Jessica Lanan
Cover image of picture book 'Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story' showing a young Anna Comstock in a blue dress and straw hat standing in a green field.

Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story

Written by Suzanne Slade & illustrated by Jessica Lanan
Sleeping Bear Press, 2017
ISBN: 9781585369867

From the time she was a young girl, Anna Comstock was fascinated by the natural world. She loved exploring outdoors, examining wildlife and learning nature's secrets. From watching the teamwork of marching ants to following the constellations in the sky, Anna observed it all. And her interest only increased as she grew older and went to college at Cornell University. There she continued her studies, pushing back against those social conventions that implied science was a man's pursuit. Eventually Anna became known as a nature expert, pioneering a movement to encourage schools to conduct science and nature classes for children outdoors, thereby increasing students' interest in nature. In following her passion, this remarkable woman blazed a trail for female scientists today.

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Winner of the 2018 Green Earth Book Award
Winner of the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award, 2017

A true story about an early champion of nature education, this beautifully illustrated watercolor picture book introduces young readers to Anna Botsford Comstock, a white woman born in 1854. An inspirational must-read for budding scientists and those who teach them.

★ Kirkus, starred review

... a lovely tribute to a pioneering educator.

Publisher's Weekly

Though not many will be familiar with Comstock, her story is told with such warmth and admiration that people will be rooting for her the entire time.