Emily: 10-Year-Old Champion of Rainforest Animals in Need

Emily, Champion of Rainforest Animals

Emily: 10-Year-Old Champion of
Rainforest Animals in Need

photos & text by Cathleen Burnham
Crickhollow Books • October 2017
Hardcover • $18.95 • 32 pages
Wild Animal Conservation & Protection
Youth Environmental Activism / Global Kids

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Trade Hardcover (laminated cover)
32 pages • photos, maps, illus. • 10.5” x 9”
Ages 7–12
$18.95 • ISBN 978-1-933987-26-2


Endangered Animals • Animal Rescue
Sloths • Squirrel Monkeys
Rainforest • Central America
Global Youth • Kid Power
Wildlife Conservation

[Doyli to the Rescue, 2015]

“Full-color photography of Doyli, her family, and baby monkeys in need fills this wonderful true story, which serves as a shining inspiration to readers of all ages that there is something they can do to protect wildlife and the environment. Highly recommended, especially for public and school library children’s collections.” – Midwest Book Review

“Cathleen Burnham’s children’s book is a delightful book for all ages. It is the best kind of nonfiction – engaging as well as informative…. Burnham shows us how even young children can make a difference in the world. Young and old alike will be enthralled with this book.” – Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, Children’s Book Author

[Tortuga Squad, 2016]

“Bright photos depict the children in action, the turtles and other animals, and the surroundings. The spreads also include attractively arranged maps and drawings and deftly inserted facts about turtles…. Burnham has written other books about compassionate efforts by children, such as Doyli to the Rescue: Saving Baby Monkeys in the Amazon (Crickhollow, 2015), that inspire readers to take positive action.… A wonderful addition to most collections.” – School Library Journal

“Readers will learn about threats to sea turtles as well as how people are helping them. An unusual glimpse of children as environmental activists within their own community.” – ALA Booklist

[Tony and His Elephants, 2017]

“Burnham’s deft use of photo captions, labeled maps with keys, relevant cultural practices, and back matter make this and the other series books ideal content for STEM resources. Readers are invited to explore a related website, WAKABooks.org, to discover ways of working together for the animals of the Earth that can be carried out in their own communities.” – Unpacking the Power of Picture Books

#rainforest #kidpower #CostaRica

“All of Cathleen’s books showcase kids that just blow our minds with their passion and innovation!”
– Valerie Budayr, Jump Into A Book blogger and co-founder of Multicultural Children’s Book Day

“The story highlights the impact young people can have on protecting local wild animals and preserving natural habitats. Every page is filled with rich, beautiful and touching photographs that capture life in the Costa Rica rainforest and shows the delicate ecosystems and the gorgeous endangered species living there.”
– Patricia Tilton, Children’s Books Heal site.

Nominated for a Cybils award for Elementary Nonfiction

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BONUS MATERIALS! To learn more about our WAKA series, plus teacher’s guides, classroom activity ideas, and more resources, visit: www.WAKABooks.org .


Emily: 10-Year-Old Champion of Rainforest Animals in Need is a photodocumentary book by journalist and writer Cathleen Burnham, the fourth in her WAKA (World Association of Kids and Animals) series of books featuring kids involved in wild animal rescue efforts around the globe, praised by School Library Journal as “books about compassionate efforts by children that inspire readers to take positive action … a wonderful addition to most collections.” .

This book introduces Emily, a ten-year-old girl active in a youth conservation program to save rainforest animals in western Costa Rica called Kids Saving The Rainforest (KSTR).

She helps care for an orphaned baby sloth at a local animal sanctuary and participates in other activities from dramatic skits for tourists and clean-up sweeps to the sponsorship of rope bridges to help squirrel monkeys cross busy roads near her small town.

The story highlights the impact young people can have on protecting local wild animals and preserving natural habitats.

Like the previous books in this series (Doyli to the Rescue: Saving Baby Monkeys in the Amazon; Tortuga Squad: Kids Saving Sea Turtles in Costa Rica; and Tony and His Elephants), the text and photos show a youngster deeply involved in caring for the well-being of baby wild animals in need of shelter, food, and lots of love.

The conservation message is clear and is skillfully blended into the glimpse of everyday life of active kids and their families who are involved in small-scale, grassroots animal-rescue efforts.


Cathleen Burnham is an experienced travel and wildlife photojournalist. She has done assignments across the globe from Africa to Southeast Asia, from South and Central America to Europe. She is author of the WAKA series of books (World Association of Kids and Animals), profiling real kids around the world who are actively engaged in local wildlife conservation on a community-based level, working to save wild animals and protect natural habitats.

Ms. Burnham hopes these stories about extraordinary kids doing practical things to save wild animals will inspire other youngsters and youth leaders to get involved in similar conservation and education projects.