John Muir was born in Scotland on April 21, 1838, and migrated to the United States in 1849 with his family. John loved nature and was a writer and explorer. He founded the Sierra Club on May 28, 1892 with the goal of protecting the environment. He was instrumental in persuading President Roosevelt during a three-day camping trip to return Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove to federal protection as part of Yosemite National Park. He is often considered the father of the National Parks System.
The Camping Trip that Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir and our National Parks
Barb Rosenstock (Author); Mordicai Gerstein (Illustrator)
Publisher: Dial Books (2012)
Ages: 6-8 yrs; Grades 1-3
Review: Amazon Reviews 4.5*, Kirkus Review
John Muir: America's First Environmentalist
Kathryn Lasky (Author); Stan Fellows (Illustrator)
Publisher: Candlewick (2014)
Ages: 8-12yrs; Grades 3-7
Review: Amazon Reviews 4.5*
Starting with A is for Albert, B is for Blackwell, and C is for Clive, the series highlights the contributions made by immigrants to science, art, medicine, and more - to the founding of our nation, our institutions and our ways of living. This series provides a starting point for parents, educators and librarians to shape personal perspectives, create common narratives, and increase awareness of the tremendous impact that immigrants have had on our country.