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Christiane Dorion - Author

About the Author

Christiane Dorion is an award-winning author and educational consultant. She has written a number of children’s books about the natural world and has worked with WWF and other environmental organisations for over 30 years.

On scooping the Best Book with Facts Award at the Blue Peter Book Awards 2022 Christiane said:  'I am thrilled to win the Blue Peter Book Award amongst so many fantastic books. The fact that it is judged by children makes it even more special, as they are the best critics. I would say to children, read about what you enjoy. Whether it’s stepping into an imaginary world of wizards or learning all about amazing creatures or tropical jungles, books help us to understand the world around us and stimulate our curiosity and imagination. They can be funny, informative and inspiring. If you find books daunting, you don’t have to read it from beginning to end in one go. You can dip in and out, look at the pictures and go for the bits of text you find most interesting.'

"I was born in a beautiful part of the world, Quebec City, Canada. From a very young age, I was passionate about the environment and writing books for children has always been my dream. I studied geography at university and then completed a Masters Degree in Education. For four years, I lectured at Laval University, working with primary schools and introducing teacher trainees to geography and environmental issues. In 1987, I obtained a scholarship to carry out a PhD in environmental education in the UK and England became my new home. When I completed my PhD, the National Curriculum was being developed for schools in England and Wales and I was asked to contribute to the guidelines for environmental education. For eight years, I coordinated the Primary Education programme at WWF-UK, producing educational resources and working with schools to implement environmental education. In 2002, I left WWF and became an educational consultant and writer. I currently work with Forum for the Future, a non- profit organisation with a mission to promote sustainable development with business and the public sector. My main role is to assess and to help with the ongoing development of the Masters programme on Leadership for Sustainable Development.

"My passion for writing children’s books stems from the thousands of questions I asked as a child, which remained, unanswered. How big is the universe? When did life begin? Why do volcanoes erupt? Why do we build cities around active volcanoes? Why isn’t there water everywhere around the world? Through my books, I aim to inspire and encourage children to explore the complex systems of the world we live in and to take positive actions to protect our planet for future generations. I am particularly interested in how we can learn to design and make things in a different way so we can use the earth’s resources more wisely and reduce the amount of waste we produce. I am also very interested in how we can learn from nature and our fellow creatures to turn waste into precious resources."

(Biography taken from the author's website - click here to visit.)

 

Featured books by Christiane Dorion

Other books by Christiane Dorion

Darwin's Rival: Alfred Russel Wallace and the Search for Evolution

Darwin's Rival: Alfred Russel Wallace and the Search for Evolution

Author: Christiane Dorion Illustrator: Harry Tennant Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Follow Victorian naturalist and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace on his intrepid journeys across the globe and find out how he developed his own theory of evolution in this beautiful illustrated gift hardback. In 1858, Alfred Russel Wallace's travels in the Amazon Basin and Malay Archipelago led him to discover natural selection independently of Charles Darwin. Darwin's Rival traces Wallace's life from his childhood in the Welsh countryside to his rise to prominence among the scientific community, via dense tropical jungles and perilous journeys - and shines a light on one of the most important contributors to the theory of evolution. With evocative illustrations by Harry Tennant, this stunning gift book will appeal to children and adults alike, and is the perfect introduction to the man so often eclipsed by his contemporary and friend Charles Darwin.

The Woodland Trust: Into The Forest

The Woodland Trust: Into The Forest

Author: Christiane Dorion Illustrator: Jane McGuinness Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/11/2019

The world is rich with marvellous forests and amazing communities of plants, animals, fungi and minute creatures that populate them. Learn all about the woods, experience each sound and smell and explore all the hidey-holes and cosy dens of its dwellers with this big and beautiful book all about forests, published in partnership with The Woodland Trust, the largest woodland conservation charity in the UK. Marvel at the peaceful twilight of the deciduous forest, where birds gather twigs, bats shelter in tree trunks and the carpet of fallen leaves becomes small creatures' homes. Spot a bald eagle soaring high up in the winter sky through the towering green giants of the redwood forest. Discover all the noises in the Amazonian rainforest, where most creatures live in the tree canopy together, creating a symphony of sounds. Each forest has something special to offer and is invaluable. Into the Forest is a celebration of trees and wildlife all around the world. Children will find out how trees change colour through seasons, how to plant their own trees and the importance of protecting our forests through sustainability.

How the World Began

How the World Began

Author: Christiane Dorion Illustrator: Beverley Young Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/05/2017

Covering billions of years, from the formation of the universe to the modern day, this fifth title in the award-winning How It Works series is a whistle-stop history of the planet. With a special focus on how humans have shaped their surroundings, we learn about beginnings of life, human evolution, ancient civilizations and world- changing modern inventions. As well as delving into the past, the book also encourages young readers to think for themselves about the future of the planet. It is sure to delight and inspire budding young scientists.

How Plants Work

How Plants Work

Author: Christiane Dorion Illustrator: Beverley Young Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/04/2016

Which plants are carnivorous? What's the smelliest plant in the world? And what is the most bizarre-looking flower on Earth? This eye-opening book explores the amazing diversity of the natural world, looking at how plants grow, reproduce, defend and feed themselves, and survive against the odds in some of the harshest climates on Earth. Packed with pop-ups, booklets and flaps, as well as Beverley Young's charming, detailed artwork, this hands-on, fact-packed guide explains key curriculum knowledge in an accessible and fun way. Perfect for budding biologists.

How the World Works: Sticker Activity Book

How the World Works: Sticker Activity Book

Author: Christiane Dorion Illustrator: Beverley Young Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2015

Based on the multi-award-winning series, this fun-filled activity book is crammed with stickers, colouring, word-searches, mazes, puzzles and more. The activities are designed to reinforce learning of the amazing facts from the core books. Bound to keep kids amused for hours on end!

How Animals Live

How Animals Live

Author: Christiane Dorion Illustrator: Beverley Young Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2013

Animals have cleverly adapted to life all over the planet, from the freezing poles to the hottest, driest deserts. This book explores the extraordinary diversity in animal life, and readers are encouraged to reflect on how a tiny change can have a huge impact on a whole habitat and beyond. The use of novelties and colourful detailed illustrations explain complex concepts in an accessible and fun way.

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