San Diego Zoo Global Press Hope and Inspiration book collection receives National Parenting Products Award. Author Georgeanne Irvine honored for heartwarming, real-life stories of animals at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. Photo courtesy San Diego Zoo Global

Author Georgeanne Irvine’s Hope and Inspiration collection of children’s books, published by San Diego Zoo Global Press, has been honored by the National Parenting Product Awards winning a 2019 NAPPA Award.

The books present heartwarming, real-life stories about animals that have survived major challenges in their lives, and how dedicated animal care staff at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park were able to provide lifesaving treatments that helped give them the opportunity to thrive.

NAPPA Awards have been presented to outstanding toys, baby products, books, games, music and educational tools for 29 years, in one of the longest-running programs of its kind. NAPPA reviews are seen in parenting publications nationwide, reaching thousands of families.

“We’re thrilled to honor the Hope and Inspiration children’s book collection,” said Elena Epstein, NAPPA Awards director. “Georgeanne Irvine and her team give us an intimate and detailed look at these animals and their unique stories. Each book is a charming blend of facts, engaging personal stories, and lots of heart and compassion. The plush animal characters created for each book are adorable — and a perfect companion for the books.”

The series has also been honored by the Independent Book Publishers Association, which presented a Benjamin Franklin Gold Award to the book “Ruuxa and Raina: A Cheetah and Dog’s True Story of Friendship and Miracles,” and a Benjamin Franklin Silver Award to “Karen’s Heart: The True Story of a Brave Baby Orangutan.” The Hope and Inspiration collection also includes “Fabulous Floyd: The True Story of a Flamingo Who Never Gave Up.” These books connect children with animals to teach important life lessons of perseverance, empathy and friendship, explained author Georgeanne Irvine.

“The Hope and Inspiration collection gives kids the opportunity to follow one animal’s story and understand the implications it holds for an entire species,” Irvine said. “As young readers learn about and make connections with these remarkable animals, my hope is that we are inspiring a new generation of future conservationists.”

Irvine, a San Diego native, has dedicated more than four decades of her career to raising awareness about animals and wildlife conservation. She is director of corporate publishing for San Diego Zoo Global and is the author of more than two dozen children’s books about animals.

The latest addition to the Hope and Inspiration collection —“Mosi Musa: A True Tale About a Baby Monkey Raised by His Grandma”— debuted Oct. 1. San Diego Zoo Global Press’ first illustrated children’s book, “Ty the Quiet Giraffe,” by author Carrie Hasler, will debut in November.

Other books published by San Diego Zoo Global Press include works geared toward adults, covering both business and conservation-related subjects — including: “The Call: The Strategic Plan that Empowered San Diego Zoo Global to Lead the Fight Against Extinction” and “Upside-Down Leadership: A Zoo Veterinarian’s Journey to Becoming a Servant Leader.”

“Our goal for San Diego Zoo Global Press is to ignite a passion for wildlife in children and adults when they read the books,” said Douglas G. Myers, president/CEO, San Diego Zoo Global. “With more than 100 years of stories to share, we hope our books will motivate people to care about animals and our environment, and encourage them to take an active role in the fight to end extinction.”

San Diego Zoo Global Press books are available in gift shops at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, online at, and through selected book sellers, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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