Read, Watch, Learn


  • Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? Frans de Waal, W.W. Norton, 2017
  • Coming of Age With Elephants: A Memoir, Joyce Poole, Hyperion Press, 1997
  • Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II, Vicki Constantine Croke, Random House, 2014
  • An Elephant In My Kitchen: What the Herd Taught Me About Love, Courage, and Survival, Francoise Malby-Anthony, Macmillan, 2018
  • Elephant Memories: Thirteen Years in the Life of an Elephant Family, Cynthia Moss, University of Chicago Press, 1988
  • The Elephant Whisperer, Lawrence Anthony, Macmillan Publishers, 2009
  • I Dreamed of Africa, Kuki Gallman, Penguin, 1991
  • The Last Elephants, Compiled by Don Pinnock & Colin Bell, North America by Smithsonian Books, 2019
  • Leaving Time, Jodi Picoult, Ballantine Books, 2014
  • Love, Life, and Elephants: An Elephant Love Story, Daphne Sheldrick, Penguin, 2012
  • Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell us About Ourselves, Frans de Waal, W.W. Norton, 2020
  • The Roots of Heaven, Romain Gary, David R. Godine, Publishers, 2018-Fiction
  • When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson & Susan McCarthy, Random House, 1995
  • 50 Ways to Save Elephants (And Save the World), Cider Hill Press, 2018
  • 10 Reasons to Love an Elephant, Catherine Barr, France Lincoln Children’s Books, 2017 (Nonfiction. Facts about elephants presented in a fun and engaging way for young children. Elementary school ages.)
  • A Baby Elephant in the Wild, Caitlin O’Connell, Houghton Mifflin, 2014 (Nonfiction: the story of Liza, an African elephant born in Etosha National Park in Namibia) (Preschool-elementary ages)
  • Elephant Journey: The True Story of the Rescue of Three Zoo Elephants and Their Rescue from Captivity, Rob Laidlaw, Ingram Publishers, 2016 (Nonfiction: the story of three elephants from the Toronto Zoo who are finally “retired” and are transported via specially constructed train boxcars to the PAWS Sanctuary in California) (Elementary/middle school ages)
  • Elephants, Seymour Simon, HarperCollins, 2018 (Elephant facts and behaviors) (Nonfiction-Elementary school ages)
  • Elephant Secret, Eric Walters, Houghton Mifflin, 2018 (Fiction-Elementary/middle school ages)
  • Elephants Swim, Linda Capus Riley, Houghton Mifflin, 1995 (Poetry-Preschool ages)
  • Elephants Walk Together, Cheryl Lawton Malone, Albert Whitman & Company, 2017 (Nonfiction, story of two Asian elephants separated and taken to perform in circuses-Elementary/middle school ages)
  • Ellison the Elephant, Eric Drachman, Kidwick Books, 2004 (Fiction-Preschool/elementary school ages)
  • How to Be an Elephant, Katherine Roy, Macmillan, 2017 (Nonfiction-Elementary/middle school ages)
  • Little Elephants, Graeme Base, Abrams, 2012 (Fiction-Elementary school ages)
  • The Magician’s Elephant, Kate Dicamillo, Candlewick Press, 2009 (Fiction-Elementary/middle school ages)
  • Natumi Takes the Lead: The True Story of an Orphan Elephant Who Finds a Family, Gerry Ellis & Amy Novesky, National Geographic Society, 2016 (Nonfiction, the story of an elephant rescued by the David Sheldrick Trust-Elementary/middle school ages)
  • One Amazing Elephant, Linda Oatman High, HarperCollins, 2017 (Fiction-Elementary school ages)
  • The One and Only Ivan, Katherine Applegate, HarperCollins, 2012, (Fiction-Elementary/middle school ages)
  • A Parade of Elephants, Kevin Henkes, HarperCollins, 2018 (Fiction-Preschool ages)
  • A Passion for Elephants, Toni Buzzeo, Dial Books for Young Readers, 2015 (Nonfiction. The real life adventure of field scientist, Cynthia Moss. Elementary school ages.)
  • She Leads: The Elephant Matriarch, June Smalls, Workman Publishing, 2020 (Nonfiction-Elementary/middle school ages)
  • Thirsty, Thirsty Elephants, Sandra Markle, Charlesbridge, 2017 (Nonfiction-the true story of a herd in Tanzania searching for water during a drought-Elementary/middle school ages)
  • What Elephants Like, Joel Lugar, Born Free USA, 2015 (Fiction-Elephant facts-Elementary school ages)
  • When Anju Loved Being an Elephant, Wendy Henrichs, Sleeping Bear Press, 2011 (Fiction. The story of a young elephant who was stolen from her home and brought to the U.S. to live in a circus and then a zoo. Elementary school ages.)
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