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c/o Michael J. Caduto

P.O. Box 1052

Norwich, VT 05055

Phone: (802) 649-1815



Michael J. Caduto

Author, Storyteller, Singer-Songwriter, Ecologist


Michael Caduto cares so much about the natural world that he once saved a chipmunk’s life by performing CPR. A master storyteller, musician and author, Michael is known as much for his entertaining, humorous and poignant programs, performances and workshops as he is for his award-winning children’s books, including the Keepers of the Earth® series (co-authored with Joseph Bruchac). He has written and co-authored eighteen books–selling 1 million copies worldwide. His books have been translated into many languages, including French, Spanish, German and Mandarin. Michael’s research and writing pioneered the use of storytelling in environmental education and Earth stewardship, and he has worked closely with many indigenous peoples. He has been featured by NPR and the BBC and has personally presented to over 500,000 people of all ages throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East with dynamic performances that blend indigenous world tales, native instruments, guitar, singing and dance. He is a juried artist with the Vermont Arts Council, the New Hampshire Council on the Arts and is on the roster of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ Creative Ground/New England States Touring (NEST) grants program.


Teacher’s Choice Award

Reading is Fundamental (RIF) Multicultural Book Award

Aesop Prize (American Folklore Society)

Association of Children’s Booksellers Choice Award

NAPPA Gold Award

Storytelling World Award

Skipping Stones Award

Green Earth Honor Book Award

ASCAP Popular Award

New York State Outdoor Education Association’s Art
and Literary Award

ALA “Best Books for Young Adults”

American Bookseller’s  “Pick of the List”

Instructor’s Book Club Selection

Michael’s collaborative work on environmental storytelling in the Middle East was honored with the National Storytelling Network's prestigious Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling.



Michael’s programs and writing focus on Earth stewardship, cultural diversity, science and the arts. The full range of his offerings can be found on his website:

As founder and director of P.E.A.C.E.®—Programs for Environmental Awareness & Cultural Exchange—Michael promotes understanding, awareness, appreciation and a harmonious relationship between people and Earth, and among the cultures of the Americas. He offers educational programs, performances (story, song and dance), teacher workshops, residencies, college courses, public radio and television programs, publications, conference keynotes, consulting on curriculum and outdoor learning center development, writing and editing (books, articles, scripts), integrated land management planning and mapping, canoe trips and nature walks.

Program topics include: nature study, ecological education, cultural diversity, World Cultures; Native American studies, storytelling, environmental issues and ethics, freshwater ecology, teacher training and nature trail design and development. Serving kindergarten through graduate level.

International: Consulting for UNESCO (Paris), United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (NY), Quebec-Labrador Foundation (Middle East Program); Scottish Environmental Consulting (performing, youth programs & educational training). Frequent Canadian appearances.


Sample Performances:

  • Earth Tales from Around the World
  • The Rainbow Garden: Celebrating Cultural Diversity
  • Keepers of the Earth: Completing the Circles of Life
  • Native American Thanksgivings: The Circle of Giving and Receiving
  • Flying Turtles and Talking Bears: Animal Adventure Tales
  • Touching the Sky Dome: Sun, Moon, Stars and Rain
  • Keepers of the Animals:
    Healing All Our Relations
  • Keepers of the Night:
    Moths and Monsters, Bats and Bones
  • Earth Gardens and the Seeds of Life
  • Italian Tales of Wisdom
  • Tales of the Deep:
    Legends of the Living Waters


Sample Educational Programs:

  • Kids’ Power Program! Energy Alternatives for Today’s Youth
  • Diving Into the Pond & Brook: The Nature of Fresh Water
  • The Loon's Necklace: From Myths to Conservation
  • Nature in Native American Myths
  • Native American Gardening
  • Hoops, Tops and Rabbit Sticks: Native American Games
  • Mini Beasts of the Stream: Live Animals!
  • The Children Who Plant Trees
  • Native American Herbal Traditions
  • Ring Around Polaris: the Circumpolar Constellations


Sample Teacher Workshops:

  • Full Steam Ahead! Teaching About Renewable Energy & Climate Change (STEAM core standards addressed)
  • Opening the Circle: Teaching Science, Environmental Awareness and Stewardship Through Indigenous Stories and Earth Activities
  • Rainbow Bridges: Exploring Diversity Through Story, Song and Experience
  • Weaving Tales: An Introduction to the Art of Storytelling
  • Life is a Story: Exploring Personal, Family and Cultural Stories
  • Teaching About Native Americans: inspiration, Issues and Resources
  • Through the Looking Glass: Bringing Museum Exhibits to Life with Story, Song and Dance


Daily Schedule:

Michael will present up to four programs/performances in a day and an evening performance.


