Camp Panda

Camp Panda

HMH Books for Young Readers

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Helping Cubs Return to the Wild

Roughly a thousand years ago, an estimated 23,000 pandas roamed wild and free through their native China. But within the past forty years, more than fifty percent of the panda’s already shrinking habitat has been destroyed by humans, leaving the beautiful and beloved giant panda vulnerable to extinction. Despite the seemingly insurmountable odds—poaching, habitat destruction, pollution, human overpopulation, and global climate change—the panda is making a comeback. But how?

Awards and Recognition

Robert F. Sibert honor book
Booklist, starred review
Junior Library Guild Selection
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
School Library Journal, starred review


“Frequent detailed pictures of pandas and their caretakers compliment the measured text, and extensive backmatter—including a subsection on what the average person can do to help conservation efforts—makes this an excellent resource for researchers, STEM-lovers, and aspiring environmentalists.” (Booklist, starred review)

“Complementing Thimmesh’s thoughtful, engagingly written text are many arrestingly adorable color photographs of pandas in training and in the wild. A timely, uplifting story.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

“Animal conservation is always a welcome subject in libraries, and the depth and breadth of this book make it a first purchase.” (School Library Journal, starred review)