We’re excited to share a guest post by author Liz Rusch of the newly released children’s book, A Search for the Northern Lights. Liz shares her unique experiencing researching and finding the elusive Aurora Borealis with her teen, Izzi Rusch, and how that adventure cultivated the story that then became the recently published children’s book!
The research for A Search for the Northern Lights took my teen Izzi and me to many locations over many months. As we traveled to Alaska, Iceland, and Glacier National Park, the trips were one part educational (Izzi was homeschooling), one part research (we had to learn all about the auroras and we had to see them) and two parts fun. We filled our many daytime hours with trips to museums, hikes, bike rides, and visits to factories, heritage sites, a reindeer ranch, and a dog sled farm. We even took a day-long glacier cruise (recommended!). As we traveled, it was sometimes hard to separate the fun from the work. As we wrote, we realized that was actually part of the story – that as you search for the northern lights you can experience so much more of the natural world.
When artist Cedar Lee began working on sketches for the book, she asked us to share some research photos. “Hmmm, research photos?” we thought. The line between research and fun had become so blurred. So we sent her lots of cell phone snap shots. And boy did she capture what it was really like. See for yourself:
Our experience of the total solar eclipse:
When Snapshots Become Art
Below are pictures from the reindeer ranch and sled-dog farm Izzi and I visited for more research on A Search for the Northern Lights.
Cedar Lee may have made the experience look more beautiful than the photos – but not more beautiful than we remember them.