Kidlit Books About Famous Conservationists

Over the years, the National Wildlife Federation has recognized conservationists whose names are less familiar to most Americans, but whose impressive accomplishments clearly merit recognition. These names include amazing advocates like John James Audubon, Hugh Bennett, John Burroughs, Rachel Carson, Anna Botsford Comstock, Jacques Cousteau, and many more.

Many readers (of all ages) wonder who the \”most famous\” conservationist is and I think that answer is tough because not only is it hard to choose, it\’s oftentimes a matter of perspective.

Some would say that John Muir, who is known as the “Father of Our National Park System, ” would be in the running. Others might say it is Gifford Pinchot, the first chief of the U.S. Forests Service. He is known as the “father of conservation” and is credited for launching the conservation movement in the United States by urging Americans to preserve the past in order to protect the future.

But just as many would look to incredible advocates and thought leaders like Steve Irwin who exuded an unmatched passion for wildlife and showed us all that even crocs are \”gorgeous.\”

Luckily, there is a treasure trove of books available to help the youngest generation learn about these past leaders, and present ones too, so they can make their opinions and fall in love with nature and wildlife themselves.

I am Jane Goodall (Ordinary People Change the World) by Brad Meltzer (Author), Christopher Eliopoulos (Illustrator)
(Part of: Ordinary People Change the World which is a series of 31 books!)


Chimpanzee scientist and conservationist Jane Goodall is the 10th hero in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series for ages 5 to 8.

After receiving a stuffed animal chimpanzee for her first birthday, Jane Goodall\’s love of animals only grew. She saw what humans and animals had in common, not what makes us different, and used that to advocate for animal rights everywhere, becoming famous for her work with chimpanzees.

Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist: The True Story of a World-Traveling Bug Hunter by Christine Evans


Back in 1881, when Evelyn Cheesman was born, English girls were expected to be clean and dressed in frilly dresses. But Evelyn crawled in dirt and collected glow worms in jars. When girls grew up they were expected to marry and look after children. But Evelyn took charge of the London Zoo insect house, filling it with crawling and fluttering specimens and breathing life back into the dusty exhibits. In the early 1920s, women were expected to stay home, but Evelyn embarked on eight solo expeditions to distant islands. She collected over 70,000 insect specimens, discovered new species, had tangles with sticky spider webs, and tumbled from a cliff. Inspire children to believe in their dreams and blaze their own trail with the story of Evelyn\’s amazing life!

Buzzing with Questions: The Inquisitive Mind of Charles Henry Turner by Janice N. Harrington

Can spiders learn? How do ants find their way home? Can bugs see color? All of these questions buzzed endlessly in Charles Henry Turner’s mind. He was fascinated by plants and animals and bugs. And even when he faced racial prejudice, Turner did not stop wondering. He constantly read, researched, and experimented.

Author Janice Harrington and artist Theodore Taylor III capture the life of this inspiring scientist and educator in this nonfiction picture book, highlighting Turner\’s unstoppable quest for knowledge and his passion for science. The extensive back matter includes an author\’s note, timeline, bibliography, source notes, and archival images.

This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon by Nancy Plain


Birds were “the objects of my greatest delight,” wrote John James Audubon (1785–1851), founder of modern ornithology and one of the world’s greatest bird painters. His masterpiece, The Birds of America depicts almost five hundred North American bird species, each image—lifelike and life-size—rendered in vibrant color. Audubon was also an explorer, a woodsman, a hunter, an entertaining and prolific writer, and an energetic self-promoter. Through talent and dogged determination, he rose from backwoods obscurity to international fame.

In This Strange Wilderness, award-winning author Nancy Plain brings together the amazing story of this American icon’s career and the beautiful images that are his legacy. Before Audubon, no one had seen, drawn, or written so much about the animals of this largely uncharted young country. Aware that the wilderness and its wildlife were changing even as he watched, Audubon remained committed almost to the end of his life “to search out the things which have been hidden since the creation of this wondrous world.” This Strange Wilderness details his art and writing, transporting the reader back to the frontiers of early nineteenth-century America.

Greta and the Giants: inspired by Greta Thunberg\’s stand to save the world by Zoë Tucker


This inspiring picture book retells the story of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greta Thunberg—the Swedish teenager who has led a global movement to raise awareness about the world’s climate crisis—using allegory to make this important topic accessible to young children.

Greta is a little girl who lives in a beautiful forest threatened by Giants. When the Giants first came to the forest, they chopped down trees to make houses. Then they chopped down more trees and made even bigger homes. The houses grew into towns and the towns grew into cities, until now there is hardly any forest left. Greta knows she has to help the animals who live in the forest, but how? Luckily, Greta has an idea…

A section at the back explains that, in reality, the fight against the “giants” isn’t over and explains how you can help Greta in her fight.

Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau (Jacques Cousteau Book for Kids, Children\’s Ocean Book, Underwater Picture Book for Kids) by Jennifer Berne


Once upon a time in France, a baby was born under the summer sun. His parents named him Jacques. As he grew, Jacques fell in love with the sea. He dreamed of breathing beneath the waves and swimming as gracefully as a fish. In fact, he longed to become a manfish. Jacques Cousteau grew up to become a champion of the seas and one of the best-known oceanographers in the world. In this lovely biography, now in paperback, poetic text and gorgeous paintings come together to create a portrait of Cousteau that is as magical as it is inspiring.


