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May 14, 2012

I am in the process of developing a curriculum that ties together many of my books and the Young Voices for the Planet films. I would love to hear responses from teachers and students about it and hear about any book and curriculum tie-ins to the films.
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Lynne Cherry


  1. December 25, 2009 6:23 AM EST
    In Copenhagen, one of the most inspiring speeches was given by California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is one of a group of governors are not waiting for world leaders to act. They are acting on their own. His message is: “People start things and then when they become strong enough, government responds.”

    Also heartening is that 1000 young people came to Copenhagen to speak to the world leaders. I filmed a few of them for my Young Voices on Climate Change movie series. One 15 year old young man from the Maldives spoke about how his island nation is being inundated by sea level rise. It was chilling to realize how many people are already feeling the effects of climate change.
    - Lynne Cherry
  2. January 5, 2010 3:19 PM EST
    Hi Lynne Cherry. I'm at NSF in D.C. where I was just telling one of the climate change researchers here (an ice core scientist) about your book. She had mentioned that she wanted to write a children's book about climate change and so I let her know about your book and the teacher's guide that I had recently ordered to use w/ my students in Alaska. (I'm in D.C. as a Presidential Award winner for science teaching [and am so excited to be meeting the President tomorrow!]:) Anyway, I had just told her about your book and then just a few minutes later, a friend of mine sent a link to your website on Facebook! It was fun looking through your pages but I wanted to say hello and that I love your work and have used it in remote Alaska for the past 17 years (in the villages of Golovin, Shishmaref, and White Mountain). I also wanted to say hello because, I don't know if you remember this, but once you and I went swimming together and ate Polyphemus horseshoe crab eggs (because we wondered how they tasted:). We were on the Deleware Water Gap where we had been counting the crabs the night before with PVC meter squares. I think that was about 10 years ago or so. Well, thank you for all the wonderful work you do! -Cheryl Silcox
    - Cheryl Silcox
  3. January 6, 2010 10:20 PM EST
    As an author and educator I want to thank you for your great passion and dedication to encouraging kids to become appreciative and wise students of our planet. I will recommend your books on my web site and on my blog about environmental literature for kids (
    - Claire Datnow
  4. January 6, 2010 11:55 PM EST
    Thank you, Claire! I'm hoping that we'll have our website up soon with the How-to reduce your carbon footprint. For now, they're on the Books & Movies page on this website.
    - Lynne Cherry
  5. April 16, 2010 11:43 AM EDT
    HI Lynne,
    I am a 4th grade teacher, and my students and I have been doing a lot of research on the rainforest and what we can do to make a difference. We have read your book, The Great Kapok Tree, and loved it! My students wanted to write you letters. Where can I send them to? Thank you for writing books with meaning. You have definitely motivated my class!
    - Ashlea Springer
  6. April 16, 2010 12:01 PM EDT
    Dear Cheryl,
    Congratulations for your Presidential award! Please tell us more about your time in Washington and meeting the president!

    Ashlea, the students can write me letters at this address:
    Dawn Publications, 12402 Bitney Springs Rd. Nevada City, Ca. 95959
    They will be forwarded. (It's on the Home page, left column)
    thank you for writing!!
    - Lynne Cherry
  7. April 16, 2010 12:02 PM EDT
    I welcome your comments!
    - Lynne Cherry
  8. April 23, 2010 11:40 PM EDT
    Ms. Cherry, I'm a second grade teacher and have read The Great Kapok Tree to bring awareness of our environment esp. on Earth Day. As I was researching information on youtube there was a song sung by 4th graders. The music is very upbeat and would like to know if you could direct me to the person for purchase. Your kind assistance would be appreciated.
    - Yumi Soares
  9. April 26, 2010 7:15 PM EDT
    hey. i have to do a report about the Amazon Rainforest and the teacher said that we have to get a person to interview. So i thought maybe i could interview you. I read your book the great kapok tree and it was good with all the colorful and vivid pictures. If i can interview you, it would be so amazing!! thank you.!!
    - *Nelly* L
  10. April 26, 2010 9:33 PM EDT
    Hi Nelly,
    Two of my rain forest heros are two women who started the International Canopy Network. They study the tropical rainforest. They are the first two scientists who studied the canopy-- the top of the rain forest.
    I think you should interview Meg Lowman. Also, she wrote a book called Life in the Treetops and Nalini Nadkarni wrote a book about Trees that came out last year. You should research them. I think that would make a great paper-- three women working to save the rainforest. Another woman who I admire so much for her work to save acres in the Monteverde rainforest was Rachel Crandell who died last year. That should get you started. After you do your research, write me again if you have some specific questions. good luck!
    - Lynne Cherry
  11. May 11, 2010 3:20 PM EDT
    Hello Lynne! In Colorado, my daughter's kindergarten class has been so moved by your book The Great Kapok Tree! They were so inspired that each student made a poster about the saving the rainforest and have stood outside of the school at car drop off time holding their signs, chanting "Save the Rainforest" and collecting donations. Thanks to the donations by parents the school will be buying acres of the rainforest. We would love for you to see the pictures of the kids and be able to send you these along w/the a letter. Is there an address that the class can have to communicate this to you or an email? Thank you! Megan C.
    - Megan C
  12. May 11, 2010 10:22 PM EDT
    hi Megan,
    Where in Colorado are you? I'll be in Colorado in June rafting through Canyonlands.
    You can send mail to: Young Voices on Climate Change at PO Box 101, thurmont, Md 21788
    How many acres are the kids buying? In the Monteverde rainforest I hope?
    - Lynne Cherry
  13. May 11, 2010 10:52 PM EDT
    Listen to an interview with Lynne on Mindy Todd's NPR Radio Show THE POINT on Cape and Islands Radio at
    Lynne talks about her contribution to the National Geographic book Written in Water and her Young Voices on Climate Change films.
    - Lynne Cherry
  14. June 11, 2010 3:00 PM EDT
    Lynne, Post a contact page. The link to speaker's agent is broken. I referred someone to you and can't find contact info. Remember both of us using our remotes to turn off the sound on the Hilton's TVs simultaneously?
    - Bob
  15. June 22, 2010 2:43 PM EDT
    Hi Lynne,

