2013 A4ED team raises contributions to $25K

Help us celebrate another successful April! Our outstanding 2013 team of children’s authors & illustrators: Dan Gutman, April Pulley Sayre, Roxie Munro, Patricia Newman, Mike Graf, Alison Ashley Formento, Barb Rosenstock,  Conrad Storad, Yolanda Ridge, Darcy Pattison, Leslie Helakoski, Andrea Alban, Linda Crotta Brennan, Barbara Gowan, Edie Hemingway, Michelle Worthington, Marianne Berkes, Edith Hope Fine and Brooke Bessesen, scheduled school visits across the U.S., as well as in Canada and Australia. Read about us in:

School Library Journal, Kid Lit Authors Unite for Earth Day

Publishers Weekly, ‘Authors for Earth Day’ Gears Up for 2013 Celebrations

And are you ready for our exciting results? Drum roll please…

  • MENTORED STUDENTS: This year alone over 10, 600 kids voted—and in total we have empowered tens-of-thousands of young readers! The librarian at April’s event was quoted in an article saying how generous it was to donate on behalf of the students and give them “an opportunity to do an authentic research project with real-world impact.”
  • FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS: Our 2013 team donated over $9100 and brought our total contributions to nearly $25,000! Wow! It’s quite remarkable to think that our eco-minded children’s authors & illustrators have given so much green to
    our blue marble in just four short years.
  • DONATION RECIPIENTS: We have now supported over 30 conservation organizations! This year the recipients were: Ocean Conservancy, NRDC, Rainforest Conservation Fund, Blue Ocean Institute, Save America’s Forests, World Wildlife Fund, Phoenix Zoo Conservation Fund, Desert Big Horn Sheep Society, Rutgers Marine Institute, Pine Jog Environmental Center, San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, Wildsight, Australian Marine Conservation Society, Panthera, Audubon Society of Rhode Island. You can see the broad scope
    of conservation initiatives that our program is funding.

The A4ED website has been updated and we encourage you to share the link with any librarians or teachers who may be interested in hosting an A4ED event next April.

An ENORMOUS thanks to all who shared their expertise and enthusiasm! Let’s do it again in 2014!

Brooke Bessesen, A4ED Director

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