Category: children’s book

William’s Ecological Footprint: an attempt at an environmental children’s book


A few years ago, for fun, I took a course on “Writing Books for Children.” It was pretty good, in that it kind of forced me to sit down and come up and work through an idea. Or at least, work through it enough so that it was close to the stage of becoming a proper idea.

My friends already know that children’s books have always fascinated me, especially with two young children in my own household. It’s probably why I’ve written about it on occasion in other places. There’s something altogether amazing when you read a great children’s book to your kids, especially so (for me anyway) when the book has some science in it.

Anyway, shown below is a slideshow of my book idea. It’s basically about a group of animals marvelling at their habitats, considering their own “footprints” so to speak. Then, of course, there’s a bit where they meet a human: whereby the idea of a footprint becomes grossly different.

Apologies for the simplistic art, but I am curious about what you think of the book conceptually. One day, I might even try to edit and tighten it up, so as to submit it somewhere. Although, to be honest, I’m not sure if the idea is good enough and (as the case may be) I’m not even entirely sure where best to send such queries. Still, take a peek, and send on some feedback – it’ll be much appreciated.

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If Maurice Sendak had drawn the Avengers.

This is so lovely, I had to include it at Popperfont. The trick, of course, is to see if we can work this into a science lecture. Prelude to taxonomy (Hulk is so different)? Human evolution, or manipulation (the super human thing). Any other ideas?

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By Hannah Friederichs, via DeviantArt.

RIP Maurice Sendak

This last picture is from a book that my kids used to LOVE. Called “A Very Special House,” it was very special indeed. Would quite often pass it on as a house warming gift.

RIP Maurice Sendak.

Water water everywhere. Great children’s book image on the subject of water.

This is great.

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And this is also an image that seems appropriate when choosing to speak about water generally – it might, for instance, be a good prelude to discussions ranging from sea levels to water consumption.

Anyway, I’m generally pretty enamored with Satoshi Kitamura‘s work. This particular image comes from a great little book called Captain Toby, where a little boy in his house gets caught in a wind storm and then with the house swaying, starts to dream about his house being a boat, being caught in the ocean, and even at one point, duking it out with a giant squid. Anyway, lovely stuff.

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