At every Authors for Earth Day school visit, a generous A4ED participant willingly gives up their speaking fee to empower young readers. These generous gifts have long reach: Not only do they allow students to research environmental organizations and vote to determine which orgs deserve donations; not only do they provide fiscal support to essential non-profit causes; they also inspire classroom discussions, school reports, library book check-outs, and meaningful conversations at the family dinner table.
Some of our prestigious participants have provided these extraordinary benefits to several schools through the years (indeed, there have been over 125 A4ED school visits to date).
GREEN AUTHORS are authors and/or illustrators who have donated to environmental education through at least five annual Author for Earth Day school visits. This year we announce three new GREEN AUTHORs: Debbie Dadey, Barbara Gowan, and Brooke Bessesen. All of these women have been members of our coalition since 2010. And all have shared their talents to help pioneer the A4ED program.
Debbie Dadey (www.debbiedadey.com) is the best-selling author of 166 traditionally published children’s books, including the series Mermaid Tales (which promotes ocean protection), Keyholders, and The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids. It’s no surprise that many of Debbie’s titles are enjoyed by reluctant readers, as she was an elementary teacher and librarian before becoming a children’s author. She still visits schools to inspire students to read and write—traveling as far as Cairo, Egypt to do it! In addition to participating in Authors for Earth Day, Debbie has written two A4ED blogs. And as our Social Media Director, she champions our mission with upbeat environmental news and Facebook posts relating to our special events.
Barbara Gowan (www.barbaragowan.com) is a true environmental leader. After earning her biology degree from the University of Notre Dame, she shared her passion for the outdoors as a park naturalist. Now she is the award-winning author of six nonfiction books for young readers, including G is for Grand Canyon and Desert Digits. In 2013, D is for Desert was named an Outstanding Science Trade Book by the NSTA. Barb also works directly with educators and students. She is on the roster of Teaching Artists with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, a former board member of the Arizona Reading Association and vice-president of the Greater Paradise Valley Reading Council. As a recent contributor to our A4ED Blog, she wrote a wonderful essay about the value of nature books in the classroom.
Brooke Bessesen (www.brookebessesen.com) is the director of Authors for Earth Day. This April marks a decade since her first Earth Day school visit—the one that motivated her to found the A4ED coalition. She has written about the grass-roots beginning of Authors for Earth Day on our blog. Having worked with wildlife as a veterinary technician, field biologist and animal rescuer, Brooke strives to share the wonders of science with readers of all ages. She is the author of seven books, including Look Who Lives in the Ocean! and Zachary Z. Packrat Backpacks the Grand Canyon, and has been honored with a Celebrate Literacy Award, Glyph Award, Judy Goddard Award, and Grand Canyon Reader Award nomination.
Join us in congratulating these GREEN AUTHORS for their exemplary contributions to conservation and education. May they inspire others to support our Authors for Earth Day mission. Through the resting chill of winter lies the promise of a prosperous spring—as we head into our 2018 season, we look forward to increasing our community outreach and charitable donations, and to honoring even more of our members as they become next-year’s GREEN AUTHORs.
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