Green Writers Press Launches “Josie Goes Green” Series, book 1
First Children’s “Clifi” Book About Climate Change—Be the Change!
Green Writers Press is proud to publish the first children’s fiction book about taking action on climate change. Josie and the Fourth Grade Bike Brigade is the first in a forthcoming series about Josie Garcia, a feisty nine-year-old girl from Brooklyn who becomes a crusader for preventing disastrous climate change and other environmental threats. In each book, Josie takes simple, ingenious actions that bring real changes to her neighborhood and the world.The book is for ages 7-11 and is appropriate for schools, school districts, children’s social issue book clubs, and families.
Nine-year-old Josie Garcia is an ambitious girl from Brooklyn who becomes an advocate for preventing disastrous climate change and other environmental threats. The feisty heroine in “Josie and the Fourth Grade Bike Brigade,” Josie was inspired by the children of P.S. 321 in Park Slope. Kenny Bruno; his wife Beth Handman, assistant principal of P.S. 321; and their daughter Antonia Bruno, who went to school at P.S. 321, co-wrote the new children’s book, which they refer to as children’s “cli-fi” — climate fiction. The Brooklyn family will launch their book at the special Children’s “Green” event: on Sunday, October 5, at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center from 12:00-1:00. Children’s book author, Laurel Neme will read from 10:00-11:00, then Ruth Anne Small from 11:00-12:00 followed by Team Josie Garcia! Families and book lovers of all ages are invited to attend these lively and informative discussions and presentations about children taking action.
Josie and the Fourth Grade Bike Brigade follows fourth grade student Josie. After spending a summer with her grandmother in Ecuador and taking a class trip to the zoo, she is prompted to take action to slow global warming. In an effort to go green and discourage the use of cars, Josie organizes the Fourth Grade Bike Brigade. Her best friends, brother, and other characters from the neighborhood go along for the ride, but not everyone joins in – and when those who oppose the plan voice their opinion, trouble begins for Josie and the Bike Brigade.
“Josie and the Fourth Grade Bike Brigade was inspired by the spontaneous activism of the students at P.S. 321,” according to co-author, Kenny Bruno. “About eight years ago, P.S. 321 started the Go Green Walkathon and the Roots and Shoots after school club. As the kids learned about environmental issues and causes, they sprang into action. They went to local stores and asked them to stop carrying disposable plastic bags. The raided their piggy banks for donations to environmental groups. And we heard from parents that they started pressing them to save energy and water,” Bruno said.
Bill McKibben, the nation’s leading author on climate change and the founder of 350.org said, “The Bike Brigade are real heroes, not only because they ride but because they organize.”
The book has also received advance praise from the heads of the Sierra Club and Greenpeace and literacy experts at Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.
Visit www.Josiegoesgreen.com to find out more and how to get involved. The website will be Josie’s on-line home both to teach kids about global warming and encourage then to take action in their community.
The co-authors are recent college graduate Antonia Bruno and her parents, Kenny Bruno and Beth Handman, who were inspired by the spontaneous activism of the students at P.S. 321 in Brooklyn, where Beth is Assistant Principal and Antonia attended grades K-5.
Learn about the family that created Josie…
Kenny Bruno has worked in the environmental movement for over 25 years, on issues ranging from toxic waste in local communities to international negotiations in the UN system. He is co-author of:: Greenwash: The Reality Behind Corporate Environmentalism, and EarthSummit.Biz: The Corporate Takeover of Sustainable Development. Kenny is the founder of two schools for indigenous leaders on human rights and environment. Josie’s “campaigns” are inspired by Kenny’s experience as an environmental activist.
Antonia Bruno is a Political Science major at SUNY Binghamton. She has won awards from the Brooklyn Poet Laureate, the CUNY N.Y.C. Annual Poetry Festival and the Random House Writing Competition. In High School, Antonia wrote with Girls Write Now, A New York City-based organization that works with aspiring young women writers. She has been the President of her campus chapter of DemocracyMatters. Antonia sets the tone of the Josie series and creates characters that elementary school kids can relate to.
Beth Handman has been a teacher, educational consultant, curriculum specialist, staff developer and administrator for over 30 years. At her current school, P.S. 321, she collaborates closely with Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. Beth has been a Lucretia Crocker Fellow for the state of Massachusetts and has consulted extensively for New Visions for Public Schools. As a supervisor of literacy and curriculum, Beth guides the pedagogical aspects of the Josie series.
Janet Pedersen has illustrated many books for children, as well as authored a few herself. She is the author and illustrator of Houdini the Amazing Caterpillar (Clarion Books) and Millie in the Meadow (Candlewick Press). Janet lives with her family in Brooklyn, in a neighborhood a little like Josie’s.
Dede Cummings, the publisher of Green Writers Press said “We are proud and excited to be publishing what is perhaps the world’s first children’s ‘cli-fi,’ climate fiction about kids taking action. I love Josie and I think you will too.“
MORE ABOUT THE BOOK & THE BUZZ!
Can Josie put the brakes on Global Warming?
After a summer with Grandma in Ecuador and an
encounter with Frozey the Polar Bear at the zoo, Josie
decides it’s time to take action on global warming. Her first
idea for Going Green is to organize her grade to drive less
by forming the Fourth Grade Bike Brigade. Best friends
Matt and Lizzy, along with her brother Damien and other
characters from the neighborhood go along for the ride.
But not everyone is in favor of the plan, and trouble begins
for Josie and the Bike Brigade.
“I love this book and I can’t wait to have my kids read it. Great for adults too —irrepressible Josie and her pals can teach grown-ups a thing or two about protecting the planet.”
—Mike Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club
“Hooray for the bike brigade, real live superheroes. Not just because they bike, but because they organize!”
—Bill Mckibben, Author, Educator, Environmentalist and Founder of 350.org
“This is a gift for today’s kids — a book about serious stuff that is fun to read.”
—Annie Leonard, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA.
“Josie is a wonderfully accessible character who appeals to boys and girls equally. She is funny and fierce, carefree and conscientious, all rolled up into one cool kid. The story is as inspiring as it is engaging.”
—Kathy Collins, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project
For more information visit Josie at http://www.josiegoesgreen.com
Josie and the Fourth Grade Bike Brigade
Series: Josie Goes Green (Book 1)
Paperback: 96 pages
Trim size: 5 x 8
Publisher: Green Writers Press (September 20, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-0996087223 — E BOOK COMING SOON!
Bookstores can order via Ingram, Baker & Taylor, or directly from Midpoint Trade.
Josie fans can order through your locally-owned and independent bookstore!