Dianna Hutts Aston is the award-winning author of many internationally acclaimed books celebrating awe and wonder of nature. Her science series, illustrated by Sylvia Long, includes AN EGG IS QUIET; A SEED IS SLEEPY; A BUTTERFLY IS PATIENT; A ROCK IS LIVELY; A NEST IS NOISY; A BEETLE IS SHY; and the final in the series, A SHELL IS COZY (Spring, 2023). Written in a style reviewers call ‘lyrical science’, Aston presents a wealth of information about animal and plant life cycles; adaptations; rocks and minerals; pollination and seed dispersal; habitats; and reproduction. Her hope is that the information in the series will inspire children to be more than merely inhabitants of Earth. They will be stewards of the planet we call home.
Dianna’s publishing career has been one of surprising honors. Having her nature books published in so many languages –Russian, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, German, Danish, French and Romanian – made her realize there is a millions-strong, global “army” of children, who, when given information, develop a perspective like no one else’s, yet they are united in their desire to take care of the trees and flowers, the land and the ocean, the penguins and polar bears, the elephants and kangaroos. The bugs and the bats. The old turtles. The baby hippos. Each other.
International Montessori School, Hong Kong
Dianna is also the author of THE MOON OVER STAR, a Coretta Scott King Honor book illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, recipient of multiple Caldecott awards. Two weeks after President Barack Obama took office in 2008, he and First Lady Michelle Obama selected the book to read to school children in the nation’s capital. THE MOON OVER STAR was also chosen by NASA and astronaut Melvin Leland to read at a Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) event celebrating African American History month.
NASA astronaut Melvin Leland
President Barack Obama
Dianna said she hadn’t realized she was writing poetry until the 2004 debut of her second book, WHEN YOU WERE BORN, illustrated by E.B. Lewis, when a reviewer called the work “free verse.” E.B. Lewis
Nor had she known she was writing science books until AN EGG IS QUIET, illustrated by Sylvia Long, received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru SB&F prize for excellence in science writing, 2007. A BEETLE IS SHY was a top four finalist for the same award in 2017. As someone who’s more comfortable behind the wheel than on foot, Dianna said it was pretty cool to present A BEETLE IS SHY to children at Wilson Family School in Camden, NJ alongside Tom Doll, president and CEO of Subaru America on Friday the 13th, 2017.