Discover Wangari Maathai's big ideas about restoring nature and ways even the youngest kids can help, too!
Even little children can make a positive impact on the environment. Wangari Maathai grew up in Kenya, and her childhood was spent playing beneath mugumo fig trees. Over time, most of the trees in her area were cleared and she noticed how that made many people and animals suffer. Wangaari realized that trees are important for the health of the land and all who live on it, so she worked to plant millions of trees to make the land healthy again.
Kids will begin to see through Wangaari that it is never too late to help restore damaged land back to what it once was, and they can help their community take care of struggling environments.
Look for all of the books in the Big Ideas for Little Environmentalists series: Conservation with Jane Goodall
, Preservation with Aldo Leopold
, and Ecosystems with Rachel Carson
March 8, 2022
Up to Preschool
Maureen McQuerry is an award-winning children's author, poet, and teacher. She is a former middle and high school teacher with a specialty in gifted education and has a master’s degree in early education. In 2000 she was awarded the McAuliffe Teaching Fellowship for Washington State. Maureen currently supervises student teachers for Washington State University.
Robin is a freelance illustrator and creative director who specializes in designing and developing content and products for children and their parents. She is the winner of the 2018 SCBWI New York Portfolio Showcase. She is also a 2014 SCBWI Portfolio Mentorship Winner. In 2012, Robin started Pen & Oink
, a blog about children's illustration, with two fellow illustrators and it has given her a great excuse to approach her favorite illustrators for interviews. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.
Praise for the Big Ideas for Little Environmentalists
"This valuable series introduces young readers to celebrated environmentalists, describing their awareness and care for nature as children to their inspirational work as adults to protect the Earth. . . Children need to hear these names early on." —School Library Journal
on Conservation with Jane Goodall
"McQuerry explains in clear, straightforward diction, tracing [Rachel Carson's] thoughts on nature from childhood onward, with interspersed questions directing the audience to consider their own paths: 'What part of nature do you like to watch and learn about?' . . . Rosenthal offers boldly geometric art, with children of varying abilities and skin tones participating in protesting and trash pickup along the intertidal zone. Plants the seeds of environmentalism for listeners new to the subject." —Publishers Weekly
on Ecosystems with Rachel Carson