Thursday, August 21, 2014
April Pulley Sayre is an award-winning children’s book author of over 55 natural history books for children and adults. Her read-aloud nonfiction books, known for their lyricism and scientific precision, have been translated into French, Dutch, Japanese, and Korean. She is best known for pioneering literary ways to immerse young readers in natural events via creative storytelling and unusual perspectives.
In 2008 Sayre accepted the Theodor “Seuss” Geisel Honor Award given by the American Library Association for her book, Vulture View. It was also named a finalist for the 2008 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books.
Stars Beneath Your Bed: The Surprising Story of Dust, won the 2006 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books and was named an 2006 ALA Notable Children’s Book. One Is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab was a 2004 ALA Notable Children’s Book, a 2003 Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon Book, and received Britain’s highest literacy award. Dig, Wait, Listen: A Desert Toad’s Tale received a Riverbank Review Children’s Book of Distinction, 2001 ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice, and starred reviews. The Bumblebee Queen marked her third win of the John Burroughs Award.
Sayre has followed lemurs in Madagascar, pursued army ants in Panama, and eaten piranha in the Peruvian Amazon. She and her husband, native plants expert Jeff Sayre, love science and adventure.
Sayre is an expert speaker in the fields of writing, science education, children’s literature, and wildlife gardening. Each year she speaks to over 15,000 students nationwide, introducing them to the writing process, the joy of words, the diversity of rain forests, and wacky things scientists do to find, follow, and study animals. Sayre writes in-depth about scientists in books such as Secrets of Sound: Studying the Calls and Songs of Whales, Elephants, and Birds, a starred review/ALA Editor’s choice book which was also honored as one of the all-time best children’s books about the scientific process. Sayre holds a B.A. in biology from Duke University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Vermont College.
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