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Celia Straus

Passionate writer and conservationist

Podcast Interview with the Author

Listen to Celia talk about her books Livy Little Honey Bee and her newly released picture book Red Pandas Journey to Sikkim during her interview with Inside Scoop Live.

 Sophie Monarch Butterfly, Mission to Mexico
coming Spring 2024

Connor The Red Panda
is due out February 2024 

High in the Himalayan Mountains two young Red Pandas, Connor and Mishti, befriend a shy Pangolin. Oblivious of their precarious existence, they dance and play together until a wise Sarus Crane disrupts their fun. They must flee, he warns them, before civilization destroys their forest home. He promises to lead them to Sikkim, a nature sanctuary across the mountains. The three friends follow his feathers on their long journey to safety.

For children of all ages and their parents, Connor, the Red Panda explores the values of friendship, sacrifice, courage and resilience against all odds. Three endangered species are portrayed through loveable characters with personalities that young readers can instantly relate to through the magic of Xinting Guo's illustrations. 


A portion of proceeds from the sale of this book is donated to The Wildlife Alliance, The Pangolin Crisis Fund, the Red Panda Network, and The Nature Conservatory dedicated to saving endangered species through conservation, protection, education and research.

Celia Straus and grandchild reading

About Me

I've been writing for what feels like my whole life.

My passion for children, including my own grandchildren, fuels my collaborations with talented illustrators to craft beautifully illustrated books for young readers such as The BoBo and Iris Series, Livy Little Honey Bee, and Sophie, the Monarch Butterfly, Mission to Mexico. Through my writing, I seek to ignite a love for animal conservation in children and encourage them to appreciate and protect the natural world.

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