The best Jane Goodall books 📚

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Book cover of Reason for Hope

Reason for Hope

By Jane Goodall, Phillip Berman

Why this book?

Goodall is part scholar and part saint, a scientist seer. When her husband Derek Bryceson died after a protracted battle with cancer, Jane was spiritually bereft. Following a bleak year of grief, she encountered a mystical moment of healing.  “It seemed to me, as I struggled afterward to recall the experience, that self was utterly absent: I and the chimpanzees, the earth and trees and air, seemed to merge, to become one with the spirit power of life itself.” In that window of altered understanding, time slowed. Perception sharpened. Space seemed more spacious. The forest and its wild creatures, she…

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The best books on love, loss and our kinship with the animals

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Book cover of Me... Jane

Me... Jane

By Patrick McDonnell

Why this book?

This book is about Jane Goodall, famous chimp researcher and United Nations Messenger of Peace. As a child, she shared her backyard “magical world of nature” with her stuffed chimp named Jubilee. The book Tarzan of the Apes expanded her passion into dreams of going to Africa to study animals. “Wow!” She did it, and her stick-to-it observations led to the discovery that chimpanzees make and use tools. As she protects wildlife she also helps people in wild places to get better food, water, and education. Her concerns for all creatures have inspired children around the world to take some…

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The best children’s books that get readers thinking about a “wow” moment that may spark a lifetime of investigation

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Book cover of The Jane Effect: Celebrating Jane Goodall

The Jane Effect: Celebrating Jane Goodall

By Dale Peterson, Marc Bekoff

Why this book?

Jane Goodall inspired me on the journey of my life’s work and passion. This book is a beautiful tribute to her groundbreaking work and life. I was honored to have been asked to be a contributor to this book, join me in celebrating her life and power to heal so many lives. 

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The best books about the healing power of animals and the human-animal bond

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Hope Matters: Why Changing the Way We Think Is Critical to Solving the Environmental Crisis

By Elin Kelsey

Why this book?

Kelsey builds an air-tight case for why the planet needs us to get more in touch with our emotions. Emotions dictate all our behavior and action in the world, and so we ought to know which emotions are most effective and in what situations to catalyze actions for climate justice. Because Kelsey is a scientist herself, she buttresses her case about the role of emotions in saving the planet with powerful data. We don’t need more books on “ten things you can do to save the planet.” What we do need is more books like this, which show us why…

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The best books to help you keep your cool on a warming planet

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Silent Thunder: In the Presence of Elephants

By Katy Payne

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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The best books for elephant lovers

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Book cover of The Most Important Comic Book on Earth: Stories to Save the World

The Most Important Comic Book on Earth: Stories to Save the World

By DK

Why this book?

From the jacket copy: “An anthology dedicated to saving as many species from extinction as humanly possible. The single largest collection of…comics calling for planetary change… The Most Important Comic Book on Earth is a global collaboration bringing together a diverse team of more than 300 leading environmentalists, artists, authors, actors, filmmakers, musicians, and more to present over 120 stories to save the world.” 

Purchasing this anthology helps support projects aiming to save some of the one million species facing extinction today. Is there a better reason to buy a book?

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The best books about human impact on the natural world

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