“We cannot continue to suppose thought, action and atmosphere to be unrelated, when in reality they are closely linked. Because we are all part of the problem, we are necessarily all part of the solution. It is up to all of us to translate clear thinking into clear, decisive action, which must result in clear air.”
Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini
Author & Illustrator of Environmental Children's Books
Lauded as a young “Eco Star” by the Cousteau Society, and inducted into the Kid Heroes Hall of Fame by E: The Environmental Magazine, Kristin Joy Pratt demonstrates not only an infectious love of nature that promotes environmental awareness among children, but also a “can do” positive attitude toward life that has helped make her so popular.
Kristin's best-selling first book, A Walk in the Rainforest, written in 1991 at age 14, began as an English homework assignment.
At age 16, inspired by a marine biology class and her concern about contamination of the world's oceans, Kristin wrote and illustrated A Swim through the Sea. It was selected as an outstanding book by the National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council.
In 1995, at age 18, Kristin turned the spotlight on the fragile “invisible ocean” of air around us, and wrote and illustrated A Fly in the Sky. In 2001 Kristin brought attention to the wildlife in our local lakes and ponds in her beautiful Salamander Rain: A Lake & Pond Journal. In her most recent book, Saguaro Moon: A Desert Journal, Kristin reveals the wonders the desert habitat to our next generation of naturalists. By now Kristin had become something of a children's heroine as a popular speaker at schools, museums and aquariums all over the U.S., and an inspiration for what even a young person can do given talent and the right attitude.
Kristin was a complete unknown when she sent her first manuscript to Dawn Publications. But what she said caught the publisher's eye. “Environmental awareness, at a very early age, is the key to preserving our world,” she wrote. “When young children gain a knowledge and respect for nature they in turn love and protect it. If this book takes one small step towards that end it will have served its purpose.”
Perhaps Kristin had no idea the size of the step she was taking, but her attitude was right for a great leap. She had learned how quickly a key global resource, the rainforests, were disappearing. Instead of being awed into apathy, Kristin acted. “I looked at what I had, not what I didn't have,” she said. “What I have are my abilities to write and to draw, so I decided to use these talents to help.” She worked long hours after school and on weekends, sometimes 20 hours on an illustration to get it right. Her success is a model for any young person.
In the introduction to A Fly in the Sky, she writes, “What can be done to clean up our air? Is this global dilemma out of the reach of young people? Must we remain victims until we come of age? I do not believe so. Mankind's greatest weapon against mindless degradation is planted deeply within every one of us. It is the power of thought. We all possess the potential to think purely, perceptively, and powerfully. Within even the smallest thought lies the beginning of action.
“We cannot continue to suppose thought, action and atmosphere to be unrelated, when in reality they are closely linked. Because we are all part of the problem, we are necessarily all part of the solution. It is up to all of us to translate clear thinking into clear, decisive action, which must result in clear air,” she concludes.
The Forever Forest: Kids Save a Tropical Treasure (2008)
The Children's Eternal Rainforest in Costa Rica is a great place to hear howler monkeys, see algae-covered sloths, and discover that strangler figs make great hideouts! Join young Peter on a hike through this inspiring forest -- a rainforest that has been preserved forever by the efforts of children all over the world!
SAGUARO MOON: A Desert JournalHere is another model nature journal from a naturalist who has been journaling habitats since she was a youngster. In the desert she sees Gila monsters, watches scorpions with a black light and harvests saguaro flowers with a Native American family that helps her see this unique, arid environment with appreciative eyes. The "collage-style" journal features clippings of articles about animals and plants, stories of the native Tonoho O'odham, her own youthful journal entries, and even her own desert poetry. "Saguaro Moon" is a wonderful way to learn about the desert and also be inspired to keep a nature journal.
--Dawn Publications 2002
A SWIM THROUGH THE SEA
Lyrical storyline introducing children to the awe of plants and animals in an under-the-sea adventure.
A WALK IN THE RAINFOREST
A FLY IN THE SKY
A Lake & Pond JournalNature education takes on a whole new look with "Salamander Rain." Each double page spread is complete with engaging illustrations, journal notes and scrapbook clippings of Klint, a young Planet Scout.
Learn about frogs, the blue heron, salamanders, beavers, the belted kingfisher and the loon, snakes and painted turtles and lots more.