Marjory Saves the Everglades

The Story of Marjory Stoneman Douglas

When journalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas returned to Florida after World War One, she hardly recognized the beautiful Everglades near her home. Developers saw the area as useless swampland and drained it to build and lay plans for the world’s first jetport! Few people knew what ecology meant back then, but that didn’t stop Marjory from finding a way to save the Everglades. Though she wasn’t a scientist, Marjory discovered that the Everglades wasn't a swamp at all, but a river—a slow-moving river of grass, creating one of the most unique ecosystems in the world! Marjory wrote about her discoveries and that’s when others started paying attention. Today, Everglades National Park protects an unparalleled landscape thanks to Marjory’s care and protection of the river of grass.


  • An Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students (National Science Teaching Association & Children’s Book Council)

  • Florida Literacy Association, Children’s Book Award Winner

  • California Reading Association, EUREKA! Nonfiction Children’s Honor Book

  • A Green Earth Book Award Recommended Title

  • A Mighty Girl Best Book of the Year

  • An Amazon Editors' Pick: Best Children's Nonfiction Book of the Year

  • A John F. Kennedy Library Environmental Justice Book Selection

A beautifully illustrated biography of Marjory Stoneman Douglas who advocated for designating the Florida Everglades as a national park. Her lifelong environmental activism helped save the diverse animal and plant species living in the Florida Everglades.

Nat'l Science Teaching Association & Children's Book Council, Outstanding Science Trade Book Selection

A VIBRANT biography … Gibbon’s watercolor illustrations shine, evoking the richness of Florida wildlife. The text is spare but compelling, emphasizing the many times Douglas had to fight the same battles over the years and convince new people of the importance of her mission. ... A lively addition to biography collections and an ideal starting point for further learning.

School Library Journal

Marjory Saves the Everglades will INSPIRE CHILDREN of today and tomorrow to be persistent and follow their dreams to create a better world. Sandra Neil Wallace captures Marjory's passionate commitment to justice for our natural world and all of its inhabitants.

Friends of the Everglades

SUNNY illustrations, created with acrylic inks and colored pencils, are particularly effective at capturing the beauty of nature … This picture book provides a LIVELY portrayal of Douglas as a remarkable individual and a significant environmental activist.