Sample detailed program description: Earth Tales from Around the World

During this participatory performance, Michael performs a wide range of entertaining voices and expressions–a host of humorous and dramatic animals and human characters. The audience is invited to accompany the songs, chants, native instruments and dance as Michael shares stories from traditional cultures found throughout the world–including Africa, Europe, North America, Central America and more. This program introduces the great circles of life–the basis for a balanced, sustainable existence with Earth. Includes original Earth music from Michael’s CD All One Earth: Songs for the Generations, as well as stories from his award-winning storytelling CD’s: The Rainbow Garden and The Wisdom of Nature.



Rates vary according to the program or performance, audience size, distance and duration of the trip. Individual school programs range from $250-$400 plus travel. Day rates range from $600 to $1,000 plus expenses. Keynotes start at $600. Discounts are available for block booking.


“Your performance was a Summit favorite!” — Coordinator, National Wildlife Federation Conservation Summits, Washington, D.C.

“An enrichment of the spirit as well as an enlightenment.” — Participant, Garden of the Gods Visitor Center, Colorado Springs

“A joyful night...engaging, educational, full of life.” —Education Director, Coyote Point Museum, California

“A full-time Michael Caduto was requested!” — Director, Operation Skylark Children’s Nature Day Program, Sterling, SCOTLAND

 “Michael Caduto is a real gift.” — Conference Participant, Leslie M. Frost Natural Resources Centre, Dorset, Ontario

“The best program we’ve ever had.” — Teacher, Bernardston Elementary School, Massachusetts

 “Your presentation was the highlight of our schedule.” — Susquehanna Riverlands, Berwick, Pennsylvania

“You are inspirational.” — Students, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine

“A dynamic and powerful performance.” — Librarian, Oliver Wolcott Library, Litchfield, Connecticut

“Stories that transcend with gestures, sounds and ambiance of space.” — Teacher, Stratham Memorial School, New Hampshire



Published Books

                    Michael leading the Circle Dance

         Native American Games

Catch the Wind, Harness the Sun: 22 Super-Charged Science Projects for Kids

Michael J. Caduto (Author), Clayton Hanmer (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 8-13 Harcover 224 pages Publisher: Storey Publishing (May 11, 2011) ISBN-10: 1603427945 ISBN-13: 978-1603427944

Chinese language edition: Michael J. Caduto (Author), Clayton Hanmer (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 8-13 Paperback 224 pages Publisher: CA-LINK International (January 2012) Click here to order Chinese edition:


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Education doesn’t get more fun than this! Catch the Wind, Harness the Sun gives kids, teachers and parents 22 exciting projects and experiments that focus on using the power of the sun and wind to produce and play with renewable energy. Children ages 8 to 13 will have fun while increasing their knowledge of environmental science and learning how to fight global climate change.

Projects range from the quick and simple–like the Pie Plate Wind-Maker–to the thrillingly large-scale, like Pedal Power, in which kids use a bicycle to charge a 12-volt battery for powering electronic devices. Exciting illustrations, beautiful photographs, games and fun-fact sidebars entertain and spark curiosity. Children will be inspired by Green Giants–real kids from around the world leading the way with renewable energy initiatives and other environmental projects. Catch the Wind, Harness the Sun offers more than enough to get any kid charged up about renewable energy.


Teacher’s Choice Award (International Reading Association)

Editorial Reviews

"Michael Caduto once again provides an important, inspiring, empowering and useful educational resource.  This newest contribution is a treasure of friendly, fun, scientifically grounded and accessible activities to address one of the most urgent of contemporary needs—the move to renewable re-sources for the health of people and the planet, now and in the future.  In the process, he reconnects children with the natural world in their everyday lives.” — Cheryl Charles, Ph.D., President and Co-Founder, Children & Nature Network,

“It has always been about story for Michael Caduto, and the story of this new book begins with its dedication quote from 2009 Action for Nature Eco-Hero, Samantha Muscarella. She says, ‘This dream is so far away, and you feel you will never be able to reach it… trust me, I have had these feelings, and I am only eleven. It is in your grasp, it is not as far away as you think. If you think positive and work hard your dream will come true.’ This story is about us—kids and adults—and about power, both the kind that moves our vehicles and the kind that moves our hearts and bodies into action. It’s about developing and using scientific inquiry and literacy to make choices that allow us to live in balance with our planet and environment…You may buy it for the science inquiry and literacy (and fun), and you'll use it to help make the dream of a better tomorrow possible.” —NSTA Recommends, Kari Augustine, Curriculum Specialist (August 2011)

