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  • Authors for Earth Day | Welcome!
    Foundation Great Barrier Reef Foundation Greenpeace Honeybee Conservancy Hug it Forward Humane Society of SW Missouri Humane Society of the United States Humane Society Scotland County Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network Liberty Wildlife Marine Mammal Center Messinger Woods National Audubon Society National Park Foundation National Wildlife Federation Natural Resources Defense Council Nature Conservancy Ocean Conservancy Panthera Pets Without Partners Plastic Pollution Coalition Phoenix Zoo Conservation Fund Pine Jog Environmental Center Queens County Farm Rainforest Conservation Fund Rainforest Trust Rutgers Marine Institute San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy Save America s Forests Save the Bilby Sierra Club Southwest Monarch Study Southwest Wildlife Tiff Nature Preserve Viva Vaquita Watershed Nature Center Whale Dolphin Conservatory Wild at Heart Wildlife Center of Virginia Wildlife Conservation Society Wildsight The Wolf Santuary of PA World Wildlife Fund Welcome we think you ll love what we do Authors bring books to life Most children s authors do professional school visits Every year schools around the world invite authors and illustrators into their libraries and classrooms to present special literacy programs For the kids these powerful book based events can foster a greater love of reading and a deeper understanding of the writing process Authors for Earth Day A4ED is a grassroots coalition of award winning children s authors and illustrators who directly mentor young readers by giving them an authentic research project with real world impact NOW A YEAR ROUND PROGRAM Each participant does one school visit a year with a unique twist the author donates at least 30 of that day s speaking fee to a non profit conservation organization as directed by a student vote Students research a list of five conservations nominees selected by their author and then vote for their favorite the author writes a check to the winning organization Our mission To empower young

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  • Authors for Earth Day | Overview
    Farley Available Authors and Illustrators For Schools getting started How it Works Hosting an Author Funding Ideas Make it Memorable 7 Steps to Success Suggested Books A4ED Blog For Authors ready for action Join Us 7 Steps to Success Event Resources In the News spreading the word Overview some important basics We are a coalition There is no fee to join or participate and we are powered by unpaid volunteers All speaking fees travel expenses and charitable contributions are handled independently by the authors illustrators We simply share this international web based platform to promote our special school visits celebrate our joint efforts and achievements And to connect with readers through our A4ED blog We encourage you to take a peek at the successes of our participants and then browse our wonderful list of Available Authors Illustrators Everyone on the available list is traditionally published and a professional speaker in schools Their home state is included next to their name Do it for the kids Once you find out how it works you will see that an A4ED author visit makes a powerful educational impact A4ED allows young readers to direct a substantial contribution to conservation based on democratic principles A4ED gives authors illustrators a chance to model community leadership while inspiring children toward higher levels of reading and writing A4ED offers classrooms the opportunity to discuss the natural world and the importance of protecting resources to ensure a sustainable future A4ED helps teachers meet critical standards of education in a fresh engaging manner A4ED doesn t touch a dime There is no exchange of monies through Authors for Earth Day The school pays the author and the author makes the donation This allows the school to fund the visit through their normal process and gives the author the tax

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  • Authors for Earth Day | Where It Began
    In the News spreading the word Where it began it took a community Humble beginnings The idea for Authors for Earth Day emerged on April 22 2008 after naturalist and children s book author illustrator Brooke Bessesen celebrated her first Earth Day school visit at Encanto Elementary in Phoenix Arizona I was looking for a meaningful way to observe Earth Day with young readers says Brooke so I planned to donate my speaking fee to a conservation organization Then I got thinking what if the students voted to determine the donation recipient I was excited to empower kids to find their voice as writers and as voters and to use that voice to help care for our blue planet A surprising success The teachers and kids made posters and wore Earth Day pins and t shirts Based on the student vote Brooke donated her then fee of 700 to the winning organization the Humane Society of the United States and everyone cheered when the voting results were announced The organization was so thrilled by the uniqueness of the contribution that they even sent library materials to the school to thank students and staff for their support Driving home from that rewarding event Brooke considered the possibility of expanding the concept to an annual multi author event She glows at the memory If I could make such an impact all alone I thought what could ten a hundred a thousand of us do together I was blown away by the potential So she built the A4ED infrastructure and resource materials for a team The dream team At the 2009 SCBWI Society of Children s Writers and Illustrators conference in Los Angeles Brooke wore a badge that read Ask me about Authors for Earth Day Nobody did That is until Newbery author

