Keeping Our Earth Clean

Rachel Bate Author Interview

Tierra Day follows a woman who, with the help of her animal friends, organizes a clean-up day for the human and animal community. What was the inspiration for your story?

I was inspired to write “Tierra Day” (Earth Day), contemplating all the litter I have noticed in my neighborhood, local and interstate highways, and bringing this awareness through writing a book for children. I also thought about various animal habitats and how litter may affect their livelihoods. Children are our future leaders, and as I have a quote by Rachel Carson as a dedication page: “In nature nothing exists alone.” Keeping our Earth clean is a community effort with everyone graciously doing their part.

What educational aspects were important for you to include in this children’s book?

As a retired teacher, I felt the overall message of Earth Day being a community effort, was very important. Also, including a glossary, vocabulary, and fun facts about Earth Day may be used as opportunities for collaboration in an educational setting of the classroom for teachers, outdoor education, or within family outings at State and National Parks.

The art in this book is beautiful. What was the art collaboration process like with illustrator Rebecca Jacob?

Rebecca is my older sister of whom I admire her artistic talent immensely and we work very well as a creative team. I usually write my stories and then she reads them, beginning her wonderful illustration process. We correspond frequently through phone calls, text messages, and emails. She works out of her art studio in Pennsylvania and visits me in New Mexico during the summer for inspiration of the New Mexico landscape and critters on our outdoor hikes, road trips, rafting, and scenic adventures.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I have been thinking about another book soon for children that would continue to include New Mexico critters, humor, rhyme, juicy vocabulary, and lesson(s) to contemplate.

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Litter is everywhere! What can Tierra and her critter friends do to help solve this problem? Find out what glorious solution Eli Eagle shares with his friends about all the pollution!

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