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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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Award-winning Australian author Christopher Cheng once had a job at a zoo—it actually led to his luminous writing career

Back in a previous work life I was a teacher and one of my posts was at Taronga Zoo in Sydney as Education Officer with the specific task of implementing and operating Australia’s first travelling zoo—the Zoomobile. It was a … Continue reading

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WEREWOLVES AND WATER by best-selling children’s author Debbie Dadey

I have helped write books about werewolves, vampires, and even zombies. For each of these I’ve read legends and myths to learn what people from long ago believed about these creatures. Did you know that someone once thought if you … Continue reading

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A4ED Kid-Driven Donations Surpass $50,000

Smiles abound! Cheers to Team ’16! From the United States to Israel, thousands of eager students were inspired by this year’s amazing line-up of A4ED authors: Dan Gutman, Linda Crotta Brennan, Jody Feldman, Miri Leshem-Pelly, Peter Lourie, Patricia Newman, Miranda Paul, Jeanie … Continue reading

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INNOVATIVE RECYCLING: HOW STUDENTS BUILT A SCHOOL OUT OF TRASH by award-winning non-fiction author, Suzanne Slade

New books ideas seem to find me when I least expect them. And that’s exactly what happened when I spied a colorful, plastic wall sparkling in the sunlight at the annual Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. in 2011. As I … Continue reading

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