For Fun Archive

Gaia Stuff?

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Every day I receive e-mails from children (and grown-ups!) who LOVE Gaia Girls. As an author, I get a kick out of seeing enthusiasm for the characters and the story. However, I struggle with the idea of “Gaia-stuff.” Do we need Gaia Girls t-shirts, jewelry, toys? Or, is this just adding to the burdens Gaia must carry?

Check out The Simpsons illustrated the irony of expressing fandom through sweatshops. I’m going to ask that Gaia-fans do a little Google-ing. Find out where cotton comes from. Plastic toys. Jewelry for kids. SHOULD Gaia Girls should make “stuff?” Check out Annie Leonard’s Story of Stuff before you answer that question!

Read the full post at

Lee Welles is the author of Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth, and Gaia Girls: Way of Water.

Tigers In Bhutan

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

I really admire people who dedicate their lives to understanding and protecting threatened and endangered species. Tigers have been under tremendous assault due to habitat loss and poaching. Worldwide, there may only be as few as 3200 tigers left in the wild! So, you can see why BBC team member, Gordon Buchanan gets emotional when his hidden cameras reveal tigers high in the mountains of Bhutan. Check out the video from BBC’s “Lost Land of the Tiger.” Then visit World Wildlife Fund’s “Year of the Tiger.” If you can spend $10 to see a movie, you can text 20222 on your cell phone to donate $10 to help save these amazing creatures!

This article appeared originally on The Gaia Girls blog.

Lee Welles is the author of the Gaia Girls series.

Blue Moon Special

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

"Where is Gaia Girls Air Apparent?!"
I get this question a lot, and have felt the same frustration as Gaia-fans! There is actually a reason or the delay.
If you've been chomping at the bit for next installent of the Gaia Girls series, I'm going to help you end 2009 on a high note! Visit Radio Gaia, December 31st at 3pm EST to hear me read the first two chapters! I will also reveal the reason for the delay!
An opportunity like this only comes along once in a Blue Moon! *wink*

Green Machine Contest

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Do you have an idea/invention that could help green-up our planet? City Kidz World Magazine would like to hear about it! If you are in 2nd-8th grade, you can enter this contest. It's free…but the Deadline is March 15th. Click here for Contest details. Good luck! Let me know if you entered!

The Wise Wombat

Friday, February 27th, 2009

I'm always looking for a fun way for kids to grasp complex ideas. I think this Wise Wombat keeps it sublimely simple! My thanks to the folks at Global MindShift for highlighting this! (Click on the post title to view)