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Grades 3-5 — What does a mountain gorilla have in common with a hippopotamus? What sets a Siberian tiger apart from a Tasmanian devil? In this brand new series, readers will learn what makes a mammal and how mammals are alike and different.
I recently picked up The Beekeeper's Lament by Hannah Nordhaus, a fascinating look Colony Collapse Disorder through the experience of one American beekeeper.
In this TEDx video, Nordhaus draws on her own experiences as an environmental journalist as she talks about what happens when writers treat complex environmental issues — think GMOs, fracking, and dying honeybees — as simple, good–versus–evil stories.
Here's a quote from her talk:
"Too often we sacrifice the complicated truth at the altar of simplicity, at the altar of a good disaster story, in the name of what we want to believe."
I learned this week that I'll be headed to New Jersey in October for the Rutgers University Council on Children's Literature One-on-One Conference.
This was my first time applying to the conference, and I was delighted to be accepted!
Like other attendees, I'll be paired with a mentor who is an editor, agent, or experienced author. It will be a weekend to work on craft, connect with other writers, and meet agents and editors. New Jersey, here I come!
An occasional series of musings about books I like.
I grew up in the Appalachian countryside, in northwestern Pennsylvania. I remember falling asleep to the chirping of the spring peepers and, on moonless nights, having to feel my way to the bathroom because the night was so dark.
Cynthia Rylant grew up in nearby West Virginia. Her book, Night in the Country, illustrated by Mary Szilagyi, brings to children the sights and sounds of an Appalachian night.
Rylant's poetic prose, paired with Szilagyi's dark, velvety paintings, brought back memories of my own country nights, starting with the opening line: There is no night so dark, so black as night in the country. From the sound of a falling apple (Pump!) to the clink of a dog's chain as he gets up for a drink of water, this book will lull children with the magical goings-on of a night in the country.
I'm a fan of Rylant's many books—nonfiction and fiction, for young children as well as older readers—and this quiet book is one of my favorites.
I was thrilled to learn that Arctic Tern Migration is a Junior Library Guild selection for series nonfiction! To purchase a copy of my book, visit your nearest bookstore or order a copy here. Or, you can look for it at your local library.
Every year these amazing birds migrate from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Their exact route was unknown until researchers outfitted the birds with tiny tracking devices and discovered these graceful fliers travel 44,000 miles each year, the longest migration of any animal on earth.
Want to learn more? Arctic Tern Migration is a good start. You can also learn a lot from the scientists who conducted the study.
Busy writing curriculum materials for Apex Learning. Sent out my first picture book on submission, and I've got two new books out from ABDO.
Winter is flying by. Time to get to work on the spring garden.
Is there something I can do for you? I'd love to hear from you.
It's almost the end of 2012 and what a fantastic year it has been, with a 7-book series for Scholastic, this book and this one for ABDO (due out in 2013), regular articles for The Journal of the American Chestnut Foundation, and my first picture book manuscript for the trade market, now nearing completion.
I'm gearing up for more good stuff in 2013. Among the plans: writing more nonfiction picture books and sending them out to make their way in the world.
Time to pull on a sweater, crunch through the leaves in my sneakers, and watch the squirrels grow fat at my birdfeeder.
My books for Scholastic just came out, and I'm eagerly awaiting my author copies. Meanwhile, I'm writing a picture book for older children and working on an article for the Journal of the American Chestnut Foundation.
Have a project for me? Feel free to get in touch.
Welcome to my corner of the web. I'm a Ph.D. biologist and author of more than 50 books for young readers. Settle in and take a look around.