Galapagos tortoise would be safe from the threat of extinction since it can live for as long as 200 years. The Galapagos tortoise, however, is one of the species on the endangered species list. So it's not lifespan but environment that is the problem. When the environment of a species is in some way threatened, then the species is threatened. This book discusses the lives and challenges of endangered species. What's unique about this book is that it was written by an 11-year-old girl. Young readers will appreciate that fact and will also enjoy looking at the colorful and realistic illustrations that accompany the text.

Ages 4 to 8

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Endangered Animals

Endangered Animals
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When my son was young, one of our favorite activities was reading together. We would often take turns reading a book out loud to each other. He'd read one page; then I'd read the next one. This book, a "We Both Read" book, is perfect for such an activity. One page is an adult-level page, and the next is a child-level page. Your child can learn about endangered species as he gets practice reading. And you get to have some great bonding time with your child. Even better, your child will increase his vocabulary with this book as the adult page generally introduces a new word, which then appears on the child's page. If your child is like mine, he'll probably want to read the adult page!

Ages 5 and up

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DK Publishing Endangered Animals

DK Publishing Endangered Animals
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What collection of books on a specific topic would be complete without a DK Eyewitness book? This is the Eyewitness book about endangered animals. While it does provide profiles of some endangered species, the book covers the topic much more broadly, helping children understand just why some animals become endangered. It discusses the threats animals face, some of which are created by humans, threats like a changing landscape that disrupts the natural "chain of life." Children also learn just what a species is, too, as well as how risk of extinction is measured, how we help endangered species, how members of a species once believed to be extinct are found, and so much more. Like all Eyewitness books, this one is packed with information and with beautiful photos and illustrations to enhance the discussions. A glossary is included.

Ages 8 to 12

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Endangered Animals -Golden Guide

Endangered Animals -Golden Guide
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This book has an interesting organization. It begins with an introduction that covers numerous different topics, including the concept of endangerment, mass extinctions in the past, biodiversity, food webs, habitat loss, hunting, the Endangered Species Act, and much more. It then discusses different types of environments (grasslands, desserts, forests, oceans, etc.) and the animals in each environment that are endangered. It also describes people's efforts to save different species from extinction and restore the eco balance. Illustrating all the information are over 100 color illustrations.

Ages 9 and up

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Nat Geo Rare: Portraits of America's Endangered Species

Nat Geo Rare: Portraits of America's Endangered Species
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Fans of National Geographic books won't be disappointed by this book. It is full of exquisitely beautiful photos of various endangered species. Virtually every one of the 160 pages of this book contains a close-up and moving photograph. It is not packed with information. In fact, most of the information in the book appears in the forward, which discusses the importance of protecting and saving endangered species, as well as some information about extinct species and the Endangered Species Act. It also includes some information about the species that are pictured throughout the book. The power of the book lies with the photos themselves. This is a book for all ages, since there is no need to read in order to appreciate the photos and understand that the creatures pictures are at risk of disappearing forever. (It could also encourage a child's interest in nature photography!)

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