What wouldn’t a person do, to help the most wondrous products of four billion years of creation? – Richard Powers, The Overstory
MEET TEAM ’18, twenty-two award-winning authors and illustrators from across the United States, who stepped up to help young readers connect with the natural world: Eliot Schrefer, Tui Sutherland, Lissa Price, Katherine Roy, Loree Griffin Burns, Miranda Paul, Marty Kelley, Elissa Brent Weissman, Suzanne Slade, Debbie Dadey, Andrea Alban, Patricia Newman, Dan Gutman, Kate McMullan, Polly Holyoke, Lisa Kahn Schnell, Lori Degman, Linda Crotta Brennan, Barb Rosenstock, Sandy Asher, Rachelle Burk, and Ted Scheu.
This extraordinary line-up reached a projected TWELVE THOUSAND STUDENTS from January to May, giving kid voters the power to research important conservation initiatives and then direct $19,000 from the authors’ own speaking fees to praiseworthy environmental organizations.
As always, the students voted to support a wide range of organizations, all of which strive to save natural habitats and wild animals and/or create sustainable human communities. Twenty-one charities won contributions in 2018: Rainforest Alliance, Ocean Conservancy, Greenpeace, Sierra Club, Wildlife Conservation Society, Coral Reef Alliance, Hug It Forward, African Wildlife Foundation, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, The Humane Society of the United States, Marine Mammal Center, Surfrider Foundation, Friends of Horicon Marsh, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, National Park Foundation, Lake County Forest Preserves, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Pet Pantry of Lancaster County, Maine Audubon, Honeybee Conservancy, and Ape Action Africa.
THANKS to the generosity of our members, the Authors for Earth Day coalition has now counted over 150 A4ED school visits and granted more than $92K to 90+ organizations worldwide!
Such forward-thinking gifts—empowering young readers and funding critical environmental causes—reach far beyond the classroom. They have a profound impact on the future, too, as students never forget encouraging concepts they learn from talented and enthusiastic kid-lit authors.
From seed to sapling to tree, our coalition is growing. Slow and steady, every year we stretch our sights higher, always with the goal of providing young readers the sturdy branches of fact-based knowledge to climb.
We are already excited about the MONUMENTAL mile-marker we are sure to cross next year! In the meantime, join us on Facebook to read more about the extraordinary successes of our 2018 authors and illustrators and all the brilliant kids who voted for Earth Day. Every day.
Wishing you a nature-filled summer!
Brooke Bessesen, A4ED Executive Director