The Great Kapok Tree has sold over a million copies and has become a beloved classic that teaches ecology, compassion and personal responsibility.

Illustration from Lynne's most well-known book The Great Kapok Tree . Published in 1990, this book has been translated into many different languages and sold a million copies worldwide.

Lynne Cherry's film Dreaming in Green in her Young Voices for the Planet film series features these four Florida students who saved their school $53,000 in energy costs after doing an energy audit.

Lynne Cherry directs Jordan Howard, a "Green Ambassador" dressed up as the plastic bag monster to testify to ban plastic bags from her town.

This colorful bird was photographed in the Australian rain forest where Lynne Cherry and Gary Braasch went to research their book on global climate change.

Lynne Cherry teaches us the importance of protecting mangroves with her story about the fish, birds, dolphins, manatees and other creatures that depend upon mangroves to live. The Sea, the Storm and the Mangrove Tangle

Send letters to Lynne c/​o Dawn Publications, 12402 Bitney Springs Rd. Nevada City, Ca. 95959

Using Lynne Cherry's Books

There are Many Fun and Educational Activities You Can Do Using Lynne Cherry’s Books or to prepare for her visit to your school or conference. Here are some ideas:

*Read The Sea, the Storm and the Magnrove Tangle and then put on a play of the book. Each child can be a different character. Draw the characters on big pieces of paper or cardboard. You can make big characters for the play by recycling cardboard boxes and painting the propagule, the little mangrove tree, the dolphins, the snail, the crabs, the manatees and all the other amazing animals from the book. Then cut out the characters so each child can leap, crawl, scurry or swim across the stage when their character is mentioned.

*After reading The Great Kapok Tree,
*Think about how the rain forest is similar and how it is different from the forest, woodlot, lawn or playground around your school.

*Go outside and collect leaves, draw them and think about their form and function and how they are similar or different from rain forest leaves.

*After reading How Groundhog’s Garden Grew,
*Collect seeds from inside peppers, cantaloupe, pumpkins and beans and dry them in order to preserve them for the following spring.
*Plant sunflower seeds in cups on the windowsill.
*Start a compost pile outside and watch and study the decomposition of vegetable matter into earth.

*Dig up part of the lawn and prepare a garden for planting in the spring.

You can request a teaching guide for How Groundhog’s Garden Grew by sending a sase to Blue Sky Press, Scholastic, 555 Broadway, New York, NY 10012

Click here to see:

*Rain Forest/​Your Forest Curriculum

*How Groundhog's Garden Grew Parent/​Teacher Guide

Making A Difference in the World: How You Can Get Involved!

Contact your congresspeople and ask them to come to your school and discuss the issues they think are the most important in your community. If your river needs cleaning up, bring them a bottle of dirty river water as the kids in A River Ran Wild do (they give a bottle of dirty river water to Senator Kennedy). Regularly write to your senators and reps to tell them what you think about all kinds of issues in your community.

Welcome to the Official Lynne Cherry Website! please scroll down.

Lynne in Fern Glen at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies where she was Artist-in-Residence this past year.

Children's author, filmmaker and environmentalist Lynne Cherry holds up a spoon and bowl she carries to avoid using disposables.


Lynne Cherry is the author and/​or illustrator of over thirty award-winning books for children. Her best-selling books such as The Great Kapok Tree and A River Ran Wild teach children to respect the earth.

Lynne is the founder and director of the non-profit Young Voices for the Planet , a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization dedicated to helping the voices of environmentally-concerned young people be heard. Lynne is also a movie producer. Her Young Voices for the Planet short films feature youth success stories: California kids helping to get a ban on plastic bags; Florida students saving their school $53,000 in energy costs; An 11-year old German boy planting a million trees... Young people reducing the carbon footprint of their homes, schools and communities.

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Lynne Cherry's books and movies are inspired by her love of the natural world. She speaks widely-and passionately about how children can make a difference.

