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If you are looking for a children’s book to help engage youth in nature, check out Robert Bateman: The Boy Who Painted Nature, by Margriet Ruurs, with art by Robert Bateman.

Celebrated artist Robert Bateman is renowned internationally for bringing the natural world to life on the canvas. A naturalist and painter from his youth, Robert has for decades used his fame to shed light on environmental issues and advocate for animal welfare.

The book tells the true story of how, as a young child, Robert achieved his dream of painting the world around him and became one of Canada’s most famous artists. Using Robert’s own personal photographs, sketches, and artwork, author Margriet Ruurs weaves a simple story of inspiration and encouragement. This is a story to motivate all the budding artists and naturalists in your life, with proceeds benefiting The Bateman Foundation.

The author, Margriet Ruurs, and her husband, Kees, used to live in Oregon and were LCAS members! FMI: