10 Nonfiction Picture Books about Brave Women Conservationists

Today is #nf10for10 day—the day folks share their favorite nonfiction picture books. I can't wait to see everyone's recommendations! During the past few years I have been working on several conservation-themed picture books and in the process have become passionate about protecting our environment. So here are 10 nonfiction picture books that celebrate brave women conservationists who worked tirelessly to protect and save our natural world and its inhabitants. I've included the book that I wrote:). And please visit here to see other terrific nonfiction picture book recommendations. A big thank you to Cathy MereMandy Robek, and Julie Balen for hosting! 

The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with Chimps by Jeanette Winter
Jane Goodall has dedicated her life to observing and protecting Chimpanzees.

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul
Isatou Ceesay found a way to recycle plastic bags and transform her community.

The Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins and Jill McElmurry
Pioneer and activist Kate Sessions helped San Diego grow from a dry desert town into a lush, leafy city known for its gorgeous parks and gardens.

Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees by Franck Prevot
Wangari Maathai received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her efforts to lead women in a nonviolent struggle to bring peace and democracy to Africa through its reforestation. 

Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle by Claire A. Nivola
A pioneer in the field of oceanography, scientist Sylvia Earle has spent her life studying the ocean and working to protect it. 

Rachel Carson and her Book That Changed the World by Laurie lawlor
Environmentalist Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring, the book that woke people up to the harmful impact humans were having on our planet.

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
Alice Rumphius, the Lupine Lady, longed to make the world more beautiful and scattered lupine seeds everywhere she went.

Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian by Margarita Engle
Born in the 1600s, 13-year-old Maria Merian had a passion for butterflies and other insects, studied their habits and their life cycle, and disproved centuries of scientific belief.

A Passion for Elephants: The Real Life Adventure of Field Scientist Cynthia Moss by Toni Buzzeo
As a scientist, nature photographer, and animal activist, Cynthia spent years learning everything she could about elephants and shared these beautiful animals with the world.

Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark by Heather Lang
Eugenie Clark dedicated her life to studying sharks and replacing people's fear with facts. She proved to the world that these magnificent fish deserve our respect and protection.