Children's Books With Conservation Messages
Organized by: Sarah Savory
Cover for That's How We Roll...
November 22, 2016
I am Zimbabwean and my name is Sarah Savory. I am the single mum of 2 children, Luke who is 6 and Mika who's 3. I was born and raised in Zimbabwe and I'm very passionate about our beautiful wildlife and their habitat which we are losing at an alarming rate.
I have started writing children's books to try to raise awareness and educate children about conservation issues. My first book which I self-published is called 'What On Earth Is That?' and is all about pangolins which are the least-known but most-trafficked mammals in the world. It is a rhyming, rhythmical story about 2 children who find a pangolin while out playing and set off on a journey to ask their other animal friends what on earth it could be...it also has pangolin fact and photo pages at the end to educate children about pangolins. It is very popular and for every 10 books I sell I donate 1 book to a rural school in Zimbabwe. I also go around reading the book to children at their schools and then at the end do a pangolin and conservation talk and slide show which the children love! An update: since writing this, I have recently signed a contract with Penguin Random House for this book which is unbelievably exciting!
I have just finished writing my next book which I will self-publish like my first book as soon as it is ready. Hopefully Penguin Random House will also like this one and take it onboard too one day! This book is about the importance of habitat regeneration (no matter how many individual animals we save, if we don't regenerate their habitat we are going lose them anyway!) Habitat loss leads to poverty and social breakdown. It is the biggest cause of global warming and is a greater threat to our wildlife than poaching. So this book is about a dung beetle and a pangolin who go on a journey to find a better place to live and it's called 'That's How We Roll!' In this book I have brought in a couple of other critically endangered animals that most people won't have heard about...again, it will have fact and photos at the end. I'm very excited about this book because it is an essential conservation message and through books not only do children learn, but so do the people that read to them - parents, teachers, grandparents, etc!
I am working on a third book right now and plan to just keep going...
As with most things these days it costs a lot of money to get projects like these up and running. I'm hoping that one day all my books will be signed up with a publisher (and one is a fantastic start) but until then I'm doing it 100% on my own so I'm trying to raise enough money to be able to pay everybody involved and cover the printing costs (there's no print on demand option in Zimbabwe so books have to be printed and shipped from overseas) and put all my effort into these books and get them into schools and educational institutions worldwide.
I don't know about you but I couldn't face living in a world without rhinos, elephants, pangolins, dung beetles or any of our wonderful wildlife and we are losing them. Fast.
I will do everything I possibly can to make a difference and dedicate my life to not letting that happen. I want my children and their children to have the privilege of seeing these incredible animals in the wild.
What kind of world do you want to leave for your children?
Help me to make a difference. Please.