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  • Authors for Earth Day | We Have Fun
    Conrad Storad Barb Rosenstock Darcy Pattison Michelle Worthington Leslie Helakoski Elissa Weissman Linda Boyden Sandy Asher Miranda Paul Stephen Swinburne Jennifer Ward Molly Idle Alison Formento Patricia Newman Linda Brennan Edith Fine Lori Degman Jody Feldman Polly Holyoke Jennifer Swanson April Sayre Mike Graf Andrea Alban Edie Hemingway Roxie Munro Nancy Viau Miri Leshem Pelly Kim Norman Alyssa Capucilli Deborah Heiligman Terri Farley Available Authors and Illustrators For Schools getting

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  • Authors for Earth Day | Special Thanks
    Library Journal and Sally Lodge from Publishers Weekly wrote fantastic and much appreciated articles about Authors for Earth Day We also want to thank a member of our coalition Linda Bozzo for her determination to contribute this year in honor of Authors for Earth Day Linda could not schedule an April school visit so she got creative she decided to donate all the proceeds from her book sales at the Author Fair at Roseland Public Library in NJ a total of 100 to a conservation organization as selected by her buyers New Jersey Audubon Society won While it was not an official A4ED event we believe Linda deserves recognition for her dedication to our mission of supporting conservation through literacy 2012 Lin Oliver is the distinguished author of the Who Shrunk Daniel Funk series Henry Winkler s co author on the Hank Zipzer series and a respected television executive After giving a no doubt funny talk that April she donated 50 of her speaking fee to Heal the Bay in honor of Authors for Earth Day Lin and her SCBWI co founder author Stephen Mooser also gave Authors for Earth Day a presence at the 2012 summer conference a special chance to connect with our colleagues 2011 After handing over the personal emails of America s top children s authors saying How mad could they get Dan Gutman renowned author of over 150 kid s books himself including The Genius Files and My Weird School series joined the A4ED team He has participated every year since consistently donating his full speaking fee 2 000 He even inspired the students at one school to raise additional funds for donation Dan has proven our strongest and most steadfast advocate a true environmentalist and a trusted friend 2010 Our first year was a

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  • Authors for Earth Day | Meet Our Participants
    Polly Holyoke Jennifer Swanson April Pulley Sayre Mike Graf Andrea Alban Edie Hemingway Roxie Munro Nancy Viau Miri Leshem Pelly Kim Norman Alyssa Capucilli Deborah Heiligman Terri Farley Available Authors and Illustrators For Schools getting started How it Works Hosting an Author Funding Ideas Make it Memorable 7 Steps to Success Suggested Books A4ED Blog For Authors ready for action Join Us 7 Steps to Success Event Resources In the News spreading the word Meet our Participants what a dynamic and talented team A4ED is proud of and grateful for its growing list of eco minded pioneers Click any author s name below to see their Participant Page which has details about their individual event s books and school presentations plus photos videos and a direct link to their website Dan Gutman Brooke Bessesen Bruce Hale Debbie Dadey Nancy Castaldo Barbara Gowan Yolanda Ridge Kate Klise Kristin Tubb Suzanne Slade Amy VanDerwater Peter Lourie Suzy Kline Marianne Berkes Conrad Storad Barb Rosenstock Darcy Pattison Michelle Worthington Leslie Helakoski Elissa Brent Weissman Linda Boyden Sandy Asher Miranda Paul Stephen Swinburne Jennifer Ward Molly Idle Alison Formento Patricia Newman Linda Brennan Edith Hope Fine Lori Degman Jody Feldman Polly Holyoke Jennifer Swanson

