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“The Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters in the Wild” by Colorado writer, naturalist and adventurer Craig Childs, is Colorado Mountain College’s selection for 2022’s Common Reader.

“The Animal Dialogues” by Craig Childs is Colorado Mountain College’s Common Reader book for 2022. More information is at

The book, which chronicles over 30 experiences and observations Childs has had with a diverse variety of animals, is not meant to be read in sequential order or in one sitting, according to the author.

Rather, the book tells stories of animals – from the mountain lion to the mosquito – inviting the reader to discover more about the many species who share the planet with humans.

Now in its 15th year, CMC’s Common Reader brings together faculty, students, staff and community members to read a selected book together and to participate in talks with the author.

Talks with Childs will be held at eight of the college’s campuses from March 22-31. Additionally, one or more of the talks will be streamed online. Check the Common Reader webpage in March (see the link below).

Books are available at local bookstores, libraries and CMC locations. Audiobook copies are available to community members by visiting

For more information, go to or call 800-621-8559.

Featured image: Colorado writer, naturalist, and adventurer Craig Childs, author of The Animal Dialogues, has filled his book with stories of animals in the wild, struggling, surviving, thriving, and with much to teach human beings about adaptability.