by Katy Farber | Illustrated by Meg Sodano
Salamander Sky is a heartwarming example of everyday conservation, as it shows a mother and daughter who go into their neighborhood and help the slippery salamanders find safety during the wet season. It is a great lesson in how everyone can both explore and contribute to their local environments.
This gorgeous, full-color, children’s picture book is about the stealthy, secretive and perilous nighttime salamander crossing that takes place every spring in the eastern states and in other parts of the world.
The illustrator created a book trailer — her first! Please take a minute to watch and please share:
For Educators/Parents/Guardians/Librarians/Booksellers, the Salamander Sky message:
- embracing diversity, avoid stereotyping
- main character is 8/9 years old, geared towards kindergarten-2nd-grade readers
- highlight: women in science, message of conservation, how to be active in conservation and local environment/community, and “to make the world a better place”
- strong conservation message (author is a well-known environmental educator and founder of Non-Toxic Kids)
- of interest for science educators (illustrator has a background in animal science)
- the book is a learning tool as much as it is for fun
- two female characters who are interested in science
- focuses on a species that needs special attention
- family nostalgia and values/bonding
- these messages and environmental contributions are important
“I wanted to illustrate that everyone can do something important to help these fragile and beautiful creatures. And that we all have a part to play in taking care of the earth and all of its diverse inhabitants.” —Katy Farber, author
Illustrations Samples © Meg Sodano
About the Author: Katy Farber is a professional development coordinator, author, and blogger from Vermont. She writes about education, parenting, the environment and sustainability for various websites and publications. Her other children’s books include The Order of the Trees (Green Writers Press 2015).
About the Illustrator: Meg Sodano studied Biology and Animal Science at the University of Vermont and received her illustration training at Rhode Island School of Design. Some of her other illustrations are part of interpretive exhibits at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut, Edmund Niles Huyck Preserve in New York State, and the Franklin Park Children’s Zoo in Boston.
CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK
32 pages • 8 x 10 oblong, casebound • $17.95
Publication date: February 1, 2018 ~ Coming in Spring 2018 in time for Salamander Crossing!
Distributor: Midpoint Trade
Rights sold: None
Rights contact: Lydia Golitz, Green Writers Press email@example.com • 802-380-1121
Awards: HONOR BOOK / Green Earth Book Award for The Order of the Trees, 2016
Available wherever books are sold. Coming in Spring 2018 in time for Salamander Crossing!