April Pulley Sayre (1966 –2021) was an award-winning author of more than forty natural history books for children. About her work, she said, “I try to communicate the excitement I feel about nature and my fascination with what scientists do. Sharing wonder, and often humor, is what my work is all about.”
With her husband, Jeff Sayre, she co-authored a delightful counting book: One Is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab: A Counting by Feet Book. The story, which came to the ecology-minded pair when they were brainstorming and laughing together, involves a bunch of fun-loving crabs, lounging dogs, gleeful insects, and bewildered-looking snails who offer their feet for counting from one to one hundred in a variety of silly, surprising combinations. “Each year, I seem to have a new favorite animal,” April Pulley Sayre noted. “My list of ‘favorite animals’ is getting ridiculously long.”
April Pulley and Jeff Sayre produced science videos and a nature documentary on wetlands, served as on-camera hosts for a pilot series on bird-watching, and co-authored a critically acclaimed book about hummingbirds for adults. In addition, the two spoke at schools, botanical gardens, zoos, and nature festivals. When asked for advice for young writers, April Pulley Sayre once suggested, “Spend time outdoors. . . . Like me, you’ll probably be amazed by what you find living close to home.”
April Pulley Sayre lives in Indiana.