Authors for Earth Day–Success!

Darcy Pattison and Science Specialist, Marilyn Johnson on Earth Day.

CONGRATS to the fabulous 2012 Authors for Earth Day Participants: Steve Swinburne, Dan Gutman, Jennifer Ward, Barb Rosenstock, Barbara Gowan, Conrad Storad, Michelle Worthington, Molly Idle and myself.

To date, the Authors for Earth Day coalition has given voice to young readers across the United States (FL, AZ, NY, PA, NJ, CA, CT, AR, IL & VT) and they even went international this year with an A4ED author visit in Queensland, Australia. In addition to inspiring thousands of students, contributions to conservation have grown to over $15,600! The organizations that benefitted from this year’s school visits were: National Park Foundation, World Wildlife Fund, Humane Society of the United States, Southwest Wildlife, Audubon Arkansas, Australian Koala Foundation, Watershed Nature Center, Phoenix Zoo Conservation Fund, and Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network.

On the A4ED blog, this spring brought several new guest-bloggers—Joan Donaldson, Natasha Wing, Linda Crotta Brennan and Linda Bozzo—who shared personal insight into their writing with some valuable thoughts about living a little “greener.” Readers can enjoy those special written contributions at any time at

SCBWI Summer Conferenc will have a table at the SCBWI summer conference, August 3-6. Stop by and talk to them about participating next year.