“The promised activities are only part of what this title has to offer. The serious topics of global warming and energy production, use and conservation are combined with a self-empowerment, can-do message. The inclusion of stories, humor, full-color photos and cartoon illustrations and diagrams keep the presentation lighthearted. …Young people or “Green Giants” who have made significant differences to the environment are highlighted…With its solid science and inspirational stories and quotes, this is a great guide for classrooms, youth groups, and motivated individuals.” —School Library Journal, Carol S. Surges, McKinley Elementary School, Wauwatosa, WI

“The eco-themed activities that Caduto lays out here are only the beginning, as he embeds them in short but clear explanations of relevant scientific facts, profiles of young eco-activists, provocative follow-up questions, photos and cartoon spot art aplenty, folktales and other enhancements. The projects range widely in difficulty–from planning and conducting an electricity-free day to constructing solar- and bicycle-powered battery chargers…who could resist making a sun-powered cooker from an umbrella or collecting (and, with strenuously emphasized safety precautions, igniting) marsh gas? Closing with relatively extensive annotated lists of organizations and websites…the generous quantity of enrichment material makes it a worthy addition to the ranks of science-project titles.” —Booklist

Riparia's River

Michael J. Caduto (Author), Olga Pastuchiv (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 9-12 Hardcover 32 pages Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers (June 1, 2011) ISBN-10: 0884483274 ISBN-13: 978-0884483274

When Gretchen, Jason, Mark and Daphne find their favorite swimming hole filled with green slime, they are horrified. A mysterious, almost magical naturalist named Riparia helps the children understand why the water became polluted, and together they figure out what they can do to bring clean water back to the river they all love.

This lively story about non-point source pollution is filled with both information and action. Realistic, lush illustrations by Olga Pastuchiv illuminate the children's passion for their river and the ecosystem it supports.


Reading is Fundamental (RIF) Multicultural Book Award

Green Earth Honor Book Award

Editorial Reviews

“Author Michael J. Caduto and illustrator Olga Pastuchiv tell an inspiring tale about the nature of rivers and sources of pollution and how if ‘we do what Riparia says, we can help things grow back along the riverbank and make the water clean again.’ ” —E: The Environmental Magazine

“A fairy tale about water and a lesson on how kids can help clean up their streams and ponds. Long live Riparia!” —Alice Outwater, author of Water: A Natural History

“Riparia’s River is an eco-tale for children that teaches both the cause and the creation of solutions for non-point pollution of flowing water streams and rivers. Filled with lush, sun-splashed watercolor paintings of river and riverside habitat and the birds, insects, and plants that shelter there, Riparia’s River is a beautiful teaching fable for children in elementary grades 3-6…a wonderful, empowering story for children who will inherit tomorrow the rivers, habitat and creatures of today’s ongoing stewardship. A nice community spirit message is embedded in the illustrations’ use of multiracial profiles for all the children, conveying the added idea that cleaning up our rivers and habitat is a global concern.” —Midwest Book Review

“…The book is a great resource to help youngsters learn about river systems and habitats.” —Home School Book Review, Wayne S. Walker

“The spirit of rivers comes alive literally in Michael J. Caduto s charming new children s book, Riparia s River. By gently teaching a small group of children about river systems and habitats, Riparia empowers the children to lead a community effort to restore an ecosystem badly out of balance. The combination of education, empowerment and action make the book ideal for inspiring readers to care about all water resources.” —Dennis L. Nelson, President & CEO of the Project WET Foundation

“Riparia embodies the spirit of people everywhere who care about streams, wildlife and clean water.” —Paul T. Zeph, Former President, North American Association for Environmental Education

Earth Tales from Around the World

Michael J. Caduto (Author), Adelaide Murphy Tyrol (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 8 and up Paperback 208 pages Publisher: Fulcrum (October 1997)  Fulcrum ISBN: 1555919685

Stories come from around the world, and this collection of the finest Earth tales has been drawn from more than 40 countries. Organized by themes, the stories range from "Origin of the Ocean, " a tale from Colombia and Venezuela, to "The Wrath of March, " a tale from Italy, to "The Garden of Wisdom, " a tale from Israel.


Skipping stones Honor Award for excellence as a teaching resource in multicultural and nature awareness

Editorial Reviews

“One of the best environmental children's books." —Natural Resources Defense Council's Amicus Journal

“The theme of this impressive collection of 48 traditional tales from around the world is respect for the natural world. Logically arranged into 10 sections that explore the earth and humankind's relationship to it, the stories within each section are also strongly connected. For instance, a Polynesian Maui yarn that explains the nature of the ‘sky’ is followed by an Inuit story about the creation of the sun, a Navajo tale that introduces the origin of the Milky Way and an Aboriginal story that looks at how the Pleiades was formed. This book is the first place many of these eloquent tales have been adapted for children; two of them, the Australian legend ‘The Seven Sisters’ and the French folktale ‘Earth Words,’ are gems. For both children and adults, the one-page discussion of lessons at the end of each section and the general activities in the back of the book are unobtrusive. There are also extensive scholarly notes, as well as title, culture and country and geographical indexes.” —Booklist, Julie Corsaro (Copyright 1998, American Library Association. All rights reserved.)

