What a treat to see this video review of The Order of the Trees come into my inbox yesterday! Litpick, a student review site for books, gave the the book 5 stars and a student created this video review. I love how the male student reviewer shared that the book features a strong female character in Cedar, and that it carries a message of the importance of protecting nature.
The spring edition of Current Issues in Middle Level Education is out! I am excited to have a piece in this academic journal, called Learning by Doing: service learning as a means of personal growth in the middle grades. Here’s the introduction:
“Does service learning impact the personal growth of middle grades students in grades 4-8? If so, in what ways? A review of the literature indicates that it does, in terms of the development of empathy, responsibility, civic engagement, and self-efficacy. In addition, findings include growth in students’ communication with parents and teachers. In this literature review the developmental match between service learning and early adolescence is analyzed, as well the research on personal growth and service learning among K-16 populations. In addition, the issues of reducing bias, possible pitfalls of service learning in relation to personal development, and a measurement tool for future studies are shared. Findings include the importance of reflection, project duration, and mutual understanding between those served and participants of service learning. With these components in place, service learning can lead to significant personal growth in students, especially middle level learners.”
We are pleased to announce that The Order of the Trees won the Green Earth Book Award honor prize for Children’s Fiction 2015! The Nature Generation awards books that promote environmental stewardship among young people. The Green Earth Book awards are awarded in picture book, children’s fiction and non-fiction, young adult fiction and non-fiction categories.
I’m honored to be included on this list. We’ll be heading to Washington D.C. in October for the Read Green Festival and award ceremony and we will be thrilled to meet other authors, environmentalists and readers!