Her five children's books, More Beautiful Than Heaven, Billie the Octopus, Jenny the Chimpanzee and A Thanksgiving for the Turkeys, and Friends Lift You Up are illustrated by artist Chey Diehl and published by Eifrig Publishing, and, in keeping with her environmentalism, published on recycled, acid-free paper. The books are available with accompanying companion stuffed animals, some of which are composed of organic cotton; they can be purchased separately or as a set. Lotus's mission is to reach children and youth through her writing with the message of protecting our planet and its fellow inhabitants and creating a more compassionate world.
which Lotus founded on Endangered Species Day with her sister, Jazmin, also a writer and activist at 24 years old. Bears for Cares aims to educate and inspire young people around the world in understanding the state of wildlife and endangered species via educational children’s books with accompanying stuffed animals. Bears for Cares is a project of The Jane Goodall Institute's “Roots & Shoots” initiative, a youth service program, and a portion of proceeds from the books and toys will be donated to the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots program to help support other young people passionate about helping our wildlife and planet.
Lotus wrote More Beautiful Than Heaven when she was 16 to raise awareness about the beauty of nature, the endangered state of wildlife and our environment, and ultimately inspire children to care for and protect the planet and all living things. She then wrote Billie the Octopus to educate kids about the beauty and importance of the ocean and protecting marine life. Her most recent books include A Thanksgiving for the Turkeys which presents a new way of thinking about food choices and Thanksgiving through a turkey’s eyes, and Jenny the Chimpanzee which reminds us of how interconnected and similar we are to our fellow animals friends. Her new book is Friends Lift You Up, which looks at what it means to be a good friend, how to prevent bullying, and how to be kind.
that are carried at the Bears for Cares website: "Beary" (the polar bear in More Beautiful Than Heaven) “Billie” the octopus, “Jenny” the chimpanzee, and “Milo” the turkey, which support the Roots & Shoots program.
“Dear Lotus, It is fantastic that you are writing these books – thank you so much for sending me some copies, including, of course, Jenny. And it is such a good idea to have soft toys with them. Children’s books are really important – and even more so because of the pandemic. Congratulations.”— Dr. Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and Roots & Shoots
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