    Love your movie and books! I talk about your work often in my presentations and workshops with parents as well as with young children. I think "Young Voices" is very inspirational and empowering for children of all ages. Someone just sent me your Facebook page (which I hadn't seen) and we would be happy to put the trailer up as well as a link to your FB page and your site on our website, Our website and blog is targeted at parents, of all ages, who are looking to learn more about climate change. All the best!!
    - Harriet a.k.a Climate Mama!
  16. July 28, 2010 6:43 PM EDT

    We just came across your series on Young Voice on Climate Change, and would like to get in touch with you, and questions and suggestions.

    - Kenneth Huo
  17. October 6, 2010 5:43 PM EDT
    Hello Lynne, We met at ARE day and I bought several of your books. I am giving your book, How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate to a young friend. Emily Pickner who lives in Boulder. Would you please let me know if you are having an up coming event where she could come see you and get her book signed? Also, Please send your mailing address, so that I may send the $3.00 I owe you!! Many thanks
    - Elizabeth Boyles
  18. October 7, 2010 12:44 AM EDT
    Hi Kenneth,
    I will be showing my films at 10/10/10 in Boulder on Sunday October 4 I think.
    Look on my website under Author talks. I'll post it there when/if we have it set. And I'll also post it on the Young Voices on Climate Change facebook page. Please become a friend of that page. Then I can write you a note on your facebook page.
    - Lynne Cherry
  19. December 19, 2010 12:33 PM EST
    Hi Lynne,
    My son and I met you and I'd like to get in touch with you about having you come to my son's school, which is a Green Star school in Boulder. Thanks!
    - Rachel Zelaya
  20. December 20, 2010 1:18 PM EST
    Hello Rachel,
    It was nice to meet you. To see about my speaking at a school, first please take a look at Author Appearances on this website. If you would like to arrange a school talk after reading that, please let me know.
    - Lynne Cherry
  21. January 3, 2011 6:54 PM EST
    Dwaer, Lynn Cherry,
    My name is Daniella i would really like if you came to my school and read a few of your books. I really enjoy listening to your books from my teacher Miss Schwartz. I'm in 7th grade at Nefesh Academy Ave. T East 17th street. I am learning about persuasive essay s and want to know how you do them can you please come to my class. I only read two of your books and really enjoy reading them A river ran wild and the great kapok tree. thankyou very much have a nice day
  22. April 12, 2011 6:11 PM EDT
    hi lynne i read The great kapok tree and i almost cried i feel the same way you do. i am 10 years old. how can i help you?
    - carla
  23. April 28, 2011 2:51 PM EDT
    We enjoyed your presentation today and are looking forward to seeing you this evening for our Young Writer's Conference. We just watched all the videos on the Young Voices on Climate Change website and we found them to be very powerful and inspiring. We pledge to be more thorough with our recycling and be gentler on the earth. We would love to plant a garden here at our school!

