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Extinction: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about extinction?

As you can see, this list of kids books about extinction is a work in progress! We’re currently exploring the best books available, and we’d love your input. If you have a title you’d suggest including on our list of kids books about extinction, please share it with us!

We’ll be featuring a variety of titles on our list, from well known classics to popular bestsellers to lesser known titles that deserve a bigger audience. We’re also including books for a range of ages, from board books for babies and toddlers, to picture books for preschool and kindergarten age kids, to chapter books for early elementary age kids.

We’d love to hear any book suggestions you have—you can comment below or email us at [email protected].

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Hello, Mr. Dodo!
Written & illustrated by Nicholas John Frith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Martha loves birds, so one day when she meets and makes friends with a Dodo, a species supposed to be extinct, in the woods behind her house, she resolves to keep him secret to keep him safe–but sometimes it is hard to keep a big secret.

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Extinct: An Illustrated Exploration of Animals That Have Disappeared
Written & illustrated by Lucas Riera
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

A gorgeously illustrated tribute to animals that no longer live on our planet, paired with information on how we can save future species

This exploration of animals that we have lost over the past century, from the California grizzly to the Persian tiger, aims to create awareness and inspire children to act responsibly toward their environment. Each animal’s story of how it came to extinction is told through graphically stunning illustrations and information packed spreads. Further scientific resources and profiles of animals that have been rediscovered or successfully reintroduced into the wild empower children with the knowledge and tools necessary to aid in conservation and encourage sustainability.

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My Weird School Fast Facts: Dinosaurs, Dodos, and Woolly Mammoths
Written by Dan Gutman & illustrated by Jim Paillot
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Think fast with A.J. and Andrea from My Weird School!

Did you know that the biggest dinosaur was probably six stories high and half a football field long? Did you know that Utah is the only place in the world where it’s legal to hunt dinosaurs?!

Learn more weird-but-true dinosaur facts with A.J. and Andrea from Dan Gutman’s bestselling My Weird School series. This all-new series of nonfiction books features hundreds of hysterical facts, plus lots of photos and illustrations.

Whether you’re a kid who wants to learn more about dinosaurs or simply someone who wants to know the name for fossilized dinosaur poop, this is the book for you!

With more than 12 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading!

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Animals of a Bygone Era: An Illustrated Compendium
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
A beautifully illustrated collection of fascinating, surprising, and funny facts about extinct animals.

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Music for Tigers
Written by Michelle Kadarusman
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-13

From Governor General's Literary Award finalist Michelle Kadarusman comes a novel about a young violinist who discovers her mother's family secretly harbor a sanctuary for extinct Tasmanian tigers in the remote Australian rainforest

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  • If Polar Bears Disappeared - What would happen if polar bears disappeared from the planet? Find out in this gorgeous, accessible nonfiction picture book that imagines the consequences of a world without polar bears.

  • Me Want Pet! - Cave Boy wants a pet more than anything. Can he find one that the whole family will agree on?</b> <p/>Cave Boy has lots of things. Rocks. Sticks. A club. But no pet! Cave Boy decides he must have a pet, but his parents object. He brings home animal after animal in hopes of overcoming his parents’ steadfast resistance, but his attempts are unsuccessful–until he finds a Dodo bird that is literally on the verge of extinction. And in a twist ending on a classic concept, Cave Boy and his family discover it’s worthwhile to have animal friends around. <p/>With snappy text that is short, fun, and young, <i>Me Want Pet!</i> makes for an ideal read-aloud for the milk-and-cookies set.

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