Lemur Stories creators Hans and Jen Hartvickson chose “Mister Lemur” as their pen-name after falling in love with lemurs during a trip to Madagascar. They are the authors of four “lemur themed” children’s books and one album of children’s music.
Hans and Jen were inspired to write by their mothers, who are both retired teachers. They consider themselves fortunate to work with a wonderful team of musicians, artists, teachers, and friends to bring Mister Lemur to the world.
Hans has been writing since the first grade, and he loves sharing stories with kids of all ages. Hans is the co-founder of “Adventures in Writing Camp” and the President of 501(c)3 educational non-profit “Kids Love Writing.” Hans holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Jen travels the country speaking to schools, art associations and after school programs about the importance of writing, setting goals, and making plans. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Education from Stanford University.
You can find more information about their books at www.MisterLemur.com
This blog would not be possible without the contributions of Dr. Patricia Wright (http://www.patriciawright.org/) and her team at Stony Brook University and the Centre ValBio in Madagascar (http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/centre-valbio/)
Thank you to Dr. Wright and the US Embassy in Madagascar for funding and arranging the upcoming translation of the blog into French.
Thank you to all the scientists, professors, and graduate students who have shared their personal stories and love of lemurs (and their photos!) with us through interviews and conversations.
Finally we want to thank all of the teachers and parents and friends who have shared this blog with their students, colleagues and neighbors to help more kids realize that science is all around them.