Protecting the Planet: The Season of Giraffes

Illustrator: Emily Sutton

Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: Walker Books

Book 1 of Protecting the Planet Series

Age 5+

Wildlife Picture Books Animal Stories

An ultimately inspiring story of how giraffes have dealt with modern climate change, beautifully told and illustrated – and marking the launch of an exciting new series.
Once, this season of rains was the season of giraffes... In this powerful picture-book, bestselling children's author Nicola Davies writes in collaboration with conservationist Kisilu Musya to explain how one of the world's best-loved animals has dealt with the challenges of climate change. Giraffes were once a part of daily life in Niger – but after severe droughts one year, when the rains eventually return, the giraffes are nowhere to be seen. However, as award-winning artist Emily Sutton's magnificent illustrations capture, The Beauty of Giraffes ultimately has a hopeful, celebratory story to share ... and an important point to make about how human beings can change for the better.

"Nicola Davies is one of the best children's writers in the business." Huffington Post
"Emily Sutton is one of our greatest children's illustrators." The Times


Nicola Davies is an award-winning author, whose many books for children include the A First Book of... and Tiny series, The Promise, King of the Sky and The Day War Came. In 2017, she became the first ever recipient of the SLA’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Information Books. Visit Nicola at her website:

Emily Sutton
is the best-selling illustrator of the Tiny series, The Christmas Eve Tree, the highly-acclaimed A First Book of the Sea and Everyone Sang by Poetry Pharmacy author William Sieghart. Follow Emily on Instagram @emilysuttonartist


Nicola Davies tells [the giraffes’] story with a truthful tenderness whilst Emily Sutton captures the beauty of the animals and their landscape in her vibrant artwork and we all love the happy ending we discover.

Armadillo Magazine

Nicola’s story of optimism shows how with resolve, we humans can change things for the better; it’s gorgeously illustrated by Emily Sutton who captures both the grace of the animals and their homeland, and the lifestyle of some of the people of Niger.

Red Reading Hub

The first in a series, this book helps children to understand the negative and positive impact humans can have on the world.

"6 festive reads", Yorkshire Life

Davies’ knowledge and passion ooze through all of her work, and The Season of Giraffes is no exception. She and Emily Sutton are proving to be a phenomenal collaborative force.

Just Imagine

A story of hope […] Emily Sutton’s illustrations bring depth to the story, showing that when nature thrives, the world is a richer place.

The School Librarian


James Cropper Wainwright Prize for Children's Writing on Nature and Conservation
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