Eco-minded authors and illustrators will plant seeds of hope through their Authors for Earth Day events this April

The Authors for Earth Day coalition increases environmental awareness through a unified effort, with members around the globe working toward one goal—empower young readers to positively shape the future. Some of our authors write nature books but most do not. From picture books to YA, we cover the gamut in terms of genres but we all believe kids should have a voice in how we care for the earth.

Our blog inspires readers to go green year round. But our big annual event takes place in April when A4ED participants schedule special school visits to promote literacy and raise money for conservation.

Each author provides a list of five conservation organizations or “nominees” to their host school and then based on a student vote the day of their visit, the author generously donates 30-100% of their speaking fee to the winning organization. Most children have never had a voice in the world so it’s quite amazing to empower a whole school in this special way.

An A4ED school visit is one of the most far-reaching actions an author or illustrator can take because the impact of our whole coalition is so much bigger than our individual events. Authors for Earth Day has already reached thousands of students from California to New York and raised over $10K to support conservation! And we’re just getting started—imagine the potential as our coalition grows! Each author has their own Participant Page that includes info about their books and schools visits, along with photos and video links, so readers like you can learn more about them. And yes, we have several famous authors in our ranks!

It’s not too late to help us for 2012. If you know any school teachers or librarians seeking a rich experience for their students, please encourage them to host an Authors for Earth Day visit at their school. They can learn how through our A4ED website.

Brooke Bessesen, A4ED Director

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