Julian is the coauthor of “Heal the Earth,” the second in his picture book series teaching kids as young as three years old ways to help the planet.
“I wish I had this book when I was at this age growing up,” he said in a recent interview. “I wish we’d all had it growing up. The world would be I think a different place.” The latest book follows a group of children as they fly across the globe, learning to protect coral reefs and planting gardens in cities and trees in the rainforest. “Every day there is something new we can do to heal the Earth,” the book says. “If we work together.”
Each book in the series — “Touch the Earth” was the first last year and the third will be “Love the Earth” — are timed to come out a year apart on Earth Day.
Mark Gompertz, an editorial director at Skyhorse Publishing, said Julian and coauthor Bart Davis (as well as illustrator Smiljana Coh) tried to keep the book entertaining without diluting the message.
“It’s kind of the way he writes a song — every word has a certain weight and a certain meaning … We wanted to make it not scary but, at the same time, create an awareness,” Gompertz said.
This year, Julian said, he had watched with alarm as the White House rolled back many environmental rules, including emissions standards for cars and trucks and pulling the United States out of the Paris climate accords.
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