The Rainbow Garden: Tales of Wisdom (storytelling audio)

Michael Caduto (Author/Performer), Sandra Williams-Crossley (Cover Artist) Listening level: Ages 5-10 Audio CD 48 minutes Publisher: LunaBlu (April 2014) ASIN: B00JNZGX9U

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Also available as a digital download from iTunes and CDBaby

Entertaining, action-packed tales from around the world that engage the imaginations of children through humor and drama. Stories inspire young listeners to enter another realm, alive with a menagerie of human characters and animal voices that speak to our relationships with other people and the natural world–all enhanced with sound effects, chants and musical atmospherics. Stories come from every continent and many cultures, including the Maya (Central America), Haudenosaunee/Iroquois (Eastern Woodlands), Anishinabe/Ojibwa (Great Lakes), Apinaye (Brazil), an Arab tale (Egypt) and a folktale from the Czech Republic.

This project was supported by the Vermont Arts Council & National Endowment for the Arts


Features stories from books awarded the Aesop Prize (American Folklore Society), Storytelling World Award & Skipping Stones Honor Award

Editorial Reviews

“Michael Caduto retells classic yet little-known folktales from a diversity of cultural traditions. Sound effects and chants enhance these brief yet captivating stories, sure to fascinate parents as well as children. Highly recommended for family and public library audiobook collections alike!” —Midwest Book Review, Audiobook Shelf

“…an excellent addition to any school’s audio library. If there isn’t a wizened elder in your household to pass the stories along [this] album may the next best thing.” —Times Argus, Montpelier, Vermont

The Wisdom of Nature and Other Earth Tales (storytelling audio)

Michael Caduto (Author/Performer), Sandra Williams-Crossley (Cover Artist) Listening level: Ages 11 and up Audio CD 51 minutes Publisher: LunaBlu (April 2014) ASIN: B00JRBMJTI

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Also available as a digital download from iTunes and CDBaby

Captivating stories from around the world transport the listener to other dimensions of time and place–alive with animated voices, sound effects, chants and musical atmospherics. Traditional tales, rich with poignancy and humor, entertain and inspire–touching the heart and feeding the soul. Includes stories from the Swahili (Northeast Africa) and Creole (Martinique), from Italy and Tibet, from among Turkish, Greek and Jewish folktales & from the Celtic lore of the Scottish Highlands.

This project was supported by the Vermont Arts Council
& National Endowment for the Arts


Features stories from books awarded the Aesop Prize (American Folklore Society), Storytelling World Award & Skipping Stones Honor Award.

Editorial Reviews

“Michael Caduto brings the stories to life with evocative narration, enriched with background sound effects. Highly recommended, especially for personal and public library audio collections!” —Midwest Book Review, Audiobook Shelf

“…valuable for any age as interesting stories, animated storytelling and diversity of viewpoint. As represented on these two CD’s–and I do suggest they are really a pair that should co-exist in your CD collection–there is enough diversity of story origins to cover nearly the whole planet.” —Times Argus, Montpelier, Vermont

All One Earth: Songs for the Generations

Michael Caduto (Author/Performer), Adelaide Tyrol (Cover Artist) Listening level: Ages 5 and up Audio CD 46 minutes Publisher: LunaBlu (April 1994)

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Also available as digital download from iTunes and CD Baby

All One Earth contains eleven songs that touch the heart and mind, connecting us to Earth and each other, including ten original songs. Smooth adult harmonies, a children’s chorus and animal voices set in a bed of sublime instrumental accompaniments. A collection for families that stands on its own, and also adds a new dimension to the lessons of the Keepers of the Earth® books.


Popular Awards from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers)

Editorial Reviews

“The balance between folklore and folk music, information and entertainment, makes All One Earth an ideal album for children.” —American Nature Study Society

“Gentle, thought-provoking songs…lyrical music and wonderful vocal harmonies which celebrate the environment.” —Pembina Institute, Alberta, Canada

“Heartfelt lyrics and expressive singing; a perfect blending of melody and message.” —Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step

All One Earth: Songbook (lyrics & music)

Michael J. Caduto (Author/Performer) Reading level: 8 and up Paperback 36 pages Publisher: LunaBlu (August 1999) ISBN 0967014123

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The All In One Earth Songbook is the perfect companion to the musical recording, All One Earth: Songs for the Generations. It contains the chords, lyrics and music to all eleven songs in an easy-to-play format. Designed for use at home, in school, at camp, during library programs and at any occasion where music is shared with children, families and audiences of all ages.

