'The Lost Seal' a big hit

Network News Fall 2006, Vol. 19 No. 2

The Lost Seal, the second book in the LTER Children’s Book series, is proving quite a hit with children and adults all over the world. While the first book, My Water Comes From The Mountains, and The Lost Seal have both received positive reviews and drawn a lot of attention to LTER, the latter book has been particularly well received.

The Lost Seal was recently the subject of a news item that also featured an interview with the author, Diane McKnight, by a CBS News affiliate in Denver, CO (http://cbs4denver.com/video/?id=25059). Earlier, Colorado University issued a press release on The Lost Seal (http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2006/379.html), which was picked up by the mass media and resulted in several invitations to the author for interviews by a mid-day TV news program, Colorado and Company, and Colorado public radio.

The popularity of the two books were also evident during the 2006 Ecological Society of America meeting in Memphis, TN, and at the SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) annual conference in Tampa, FL, where many people expressed interest in purchasing copies. The huge interest prompted Marshall White, the LTER Network Office’s Senior Web Designer, set up a page listing of LTER publications, including the children’s books, on Amazon that allowed people to browse and even order or purchase the books.

To guide other colleagues interested in writing children’s books based on LTER work, Diane and her team have also produced a DVD titled “Perspectives for Planning the Schoolyard Book Series of NSF’s Long Term Ecological Research Network.”

For more information about the Children’s Book Series, please contact Diane McKnight (diane.mcknight@colorado.edu). You may also visit the Lost Seal website at www.mcmlter.org/lostseal/.