How Groundhog's Garden Grew is a great book for younger children. It will inspire them to grow their own garden and to be thankful for its bounty. It ends with a THANKSGIVING feast!

Olivia Bouler, the star of Lynne Cherry's movie "Olivia's Birds and the Oil Spill" talks to younger children' about how they can make a difference i the world.
12-year-old Olivia Bouler used Lynne Cherry's book "Flute's Journey: The Life of a Wood Thrush" as a model for her wood thrush painting shown here at her one-girl exhibit at the Ned Smith Gallery in Millersburg, Pa. (near Harrisburg).

The Young Voices for the Planet movie Dreaming in Green, produced by Lynne Cherry, was a great success at the ECOMB film festival in Miami. The mayor of Miami Beach asked festival organizers about the group that helps schools do energy audits, Dream in Green. The mayor also requested a meeting with the students featured in the film. The movie had a wonderful impact on a lot of people.
See the films at and please become a friend of Young Voices for the Planet on facebook by going to "Young Voices on Climate Change" on FACEBOOK.

In Lynne's most recent book, co-authored with photojournalist Gary Braasch (gr.4-9) climate scientist detectives uncover mysteries of the Earth's climate history through mud cores, ice cores and tree rings. They study birds' and butterflies' responses to global warming. Citizen-scientist kids help collect data to help the scientists. And young people reduce their carbon footprints, find their civic voice, and develop an ethical framework for their lives.

Along with many other accomplished women, Lynne was an honoree for 2009 National Women's History Month. The year's theme, Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet, encouraged the recognition of the important work of women in the on-going "green movement."

The 2009 Honorees included scientists, engineers, business leaders, writers, filmmakers, conservationists, teachers, community organizers, religious or workplace leaders or others whose lives show exceptional vision and leadership to save our planet.

Others on this list included some of Lynne Cherry's own heros, Helen Caldicott, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Jane Goodall, Marion Stoddart and Amy Goodman.

A Guide to This Website

This web site was created to share information about Lynne's books and about about how, why, when and where she wrote them. Before deciding to write a book on a specific topic, Lynne asks herself, "what are the most important issues in the world that kids should know about and that they might be able to do something to effect?" So, this website has lots of information about the environmental issues that Lynne is concerned about and about how kids can make a difference.

LINKS are in light grey type. If you put the cursor over them, they will turn blue. For example CLICK HERE to hear the song of Flute the Wood Thrush!

For example, you can:
*Click to hear Lynne reading her books on National Public Radio's website.
*Click to go to other web sites with important information.


*Click on the top menu bar to find information about the following:

A list of Lynne's books with color covers and a short description. For more information about each book, for reviews and commentary from fans and reviewers & curriculum for teachers click on the title of each individual book. For the SCHOOL GARDEN TOOL KIT click on the top right sidebar and also look under IN THE NEWS for "TEN WAYS THAT A GARDEN CAN CHANGE YOUR CHILD'S LIFE".

Lists biographical information, Lynne's academic and work experience including a list of her artist-in-residencies, her AWARDS, REVIEWS of her books.

To the far left on the AUTHOR TALKS page is Lynne's schedule--where and when she will be speaking at schools, conferences, zoos, botanical gardens, arboreta, nature centers or doing book signings.
In the middle section is information about what Lynne talks about in her presentations and information about author appearances and speaking requests and book signings.

Here you can find links to various newspaper and magazine articles and radio interviews about Lynne and Lynne's work and about kids making a difference in the world

Richard Louv in his recent book The Last Child in the Woods wrote about how children are becoming less and less inclined to go outside and explore the natural world. As one child explained, he liked to stay inside because that's where the electrical outlets are.

Lynne Cherry hopes to get children excited about the prospect of exploring nature so that they will go outside and explore the natural world. Her books are a good start for getting kids interested in nature.

