Cover of Making a Difference in the World written by Lynne Cherry

Lynne at a card table in her parents' basement creating her little story books.

People always ask Lynne, "how did you get to be such a good artist?" The answer is "practice, practice, practice." Lynne watched almost no TV and, instead, spent many hours every day drawing.

Two "books" Lynne created as a child. Lindi's adventures were autobiographical--about her days exploring woods and streams. The other book contains real pressed leaves and their names.

Lynne planting a tree with her father.

Making A Difference in the World

Sunflowers provide an important food source for birds and are easy to grow. You can plant sunflowers in your yard or your school!

This is Lynne Cherry’s official autobiography in which she describes her childhood forays into the woods as a blooming naturalist and how her social consciousness came alive upon the destruction of her beloved woods. Children will marvel to see the little books Lynne wrote and illustrated in elementary school and the chronology of the many books that she created as a professional author/​illustrator to instill in children a reverence for nature and the knowledge that they, too, can make a difference in the world.

The book shows Lynne working at her farm, walking her dogs in Washington, DC and travelling to many places around the world.

Some of her mother's paintings of Lynne are shown in the book. Lynne's mother, Helen Cogancherry, is now a children's book illustrator herself! You can see the article from the Philadelphia Inquirer "Like Daugher, Like Mother" by clicking HERE.

Kids at Parsons Elementary in New Jersey planting their courtyard garden.

Biographical Videos About Lynne Cherry

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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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