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Dawn Publications began with the genius of one man – Joseph Cornell - for sharing nature with children. With the publication of Sharing Nature with Children (1979) he began a career of connecting people with nature - his "nature games" produced a revolution in nature education with their hands-on nature experiences. The response was so positive (over 500,000 copies in English and many more in 15 languages) that Joseph went on to develop his popular series of books.

One day in 1992, a manuscript for a childrens picture book came in the mail from an unusually talented 14 year-old junior high school student. Her name was Kristin Joy Pratt. With A Walk in the Rainforest (1992) and then her second book, A Swim through the Sea (1994), we were thrilled to bring beautiful, inspiring books directly to children. Dozens of children's books later, with authors and illustrators all over the U.S., we are very pleased to present a unique line of nature appreciation titles. More recently, we published a series of guides to assist teachers to share nature in the classroom. We sincerely hope that these products help future generations to cherish the Earth and live appreciatively on it.

In each of these products, our passion is to assist parents and educators to open the minds and hearts of children to the transforming influence of nature. Our books not only seek to inform, but also to inspire. In other words, we try to reach the heart as well as the mind, for the heart is the impulse that will motivate children to a lifelong relationship of respect, stewardship and intelligent cooperation with our Earth home and Mother Nature.

Our offices are in an oak and pine forest in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada’s, just outside of Nevada City, California. We feel fortunate to have a business so close to nature-where deer and wild turkeys often amble by! As you might suspect, our team is a nature-loving bunch.

Contact Info

Dawn Publications
12402 Bitney Springs Rd
Nevada City, CA 95959
(800) 545-7475




“Eye-popping artwork is the star of the show in Berkes's lively, oceanic counting book, ”Over in the Ocean” based on the classic children's song "Over in the Meadow”

- Kirkus Review

“...this beautifully photographed global guide offers a look at how research in diverse fields leads to an understanding of the warming climate - and what children and adults are doing about it.”

- Publishers Weekly

“Simple, elegant prose and stunningly beautiful illustrations trace the life story of a little dandelion seed as it travels through the seasons and basic states of development to become a full-grown dandelion plant.”

- Kids Zone – National Wildlife Federation

“For each letter, a creature is spotlighted and framed by a colorful border featuring other organisms whole names begin with the same letter . . . all of the flowing, fluid pictures are full of action and detail.”

- School Library Journal

“This story is involving, well told, and captivating. The illustrations are wonderful; the drawings of the glaciers and of Muir seem larger than life. The book is altogether delightful, with a little biographical information at the end, as well as the history of the story.”

- Brigham Young Univ.

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