When Lynne traveled to California to film a series of movie shorts about kids fighting climate change Young Voices for the Planet, she took the train instead of flying in order to reduce her carbon footprint.

Lynne Cherry is a conservationist whose books are used to assist campaigns to save land, clean up rivers, save forests and help migratory birds. For example, her book A River Ran Wild is in most 4th grade classroom reading anthologies and is used by teachers to inspire projects to study local watersheds and to clean them up.

Flute's Journey: the Life of a Wood Thrush focused national media attention on conservation efforts to save the Belt Woods In Md. when Lynne and several children reading their letters to the bishop of the Episcopal church were featured on Sunday Morning News With Charles Osgood.

Lynne earned her BA at Tyler School of Art and her MA in History at Yale. She has been Artist-in-Residence at the Smithsonian, the Geosciences department at both U. Mass and Cornell, at the Marine Biological Lab and at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Woods Hole, and at the Princeton Environmental Institute at Princeton University where she wrote and illustrated a book about Ecosystem Services and Biocomplexity, The Sea, the Storm and the Mangrove Tangle

So, kids, after reading this website, please go outside and sit quietly in a natural place with your nature journal. Listen to the birds. Write about and draw what you see. Or start digging in the earth and planting a butterfly, bird or vegetable garden! If you go outside, you'll have more adventures--your own adventures--than if you sat and watched other people having adventures on tv.

Ideas for Teaching Citizenship and Participation in our Democratic System--Getting Involved

Local Treasures
Take an Oral History-- A history of Your town through the words of the town elders.
Interview the older people in your community who have lived there all their lives to learn about its history. Ask them about the places they used to swim and explore when they were kids. Ask if those places still exist. If so, where are they? If not, what happened to them?

Ask them about what industries supported the community, whether farming was and is important and about programs in your community to preserve what farmland. Find out if local rivers are swimmable and fishable today.

A group trying to encourage people to appreciate the unique character of the place they lived began a project called Local Treasures. They asked people to tell them what local things, places and people were important to them.
You can do this, too!

Interview and, if possible, videotape your family and others in the community expressing what they find special about the place they live. If possible, videotape the places that they talk about and fade to the place as they are speaking.

Find out if these places are protected or are in danger of disappearing. Let people know how important it is to try to protect places and things they loved before they they are threatened.

Kids Making A Difference in the World

Children convinced MacDonalds to use recycled cardboard containers instead of styrofoam. Kids were responsible for getting the tunafish companies to stop fishing for tuna in places where dolphins would get caught in their nets. Children helped to save Belt Woods in Maryland. Children saved an old growth forest in Michigan and the oldest cypress swamp in Coral Springs, Florida. Kids, you can make a difference in the world!

Lynne Cherry receiving giant cauliflower from Kids Growing Food teacher Kathi O'Leary whose students grew it in their schoolyard garden.(photo by Margaret Barker)

Copyright 2003 Lynne Cherry. Site design by Authors Guild. Assistance from Lissa with HTML coding.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ABOUT How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming A non-scary book about Climate Change Science.

Short Documentary Films
Eight Short Documentary Films Showing Youth Making a Difference
The Great Kapok tree has been read by millions of children and translated into Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Portuguese.
How Groundhog's Garden Grew will inspire children to explore gardening fun!
A seed from a mangrove tree floats on the sea until it comes to rest on the shore of a faraway lagon where, over time, it becomes a mangrove island that shelters many birds and animals, even during a hurricane.
A wonderful compilation of Essays for Grown-ups by a Variety of Writers
Share Lynne's Odessey from the spring on her mountaintop farm to the river
Climate Change Science and Solutions
A National Geographic Book of Water Essays
The Book includes 30 voices of humanitarians, activists, and politicians who are at the forefront of saving Earth's most vital natural resource: fresh water Feature!
You can "read" the first few pages of The Shaman's Apprentice on
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For News about Lynne Cherry's movies on Kids Tackling Global Climate Change and Other Environmental Issues go to

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