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Red Knots Declared Federally Threatened

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Moonbird & Rufa Red Knots | 0 comments

Red Knots Declared Federally Threatened

“The rufa red knot makes another appearance in the Washington Post.   The taxa was declared Federally Threatened under the Endangered Species act last week.  As a result, hero of the book Moonbird is back in the news.  He is an adult male knot known as B95 who has survived so long that scientists have tallied up his lifetime frequent flyer mileage.  They’ve found that he has exceeded the distance between the earth and the moon–and most of the way back! I hope he’s still around.   We last saw him late in May.   If he’s alive,...

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Ant Goes Vegan

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Hey Little Ant | 0 comments

Ant Goes Vegan

“…if the tables were turned, you wouldn’t want to be squished by a giant, would you? So why should humans be mean to animals smaller than us?” —VegBooks Reader VegBooks names Hey, Little Ant “Best Books for 5-Year-Old Vegan & Vegetarian Kids.” “It can create a lot of dialogue focused around compassion.” —VegBooks...

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Reader Composes Song for Claudette Colvin

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice | 2 comments

Reader Composes Song for Claudette Colvin

Lillian Cook, you astound us.  This song is great gift to Claudette Colvin and to readers of her story.  We cannot tell you how moved we are. This is an original song created as part of the Jeremy Salvner Memorial Music Competition, which is part of the Youngstown State University English Festival, a three-day celebration of reading and writing. This is the 2014 winner in the Junior High division (grades 7-9): Lillian Cook from the Willow Creek Learning Center. “Turn Your Back on Me” was inspired by Phillip Hoose’s book...

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Lord God! A 10th Anniversary Edition

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Race to Save the Lord God Bird | 0 comments

Lord God!  A 10th Anniversary Edition

It have been 10 years since the original publication of the award-winning book, The Race to Save the Lord God Bird.  Much has happened since including… “[Gene] Sparling was puzzled. Why would anyone look for Ivory-billed Woodpeckers in Arkansas? Ivory-bills were birds of Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana—the Deep South. For the first time, now a full week after his sighting, Sparling cracked open his old field guide and discovered that Arkansas was part of the Ivory-bill’s historic range. “That hit me hard,” he recalled. “It was then...

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17,400 Support Rufa Red Knots

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Moonbird & Rufa Red Knots | 0 comments

17,400 Support Rufa Red Knots

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will make a final decision by November 28, 2014 on the 2013 proposal to list the rufa red knot as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. During more than 130 days of public comment the Service received more than 17,400 comments on the threatened listing proposal! Some writers wrote supportive form letters, while others raised issues with the adequacy of horseshoe crab management, the impacts of wind turbines, the inclusion of interior states in the range, and other topics. The Fish and Wildlife Service...

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Cheering for the Researchers

Posted by on Sep 27, 2014 in Moonbird & Rufa Red Knots | 2 comments

Cheering for the Researchers

We loved this review from Reading by Example because she says she found herself “cheering for the researchers.”  Moonbird is not only a love song to B95, but a love song to all those researchers who band, count, wait, fly to, marvel at, and share their knowledge of the rufa red knot.  Let’s all let out a cheer for the researchers! Moonbird is that rare book that entertains as much as it informs. The author chronicles one breeding cycle of a red rufa knot, B95. He is the oldest known shorebird of his species. The challenges...

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Happy Anniversary, Green Earth Book Award

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Conservation & The Nature Conservancy, Hey Little Ant, Moonbird & Rufa Red Knots | 0 comments

Happy Anniversary, Green Earth Book Award

We congratulate the Green Earth Book Awards on 10 Years of honoring environmental children’s literature and their donation this year of 10,000 environmental books with a message of stewardship to area schools! Phil Hoose was pleased to join the celebrations on two previous years when they honored his books, Hey, Litte Ant and Moonbird. “Being able to deliver engaging material about the environment in such a big way is a perfect representation of our first decade of success,” said Ian Kline, chairman of the board. “We’ve engaged...

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Young people do have stories worth telling

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, It's Our World Too!, We Were There Too! | 0 comments

Young people do have stories worth telling

We could not help but share this letter from the astounding student Erica Eliza Smith. “I just finished reading Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice for the second time. The first time I read it was back in eighth grade (I’m a junior now) when I was trying to figure out what it meant to be a teenager in a world run by adults. This was the same year I read We Were There, Too! and It’s Our World, Too!  I believe that every book I’ve read has changed my life. But your books have changed my life more than any other book...

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Pete Seeger, Planter of Seeds

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in Music | 1 comment

Pete Seeger, Planter of Seeds

In the fall of 1954, Pete Seeger began his long-running column “Appleseeds” in Sing Out! Magazine. He dedicated it to “the thousands of boys and girls who today are using their guitars and their songs to plant the seeds of a better tomorrow in the homes across our land.” He was indeed a planter of seeds, seeds that germinated as individuals and small groups with backbone and heart. I knew him best through his central role with one of those groups, the Children’s Music Network. READ MORE of Phillip Hoose’s article, “Singer Seeger’s...

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