Kimberly Ridley


Kimberly is a science writer, essayist, editor, and children’s book author who has been writing about nature, the environment, and health for more than 20 years. Her latest passion is writing children’s books, beginning with The Secret Pool (Tilbury House, 2013), a picture book about vernal pools, which has won awards including The John Burroughs Association Riverby Award for “excellent natural history books for young readers.”

Kimberly said, “My newest joy is sharing my love of nature and writing with school children! I’m having a blast collaborating with illustrator Rebekah Raye leading workshops that combine science, writing and art for elementary school students through the wonderful Island Readers & Writers.”

Praise for The Secret Pool:

 “The Secret Pool is enchanting! I encourage parents, grandparents, and friends of children everywhere to read the book with a young one and then open the door to see if you can find a vernal pool. If you don t live in a region where vernal pools can be found, look for something else in nature that changes through the seasons and serves as a home for wildlife.” – Cheryl Charles, Ph.D., Co-Founder, Children & Nature Network

The Secret Pool is a winner of the John Burroughs Association Riverby Award 2013 for excellent natural history books for young readers.

Past programs:

Fall, 2018: Milbridge

Fall, 2018: Indian Township

Fall, 2018: Charlotte

Spring, 2018: Princeton and Woodland

November 14, 2017: Extreme Survivors at Whiting Village School
November 15, 2017: Extreme Survivors at Lubec Consolidated School
November 16, 2017Extreme Survivors at Beatrice Rafferty School

Kim Ridley teaches nature journaling to students from Outer Islands, October 2016

Kim Ridley at Whiting and Beals, April 2016

Ridley’s Whirlwind Tour! March 2016: Lubec, Jonesport, Pembroke, Sipayik, Edmunds.

Kim at Trenton Elementary School, September 2015

Kim at ARROW, April 2014

Kim with Rebekah Raye at Milbridge Elementary School, October 2014

Kim with Rebekah Raye at Pembroke Elementary (w/ Charlotte Elementary students joining), March 2015

Kim with Rebekah at Lubec Consolidated School, March 2015

Immerse Yourself in Kimberly’s Books

IRW creates activity sheets to supplement the books we bring to life in the classroom, and provide these sheets to teachers and students to use in preparation for their school visit. Here are some activity sheet links for Kim’s books:

Extreme Survivors: Animals That Time Forgot activity sheets
The Secret Bay activity sheets
The Secret Pool activity sheets