April Pulley Sayre is a photo-illustrator and award-winning author of over 65 books including Bloom Boom, Warbler Wave, Full of Fall, and Thank You, Earth. Her read aloud picture books, known for their lyricism, playful voice, and scientific precision, have been translated into Korean, French, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, and Arabic. Sayre’s ten photo-illustrated books include the classic Rah, Rah, Radishes and Raindrops Roll, which was both an ALA Notable and a NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book. Best in Snow received four starred reviews and was on many 2016 best book lists.
Eat Like a Bear, Woodpecker Wham, and One Is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab are among her ALA Notable Books. Vulture View received the Theodor “Seuss” Geisel Honor Award. Stars Beneath Your Bed: The Surprising Story of Dust, an ALA Notable, won the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books Sayre’s Slowest Book Ever has been used as a featured all-school read for middle schools.
Sayre has followed lemurs in Madagascar, pursued army ants in Panama, and eaten piranha in the Peruvian Amazon. She has a biology degree from Duke University, an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College, and travels to present on writing nonfiction voice, preschool education, literacy, and STEM. When not leading tours to Panama’s rainforests, or photographing desert wildflowers, she and her husband Jeff Sayre—co-author of the Kaufman Field Guide to the Nature of the Midwest—can be found in their wildlife garden near Lake Michigan.
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