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An un-hoppy bunny?

March 22nd, 2011

With the launch of If You’re Hoppy, I’ve been keeping my eye on bunny news. Check this out…the world’s largest rabbit was 26.4 pounds. It lived 3-5 million years ago and did NOT hop!

For Parents and Teachers

August 1st, 2010

Recently I became familiar with author Mem Fox’s website and found some wonderful articles there—articles about reading aloud and about teaching kids to read. Here’s one of them:

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February 8th, 2010

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Books for Autistic Students

February 2nd, 2010

ALA librarians called on collective wisdom to assemble a list of books great for use with autistic students, in this case, 7th graders. The list included Ant, Ant, Ant: An Insect Chant (illus by Park) ; Trout, Trout, Trout: a Fish Chant (illus by Park) , and Bird, Bird, Bird: a Chirping Chant (illus by Locke).   The list is here:

School Visit Funding and School Library Funding

January 28th, 2009

Here is a site for K-12 grants that may help with literary activities.

Harrison Elementary School Is a Highlight!

September 10th, 2008


One of the highlights of my life as an author was my visit to Harrison School in South Bend, Indiana in March, 2008. Wow! It was a celebration.

The creative educators of this school had taken every opportunity to prepare the students with art activities, writing activities, geography exploration, critical thinking work, and math. 

This is a public school in which many students do not have the economic advantages of other student bodies. But they sure have excellent staff and teachers who form a school that challenges and lifts all the students to excellence. It was clear in the way the students interacted with me. They were creative thinkers and were ready to brainstorm and embrace new concepts. They had critically read my books and were ready with insightful questions.

Each classroom did activities. I took lots of photos; many are sprinkled throughout this site.  

I enjoyed a terrific luncheon with students who had won a “lunch with the author” essay contest. Each received a signed book, special placemat and a place of honor at the table. I so enjoyed visiting with all of them. It was a truly special time for me. I have their essays, bound in a book. 

My thanks to Judy Wilson and the crew at Harrison School! 

South Adams Elementary, near Decatur, IN

September 4th, 2008

I had such fun at this school near Berne. Just look at a few images of what they did with ONE IS A SNAIL, THE BUMBLEBEE QUEEN, and PUT ON SOME ANTLERS AND WALK LIKE A MOOSE.


Full Book List by Category

August 30th, 2008

Picture Books by April Pulley Sayre
Title Illustrator Published by Date ISBN
Vulture View Steve Jenkins Henry Holt October 2007 978-0-8050-7557-1
Bird, Bird, Bird: A Chirping Chant Gary Locke NorthWord October 2007 978-1-55971-978-0
Hush Little Puppy Susan Winters Henry Holt 2007 0-8050-7102
The Bumblebee Queen Patricia J. Wynne Charlesbridge Publishing 2005 1-57091-362-5
Trout, Trout, Trout: A Fish Chant Trip Park NorthWord Books 2004 1-55971-889-7 hb; 978-1-55971-979-7 paper
Ant, Ant, Ant: An Insect Chant Trip Park NorthWord Books 2005 1-55971-922-2
Stars Beneath Your Bed: The Surprising Story of Dust Ann Jonas Greenwillow Books 2005 0-06-057188-8
It’s My City! Denis Roche Greenwillow Books 2001 0-688-16916-3
Crocodile Listens JoEllen Stammen Greenwillow Books 2001 0-688-16504-4
Dig, Wait, Listen: A Desert Toad’s Tale Barbara Bash Greenwillow Books 2001 0-688-16614-8
One Is a Snail, Ten is a Crab Randy Cecil Candlewick Press 2003 0-7636-1406-8
Shadows Harvey Stevenson Henry Holt 2002 0-8050-6059-6
Army Ant Parade Rick Chrustowski Henry Holt 2002 0-8050-6353-6
Home At Last: A Song of Migration Alix Berenzy Henry Holt & Co. 1997 0-8050-5154-6
Noodle Man: the Pasta Superhero Stephen Costanza Orchard, an imprint of Scholastic 2002 0-439-29307-3
The Hungry Hummingbird Gay Holland Millbrook Press, now Lerner Books 2001 0-7613-1951-4
Splish! Splash! Animal Baths   Millbrook Press, now Lerner Books 2000 0-7613-1821-6
Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out! Lee Christiansen Orchard, an imprint of Scholastic 1997 0-531-30285-7 Out of Print; Being reissued soon with new illustrations
If You Should Hear a Honey Guide S.D. Schindler Houghton Mifflin 1995 Paperback 0-618-07031-1
lso available in a French edition: L’oiseau a Miel, Archimede publishing
Other Books For Readers K-4  

Title Description Published by Date  ISBN
Tropical Rain Forest A paperback photo-illustrated book for ages 7-8 Scholastic Reference   0-439-35523-0
Our Amazing Continents series  

  • G’Day, Australia!
  • Good Morning, Africa!
  • Greetings, Asia!
  • Hello, Europe!
  • Hooray for Antarctica!
  • South America, Surprise!
  • Welcome to North America!
A photo-illustrated intro to climate & landscape for grades 1-4 Millbrook Press    0-7613-2122-5

Longer Books Grades 4 & Up


Title Description Published by Date  ISBN
Secrets of Sound middle grade photo-illustrated book Houghton Mifflin Fall 2002 0-618-01514-0
El Nino and La Nina: Weather in the Headlines middle school/high school science book Twenty First Century Books   0-7613-1405-9School visit orders:
Endangered Birds: A Scientific American Sourcebook middle grade nonfiction book Twenty-First Century Books 1997 0-8050-4549-XSchool visit orders:
Put on Some Antlers and Walk Like a Moose (How Scientists, Find, Follow, and Study Animals) middle grade nonfiction book Twenty-First Century Books 1997 0-8050-5182-1 out of print
The 12-book Exploring Earth’s Biomes series  

  • Desert 
  • Temperate Deciduous Forest
  • Tropical Rain Forest
  • Coral Reef
  • River and Stream
  • Wetland
  • Ocean
  • Seashore
  • Tundra
  • Taiga
  • Lake and Pond
  • Grassland 
for grades 5-8 Twenty-First Century Books   Call:

The Seven Continents series  

  • Africa 
  • Antarctica 
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Europe
  • North America
  • South America
for grades 5-8 Twenty-First Century Books    0-7613-1367-2
Hummingbirds: The Sun Catchers adult nonfiction book coauthored with her husband Jeff NorthWord Press 1996 1-55971-571-5Call:

Libraries and Media Specialists: the Hearts of Schools

May 10th, 2008

One of the things I love about school visits is meeting the extraordinary media specialists who help bring books into children’s lives. A school library, well supported, can be the heart of a school. In schools with great media specialists, where libraries are appreciated, the library is not only a resource for knowledge, it’s an engine that feeds joy, natural curiosity, and a love of learning. The supportive, welcoming atmosphere created by a great library/media specialist spills out of the library, enriching the whole school. The same is true of public library media specialists, whose influence soaks into the surrounding community.
Here is a gallery of some of the creative things media specialists do to celebrate author visits and spice up book talks.

Debbie Maddox, Pelham Road Elementary, SC
spent a lot of time sharing my books before my visit.

Pam Rone, of Niagara Elementary in KY, sponsored a pasta art contest and an Italian banquet to celebrate with the winners. Wow!

Principals get into the act, too, at Boone Grove Elementary in Indiana!

Michele Kolodij of Trumansburg Elementary School, NY has an awesome discovery center, connected to the library, where kids study science in a hands-on way. They studied turtles before my visit. Fantastic!

About Me
April Sayre

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.  Learn more…


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