Authors4Oceans: Children’s books authors making waves in helping to halt plastic pollution

Authors4Oceans is a group of water element-inspired authors and illustrators of children’s books passionate about the natural world and preserving it for future generations.

The Authors4Oceans campaign was created by the award-winning novelist Lauren St John, whose children’s books include the eco-adventure Dolphin Song and the recently published seaside mystery Kat Wolfe Investigates.

The concept behind Authors4Oceans came about when Lauren St John ordered a drink in a bookshop, and found it came with a plastic straw. And so Authors4Oceans is asking publishers, booksellers and young readers to help halt the amount of plastic being dumped in our oceans.

Lauren St John said: “There are hundreds of bookshops across the UK, many of which hand out plastic bags, straws and bottles daily. It occurred to me that an alliance of children’s authors, particularly those who write about nature and are passionate about the environment, might have a voice together. And if publishers, literary festivals and some of our young readers joined us, well – together – we could make a real difference.”

The campaign currently has more than 50 children’s books authors involved, including War Horse author Michael Morpurgo, as well as illustrator Quentin Blake, known best for illustrating books written by Roald Dahl.

Authors4Oceans has launched a competition, Oceans are Not Rubbish, which is calling on school children to design and build models of endangered sea creatures out of plastic rubbish. The competition is open until 10 November 2018.

Authors4Oceans is also a great resource for parents looking for ocean-inspired books for children.


Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

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