Alison Ashley Formento
Saddle River, New Jersey
SCHOOL VISITS: Pre-K - 6
Alison Formento's award-winning nature books support the current core curriculum standards. Her author visits are energetic, fun-fact-filled, and highly interactive. She shares her author journey, her fascination with learning about and caring for our environment, and her deep love of trees, bees, and seas. Students become human trees, buzz like bees, and create an imaginary ocean as Alison shows how nature counts for all of us, everyday.
Year(s) of participation: 2013
A4ED school visit photos & blurbs:
2013 at WANDELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Saddle River, NJ USA
ALISON CELEBRATES EARTH DAY AT WANDELL
As an author of several nature-inspired award-winning picture books, I enjoyed a very busy April of school visits where students inspired me with the creative ways they used my books in their writing and art work. I also loved learning what different schools are doing to take care of the Earth. Most schools have "Green" initiatives, which means they actively participate in recycling programs and energy-saving measures in their classrooms and school grounds.
It was exciting to visit schools with environmental and plant Clubs, too, and meet students who are eager to keep our planet green, healthy, and best of all, clean. I loved visiting Wandell Elementary on Earth Day for a fabulous day sharing my books, especially my new picture These Seas Count! I donated my $800 speaking fee in honor of Wandell for Authors for Earth Day. The money was sent to the Rutgers University Marine Field Station where oceanographers and marine biologists track fish migration and pollution along the east coast. The field station is located in Tuckerton, NJ, which suffered heavy damage during Hurricane Sandy last October, so this donation will be especially useful to the scientists there to continue to do their research.