Last week I traveled to Columbus, WI to visit their elementary and middle schools.We talked about writing nonfiction and writing fiction. It was a great time! Thanks to literacy coaches Mary Jo Werner and Kay Lange for lining it up. I hope the students got as much out of it as I did.
Check it out: The Society of School Librarians International has named our Savannah Food Chain book a Science Grades K-6 Honor Book!
Do you know what an osprey is? They’re birds of prey, like eagles, only a little smaller. (Ospreys hunt in our Follow That Food Chain: A Temperate Forest book.) When the pesticide DDT almost wiped out the bald eagles, it also devastated the osprey population. They’ve been endangered in Wisconsin–but no more! Their numbers have grown so that yesterday they were more »
First, the blog reviews: we’ve gotten some nice ones about our Follow That Food Chain series lately, and I realized I’ve neglected to compile them here. SimplyScience blogged about our temperate forest book, saying, “Interactive and entertaining, A Temperate Food Chain provides a fun-filled trek though the forest habitat as it shows specific examples of energy flow.” A Patchwork of more »
The very first animal I wrote about in the Follow That Food Chain series was a black bear. She and her cubs were in the proposal that ended up selling and becoming our habitat series. So I have a special fondness for them. And living in northern Wisconsin, you see black bears. Sometimes in the woods, maybe in your yard, more »
Yes, I am! In fact, I’m presenting there. And signing books (Lerner booth, Sunday 12:15). Come see me! Here’s the scoop on the presentation: Nonfiction Book Blast! Sunday, July 12, 2009 Convention Center Room W181 10:30 am to 12:00 pm ALA Annual Conference, Chicago wiki at http://nfbookblast.pbworks.com/ Track: Children & Young Adults; Literature & Collection Development Despite the emphasis on more »
In our Follow That Food Chain: a Mangove Forest book, we wrote about clouded leopards. They are so secretive that not much is known about them. They are also very much in danger of going extinct before we can even learn about them. But now two clouded leopard babies have been born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. (And two more more »
Working full time in a school means it’s hard to visit other schools and events as an author. At least during the school year. But I’ve squeezed in a couple this spring. Here I am at the WEMTA Authors Fair in Madison, Wisconsin. (That’s Kashmira Sheth next to me.) I attended as a media specialist, but moonlighted as an author Sunday more »
Eek! There’s an interview with Don and me about our Last Night for Dinner series in our local arts/entertainment newspaper, Volume One. It’s out now so you can pick it up when you’re out and about. Or go read it here. (But only if you promise to promptly erase any memory of what I look like in that first photo.) Also, if more »
My husband and I just accepted an offer from Lerner for our nonfiction LAST NIGHT FOR DINNER series–12 books! The series is an interactive, nonlinear look at food chains in different habitats. Remember those CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE books? (Ooo–and now I see they’re being updated and reissued!) Well, in our series, readers pick an animal, learn a little bit more »