Native American Gardening : Stories, Projects and Recipes for Families

Michael J. Caduto (Author), Joseph Bruchac (Author) Gary Paul Nabhan (Foreword), Mary Adair (Illustrator, ), Adelaide Murphy Tyrol (Illustrator), Carol Wood (Illustrator) Reading level: 6 and up Paperback 158 pages Publisher: Fulcrum (April 1996) ISBN: 155591148X

The authors of the best-selling Keepers of the Earth® series present a gardening activity book for families. Centering around the Native American approach to gardening, this lovely book combines stories, activities and recipes to teach the techniques of native farmers–seed preservation, natural pest control–and introduces the relationship between people and gardens


1998  Silver Award from NAPPA (National Parenting Publications Award)

Editorial Reviews

“Stories about the cycle of life illuminate learning activities in Native American Gardening: Stories, Projects and Recipes for Families by noted storytellers Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac. Using tribal tales from across the country as inspiration, the authors provide practical information about seed preservation, planting and maintaining the garden, reaping and cooking the harvest.” —Publisher's Weekly

Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children

Michael J. Caduto (Author, Joseph Bruchac (Author), John Kahionhes Fadden (Illustrator), Carol Wood (Illustrator), N. Scott Momaday (Foreword) Reading level: Ages 6 and up Paperback 240 pages Publisher: Fulcrum (Reissue edition September 1997) ISBN: 1555913857

Michael J. Caduto and Abenaki poet and novelist Joseph Bruchac have collected 25 tales and environmental activities from various Native American traditions. These stories instill a caring respect for the environment, a wonder at the forces of the earth, and a love for the creatures that fly, walk and swim about us. The tribal source of each tale is noted.


ALA Notable Book for Young Adults

Selected by Natural Resources Defense Council's Amicus Journal as one of the "best environmental children's books”

Editorial Reviews

“Keepers of the Earth is a sensitive and well-thought-out guide for helping children love and care for the Earth. ” —Joseph Cornell, author of Sharing Nature with Children and Listening to Nature

“It’s good to combine traditional Native American stories with science studies. Both tell us we must respect and care for this Earth.” —Pete Seeger

“Michael Caduto and Joseph Bruchac have, at precisely the right moment, created a tool for our times. Keepers of the Earth brings together Native American vision and urgent questions…It is a book that each classroom, camp program and parent should provide for our young. They will need such vision to save our planet.” —Dr. Cheryl Charles, Director, Project Wild; Bob Samples, independent scholar, author

Keepers of the Earth Teacher’s Guide

Michael J. Caduto (Author), Joseph Bruchac (Author), John Kahionhes Fadden (Illustrator) Reading level: teachers Paperback 52 Pages Publisher: Fulcrum (Dec. 1990) ISBN: 1555910408

Keepers of the Animals Teacher’s Guide

Michael J. Caduto (Author), Joseph Bruchac (Author), John Kahionhes Fadden (Illustrator) Reading level: teachers Paperback 68 Pages Publisher: Fulcrum (Jan. 1992) ISBN: 1555911072

Keepers of the Animals : Native American Stories and Wildlife Activities for Children

Michael J. Caduto (Author), Joseph Bruchac (Author), Vine Deloria, Jr. (Foreword), John Kahionhes Fadden (Illustrator), David Kanietakeron Fadden (Illustrator), Carol Wood (Illustrator), D.D. Tyler (Illustrator) Paperback 288 pages Publisher: Fulcrum (reissue edition August 1997) ISBN: 1555913865

A rich collection of uplifting Native American stories and creative nature activities that will inspire children to love and respect animals. Keepers of the Animals will help children to understand their interdependence with all living beings and life forms.


Association of Children's Booksellers

1992 Choice Award, Collections Category

Editorial Reviews

“Keepers of the Animals provides a magical path to unlocking the richness of the storytelling traditions of Native Americans. It is a must for all storytellers, parents and teachers who want to foster in children an appreciation for the Native American heritage and to encourage them to appreciate all living creatures.” —Jimmy Neil Smith, Executive Director, National Association for the Preservation and Perpetuation of Storytelling

“If these stories can help develop in young people a strong sense of the wonder of other forms of life, this sharing of Indian knowledge will certainly have been worth the effort.” —from the Foreword by Vine Deloria, Jr., author of Custer Died for Your Sins and God is Red

