Sayre, April Pulley


 

Contact Information
17912 Edgewood Walk
South Bend, IN 46335
apsayre@aol.com
http://www.aprilsayre.com/

Personal Information
April Pulley Sayre is an award-winning children's book author of over 55 natural history books for children and adults.  Her read-aloud nonfiction books, known for their lyricism and scientific precision, have been translated into French, Dutch, Japanese, and Korean.  She is best know for pioneering literary ways to immerse young readers in natural events via creative storytelling and unusual perspectives.

In 2008 Sayre accepted the Theodore "Suess" Geisel Honor Award given by the American Library Association for her book, Vulture View.  It was also named a finalist for the 2008 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books.

Stars Beneath Your Bed: The Surprising Story of Dust, won the 2006 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books and was named a 2006 ALA Notable Children's Book.  One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab was a 2004 ALA Notable Children's Book, a 2003 Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Book, and  received Britain's highest literacy award.  Dig, Wait, Listen: A Desert Toad's Tale received a Riverbank Review Children's Book of Distinction, 2001 ALA Booklist Editions' Choice, and starred reviews.  The Bumblebee Queen marked her third win of the John Burroughs Award.

Sayre has followed lemurs in Madagascar, pursued army ants in Panama, and eated piranha in the Peruvian Amazon.  She and her husband, native plants expert Jeff Sayre, love science and adventure.

Sayre is an expert speaker in the fields of writing, science education, children's literature, and wildlife gardening.  Each year she speaks to over 15,000 students nationwide, introducing them to the writing process, the joy of words, the diversity of rain forests, and wacky things scientists do to find, follow and study animals.  Sayre writes in-depth about scientists in books suck as Secrets of Sound: Studying the Call and Songs of Whales, Elephants and Birds, a starred review/ALA Editor's choice book which was also honored as one of the all-time best children's books about the scientific process.  Sayre holds a B.A. in biology from Duke University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Vermont College.

Publications
Honk, Honk, Goose! Canada Geese Start a Family
Holt, 2009

Trout Are Made of Trees
Charlesbridge, 2008

Vulture View
Holt, 2007

Bird, Bird, Bird: A Chirping Chant
NorthWord, 2007

Hush Little Puppy
Holt, 2007

Secrets of Sound: Studying the Call and Songs of Whales, Elephants, and Birds
Houghton Mifflin, 2005

Stars Beneath Your Bed: The Surprising Story of Dust
Greenwillow, 2005

The Bumblebee Queen
Charlesbridge, 2005

Ant, Ant, Ant: An Insect Chant
NorthWord, 2005

Trout, Trout, Trout: A Fish Chant
NorthWord, 2004

One Is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab
Candlewick, 2003

Tropical Rain Forest, Scholastic Science Readers
Scholastic, 2003

Our Amazing Continents series (7 books)
Millbrook, 2003

Shadows
Holt, 2002

Army Ant Parade
Holt, 2002

Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out!
Holt, 2002

Noodle Man: The Pasta Superhero
Orchard Books, 2002

Dig, Wait, Listen: A Desert Toad's Tale
Greenwillow, 2001

Crocodile Listens
Greenwillow, 2001

The Hungry Hummingbird
Millbrook, 2001

It's My City: a Singing Map
Greenwillow, 2001

Splish, Splash, Animal Baths
Millbrook, 2000

El Nino and La Nina: Weather in the Headlines
Twenty-first Century Books, 2000

The Seven Continents Series
Twenty-first Century Books, 1998, 1999

Endangered Birds of North America
Twenty-first Century Books, 1997

Home At Last: A Song of Migration
Holt, 1997

Endangered Birds: A Scientific American Sourcebook
Twenty-First Century Books, 1997

Put On Some Antlers and Walk Like a Moose
Twenty-First Century Books, 1997

Coral Reef (Exploring Earth's Biomes)
Twenty-First Century Books, 1996

Lake and Pond (Exploring Earth's Biomes)
Twenty-First Century Books, 1996

Ocean (Exploring Earth's Biomes)
Twenty-First Century Books, 1996

River and Stream (Exploring Earth's Biomes)
Twenty-First Century Books, 1996

Seashore (Exploring Earth's Biomes)
Twenty-First Century Books, 1996

Wetland (Exploring Earth's Biomes)
Twenty-First Century Books, 1996

If You Should Hear a Honey Guide
Houghton Mifflin Books for Young Readers, 1995

Hummingbirds: The Sun Catchers (Adult Nonfiction)
NorthWord, 1995

Desert (Exploring Earth's Biomes)
Twenty-First Century Books, 1994

Grassland (Exploring Earth's Biomes)
Twenty-First Century Books, 1996

Taiga (Exploring Earth's Biomes)
Twenty-First Century Books, 1994

Temperate Deciduous Forest (Exploring Earth's Biomes)
Twenty-First Century Books, 1994

Tropical Rain Forest (Exploring Earth's Biomes)
Twenty-First Century Books, 1994

Tundra (Exploring Earth's Biomes)
Twenty-First Century Books, 1994

Genres
Fiction
Nonfiction
Magazines
Picture Books
Poetry
Reference
Series