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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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NEFERTITI, THE SPIDERNAUT: How a Jumping Spider Learned to Hunt in Space by award-winning author Darcy Pattison

True stories about animals fascinate me. But it has to be a really great story. I’m not teary-eyed about a sweet kitten who jumps after a ball. And I’m not a fan of cat videos. But give me a true … Continue reading

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CLIMATE ACTION by Canadian middle-grade author (and A4ED Eco-Book co-director) Yolanda Ridge

Earlier this summer, our federal politicians held a Climate Action Town Hall Meeting in my small, rural community of Rossland, British Columbia. Doing my part to fill the hall and send a strong message to the Canadian capital, I attended … Continue reading

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