An illustration from Lynne's most famous book The Great Kapok Tree. Scroll down this page to this book title and CLICK to see more pages in this book.

Lynne spent many happy times with her two irreplaceable canine companions, Jasper(left) and Rocky(right). Rest in Peace, friends.

Q and A:
How Long Does it Take to Write or Illustrate a Book?


Lynne Answers:
"Depending upon the book it can take from a week to a year to write a book. With a group of fun-loving friends, it took one evening at a dinner party and the next morning at a brunch to write Who's Sick Today whereas, writing A River Ran Wild was, literally, an entirely different story.
I took off two years from writing to go to graduate school in order to study early American history and, only then, was I able to write an accurate history of the clash of value systems between the native americans and the early colonists. I wrote the first draft of The Great Kapok Tree on an Amtrak train from New Haven, Connecticut to Washington, DC."

Feature Book: Lynne's Autobiography Making A Difference in the World


Lynne Cherry began writing and illustrating as a 7 year old child. Some of her early books can be seen in her autobiography Making a Difference in the World In this book you can see Lynne as a baby in her mother's arms, as a child drawing at a card table in the basement, and as a teenager holding a little white dog that bears a strong resemblance to one of her current canine companions, Rocky.

A mangrove tree which is a feature in Lynne Cherry's upcoming book. Photo copyright by mangrove biologist, Candy Feller.

The Sea, The Storm and the Mangrove Tangle
published by Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, available (ISBN 0-374-36482-6) Mangroves are important ecosystems, protecting the coast from storms and erosion and providing havens and acting as nurseries to the ocean’s fish. This book follows the life of a mangrove tangle from seed to mangrove island. Illustrated Map endpapers show the mangrove animals and mangroves of the world. (to order call 888-330-8477 c/​o Von Holtzbrinck publishing)

Lynne Cherry's Books and Movies

Young Voices for the Planet DVD
Click here to watch these inspiring, replicable youth success stories show kids “taking the reins”. They inspire youth and adults alike to embrace the seriousness of climate change and other issues and to take action.” Cherry adds, “Like the campaigns to stop smoking and littering, wearing seat belts and recycling, these films can create change from the youth up.” Beautifully shot in high def, the films are ideal for classroom inspiration or to initiate a community dialogue about reducing co2 emissions.

The Young Voices for the Planet DVD is available at YoungVoicesforthePlanet.com

LYNNE'S BOOKS



A River Ran Wild
Harcourt Brace, 1992 (hardback ISBN 0-15-200542-0); (paperback ISBN 0-15-216372-7)
An environmental history and a history of technology. It will aid in the teaching of values and philosophy (i.e. Are humans part of nature? Are they apart of the food chain, or separate and independent from nature?)


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Reading level: Ages 6-12

The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest
Harcourt, Brace, 1990 ISBN 0-15-200520-x

This best-selling classic is an inspired look at what the Kapok tree means to the creatures that live in it—and what rain forests mean to the world’s ecology.

Praise from Dr Seuss: for The Great Kapok Tree
“Dear Lynne Cherry, I wish I could draw and paint as well as you do! That is a beautiful and powerful book…My Lorax doesn’t fell quite so lonely now that your great birds and beasts have come to join him.” Ted Geisel (Dr Seuss)

Click here to read the spanish version, El Gran Capoquero.

TO READ MORE ABOUT THIS BOOK, and for teacher curriculum ideas, CLICK ON THE TITLE.
Reading level: Ages 4-8


How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming A Book about Climate Science and Solutions by Lynne Cherry and photojournalist Gary Braasch. NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK!
Lynne Cherry and Gary Braasch introduce kids to the scientists who, like detectives, are exploring the world to find out about the earth's climate. They brave freezing Arctic temperatures to study penguins and drill for ice cores in Antarctica. They study mud cores, tree cores and find many other clues to tell us about Earth's Climate History. The kids in the book learn the language of science and their data is used by many of these scientists in their studies. And at the end of the book there is a PIE CHART OF HOW MUCH CARBON A MILLION KIDS COULD PREVENT FROM GOING INTO THE ATMOSPHERE. This is an empowering book.

LYNNE'S MOVIES
Lynne realized that she had to do something to try and stop Global Climate Change. She decided to make movies to tell success stories of young people fighting global warming. Lynne hopes that these heartwarming, inspiring stories will encourage kids and adults alike to do what the kids in the movies are doing and personally commit to shrinking their carbon emissions.

