I’m pleased to announce the debut of Earth Day and the Environmental Movement: Standing Up for Earth, available today from Twenty First Century Books. The book has received several really lovely reviews, and I’m thrilled to see it finally out in the world. I’ll be adding a tab to the top of this page filled with resources to accompany the book. I would love to keep adding to this list, so if you see a tool or resource I’ve missed, please contact me.

Many thanks go to the entire team at Twenty First Century Books for their support and for creating a beautiful book out of the pile of words I sent them.

I am available to visit your school or organization to speak about Earth Day and things we can all do to help the environment. I’ll be adding more specifics in the coming weeks.

Here are some of the things reviewers are saying about Earth Day and the Environmental Movement.

“The book, despite its slim size, successfully covers people who have made an impact or are influencing the conversation. But even more significant are the two additions to every chapter: an example of youth activism and an example of the intersectionality of the environment, race, and justice. ­VERDICT The book, used across science classes or in social justice circles, has a place in public and school libraries—not just as a part of an Earth Day display but as a relevant resource about a dire issue facing the global population.”

~School Library Journal

“Essential reading.”

~Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“This is an accessible and attractive update on a timely subject.”


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P.S. You will notice the higher-than-average price tag. This is an educational title only available in library binding. If you’d like to support education market authors like me, but can’t afford the price of ed. market titles, you can request that your local library purchase the book. And thank you for your support. 🙂


Earth Day and the Environmental Movement comes out March 3, 2020. Photo credit: Lerner. Clicking the photo will take you to Lerner’s description of the title.

The last couple of years have been full of lots of writing and very erratic updates. I am resolved to be better about posting updates in the future—we’ll see how that goes!

I have three books debuting in 2020, so far:

  • Earth Day and the Environmental Movement: Standing up for Earth, March 2020
  • Into the Deep: Science, Technology, and the Quest to Protect the Ocean, April 2020
  • The Unofficial Guide to Everything Dungeons and Dragons, August 2020

My editor contacted me in December to let me know that Earth Day and the Environmental Movement got a starred review on Kirkus!!!!! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Kirkus, it is a book review magazine/website that is notoriously hard to squeeze nice words from, let alone a star. I am gobsmacked. I’m also grateful to Twenty-First Century Books for the opportunity to tackle this subject.

But even more than the star, which is pretty darn nice, I am really pleased that the review specifically called out my efforts to call attention to environmental justice efforts and to highlight the serious missteps that often paralleled the amazing achievements of past environmental work. The more I researched for this book, the more I became convinced that we need to be honest about past failings in order to create environmental solutions that are comprehensive and just.

Though I’m sure it will be erratic, due to deadlines and other time constraints, I hope to use this space, along with my Twitter and Instagram feeds, to focus attention on two topics this year: 1) how every person, regardless of socioeconomic status and time, or lack thereof, can take small steps toward sustainability, and 2) the amazing efforts of people around the world to make sure that environmental justice is an essential part of our climate solutions.

P.S. If you’d like to read the review, you can find it here. The book is available for pre-order at Lerner, on Indiebound, or at Amazon. Since the book is marketed to schools and libraries, the book version is only available in sturdy library binding. This means a higher-than-normal price tag. I always suggest that if you’d like to support education market authors, but don’t want to pay the higher price for library binding, you can request that your library purchase the book.