Race to Save the Lord God Bird

Lord God! A 10th Anniversary Edition

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Race to Save the Lord God Bird | 0 comments

Lord God!  A 10th Anniversary Edition

It have been 10 years since the original publication of the award-winning book, The Race to Save the Lord God Bird.  Much has happened since including… “[Gene] Sparling was puzzled. Why would anyone look for Ivory-billed Woodpeckers in Arkansas? Ivory-bills were birds of Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana—the Deep South. For the first time, now a full week after his sighting, Sparling cracked open his old field guide and discovered that Arkansas was part of the Ivory-bill’s historic range. “That hit me hard,” he recalled. “It was then that I realized I actually had seen an Ivory-bill.”...

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Hoose Books for Adults or Young Adults?

Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 in Race to Save the Lord God Bird, We Were There Too!, Writing Non-Fiction | 1 comment

Hoose Books for Adults or Young Adults?

This Q&A was excerpted from Jeannette Larson’s interview with author Phillip Hoose for BookLinks.  Within the interview, Phil answers the frequently asked question of who his audience is, adult or young adult. BookLinks: Most of your books are published for young people, but the information is so extensive that they’re also perfect for most adults. What makes your books, like Moonbird, for example, a book for children? Phillip Hoose: Well, I don’t write for children. I write for myself; I write for my inner Phil, and that person has no age. I try to write good books for good...

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Moonbird Honored with Green Earth Award

Posted by on Feb 17, 2013 in Hey Little Ant, Moonbird & Rufa Red Knots, Race to Save the Lord God Bird | 0 comments

Phillip Hoose has been once again honored with a Green Earth Book Award. The award is the nation’s first environmental stewardship book award for children and young adult books. Over 80 winning and honor books have been honored since 2005 including Hoose’s Hey, Little Ant and The Race to Save the Lord God Bird. “One of the beauties of the Earth Book Award is that it recognizes an author who’s writing about a topic that is of vital importance to our Earth, yet it’s an area that, until recently, received little attention.” –Pam Spencer Holley, author of the American Library...

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Lord God Bird Named “Exemplar” in Common Core

Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in Race to Save the Lord God Bird | 0 comments

The upcoming Common Core standards have created a healthy debate amongst educators about the role of non-fiction in the classroom.  The Common Core English Language Arts standards, now adopted in 45 states, are calling for elementary students to be reading 50% non-fiction with that percentage building to 70% by the conclusion of high school. On one side English teachers justifiably fear that the new standards will mean cutting back on fiction, poetry, and drama.  On the other side teachers of all disciplines are welcoming the new attention payed to the renaissance of excellent non-fiction...

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Book Review: ticks, lightning, and stray cats…

Posted by on Feb 13, 2012 in Race to Save the Lord God Bird | 2 comments

Kelby Ouchley, an author who also has a radio program on Louisiana Public Radio, has just come out with a masterful collection of essays on the natural history of Louisiana, entitled Bayou-Diversity (LSU Press). Even if you’re not from Bayou country, it is worth your attention as a work of literature. Nothing escapes Ouchley’s attention: ticks, lightning, stray cats, oil spills, sluggish water, snakebite myths and remedies, the origin of his great-grandmother’s rocking chair. At the heart is an acute understanding of Louisiana ecology–how it works and should work. The essays are...

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