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  • Authors for Earth Day | Dan Gutman
    also do a slide show for everybody A Day In the Life of an Author have lunch with a small group of kids and sign lots of books And sometimes if there s time I do a small group writing workshop in which the kids and I write a book together in thirty minutes Fun Year s of participation 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 A4ED school visit photos blurbs 2016 at Littlebrook School Princeton New Jersey USA 2015 at Travell School Ridgewood New Jersey USA DAN GIVES BACK AT TRAVELL This year the kids voted to donate my fee to Greenpeace which is the same organization that won the loot last year I have a new picture book coming out called Rappy the Raptor It s about a raptor who raps and his name is Rappy of course At lunch at Travell I had the kids create Rappy rhymes with my help and then they rapped them The best rapper of all turned out to be the school librarian Donna Antonellis She did a great job rapping with the lunch bunch 2014 at Milton Avenue School Chatham New Jersey USA DAN EMPOWERS YOUNG READERS AT MILTON My Authors for Earth Day visit was the best one yet I visited Milton Avenue School in Chatham New Jersey Everybody was fantastic especially Jill Mills the librarian She asked me to come in early so I could reveal the winner over the morning announcements When I said that Greenpeace was going to get a big fat check there was cheering all over the school Just a fantastic day and it felt so good to be part of such a positive cause Maybe from now on I ll donate the money from ALL my school visits April Fools 2013 at HALEDON PUBLIC SCHOOL

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  • Authors for Earth Day | Brooke Bessesen
    Cash Elementary in Phoenix AZ BROOKE GIVES BACK AT MC CASH VIVA VAQUITA was the school cheer at MC Cash Elementary in Phoenix Arizona on the day of my A4ED visit Art teacher Jennifer Kuster with me in the photo coordinated the event and also helped the students make animal collage ballot boxes for each classroom Although the kids 700 students grades k 6 researched five excellent nominee organizations their hearts were captured by the plight of the endangered vaquita Fewer than 100 of these tiny adorable porpoises are left in the world trying to survive in Mexico s Gulf of California The students were clearly committed to helping them because when they cast their ballots Viva Vaquita won by an overwhelming majority The organization will receive 750 VIVA VAQUITA 2014 at Copper Rim Elementary in Globe AZ BROOKE EMPOWERS YOUNG READERS AT COPPER RIM Wow What a fun day Thanks to librarian Laurie Player Weller pictured with our mock check I had an absolute ball talking about reading writing and conservation and making animal faces with the kids at Copper Rim This was the school s second Authors for Earth Day event they hosted Conrad Storad last year and Mrs Weller plans to make it an annual event so the students will grow up with strong environmental education How cool is that The race at the polls was fierce with two organizations running neck and neck All of us waited anxiously for the final ballots to arrive In the end The Gorilla Foundation won by a last minute landslide and everyone cheered The kids teachers and I were very excited to support Koko the gorilla and her team of humans as they work to educate the world about the intelligence of our great ape cousins Our 750 donation was greatly appreciated It prompted the organization to send not only a thank you to the kids but to also send some wonderful gifts library materials for students to enjoy into the future a reminder of the impact they made for gorilla conservation 2013 at DUTCH CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Littleton Colorado USA BROOKE CELEBRATES EARTH DAY AT DUTCH CREEK Thanks to everyone at Dutch Creek librarian Laura Reiman the supportive staff and uber enthusiastic students my 2013 A4ED school visit was a great success After a month of researching and making weekly announcements about the five conservation organizations nominees on the school TV news the kids voted to decide where to send my 750 Who won Blue Ocean Institute I was thrilled by the decision The founder of BOI Carl Safina is also the acclaimed author of several compelling eco minded books including Voyage of the Turtle Song for the Blue Ocean and The View from Lazy Point He also has a new children s chapter book Nina Delmar The Great Whale Rescue which he sent to the Dutch Creek library as a thank you for the kids support I know the students will love the read and I love that

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