    Thank you again for inspiring us,
    Mrs. V.'s 3rd grade class
    Wilmot Elementary
    Evergreen, CO
    - Mrs. V.'s 3rd Grade Class
  24. August 17, 2011 10:10 AM EDT
    Hi Lynne, I am inquiring about an author visit or a possible skype visit Thank you so much! The theme for our literature week this year is "Our Ecosystems: How We Can Save Them" so I hope we can work something out for a visit!!!
    - Teresa Cook, Riverbend Elementary
  25. August 20, 2011 7:02 AM EDT
    Hello Teresa,
    Thanks for your interest in a school talk. I am booked up through 2011 and most of 2012. We will e-mail you back.
    - Lynne Cherry
  26. August 20, 2011 7:24 AM EDT
    I have a question. When I visit a school and dozens of kids come up and show me the books they've written it is wonderful to see them. Some are really amazing. But when a hundred kids are asking me to sign their books, or scraps of paper, if I signed one I would have to sign them all. This usually occurs while I"m autographing hundreds of my own books for them or during my program. Do I spend the time talking about their writing and drawing or signing all the books they wrote?
    So the schools almost always ask the students not to ask me. It puts me in a very awkward position and it would hurt the kids' feelings if I personally tell them I can't sign their book. I think the teachers should be the ones to tell them that I can't -- not me. Should I just sign some of their books until it becomes apparent that it's derailing my program? But then the kids who didn't get autographs might be upset. Any thoughts about this? I got a critical note from a parent who was unhappy that I did not sign their kid's book when I was asked to. Most schools won't let me sign the kids' books and they let the kids know that beforehand.
    - Lynne Cherry
  27. October 18, 2011 6:51 PM EDT
    Is there anywhere I can purchase The Great Kapok Tree in Portuguese?
    - Patrice Rizz, NH
  28. October 20, 2011 5:39 AM EDT
    Dear Lynne,

    We are from a school in England called RPPS and are in class 2P.

    Thank you for your books teaching children about respecting the planet.We have been learning all about respecting the rainforest and we loved reading your book The Great Kapok Tree. We loved it so much that we even acted it out for our class assembly. All of the lower school and parents came to watch the story so we hoped to spread the word that everyone can make a difference!
    - 2P
  29. March 19, 2012 11:57 AM EDT
    Hi Lynne,
    We are an English school who since Christmas have been learning all about the Rainforests of the world. As part of our studies, we have worked on and read your books, The Great Kapok Tree.
    We read you letter to the reader at the back and felt strongly enought to look into deforestation in more detail. The children in my class have written letters back to you with our findings and would love to send some to you, maybe via email? can we do this?
    Laura Collins
    - L.Collins
  30. June 3, 2012 9:40 AM EDT
    Hi Lynne,

    It is Bruce Callow from the Odyssey 2050 film project writing. I would like to ask you if we couldplease use a few seconds from the Young Voices on Climate Change in our film.

    I look forward to hearing from you

    - Bruce Callow
  31. August 24, 2012 9:55 AM EDT
    Hi Lynn!
    Thanks for doing such a great job on the "our changing climate" book.  I had the opportunity to users it as a teacher being inserviced at Crater Lake with Linda Hilligoss.  
      I was hoping that in future editions (being an Oregonian, that you might see fit to discuss such recent discoveries as hypoxic zones and ocean acidification, both of which have been tied to global climate change.
      Thank you so much for considering this!

    - Bob
  32. August 27, 2012 10:20 AM EDT
    Dear Lynne,
    I read the Great kapok was a sad Book. it touched my heart. i am 6 years old. i want to read more of your Books.
    i want to know how to protect trees. and how i can help.
    Please text me back. Have many Hugs and Kisses. Victoria
  33. August 28, 2012 9:53 AM EDT
    Thank you for all your comments! Please "Like" Lynne Cherry's Children's Books on Facebook and post photos of your Kapok Tree plays, students' letters and curriculum for my books that you'd like to share with other teachers.

    When you teach about the rain forest, please teach it comparatively taking students outside to experience a real living forest. Sit quietly and wait, watch and listen. After awhile birds and other wildlife will appear! How is the rain forest similar to this forest? (photosynthesis, green, oxygen, CO2..). How is it different? (are both deciduous? what's the average height of trees in each? How many species live in each? ) Thanks for your letters! I hope to hear from you on my FACEBOOK page!
    - Lynne Cherry
  34. September 8, 2012 6:23 PM EDT
    Dear Lynne.....I am a fourth grade teacher and really need permission to copy The Great Kapok Tree for our Reader's Theatre. We don't have enough books in our school library and I can't afford to buy 30 copies. Please please give me permission. Thank you! cynthia peterson, everett S.D.
    - cynthia peterson
  35. September 9, 2012 9:23 PM EDT
    Hello Cynthia,
    I'm afraid that copyright laws don't allow you to make copies of a copyrighted book. I cannot give permission regarding my books. The publisher is responsible for all inquiries regarding copyright- related issues. Please contact Jeanette Larson at Houghton-Harcourt and she will forward your request to the proper person. Sorry I can't help you directly.
    Lynne Cherry
    - Lynne Cherry

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