“In Keepers Of The Animals: Native American Stories And Wildlife Activities For Children, the 24 lovingly told and magically illustrated stories about ‘our relations, the animals’ demonstrate the power and importance of animals in Native American traditions and are more relevant today than ever. As the stories unfold and the activities come to life, a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to Native American attitudes toward animals takes shape. Keepers Of The Animals provides a complete program of study in the important concepts of wildlife ecology and environmental issues concerning animals. The activities have been extensively field-tested and involve children in creative arts, theater, reading, writing, science, social studies, mathematics and sensory awareness. They engage a child's whole self, while emphasizing creative thinking and synthesis of knowledge and experience. Highly recommended for personal, school and public library collections.” —Midwest Book Review

Keepers of Life (Teacher’s Guide)

Michael J. Caduto (Author), Joseph Bruchac (Author), John Kahionhes Fadden (Illustrator) Reading level: teachers Paperback 68 Pages Publisher: Fulcrum ISBN: 1555911870 (December 1994)

Keepers of Life : Discovering Plants Through Native American Stories and Earth Activities for Children

Michael J. Caduto (Author), Joseph Bruchac (Author), Marylou Awiakta (Foreword), John Kahionhes Fadden, David Kanietakeron Fadden (Illustrator), Carol Wood (Illustrator), Marjorie C. Leggitt (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 6 and up Paperback 288 Pages Publisher: Fulcrum (Reissue edition 1997) ISBN: 1555913873

Each of the 19 Native American stories here is a natural teaching tool sparking curiosity in children. Keepers Of Life provides a complete program of study in botany, plant ecology and the natural history of North American plants, from desert to seashore, rainforest to alpine tundra.

“Using the ancient wisdom of Native North American stories as the connecting span, Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac have respectfully built bridges of understanding between people and the natural world…which unifies humans, plants and all that lives in the great cycle of coming and going, giving and receiving that is life itself…the span of stories is well grounded in knowledge of science and human cultures. All along its length, it is supported by supplemental text and activities.” —from the Foreword by Marylou Awiakta


Instructor's Book Club Selection

Editorial Reviews

“Delight pervades this book, a delight that arises from the promise of discovery and expands to include the joy of an increased awareness of life. The authors have beautifully integrated traditional and scientific knowledge and offer a rich array of potential experiences in the arts and social sciences.” —The Bloomsbury Review

“Superbly written and illustrated presentation of Native American philosophies about the environment.” —Multicultural Review

“One of the most exciting, useful and beautiful environmental teaching tools available for both middle readers and the adults who work with them.” —Wilson Library Bulletin

“Schools with Native American units—i.e., all schools—will be interested in the stories and activities this book provides for kids to enjoy.” —Booklist

“…a wonderful book for families concerned with the future of our planet.” —San Diego Magazine

Keepers of the Night : Native American Stories and Nocturnal Activities for Children

Michael J. Caduto (Author), Joseph Bruchac (Author), Merlin D. Tuttle (Foreword), David Kanietakeron Fadden (Illustrator), Jo Levasseur (Illustrator), Carol Wood (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 6-12 Paperback 146 pages Publisher: Fulcrum (March 1994) ISBN: 1555911773

Eight native American stories and nighttime artistic and scientific activities teach children about astronomy and nocturnal weather, plants and animals, helping them to develop a caring, constructive relationship with nature and the out-of-doors. Parents, teachers, camp counselors, naturalists and storytellers will delight in this collection of stories and activities immersing children in the mysterious world of the night, their natural surroundings and the fascinating world of animals.


NAPPA Gold Award (National Parenting Publications Award)

ALA "Best Books for Young Adults"

Parents Express “Best Books for Parents”

Editorial Reviews

“Caduto and Bruchac use stories from various American Indian tribes as the basis for activities and lessons about the nighttime world. Written as a guide for teachers, outdoor education leaders and other adults working with children in a nature setting, the guide gives detailed instructions for preparing, conducting and evaluating a variety of activities that focus on the nocturnal habits of animals, on astronomy and nighttime weather, and on campfire activities, such as storytelling, dances and games. Aspects of many American Indian tribal practices are woven throughout the text…Source notes are provided; a glossary and a brief bibliography section are appended.” —Booklist, Karen Hutt

"2009 is the International Year of Astronomy, for which the International Astronomical Union is urging all of us to get out and look up at the sky. In other words, it's a great time to study stars...Looking up, of course, is easy; the trick is to know just what you're looking up at... Keepers of the Night pairs Native American star legends with activities, games, and science and nature experiments." —Home Education magazine

The Crimson Elf : Italian Tales of Wisdom (World Stories Series)

Michael J. Caduto (Author), Tom Sarmo (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 9 and up  Paperback 64 pages Publisher: Fulcrum (March 1997) ISBN-10: 1555919952 ISBN-13: 978-1555919955

Master storyteller Michael J. Caduto, and magical illustrator Tom Sarmo, draw upon their Italian ancestry to create these magical stories for all ages. An evil elf tempts Donatella with sweets and toys in “The Crimson Elf.” A wise mother helps her daughter outwit a demanding king in The Golden Stone.” And a great city learns just how valuable books can be in “Books of Wisdom.” As these and other tales unfold, eyelids close as children pass from the world of stories into the land of dreams.


