Lynne Cherry is the author and/or illustrator of over thirty award-winning books for children. Her best-selling books, such as The Great Kapok Tree, A River Ran Wild, and The Armadillo from Amarillo, teach children a respect for the earth. She lectures widely—and passionately—about how children can make a difference in a democratic society: if they feel strongly about something, they can change the world. She explains to educators how using nature to integrate curricula makes a child’s learning relevant. Ms. Cherry is an avid canoeist and hiker. Ms. Cherry is an environmental activist whose books are used to launch campaigns to save land, clean up rivers, preserve forests, and help migratory birds. For example, A River Ran Wild is recommended by teachers for projects involving the quality of local watersheds. Flute’s Journey: The Life of a Wood Thrush focused national media attention on conservation efforts to save the Belt Woods in Maryland. Ms. Cherry earned her B.A. at Tyler School of Art and her M.A. in history at Yale University. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Smithsonian Institution, at the geosciences departments at both the University of Massachusetts and Cornell University, the Marine Biological Laboratory, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. She is currently artist-in-residence at the PriMs. Cherry resides in Thurmont, Maryland.