Selection Process

Books featured by America’s Wild Read are evaluated and selected based on a variety of factors, including: 



  • Relevancy to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service priorities and programs 
  • Non-fiction and fiction titles related to conservation, conservation history, wildlife, or biology 
  • Titles featuring U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands, scientists, history, or conservation heroes 


  • Quality of writing and for non-fiction titles, factual accuracy 

  • Positive reviews from a variety of sources 

  • Receipt of literary awards 

  • Recommendations from Wild Readers 

  • Independent evaluation by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Library staff 

Based on these factors, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Library Biologist and Librarian, in consultation with the Library Manager, compile a list of potential selections and review each book to select the most appropriate titles on an annual basis.  

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) do not sanction or endorse any book, author, products, or enterprises in connection with or featured in this book club. The purpose of this book club is solely to foster dialogue and educate the public on issues related to FWS’s mission.