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Kids Bouncing Off the Walls During the Pandemic and Falling Behind in Their Schoolwork? Delight Them with This Free, Award-Winning Series of Animal e-Books & Lesson Plans

Engaging Stories and Lessons Developed by American Humane, Resources for Learning, and Chicken Soup for the Soul Help Teach Children About Animal Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Humane Conservation

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, March 30, 2020 — The scene is becoming all-too-familiar: You’re trying to get work done while sheltering at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the kids are bouncing off the walls with boredom and you’re beginning to worry that being out of school for so long, they will start falling behind in their studies.

What better way to keep your kids engaged, happy, and learning than by giving them the present of an exciting, free series of animal stories and lessons, designed to boost their reading skills, while encouraging them to care for and help conserve the remarkable, endangered and disappearing creatures of the Earth?

The award-winning “Humane Heroes” series of free e-books for elementary, middle-school and high-school students were created by American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, and the publishers of the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books.

Through inspirational stories of animal rescue, rehabilitation, and humane conservation being performed at the world’s leading zoological institutions, and professionally developed lesson plans developed by teacher-trusted Resources for Learning and tied to English Language Arts (ELA) and social and emotional learning (SEL) skills, “Humane Heroes” makes learning fun and teaches children compassion at the same time.

Parents who homeschool or who are looking for a way to spend quality time together during this period of isolation will also enjoy reading and going through the easy-to-follow downloadable lesson plans with their children. Among the animals they will meet are a baby cheetah who was orphaned and found a special friend, a penguin who was able to walk again with the help of a 3-D printer, and an abandoned baby dolphin who was saved.

“American Humane has been teaching children about the value of treating animals well for more than a century,” said American Humane President and CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert, who conceived the project. “We hope that during this time when children are out of school and looking for things to do that our Humane Heroes books and curricula can bring families together with an enjoyable activity, keep kids’ learning on track, and help cultivate a new generation of animal advocates for the beautiful creature with whom we share the world.”

“Humane Heroes” just won a national 2020 “Teachers’ Choice Award for the Classroom” from Learning Magazine (Vol. I), and is garnering praised from leading animal experts and advocates, including TV personality, wildlife biologist and conservationist Jeff Corwin, who said, “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 is not only educational and fun but should be required reading for all our children. I strongly recommend them!”

To download free copies of the Humane Heroes e-books, visit any of the major online book sites such as or Barnes & Noble. To download free copies of the Humane Heroes book series and their companion curricula, visit:

About American Humane
American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization, founded in 1877. For more information, please visit

About Chicken Soup for the Soul
Chicken Soup for the Soul publishes the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. With well over 100 million books sold to date in the U.S. and Canada, more than 250 titles, and translations into more than 40 languages, the phrase “chicken soup for the soul” is known worldwide and is regularly referenced in pop culture. Today, 27 years after it first began sharing happiness, inspiration and hope through its books, this socially conscious company continues to publish a new title a month. It has also evolved beyond the bookstore, with a podcast, education programs, dog and cat food, licensed products, and video, television and movies through its subsidiary, Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment.

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