As depressing as it sounds, there’s definitely a need to teach children about the current state of our ecosystems and the endangered animals that live within them. That’s why New York Times bestselling author, Millie Marotta, has created a beautiful children’s book called A Wild Child’s Guide to Endangered Animals.
The book highlights 43 endangered species from around the world, complete with Marotta’s own illustrations and some details about each species and why they’re currently in peril. The aim is to make young (and old) readers fall in love with these creatures and maybe even galvanize readers to take action.
To make the book approachable for kids, Marotta split it into chapters, with each covering different habitats and the endangered species found within them. She includes species across the different animal groups and even lists the different levels of threat that come with each animal: Vulnerable, Endangered, and Critically Endangered.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, the book ends by telling its little readers what they can do in their own lives to help out these animals.