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HELPING THE PLANET, ONE REUSABLE BAG AT A TIME by JoAnn Early Macken, the author of more than 130 books for young readers

Many people know that producing plastic bags requires petroleum—a nonrenewable resource—as well as water and energy. While researching an educational book I wrote about plastic, I found some other disturbing facts: Most plastic bags are not biodegradable. If they are … Continue reading

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BATS ARE NOT SCARY! by (very) creative nonfiction author Conrad J. Storad

I’ve been blessed during my career as a science journalist. I’ve had the chance to write and edit thousands of articles for newspapers and magazines. Best of all, I’ve had the opportunity to write and edit more than 50 books … Continue reading

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CHEERS and CONGRATULATIONS to our 2017 Authors for Earth Day Participants, who brought us to nearly $75K

The enthusiastic applause of hundreds of young readers roaring through the school! That’s what our A4ED authors & illustrators hear every year as we announce the conservation organizations that win our students’ votes. It’s quite a thrill! This year we supported 34 … Continue reading

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TREES WE TREASURE by Andrea Alban, children’s author and writing coach

Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps the singing bird will come.  –Chinese proverb The flatbed truck loaded with tree trunks passed my car in Golden Gate Park. I was struck by the contrast of an evergreen-lined boulevard … Continue reading

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THREE POEMS FOR EARTH DAY by April Halprin Wayland (April is National Poetry Month and Earth Day is the 22nd)

My father was a farmer. He worked and wrote all his life to protect the people,  animals, land and waters of our world. He farmed acres and acres of walnut trees, but Daddy also planted experimental rows of peanuts, to … Continue reading

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BREATHING WITH THE SEA by Bruce Balan, award-winning children’s author and sailor of the seven seas

There was a moment—an exact moment—when the docklines were cast off. Twelve and a half years ago I wrote those words when I left Long Beach, CA aboard my 46-foot sailboat Migration to sail “around” the world. The quotes are … Continue reading

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THE POWER OF NATURE BOOKS by children’s author and professional development guru Barbara Gowan

I heard it on a Levi’s jeans commercial when I was in high school and it has become my motto ever since—“Do not be afraid to touch the earth and let it touch you.” Following those words has been a … Continue reading

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A4ED Announces 2016 GREEN AUTHORs

Many of our authors & illustrators have become multi-year participants in our mission to education and empower young readers. To honor the achievements of those who exhibit an enduring commitment to mentorship through Authors for Earth Day, we hereby designate … Continue reading

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BIRDS vs. BLADES by scientist and multi-book author Rebecca Hirsch

A conversation with a seabird biologist launched me into a book on marine birds and wind farms. During an interview with Iain Stenhouse from the Biodiversity Research Institute, I learned about a group of scientists doing an ambitious study of … Continue reading

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THE CREATION OF AUTHORS FOR EARTH DAY by Brooke Bessesen, A4ED founder and director

As the author of several children’s books about wildlife, I strive to educate and inspire young (and not-so-young) readers to protect natural habitats, and the great and small creatures who call those habitats home. That’s why I created Authors for Earth Day—A4ED … Continue reading

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