Sir David Attenborough sent me an Inspiring Letter 

Sir David Attenborough wrote a special letter, thanking me for my children’s book, Great Barrier Reef Rescue. He also set me a very personal challenge.

 Why did Sir David Attenborough write to me?

A few weeks ago, I sent Sir David my book, Song Bird Great Barrier Reef Rescue. I told him he was my inspiration and I never expected to hear back from him.

Sir David Attenborough Great Barrier Reef Rescue

Late Friday, I ripped open a letter from the UK, addressed to me. Inside, I discovered a handwritten note from Sir David Attenborough. OMG!

I couldn’t believe he had replied, thanking me and reminding me to keep caring for the reef.

Sir David Attenborough Great Barrier Reef Rescue

Why did I write to Sir David Attenborough?

Sir David Attenborough is my long-time idol ever since I started watching the Blue Planet series on TV. I absorbed every word, urging us to care for the planet.

When Sir David pleaded …

The Great Barrier Reef is in grave danger. It’s time to step up.’

I took his challenge to heart, and wrote Great Barrier Reef Rescue for children, an eco-adventure mystery, to educate and empower kids to care for the reef.

I believe, the reef’s future lies within us all. Our children … and their children will miss out, if we don’t act now!

What did Sir David Attenborough’s letter say?

Sir David sent an official dated letter with a letter head and his typed name on the bottom.

Dear Karen Tyrrell,

It is most kind of you to send me a copy of your book … I wish you every success in helping to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

Yours sincerely,

David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough Great Barrier Reef Rescue

How does Sir David Attenborough’s letter inspire?

Now that I have Sir David Attenborough’s letter, it’s as if his writing contains his essence of action. I’m more determined than ever to help protect the reef.

From June onwards, I visit Australian schools, speaking to children about the work of Sir David Attenborough, my book Great Barrier Reef Rescue, sustainability and what children can do.

I present power point talks, reader’s theatre, hands-on activities and writing workshops.

Read more about my school visits HERE.

ABC Radio PODCAST on Sir David’s Letter HERE

Great Barrier Reef Rescue (Song Bird) available on Amazon HERE

Order direct via which includes a certificate & a show bag filled with reef resources.

Book Depository

Books available via book shops including Queensland Museum Shop.

 Can you please spread the word?

 Share this blog with schools, teachers and people who care about the reef.

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16 comments to Sir David Attenborough sent me an Inspiring Letter 

  • Deb Stuart

    Woop woop what a thrill, an actual letter from Sir David Attenborough, so jealous! Congratulations my love, happy for you and the energy you put into your convictions and books.

  • That is fantastic, Karen! Inspiration and motivation enough to last a lifetime in that letter from Sir David. Keep going, you have lots of children to catch up with. 🙂

  • Thanks Deb,
    I’m beyond excited and grateful for this letter from Sir David.
    Now, I’m even more determined than ever to show kids how they can care for the reef.
    Karen x

  • Thanks Linda,
    You betcha! So grateful for this letter from Sir David and his support.
    More determined than ever to show kids how they can care for the reef.
    Karen x

  • Hi Karen
    What a buzz

  • I know! Just incredible!
    Thanks Jill, for everything xx

  • Awesome Karen. How kind of him to reply. Frame it!!

  • This is wonderful, Karen. Congratulations. Your work is inspiring and will turn many children on to becoming eco-warriors!
    Are your books for sale at Mooloolaba Underwater World or Australia Zoo yet? They should be available in every aquarium around the country.
    Schools that you visit are in for a very special treat.

  • You are indeed an eco-power to behold. Watch out eco-terrorists, the Barrier Reef has an eco-warrior on its side.

  • Aww thanks Maria,
    Your support for all things ECO means so much to me.
    Karen 🙂

  • So wonderful of Sir David!
    YES! I’ll be framing it …and taking copies into school to “show and tell”.
    Karen x

  • Thanks Norah for your wonderful support and “egging me on”.
    Great idea about contacting Sea Life Mooloolaba and Australia Zoo.
    Will do, soon.
    Karen xx

  • Wow Karen!

    That is a fantastic response from a man who has made it his life’s work to communicate to this generation (and those to come!) on the unique and precious fragility of this planet that we all inhabit.

    No one can hope to save it by themselves but together we can be something like a tide of good to offset the consequences of the almost overwhelming tsunami of ignorance and mismanagement!

    I’m sure Sir David Attenborough is actually chuffed that his work has inspired others. It has found a fertile space in your heart and your skills as a writer and educator teaching out to the next generation of planetary caretakers.

    You and Steve have every reason to be proud of what you are doing AND achieving in this regard.

    Best wishes to you AND our beloved Great Barrier Reef!


  • Thanks Alexandra, for your gorgeous comment and for urging me to post a copy of Great Barrier Reef Rescue to Sir David Attenborough.
    warmly, Karen x

  • Aaah you speak of one champion catalyst, a Mrs. Alexandra Cornwell of Byron Bay centering from her Brisbane based home. Well done to receive an inspiring letter back from one hero we have on our planet…thank you for being another; Karen! … Charles Crawshaw


  • Hi Charles,
    Lovely to hear from you and the work you’re doing to save the planet.
    Thanks for reaching out to connect with me and acknowledging Alexandra as the catalyst behind sending the letter to Sir David.
    Karen 🙂

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