I love the new picture book about Jane Goodall‘s early life titled Me . . . Jane. The book made me think more about Goodall’s life and her work with animals.
Books about Jane Goodall
Me . . . Jane is about Jane’s early life in England.
The Watcher starts with Jane’s early life in England then continues to her life in the Tanzanian jungle.
Kids who are interested in more about Dr. Goodall will enjoy her autobiography, My Life with the Chimpanzees.
Untamed The Wild Life of Jane Goodall by Anita Silvey, forward by Jane Goodall
This is not your average biography for kids with small font and ugly black and white photos. No, it’s so much better! Untamed is an excellent depiction of Jane Goodall’s life with kid-friendly language using kid-appealing layouts of colorful photos. Interesting insets throughout describe tips for kids and information such as sign language. I love the Gombe Family Scrapbook at the end with some of the significant chimps in Jane’s life. I also found it really interesting to learn how this English girl read about Africa as a child and fell in love with it.
Roots and Shoots
Dr. Jane Goodall and a group of Tanzanian students formed a program to make positive change for animals and the environment called Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots programs. The program asks young people to identify problems in the community and take action.
Dr. Marc Bekoff and CU Boulder’s Children, Youth and Environments organized the artwork and writing of children in the Roots & Shoot’s program wonderful book called Kids & Animals: drawings from the hands and hearts of children & youth with sections on safety, peace, love, caring, families, homes & habitats, coexistence, and cooperation.
I recently interviewed Bekoff for an article in the now defunct Denver Magazine. Beckoff told me that he and Jane wanted to make the book available for free. He also said when thinking about the power of kids and animals, that both kids and animals can pull together all different segments of society.
**Teachers, the Pearson Foundation offers elementary school lesson plans for the book, Kids & Animals, on the topic of Animal Communities.
Download the free .pdf of Kids and Animals.
Kid Activity: Use the writing and drawing prompt from the book and finish the sentence “I have a dream for” or “I am thankful for.”