Footprints Across the Earth book cover

Every footprint―from the physical to the digital and the permanent to the fleeting―leaves a mark on Earth telling a story of the past, the present, or the future. What type of imprint will YOU leave? 


Journey around the world and experience through these vivid photographs how every being on the planet leaves an imprint, with their feet, their words, their actions. Whether human or animal, voices or activity, each mark has a purpose. To remind us of our history, give us a glimpse of our future, and maybe even inspire us to change the world.


Perfect for the aspiring STEM activist in your life– those who want to change the world!

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Reycraft Books (August 14, 2022)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1478876034
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1478876038
Reading age ‏ : ‎ 7 – 10 years
Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 590L


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“An excellent choice for nature-loving elementary readers.”– Kirkus  (click here for full review)

“ A fascinating intersection between your average animal footprints title and books for kids with a wider environmental focus.”  — Betsy Bird, Fuse 8 Production, SLJ


“More so than most books about intention, personal impact, choice, and consequences, Footprints Across the Planet presents a powerful display that will reach a wide age group (including adults) with a strong message of empowerment and positivity.

If only one children’s book were to be chosen on these topics, Footprints Across the Planet should be at the very top of such a list. Its opportunities for not only personal enlightenment but discussion between youths and adults who read along are boundless, as is the enthusiasm with which it is written and the obvious care taken to choose only the most powerful striking imagery to highlight its important message.

Libraries and individuals who choose Footprints Across the Planet will find it rich in thought-provoking opportunities and rich rewards for the effort of imbibing.” — Midwest Book Review (click HERE to read full review)


“Footprints Across the Planet is a masterful introduction to the concepts of sustainability and inclusivity that even the youngest readers can understand and enjoy.” —The Children’s Book Review


“”A beautiful poem about the footprints we leave across the planet – both physically and metaphorically.  With poetic lines, Swanson leaves us with some big ideas about the footprints we leave all around us…  Whether you share this book around Earth Day or at any point in the year, it’s a great springboard for talking about the environment.” –Michele Knott, librarian/educator


“A fascinating, lyrical look at footprints of all kinds that will inspire young readers to consider the marks they want to make on the world.” — Rajani LaRocca, Newbery-Winning Author


“Whether big or small, each of us is responsible for leaving a positive footprint on our planet. We can all do our part to create a more sustainable future through simple everyday habits and actions. “Footprints Across the Planet” thoughtfully tackles the very big job of teaching the next generation to love, nurture and explore our oceans and lands and the life teeming within them. Through the book, Jennifer Swanson is leaving her own mark on the world that will last for years to come, inspiring young children to adopt a strong sense of self-awareness when it comes to their personal impact on the world around them.”

Fabien Cousteau, Aquanaut, Explorer and Founder, Executive and Board Member at Proteus Ocean Group Ltd.


“This beauty of a book by Jennifer Swanson (Reycraft Books) is all about animal feet and the footprints they — and we humans — leave on our planet. Gorgeous photographs. Classic writing. You and your kids will be riveted.”

Pat Zietlow Miller, NY Times Best-selling author of  BE KIND


“Footprints Across the Planet is powerful and reminds us that all our actions have a reaction. Swanson, an award-winning author
and STEM/STEAM advocate leaves us with this final question: What type of mark will you leave behind?”

Louise Capizzo, librarian, The Nonfiction Detectives blog