PI: Sharon K. Cooper (Consortium for Ocean Leadership)
Amount: $49,710.45
Award Dates: September 1, 2014 — September 30, 2015


Where Wild Microbes Grow is an interactive eBook written in verse by author Kevin Kurtz and illustrated by Alice Feagan. It encompasses an introduction for children ages 6-10 on the importance of microbes and how and why scientists look for them in the seafloor. The book is rich in interactive content, including background text and definitions, images, and pop-up videos. It is available for free for download on joidesresolution.org, iTunes and the popular site freekidsbooks.org. Since its launch, the book’s page on joidesresolution.org has been visited more than 4,700 times. It has been downloaded off the Free Kids Books sites over 8,300 times. The book was promoted on social media, through Facebook, Twitter and more – and through promotional postcards at the 2015 GSA and AGU Fall meetings. It is available as a resource for the entire community.