The movies can be seen at YOUNGVOICESONCLIMATECHANGE.COM and everyone is encouraged to include a link to these films on their websites.

Eleven-year-old Felix Finkbeiner has planted 500,000 trees in Germany. Alec Loorz has collected over 40,000 kids' signatures on a Declaration of Independence from Fossil Fuel that he wrote. Team Marine got a ban on plastic bags in their town. And girl scouts gave out 5000 CFC's door to door. Lynne hopes that you will start to shrink your carbon footprint today. Click on the movie titles to find out how you can replicate these projects!

Written in Water- a book for Grown-ups
In Lynne Cherry's contribution to this compilation of water essays published by NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, water flows through her world quenching her thirst, trickling and bubbling through and under the earth in springs and streams, and providing habitat for the beloved creatures in her life.


Book Reviews:
Robert Coontz, deputy news editor, SCIENCE magazine:
"This beautiful and informative book fills a major gap in environmental writing for children. It covers a wide range of research, defining technical terms gracefully and naturally as they arise. The overall tone--urgent without being shrill, hopeful without being complacent--strikes me as just right. I happily recommend it."

Bill McKibben:
" This is a necessary book. It treats kids with respect--they deserve to know what’s going on. But they also deserve to know that there's much that can be done and much that is being done. In a word, it's empowering!"

The book can be ordered at a 10% discount online from the publisher at Dawnpub.com



How Groundhog's Garden Grew CLICK HERE TO SEE SCHOOL GARDEN TOOL KIT!

Published by Scholastic, 2003 ISBN 0-439-32371-1

Little Groundhog loves to eat his neighbor’s vegetables until he makes a friend who teaches him the joy of planting a garden of his own. As squirrel introduces Little Groundhog to the cycle of an entire gardening year, children will learn about gathering seeds in fall; storing them in winter; planting in spring; weeding and watering in summer; and a delicious, bountiful harvest at Thanksgiving time. An exuberant celebration of friendship, sharing, and the wonders of the natural world.


TO READ MORE ABOUT THIS BOOK, for teacher curriculum ideas, or to order a FREE teachers' guide, AND TO LEARN MORE ABOUT GREEN SCHOOLS, CLICK ON THE TITLE.
Reading level: Ages 4-8

Flute's Journey: The Life of a Wood Thrush written and illustrated by L.C.
Harcourt Brace, 1997 (ISBN 0-15-292853-7)

Living on Earth--Click to listen to Lynne Cherry read A River Ran Wild on NPR

The story of a wood thrush's arduous first migration--across thousands of miles—from his nesting grounds in the Belt Woods of Maryland to his winter home in Costa Rica, and back again. For a review of this book, click HERE!


TO READ MORE ABOUT THIS BOOK, for teacher curriculum ideas, to learn how you can help songbirds survive, and to hear how this book--and letters from children--helped save a 600 acre bird sanctuary, CLICK ON THE TITLE.
Reading level: Ages 6-11

The Sea, The Storm and the Mangrove Tangle
Published by Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 2004
ISBN 0-374-36482-6

First a seed is jostled from a branch of a mangrove tree and floats far away to a lagoon in the Caribbean Sea. Then it takes root, sprouts leaves, and slowly begins to grow. Over many years, the mangrove will provide a home for numerous creatures of land and sea. In this richly illustrated chronicle of the life of one mangrove tree, Lynne Cherry details the abundant wildlife that depends upon its unique and wonderful ecosystem, one that is beneficial to so many, but one that also faces many dangers.

Lynne's most recent book, The Sea, The Storm and the Mangrove Tangle, shows how a mangrove ecosystem becomes more and more complex, and how, as it becomes more complex, it supports a greater variety of living things.

WRITTEN IN WATER: A Message for the Future edited by Irena Salina Published by National Geographic (not a children's book)
Lynne Cherry's essay in Written in Water relates her personal experiences of watery worlds. She tells inspiring stories of children protecting their watery places. Writtten in Water is scheduled to be published in March 2010 and will coincide with the National Geographic Fresh Water Initiative. 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

Making a Difference in the World: Lynne's Autobiography
Published by Richard Owen Publishers, 2000 ISBN 1-57274-373-5

Lynne’s mother, Helen Cogancherry, is also a children’s book illustrator. In this book we see her mother’s influence as she paints Lynne’s portrait and encourages her, as a child, to write and draw. We also see Lynne planting a tree with her father. In taking us through her life of writing and illustrating books that teach about rain forests, bird migration, saving the ancient forests and cleaning up streams and rivers—Lynne shows children that they, too, can make a difference in the world.
(to order call Richard Owen Publishers at 800-336-5588)


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Reading level: Ages 5-10

The Shaman's Apprentice: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest
by Lynne Cherry and Mark J. Plotkin
Harcourt Brace, 1998 (ISBN 0-15-201281-8) Ages 6-10

The Dragon and the Unicorn
Harcourt Brace, 1995 (ISBN 0-15-224193-0)

A stirring environmental story and a lavishly illustrated original fairy tale about preserving old-growth forests.



