Recommended Reading

Here is a list of books about marine animals, our planet, and more that we recommend.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Humane Heroes – Vol. I

By Various Authors

The “Humane Heroes” series of books about the critically important work being done to preserve Earth’s remarkable and endangered animals in today’s zoos and aquariums. The stories are educational and fun.

The first volume, which is geared towards elementary school level readers, includes a heartwarming story from Dolphin Quest called “Learning to Walk and Talk from a Dolphin” where a dolphin helps an injured boy.


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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Humane Heroes – Vol. III

By Various Authors

The “Humane Heroes” series of books about the critically important work being done to preserve Earth’s remarkable and endangered animals in today’s zoos and aquariums. The stories are educational and fun.

The third volume, which is for high school level readers, includes an amazing story from Dolphin Quest called “The Incredible Story of Liko” where a dolphin is saved by advanced human medical technology.


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The Last Child in the Woods

By Richard Louv

A fascinating read about the staggering divide between children and the outdoors.  Child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today’s wired generation – he calls it nature deficit – to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression.

This is a book that will change the way you think about your future and the future of your children.


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Killing Keiko: The True Story of Free Willy’s Return to the Wild

By Mark A. Simmons

The true story of Keiko, the world’s most famous killer whale and his release to Icelandic waters. Millions of Free Willy movie enthusiasts were led to believe that Keiko’s return to the wild was a triumph, but according to author Mark Simmons, director of the Keiko Animal Behavior Team on the Keiko Release Project, the whale’s riveting story is one of unnecessary tragedy.  

Killing Keiko unveils the shocking evolution and collapse of the whale’s rehabilitation, covering his final trek across the North Atlantic to his heart-wrenching death in Norway. In life, Keiko was undoubtedly the most famous whale in history.  In death, he became the most famous case of animal abuse the world could not yet fathom.

Killing Keiko is an eye-opening, emotional account of what it took to study, care for, and say goodbye to an unforgettable whale.


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Blue Mind

By Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D.

The surprising science that shows how being near, in, on, or underwater can make you happier, healthier, more connection and better at what you do.

A beautiful book about how we are linked to water and the science behind that primal connection. A terrific read to get you ready to get back in the water and the inspiration to look after our incredible aquatic resources.


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Plastic Free

By Beth Terry

A personal account of how one woman kicked the plastic habit and how you can too!

Beth Terry will guide you through the process of eliminating plastic from your everyday life. A trove of practical advice, resources, personal stories, and inspiration to help you cut down, if not eliminate, the amount of plastic consumed in your own household. You can learn more about Beth Terry and plastic free living at  


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Plastic A Toxic Love Story

By Susan Freinkel

Journalist Susan Freinkel explores the impact of plastic on our lives through its historic beginning, science, and the global economy.

Eye-popping information on the many places plastic intersects with our lives, our unhealthy dependence on plastic and ideas towards a healthier alternative future. A very informative read that will have your looking at your purchasing decisions in a whole new light.