A summer reading solution for reluctant readers


Well…we\’ve added a whole new level of \”learning is FUN\” layer to summer reading with our new kidlit book-inspired activity ebook!

The ABCs of BookJumping: The Best of Jump Into a Book by Valarie Budayr and Rebecca Flansburg allows frustrated parents of reluctant readers to enjoy hand-picked book reviews and unique companion activities that will reignite your child\’s love of reading and encourage screen-free family time.

What if you could \”live\” inside the pages of the children\’s books your family reads? What if you could enjoy the same adventures as the characters? Bookjumping is taking the solitary act of reading a book and transforming it into an event that can be shared with others. It\’s the process of pulling books off shelves and stories off pages. It\’s making kids\’ books come ALIVE by \”jumping\” inside the pages. Readers of this ebook will enjoy hand-picked book reviews and unique companion activities that will reignite your child\’s love of reading and encourage screen-free family time.

\”This fun picture-book-based e-book contains over 150 hand-picked book reviews, unique book-inspired activities, and recipes. Just in time for #summer reading!\” Amazon reviewer

We purposely made this book an ebook for the \”portability factor\” and affordable to fit every budget and family need.

Go here for more details on what you can expect from with awesome ebook and learn more about the authors.

Grab your copy of The ABCs of BookJumping: The Best of Jump Into a Book on Kindle HERE.


summer reading for reluctant readers\
summer reading for reluctant readers

Here\’s a sneak peek at one of the many activities in the ebook that will please any LandLubber!


Pirate Wear

There are so many things that come to mind when we think about pirates and what they wear. Tri-corner hats worn on top of a tied headscarf, earrings, an eye patch, peg legs, and of course the hook in place of a hand. So let’s get started since we want you to look the part in this pirate adventure. Remember, you are what you wear!

Dagger and Sheath

We had so much fun making this. This is so simple to do and it doesn’t hurt if one should get into a pirate duel!


  • Self-Adhesive Foam board. Two large sheets in any color you would like. If you use foam board without the peel and stick adhesive, use foam glue to hold each section together.

Download the sword and sheath pattern HERE. Trace the dagger/sword pattern 4 times on two of the foam board sheets. Cut out your pattern pieces.


Figure out how you want the color order of your dagger to go. Start with the bottom piece. On the next piece pull back the paper and stick it to the bottom piece. Keep going like this until you get to the last piece. Peel the paper on this piece, and then peel the paper on the bottom of the dagger and stick the last piece to the bottom piece. Now you have a fun dagger to battle pirates with!

BUT WAIT…what will you put your knife in? All good pirates need a way to carry their knife and what better way to do that than with a sheath.

Sheath Supplies:

  • One piece of foam board, any color, without the self-adhesive.
  • Stitching needle
  • Sock yarn, or wax thread

Trace the sheath pattern twice onto the third sheet of foam board. Be sure to knot it at the very beginning and end.


So if this activity made your Swashbuckle hollar for MORE, rest assured there are more pirate-themed activities, crafts, and learning games inside this affordable ebook.

The ABCs of BookJumping: The Best of Jump Into a Book!

The ABCs of BookJumping\

The ABCs of BookJumping: The Best of Jump Into a Book contains over 150 book reviews, unique book-inspired activities and recipes, book pilgrimages, facts about classic book authors that we all know and love, and many, many reasons to spend countless hours “unplugged” and reading as a family.

What is a Book Jumper?

It’s more than just an “activity.”  Book-jumping is a way of life. It’s where we look at the story from the same perspective as the characters. Instead of the book “being magical”, we actually become the magic. -Valarie Budayr

It’s the process of taking the solitary act of reading a book and transforming it into an event to be shared with others. It’s the act of pulling books off shelves and stories off pages. It’s the act of making kids\’ books come ALIVE and living inside the pages. It’s creating places of magic and wonder, without ever leaving the house.

Book Jumper\

A-Adventure and exploration via the pages of a book.

B-Bringing about a movement where reading is no longer a solitary act, but one meant to be shared in a group atmosphere.

C-Creating crafts and projects to help bring stories to life.

D. Developing young minds and imaginations through the power of literacy.

E. Embracing the power of books and sharing that passion with others.

F. Finding pathways and walkways that lead to the wonderful world of reading.

G. Generational: Not just for kids, but also for moms, dads, grandmas, grandpa’s, aunts, and uncles.

H. Having fun and learning at the same time.

I. Inspiring a generation of Slow Readers.

J. Jump into a book!

K. Keeping the act of Family Reading a cherished and much-anticipated event.

L. Learning to unplug from the virtual world, and instead, experience a world within the pages of a book instead.

M. Making supply lists before starting a new chapter.

N. Not just reading about the magic within the pages of a book, it’s becoming the magic.

O. Offering a platform to connect with children through reading.

P. Pulling books off shelves and stories off pages.

Q. Quiet reading time is the new “family time.”

R. Reaching into the pages of a story and bringing characters to life.

S. Stretching the act of Jumping Into a Book over the course of several days instead of one evening

T. Tugging at heartstrings and influencing young lives.

U. United families reading a single story together.

V. Varying themes and genres to expose kids to all aspects of literacy

W. Wandering through amazing worlds and strange lands without ever leaving the house.

X. Setting eXamples for young readers, communities, and schools.

Y. Young minds blooming and growing.

Z. EnthuZiasm!!

Are you a Book Jumper?

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