The best books for elephant lovers

The Books I Picked & Why

Silent Thunder: In the Presence of Elephants

By Katy Payne

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Why this book?

After discovering that whales sing to each other, Katy turned her attention to elephants. Silent Thunder chronicles Katy’s work before she founded the Elephant Listening Project. In essence, it is the prequel to Eavesdropping on Elephants. Katy’s evocative prose puts you on the plains of Africa. I love the way she approached her research without any preconceived notions and let the elephants tell her what was important.


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Elephant Memories: Thirteen Years in the Life of an Elephant Family

By Cynthia J. Moss

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Why this book?

Cynthia Moss is a giant in the world of elephant research. Like Katy Payne, Moss has a beautiful writing style that gives you a peek inside the complex dynamics of elephant relationships. With Cynthia, we celebrate every success and shed tears at the many ways elephants are harmed by human habits. The dedication and passion of field scientists always amazes and inspires me.


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A Passion for Elephants: The Real Life Adventure of Field Scientist Cynthia Moss

By Toni Buzzeo, Holly Berry

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Why this book?

As an author of children’s books, I love to share what I’m passionate about with kids. As you read Elephant Memories by Cynthia Moss, give A Passion for Elephants to the children in your life. Imagine the terrific discussions you can have about Cynthia’s adventures sharing two books about the same person. You’ll be able to supplement the kids’ knowledge with some startling facts of your own.


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The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence

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Why this book?

Lawrence Anthony faced an unimaginable choice. Accept a rogue herd of elephants at his South African reserve or allow them to be shot. Although The Elephant Whisperer also comes in an adult edition, I chose the young readers adaptation (ages 10-14) because of the opportunity to share common interests with the children in your life. Kids will learn to protect the planet by following our example. Lawrence’s story will stick with you for a long time.


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How to Be an Elephant

By Katherine Roy

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Why this book?

Katherine Roy’s beautifully illustrated picture book includes lots of fun information for elephant lovers. We follow an infant elephant as he learns how to survive on the plains, including his place in the family, how to walk and use his trunk, how to communicate with the herd, and how to stay cool in the scorching sun. A unique portrait of an elephant’s life.


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