"The Land of Eternal Life" received a Storytelling World Honor Award as a "most tellable tale" published in a collection.

A Child Of God: Stories Of Jesus And Stewardship Activities For Children

Michael J. Caduto (Author), Adelaide Tyrol (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 8 and up Hardcover: 48 pages Publisher: Paulist Press (November 1, 2005) ISBN: 0809167263   ISBN-13: 978-0809167265

Original versions of stories from the New Testament take children on a journey through the miracles and adventures of Jesus' life as a guide for living in a connected way with all of Creation. The stories begin with Jesus' birth and go on to show how he lived a life close to nature. Children see how Jesus finds God in the wilderness. Caduto provides reflections and activities that serve as stepping stones for growing children's faith, for exploring and strengthening their relationship to nature and humankind and for giving thanks. A Child of God can be used directly by children in the middle-to-upper elementary years, ages 8 to 12, and it can be adapted for younger and older children. It can be shared by teachers, families and congregations, among friends and across generations.

In the Beginning: The Story of Genesis and Earth Activities for Children

Michael J. Caduto (Author), Adelaide Tyrol (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 8 and up Hardcover: 48 pages Publisher: Paulist Press (September 1, 2004) ISBN-10: 0809167174   ISBN-13: 978-0809167173

A colorful picture book featuring original versions of Bible stories. In the Beginning shows how to appreciate nature, to live in balance with the environment and to grow loving, respectful relationships with other people. Each story is followed by simple, thoughtful reflections and hands-on activities bring to light the nature of Creation and the wisdom that can help to guide our relationship with God's Earth. In the Beginning can be read and used directly by children in the middle-to-upper elementary years, ages 8 to 12, and beyond. Every activity includes a set of simple instructions followed by a list of the materials needed. This book can also be adapted for younger and older children. It can be shared by teachers, within families, home schoolers, within communities of faith and across the generations. It is ideal for faith-based children's outdoor camps and environmental educators who teach from a perspective of faith.

Abraham’s Bind & Other Bible Tales of Trickery, Folly, Mercy and Love

Michael J. Caduto (Author) Reading level: 11 and Up Hardcover 224 Pages Publisher: Skylight Paths (2006) ISBN-10: 1594731861 ISBN-13: 978-1594731860

Editorial Reviews:

“ [A] deft re-telling…Stories I have known and treasured over many decades moved me, for the fist time in my life, to tears. To read Abraham’s Bind is to submit one’s spiritual imagination to a whole other level of poignancy and power.” —Phyllis Tickle, editor, The Divine Hours

“A splendid collection retold by a master storyteller…Gives us a fresh look at the stories that have touched our hearts…Caduto’s unique storytelling ability shines.” —Dr. Stan Cianfarano, professor education, College of St. Joseph

“Engaging and poetic…alive with literary and interpretive creativity…Helps each one of us with our own personal wrestlings with the ‘others’ in our lives and with our spiritual quests.” —Dr. Norman J. Cohen, professor of midrash and author of Self, Struggle & Change: Family Conflict Stories in Genesis and Their Healing Insights for Our Lives.

“For storytellers who enjoy telling tales from the Bible, Michael Caduto's retelling of the stories of Abraham through Joseph will suggest intriguing possibilities. This book reads like a novel, the characters more fully realized than in the Bible. Questions for discussion are provided at the end.” — Storytelling Magazine, Jo Radner (2007-11-01)

Pond and Brook : A Guide to Nature in Freshwater Environments

Michael J. Caduto (Author), Donella H. Meadows (Foreword), Joan Thomson (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 11 and up Paperback 276 pages Publisher: University Press of New England (Reissue edition, April 1990) ISBN: 0874515092

Designed specifically for the amateur naturalist and filled with hands-on projects and activities. Pond and Brook introduces readers to the intriguing world of freshwater life. In this handbook, Michael Caduto's keen eye investigates all common freshwater environments, from the wetlands and deep lakes to streams and vernal ponds. His clearly written text is complemented by dozens of photographs and vivid line drawings depicting plants, animals and their habitats. An important feature of the books is it holistic approach to both living and non-living components of freshwater environments, and how they fit together to weave an ecological whole. Readers will learn the unique properties of water, the basic principles vital to understanding aquatic life and the origin of freshwater habitats. The sum is a useful entree to a difficult subject, written with enthusiasm and wit.

