Amara and the Bats

Emma Reynolds

Atheneum, 2021

Agent: Thao Le

Environmental activism gets a nocturnal twist in this utterly charming picture book about a young girl and her mission to save the bats!

Amara loves bats! Her favorite thing to do is to collect bat facts and watch the amazing mammals fly at night by her house. But when Amara moves to a new town, she learns that her beloved bats no longer roost nearby because so many trees are being cut down.

Amara is upset. What can she do to help? She’s just one person, and the problem feels so much bigger than her. But after doing some research, she discovers that there are many young people making big changes all around the world. Inspired to take action, Amara gathers her new friends to help save the bats. Together, she knows they can make a difference!

Emma Reynolds crafts an inspiring story about community action, perseverance, and what to do in the face of climate anxiety. At its heart, this is a story about hope and finding a place to call home.

"Clearly defined facts appear throughout this encouraging book and give children concrete ideas to champion their own passions. The digital illustrations feature warm oranges and cool blues; as the children work together, robust greens highlight the changes to the park's environment. Back matter includes "Amara's Bat Facts," "How Echolocation Works," and tips for observing bats. The story busts myths and shows what curiosity and research can do for children."
- The Horn Book Magazine