For husband-and-wife team April Pulley Sayre and Jeff Sayre, working and playing together is natural; both are naturalists who explore and write about the natural world. The pair leads ecotours and has traveled extensively, going to countries as far-flung as Madagascar, the Galapagos Islands, and Ecuador. Jeff Sayre is an accomplished ecologist specializing in native plants and birds, and April Pulley Sayre is an award-winning author of more than forty natural history books for children. “I try to communicate the excitement I feel about nature and my fascination with what scientists do,”she says of her work. “Sharing wonder, and often humor, is what my work is all about.”
Together, April Pulley and Jeff Sayre are co-authors of a delightful book for children, One Is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab: A Counting By Feet Book. The idea for this mirthful counting book came to the ecology-minded pair when they were brainstorming and laughing together—something they say they love to do often. In One Is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab, a bunch of fun-loving crabs, lounging dogs, gleeful insects, and bewildered-looking snails obligingly offer their feet for counting in a number of silly, surprising combinations from one to one hundred. After reading this book, it’s not surprising to hear April Pulley Sayre note, “Each year, I seem to have a new favorite animal. My list of ‘favorite animals’ is getting ridiculously long!”
April Pulley and Jeff Sayre have 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 speak at schools, botanical gardens, zoos, and nature festivals. When asked for advice for young writers, April Pulley Sayre suggests, “Spend time outdoors. . . . Like me, you’ll probably be amazed by what you find living close to home.”
Jeff Sayre and April Pulley Sayre live in Indiana.