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Remembering April Pulley Sayre


The SCBWI is saddened to report that longtime SCBWI member April Pulley Sayre, whose more than 80 books beautifully explore and celebrate the natural world, has died at 55 following a long battle with cancer.

From April’s earliest days in her native Greenville, South Carolina, she found herself drawn to nature. A degree in biology from Duke University led her to an internship with the National Wildlife Federation. Her first book for children, If You Should Hear a Honey Guide, was published in 1995 by Houghton Mifflin. It went on to win the John Burroughs Award for excellence in natural history for children. Many other accolades were to follow including a Theodor Geisel Honor Book in 2008 for Vulture View (Holt), illustrated by Steve Jenkins and published in 2007.  Her latest book, Happy Sloth Day!, co-authored by her husband, Jeffrey Sayre, will be published by Beach Lane this coming March.

The SCBWI extends condolences to the Sayre family on their loss. April always set aside a great deal of time visiting schools and libraries in order to pass on her passion and love for the natural world. No doubt many of those same young readers she inspired with her words are today in the forefront of those toiling to save and protect our fragile environment.  Hard to imagine a better legacy to leave the coming generation.