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 Picture Books

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 pangythepangolin.com
Ping Pong Pangolino by Massimo Saudi (2019). Available from Amazon.it
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.

Pangolin rescue mini-picture book

With one cut and a few simple folds, create a mini-picture book that tells the story of a pangolin rescued and cared for until it could be released back into the wild.

Originally created for the Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary in Liberia to help explain the work they do to children. Unfortunately, not every child in Liberia goes to school. Not only do they miss out on general education, they never learn about animals or nature conservation.

Click on this image to open the pdf that can be downloaded and printed:
(nb. select ‘actual size’ when printing to help when making the folds)

Libassa mini-story

Follow the steps below to make your mini-picture book:

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Follow the work of Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary on instagram and make a donation to support their vital work.

Click here for more pangolin crafts!

 

 

 

Four things I learnt from travel to the Philippines

I am fortunate that I’ve had the opportunity to visit some of the top tourist spots in the Philippines: I’ve climbed Taal volcano, gazed in wonder at the Chocolate Hills, floated on the green Loboc River, rafted down the rapids of Pagsanjan River, swum from a sand bar into a warm turquoise sea and looked in awe on Mount Mayon. I discovered a country of real beauty, of dreamy beaches and dramatic mountains. But my time spent in the Philippines is much more than memories filed away in dusty photo albums. I may be thousands of miles away but the Philippines is part of my here and now. It shaped who I am today. So I’ve tried to distill it down to why it had such an impact, this is what I came up with:

The Chocolate Hills, Bohol

  1. Smile

Whilst visiting the Philippines for the first time, I was often asked “What will you take back from the Philippines?” It sounds a bit silly but my answer was always “the smiles”. As part of an exchange visit organised by Rotary Clubs in Laguna and Bicol, we visited lots of schools and community-based projects. Everywhere we went, we were greeted with beautiful smiles.

The smiles are still with me, though sometimes, I do have to remind myself to smile more.

Filipino kids smiling and laughing

  1. Biodiversity is truly diverse

The wildlife in the Philippines astounds me. I’ve been lucky enough to see wide-eyed tarsiers and swim with wide-mouthed whale sharks, but there is so much more. Although most of it I will never see, it is fascinating to discover that there are unique species of mice found on single mountain tops and to see how bleeding-heart doves have have evolved to have different plumage on different islands.

It’s also simple things that really made me stop and think: the funky centipedes, colourful beetles and the ridiculous number butterflies – I was amazed to see twenty-two different species of butterfly on one short walk!

I have worked in wildlife conservation all my working life, I know what biodiversity means but only in the Philippines did I truly witness it.

Philippine tarsier

  1. The power of community spirit

Children danced for us when we visited this school on the shores of Laguna de Bay; the next time I saw an image of the school was six months later; adults were wading through water that was up to their chests.

Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) had stuck with all its might. The moment when I heard about it on the radio, in a BBC news broadcast, is permanently etched into my mind. But it was what happened immediately after the typhoon was inspiring. My Facebook news feed and email inbox filled with updates from Filipinos I’d met. They took immediate action to help those affected, delivering food, clothing, whatever was needed in their communities.

All communities come together and support each other in times of need; it is the human spirit. But in the Philippines, there’s even a word for it bayanihan. 

(Read more about it on this blog: The Bayanihan Spirit).

School children dancing

  1. To embrace the inspiration

Spending time in the Philippines changed my perspective and sparked my imagination.

After visiting the Philippines I started drawing again (which I hadn’t done for years) and began to write stories. I didn’t set out to be an author; that some of my stories became published picture books in the Philippines is remarkable. Maybe they will help raise awareness of some of the wildlife in the Philippines, before it is too late.

Measured in miles I am a long way from these islands that continue to inspire me, sometimes it feels a little crazy, but I have decided just to carry on. To embrace the inspiration and see where the stories and pictures take me.

And I hope, in a small way, it gives something back to the children that greeted us with their smiles.

School children with picture books donated by the Rotary Club of West Bay, Laguna

 

Diwa in the community

Distribution of Diwa the Dugong picture books and dugong posters in Busuanga

With the help of her friends from Community Centred Conservation (C3), Diwa the Dugong has been busy raising awareness of dugongs from Busuanga and Ortigas City.

Distribution of Diwa the Dugong picture books and dugong posters in BusuangaC3 Philippines team conducted awareness campaign on dugong conservation in Calawit National High school and Barangay Bogtong. The team distributed Dugong-Seagrass posters and Diwa the Dugong books for teachers and community members.

Distribution of Diwa the Dugong picture books and dugong posters in Busuanga

 

Diwa the Dugong books were also sold during the First National Biodiversity Congress held in May at Ortigas City, Mandaluyong.

Diwa the Dugong at the First National Biodiversity Congress

Copies of the picture book Diwa the Dugong are available from Bookmark the Filipino Bookstore and Pumplepie Books & Happiness.