Lynne Cherry has written and/or illustrated over thirty award-winning children's books. The Big Kapok Tree and A River Ran Wild, two of her best-selling books, urge children to protect the environment. Lynne speaks widely--and passionately--about how children can make a difference in a democratic society, and how they can change the world if they care deeply about something. She shows educators how incorporating nature into the curriculum makes a child's learning more relatable. Lynne's writings are motivated by her passion for the outdoors, and she enjoys canoeing and hiking.