Not Your Typical Book About the Environment

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An award winning book of real-life stories and innovative ideas to help kids tackle the environment with a positive attitude.

Not Your Typical Book about the Environment
By Elin Kelsey
Illustrated by Clayton Hanmer

64 pages
10” x 8.5”

Ages 9 to 12

$24.95 Hardcover, $12.95 Paperback



We live in a time of heightened environmental awareness, and this knowledge is creating a generation of kids with eco-anxiety — the world is doomed, isn’t it? Maybe not, as Elin Kelsey points out in Not Your Typical Book about the Environment. This book aims to allay kids’ fears by showing them what a remarkable time they live in: smart technologies, innovative ideas, and a growing commitment to alternative lifestyles are exploding around the world. Profiles of real people seeking viable solutions to the world’s problems and comic strips that show the hidden connections between familiar things like video games and gorillas round out this fresh, hopeful look at the environment and the future. Not Your Typical Book about the Environment was recently named to School Library Journal’s Noteworthy Nonfiction of 2010 list, calling the book “as fun as it is informative.” 
The book was also awarded Gold in the Environmental Issues category at the 2010 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, and is currently shortlisted for an Ontario Library Association Silver Birch Award for Non-fiction as well as for a CYBILS award.

• Dr. Elin Kelsey is a consultant with over 20 years of experience in environmental education. She has worked at the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Vancouver Aquarium, the Calgary Zoo, and is a consultant to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. She is the author of 10 books and her work has appeared in magazines such as BBC Wildlife and New Scientist. As an adjunct professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in CA and Royal Roads University in BC, she is a frequent speaker on topics related to bio-diversity and wildlife conservation. She lives in Pacific Grove, CA.



• Clayton Hanmer is an award-winning illustrator and graphic artist. He writes and illustrates "CTON's Corner," a popular monthly feature in OWL Magazine. The winner of many industry awards, his work appears in such diverse publications as National Geographic Kids, The Walrus, and the New York Times. He lives in Toronto.