Editorial Reviews:

“An indispensable field guide to our nation’s liquid assets.” —William A. Niering, Professor of Botany, Connecticut College

“Pond and Brook weaves a tapestry of understanding from threads of facts, personal experience, poetry, illustrations and anecdotes…coupled with an engaging writing style. It’s all there: good cause, worthwhile outcome, solid learning and some gentle fun.” —Natural Science for Youth Foundation

“For someone who is fascinated by the life and inner workings of streams, rivers, ponds, lakes and wetlands but has not had much experience in exploring them, Pond and Brook is a quick and gentle immersion.” —Orion Nature Quarterly

“This exemplary book is no ordinary field guide. It includes lucid descriptions of activities for old and young…Pond and Brook makes available exciting facts for the neozoon leader and also many intriguing details which long-time aquatic ecologists can add to their vast store of knowledge.” —Nature Study

A Time Before New Hampshire

Michael J. Caduto (Author), Adelaide Tyrol (Illustrator) Reading level: 11 and up  Paperback 284 pages Publisher: University Press of New England (January 1, 2005) ISBN: 1584653361

A Time Before New Hampshire: The Story of a Land and Native People tells the complete story of the land that is New Hampshire, starting with the formation of Earth 4.6 billion years ago and continuing with the evolution of the natural environment up until the Colonial period. Caduto weaves a tapestry of co-evolution between the land and people through time. He takes the reader on a journey through the ancient worlds of New Hampshire's past, including first-hand re-creations of natural and human environments, journeys through historic landscapes and visits with families of the Alnôbak (Abenaki)–New Hampshire's indigenous peoples and their ancestors who have lived here for 12,000 years. Readers are immersed in Alnôbak seasonal cycles, culture, storytelling and stewardship traditions. Everything is well grounded in existing facts and knowledge, covering every aspect of the natural world including geology, glaciology, botany, climatology, ecology, zoology and paleobotany, as well as cultural findings drawn from archaeology and anthropology, written and oral history and current practices among surviving Native peoples. Beautiful photographs and stunning illustrations depict past peoples and environments—nearly 100 images in all including detailed maps of the historic trails and traditional ranges of the indigenous cultures of New Hampshire.

Editorial Reviews

"A wonderful book that very sensitively conveys the culture of the Abenaki and their ancestors." — Charlie True. Chief of the Tribal Council, Abenaki Nation of New Hampshire

"An excellent extraordinary job. It is brilliantly written and masterfully organized so as to provide the grand context for our time and place and in a very engaging, life-like and empathetic account of the ancient peoples behind the artifacts. There is something for all readers." — Gary W. Hume, Ph.D., New Hampshire State Archaeologist (ret.)

"Caduto has completed a 'mammoth' task with great success. He has provided a balanced mix of cosmology, ethnology, archeology and natural history to create these stories of the past." — Victoria Bunker, Ph.D., Archaeological Consultant and past editor of the New Hampshire Archeologist

Remains Unknown: The Final Journey of a Human Spirit

Michael J. Caduto (Author), Adelaide Murphy Tyrol (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 10 and up Hardcover 80 pages Publisher: Images from the Past (October 1, 1999) ISBN: 1884592244

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In this strange and haunting tale, based on a true story, the reader enters a world suspended between our earthly existence and the realm of the human spirit. A small community of people embarks on an adventure that compels them to bring the mysterious, abused remains of one long dead to a resting place of peace and grace. With help from two distinct spiritual traditions, Christian and Abenaki, and a dose of healing humor in the face of grief, the journey unfolds with a sense of dignity and compassion. Illustrated with original sketches by Adelaide Murphy Tyrol.

Editorial Reviews

“Remains Unknown fuses body and spirit, showing how a history of disrespect on the material plane creates a soul in pain. Michael Caduto gently and wisely reveals our need and our duty to help each other heal–whether we are friends and neighbors or strangers separated by seeming chasms of time and circumstance. It is a haunting, yet joyous tale, one that lingers long in the mind.” —Professor Philip Deloria, Department of History, University of Colorado at Boulder

“This magical book bridges the contemporary and the historic worlds together, along with the spirit world beyond our understanding of time and space…a well-crafted jewel of a story set in the practical everyday world.” —E. Barrie Kavasch, author/illustrator of American Indian Healing Arts and Founder, Native American Spirituality Circle

“This little story clarifies a big issue; it reminds us that repatriation of human remains is, after all, a question of human respect.” —Colin Calloway, author and Chair, Native American Studies Center at Dartmouth College


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