About ProgressiveKid

At ProgressiveKid, we’re all about kids, families, and the planet we call home. It’s our goal to use our products and site to support the development of progressive kids. What’s a progressive kid, you ask? Well, for starters, an authentic kid, one who is more interested in the world, art, animals, and dirt than, say, murder-based video games and makeup. Basically, a progressive kid loves and protects living things, acts on principle, strives to be self-aware, lives healthfully, honors difference, challenges gender roles, and thinks creatively.

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In addition to co-founding On a Ledge, ProgressiveKid, and Green Goat Books, Sarah is a writer, illustrator, and graphic designer. She has written scores of articles on environmental and social justice issues. She illustrated A Hot Planet Needs Cool Kids by Julie Hall and A Story of Witchery by Jennifer Calkins. A former Chicago high school teacher, Sarah also trained teachers in the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Urban Education Program, created curriculum for elementary through college students, and worked for a number of Chicago-based textbook development companies. After moving to the Northwest, she embarked on a 15-year freelance writing and editing career. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing. At ProgressiveKid, Sarah co-manages as well as illustrates, designs, wrangles our technology, and writes for our products, websites, blog, and advertising.

JulieCo-founder of ProgressiveKid and Green Goat Books, Julie is a writer whose poetry has won grants and awards and appeared in anthologies and magazines, including The Nation, The Threepenny Review, and Bloom. Her book-length collection of poems was a finalist for the 2003 Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award in Poetry. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing. She has published twelve nonfiction books for children and has worked as a freelance writer and editor of curriculum; career, health, and travel books; business materials; and website copy for nineteen years. She is the author of Green Goat Books’ new book for kids about global warming, A Hot Planet Needs Cool Kids, and the accompanying curriculum packet. In addition to co-managing ProgressiveKid, Julie writes, photographs, and designs for our products, websites, blog, and ads.

2 Responses

  1. What a great site. Taking something you care passionately about and turning it into a profession that makes a difference in the world is such a fantastic thing! Best of luck, and please, please, please come share what you’re doing with my readers!

  2. […] together about climate change. Look for Julie’s upcoming book A Hot Planet Needs Cool Kids (Green Goat Books, August 2007) as a good place to […]

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