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Click here to see Folkmanis Dragon and Unicorn puppets
Reading level: Ages 6-11

The Armadillo from Amarillo
Harcourt Brace, 1994 (ISBN 0-15-200359-2)

Introduces Sasparillo, the armadillo, who sets off on an adventure to discover where in the world he is. This tale is an ecological jewel about Texas geography, history, and native fauna and flora.


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Reading level: Ages 5-9

The Art of Reading
Published by Dutton Children's Books, 2005 in conjunction with READING IS FUNDAMENTAL
ISBN 0-525-47484-6

Twenty artists including Lynne Cherry describe their favorite childhood book and how it inspired them to become a children's book author/illustator. 96 pages. full-color illustrations. Dutton 800-631-8571
http://www.rif.org/art/illustrators/cherry.mspx

The Big Book For the Planet
From Island to Island by Lynne Cherry

The places we live are like the islands in this story From Island to Island. Throughout human history, we have lived in a place, used up its resources and then moved on to another and another.

Now we are finally realizing about the limits to growth just like the little girl traveling from island to island, listening to her grandmother's tale--the history of their people.

Where Butterflies Grow
by Joanne Ryder/illustrated by L.C.
E.P. Dutton, 1989 ISBN 0-525-67284-2

Living on Earth--Click to listen to Lynne Cherry read this book on NPR

Scientifically accurate drawings show the metamorphosis of a Black Swallowtail butterfly from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly.

TO READ MORE ABOUT THIS BOOK, and for teacher curriculum ideas, CLICK ON THE TITLE.
Reading level: Ages 4-8

http://www.pollinator.org/ FOR INFO ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP POLLINATORS

Chipmunk Song
by Joanne Ryder/illustrated by L.C., 1987

A child imagines shrinking down to the size of a chipmunk and seeing the world from that vantage point.

For a review by a child reader, go to this site: Reading Rainbow: Episode, The Salamander Room!
Reading level: Ages 4-8

The Snail’s Spell
by Joanne Ryder/illustrated by L.C. 1985; paperback1988 ISBN 0-14-050891-0 out of print but you can find copies on the internet

Published in 1988, this is the first book that Lynne Cherry illustrated in full color. A boy imagines that he has shrunk down to the size of a snail.
Reading level: Ages 3-7

When I'm Sleepy by Jane Howard, illustrated by Lynne Cherry
E.P. Dutton, 1985 ISBN 0-525-45561-2

A child imagines sleeping with various animals...in a swamp with turtles, on icebergs with pengins, in a nest with a baby bird. This is a wonderful way to introduce the concept of "habitat" to young children. .

Reading level: pre-K to grade 2

Cuando Tengo Sueno
When I'm Sleepy in Spanish
E.P. Dutton ISBN 0-525-45562-0


TO READ MORE ABOUT THIS BOOK, and for teacher curriculum ideas, CLICK ON THE TITLE.

"Cuando tengo sueno, a veces quisiera acurrucarme en una canasta, o dormirme ien un nido mullido.
Cuando tengo sueno y me estiro y bostezo, me pongo a pensar como seria dormir in un pantano."

Reading level: pre-K to grade 2

Who's Sick Today?
Harcourt, Brace, 1998 (ISBN 0-15-2018867 paperback)

Beavers with fevers, a gnu with the flu and a snake with an ache quiet children’s fears about visiting the doctor or going to the hospital. Who’s Sick Today also introduces simple rhyme to inspire children to write their own.


Reading level: pre-K to grade 2

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
Amazon.com Feature!
You can "read" the first few pages of The Shaman's Apprentice on Amazon.com
Click here to read it!

For News about Lynne Cherry's movies on Kids Tackling Global Climate Change and Other Environmental Issues go to YoungVoicesForThePlanet.com

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