Live signing to encourage kids to think about the impact they can have on the world – Action News Jax

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — An easy way to encourage kids to really think about the impact they can have on the world!

Every footprint, from physical to digital and permanent to fleeting, leaves a mark on Earth, telling a story of the past, present or future. Realizing the importance of conveying this message to children, Jacksonville resident Jennifer Swanson has dedicated her latest children’s book to this concept. She will be signing copies of “Footprints Across the Planet” at BookMark, located at 220 First Street, Neptune Beach, Fla., 32266 Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Jennifer is available for interviews to share her inspiration behind the book, how children who have read it have reacted, and how the book is being used in local classrooms.


Who will be the next one ? Jennifer Swanson, who is perhaps best known for her science book STEM, National Geographic Kids’ title Brain Games, hopes she can impact the changemakers of tomorrow with her latest children’s book.

Reycraft Books, a division of Benchmark Publishing, just released Footprints Across the Planet in August 2022. It’s a book that sends the message that every step you take has an impact on the planet.

The story begins by stating the fact that footprints come in all shapes and sizes, colors and species, then goes on to show how impactful each step can be. “Whether it’s an animal or a human, whether it’s a digital footprint or a carbon footprint, everything has an impact,” says Swanson, who has loved science for as long as she can remember.

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As a child, she ran a science club in her garage. In high school, she participated in science fairs and Girl Scouts, earning just about every science-related badge. She eventually earned a bachelor’s degree from the United States Naval Academy and then a master’s degree in education from Walden University.

Swanson has worked as a middle school science teacher for Johns Hopkins University for the Center for Talented Youth since 2009. She is also an accomplished author with over 45 titles to her credit.

Some of his best-known books include Astronaut Aquanaut: How Space Science and Sea Science Interact (National Geographic Kids, 2018); Beastly Bionics: Bad Robots, Brilliant Biomimicry, and Incredible Inventions Inspired by Nature (National Geographic Kids, 2020) and The Secret Science of Sports: The Math, Physics, and Mechanical Engineering Behind Every Grand Slam, Triple Axel, and Penalty Kick (Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers, 2021).

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She has presented her work at the Library of Congress’s National Book Festival, the World Science Festival, and the Atlanta Science Festival.

Early reviews for Swanson’s latest title, Footprints Across the Planet, have been very favorable. “A fascinating intersection between your average animal footprint title and children’s books with a broader environmental focus,” said Betsy Bird in her review for the School Library Journal blog.

“More than most books about intention, personal impact, choice and consequences, Footprints Across the Planet presents a powerful display that will reach a wide age group (including adults) with a strong message of ’empowerment and positivity…If only one children’s book were to be chosen on these topics, Footprints Across the Planet should be right at the top of such a list,” said D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review.

“Footprints Across the Planet” thoughtfully addresses the very big job of teaching the next generation to love, nurture and explore our oceans and lands and the life that teems there. Through the book, Jennifer Swanson is leaving her own mark on the world that will last for years to come, inspiring young children to embrace a strong sense of self-awareness regarding their personal impact on the world around them,” said said Fabien. Cousteau, aquanaut, explorer and founder, executive member and board member of Proteus Ocean Group Ltd.

Learn more about Jennifer’s work and book her for speaking engagements and school tours here.

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