Children’s Books & Science

 A HEART JUST LIKE MY MOTHER’S is coming January 2018 from Kar-Ben/Lerner (illustrated by Valeria Cis). It’s a story of a young girl’s search for her place in the world, which she discovers through an act of kindness. Available for preorder now! 

Screen Shot 2017-11-01 at 9.15.05 AM.pngAlso coming in 2018 are two middle grade science books I wrote for National Geographic: ABSOLUTE EXPERT: VOLCANOES and ABSOLUTE EXPERT: DINOSAURS (both publishing in August). They’re filled with fun facts and all the latest research for junior science lovers.

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ABOVE AND BEYOND. I recently wrote this middle grade companion book to a very cool traveling exhibit that originated at the Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC. Love the history—and the future—of flight? Then this is for you!

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THE HONEYBEE MAN (Schwartz & Wade) is the story of Fred, a beekeeper who makes his home, and harvests his honey, in Brooklyn, NY. It was written by me, and illustrated by the amazing Kyrsten Brooker. Since its publication in 2011, it’s been a Junior Library Guild selection, a Kirkus starred review, a National Science Teacher’s Association “Outstanding Book,” a Bank Street “Best Book of the Year,” a 2012 Cook Prize honoree, a Bank Street Child Study Children’s Book Award Nominee, a Cornell University Agricultural Literacy Week 2013 and 2015 read-aloud pick, a National Agriculture in the Classroom Companion Resource, and a First Book.

I’ve had so much fun discovering how much bees—and the book—mean to so many people! I love to read it aloud and to talk about all the things I’ve learned about bees. And with pollinators in steady decline, this is a subject that becomes more and more important and relevant with the passage of of time. Please contact me for your next school, library, or book event!

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For my magazine writing for kids, check out Science News for StudentsMuse, Ask, Odyssey, HighlightsAppleseeds, PittMed, and Storyworks magazines. You’ll find the full (but ever-evolving and expanding) list on my SCBWI member profile page

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