Book Review: The Story of Jane Goodall by Susan B. Katz


The Story of Jane Goodall by Susan B. Katz

A Biography Book for Readers

Rockridge Press (May 19, 2020)

Age Range 6-8 years; Grade Level 3-4

Children’s Book/Children’s Women Biographies/Children’s Biographies


Discover the life of Jane Goodall―a story about curiosity, passion, and saving animals

Jane Goodall is a celebrated scientist for her studies of chimpanzees in the forests of Africa. Before she observed chimps and helped save them from losing their home, Jane was a curious kid who loved learning about animals. She showed people that women could be scientists, just like men, and fought to follow her dream of working with wild chimps. Explore how Jane Goodall went from being a young nature lover in England to the most important chimpanzee expert in the world.

This Jane Goodall chapter book for kids ages 6-8 includes:

  • Word definitions―Discover helpful definitions for the more advanced words and ideas in the book.
  • Test your knowledge―Take a quiz at the end of the book to make sure you understand the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of Jane Goodall’s life.
  • A lasting legacy―Learn about how Jane made the world a better place for future generations of both humans and animals.

How will Jane Goodall’s strong will inspire you?






An engaging children’s biography book detailing the life of Jane Goodall. Provides interesting details and insights into her life. Explained in a clear language for the young reader. Colorful throughout, timelines, think boxes, a good length read, glossary, and a fun quiz at the end.  After the story, it details how Jane’s life and work changed our world and continues to do so today. The biography stresses Jane’s passion for animals, especially chimpanzees. Highly recommend this “The Story of” Biography series for children.

Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (May 28, 2020)

ARC provided by the publisher via Callisto Publishing Club




Susan B. Katz is an award-winning author, National Board Certified Teacher, educational consultant and social media strategist. As a former bilingual educator of over 25 years, Susan incorporates props, puppets and multimedia into her presentations making them interactive and engaging. MEDITATION STATION comes out this fall with Bala Books (Shambhala). She has five chapter book biographies due out also in 2020 including THE STORY OF RUTH BADER GINSBURG and THE STORY OF FRIDA KAHLO. Scholastic published Susan’s book ALL YEAR ROUND in January, 2016. It was named “Best New Book of 2016” by The Children’s Book Review. She translated it into Spanish as Un Año Redondo in 2017. MY MAMA EARTH (Barefoot Books), won the Moonbeam Gold Award for Best Picture Book of 2012 as well as being named “Top Green Toy” by ABC, BABY ME! (Random House, 2010) debuted to rave reviews and sold out of its first print run in three months. ABC SCHOOL’S FOR ME (Scholastic, 2015) was illustrated by Lynn Munsinger and reviewed as “having verse that never misses a beat.” Susan is also the Founder and Executive Director of, a national non-profit bringing children’s book authors and illustrators into schools and libraries as role models of literacy and the arts. Ms. Katz served as the Strategic Partner Manager for Authors at Facebook. When she’s not writing, Susan enjoys salsa dancing and spending time at the beach. Her website is:



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