Books about pangolins

Some animals a superstars; featured in books and on the silver screen. Say ‘lion’ and it’s hard not to think of Simba and Aslan. But say ‘pangolin’ and some people will think that you said ‘penguin’. However, their fortunes may be changing.

Pangolins were plunged into the limelight as a possible host of the coronavirus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic. My book, It’s not my fault: A Pangolin’s Manifesto is a direct result of that connection with the global pandemic. The growing number of picture books for children may also be as a result of this increased fame. Hopefully this will lead to increased awareness of pangolins and the threats they face from the illegal wildlife trade.

Some of the books are available to buy online. If they are available to buy on The Book Depository, they might also be available on your favourite book selling website or your local bookshop may be able to order them for you.

Book cover of It's Not My Fault
It’s not my fault: A Pangolin’s Manifesto by Rachel Shaw (Apollo Publishers 2021). Available on The Book Depository.

Children’s Books

Agent Pangolin: The Mystery of the Shiny Moon – a middle grade novel by AC Bradburn (Clink Street Publishing 2022). Available from The Book Depository.
Pangolina by Jane Goodall and Daishu Ma (Mineditionus 2021). Available on The Book Depository.
The Boy and the Pangolin by Catherine Barr and Laura Borio (Pearson Education, 2020). Available on The Book Depository.
Adventures of a Pangopup by Terri Tatchell and Ivan Sulima (Fielding House Press, 2020). Available on The Book Depository.
A Wish for Pangolin by Carrie Hasler and Christina Wald (Blue Sneaker Press, 2020). Available on The Book Depository.
Where is Marula? by Zane Alcorn and Cathy Meis (CRASH Wildlife, 2020). Available from CRASH Wildlife
Pangolin: Life of a Scaly Anteater by Joséphine Billeter (published in Laos, 2019)
Pangy the Pangolin by Marika Price and Zach Spitulski (Moon Grove Studios, 2019) Currently sold out
Ping Pong Pangolino by Massimo Saudi (2019). Available from
Baby Pangolin – board book by Sandra Ascherfeld (published in Germany by lomolivre, 2018). Available from faltershop
Po Tricks his Foe by Sharmila Deo and Niloufer Wadia (published in India by Kalpavrisksh, 2018)
What on Earth is That? by Susan Savory and Frederic Baele (Penguin Random House South Africa, 2018)
A Pangolin Tale by Jason Derry and Louise Fletcher (Oakenday Press, 2016). Available on The Book Depository.
Pipisin the Pangolin by Rachel Shaw (published in the Philippines by Bookmark the Filipino Bookstore, 2015). Available from Pumplepie Books and Happiness.
Roly Poly Pangolin by Anna Dewdney (Penguin USA, 2010)

And for a more serious read and to increase your knowledge of pangolins:

Pangolins: Science, Society and Conservation edited by Daniel W.S. Challender, Helen Nash and Carly Waterman (Academic Press, 2019). Available on The Book Depository.

How to help pangolins

Pangolins are the world’s most illegally traded mammal. It’s easy to feel helpless, like there’s nothing you can do to make a difference. But Pipisin Pangolin’s got a few ideas of things you could do to help pangolins…

Get yourself a pangolin t-shirt, jewellery or make it permanent with a tattoo!
Dedicated conservationists are working hard to save and protect pangolins, support them by making a donation. They are lots of amazing pangolin organisations but if you’re not sure who to donate to – support the Pangolin Crisis Fund.
Challenge yourself to do a sponsored run. Don’t like running? Choose a different challenge…
Raise funds by organising a cake bake.
Share your art online to help raise awareness.
Demand for pangolin scales and meeting is driving them to extinction. Report to your local authorities or using the Wildlife Witness app.
Pipisin Pangolin looking at a pangolin adoption certificate
Support pangolin conservation by adopting a pangolin.
Our everyday choices impact on the forests, the oceans, and all the plants and animals that we share the planet with. Take action to live more sustainably.

Book cover of It's Not My Fault
Buy my book: a pocket-sized companion for when you feel like a pangolin and want to roll up into a ball.

Make your own pangolin companion

Like real pangolins, Pipisin Pangolin stands on his hind legs. So I thought I’d try to make a little felt pangolin – this is the result. If you can have a go at making your own pangolin companion, I’ve drawn the pattern and written what I did.

Pangolins belong in the wild. They are sensitive souls and shouldn’t be kept in captivity or as pets. Only the wildlife organisations that rescue pangolins from the illegal wildlife trade and care for them until they can be released back into the wild have the specialist knowledge to be able to look after them. Find out about pangolin conservation by following organisations like Save Vietnam’s Wildlife, Rest Namibia and Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary.

Click on the image below for a printable pdf:

Visit my crafts page page for the original felt pangolin pattern and more pangolin crafts.

Felt pangolin

Book cover of It's Not My Fault
Buy my book: a pocket-sized companion for when you feel like a pangolin and want to roll up into a ball.

Christmas colouring

Help Pipisin Pangolin get ready for Christmas. His tree needs more decorations and his jumper is too plain for the festive season.

Click on one of the two images for a pdf that can be downloaded, printed and coloured. It’s free to use but if you share your colouring on social media, I’d love to see them. Please tag me: @pipisinpangolin on instagram or twitter. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

Christmas tree colouring page
Christmas jumper colouring page

Book cover of It's Not My Fault
Buy my book: a pocket-sized companion for when you feel like a pangolin and want to roll up into a ball.