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.