NONFICTION AUTHORS IN YOUR CLASSROOM

Meet our iNK THINKers

Here’s what every iNK-Thinker is:

  • an award-winning writer of nonfiction and an expert in Language Arts
  • a professional speaker who can present any audience with an engaging program.
  • an experienced presenter who can offer workshops and provide personal insights into the processes of writing and research.

AND iNK-THINKERS VISIT SCHOOLS

A rock star in your classroom!

Sarah Albee

Social Studies (US History, World History, Biography)

Science (History of Science, Biology, Biography, Environmental)

Sarah Albee

Home base: Watertown, CT

email: albees@taftschool.org

website: http://www.sarahalbeebooks.com/

Sarah’s mission is to get kids to see how awesome history can be. She does this by choosing a topic that interests them (toilets, sanitation, insects, fashion, disease) and tracing that topic through the entire course of human history. She also likes to make them laugh. As a visiting author she keeps kids engaged through active participation, funny props, and amazing visuals, and helps them make connections between their own lives and what happened in history. She also loves to help them with crafting their own writing.

 

“My books are a mash-up of history and science. I believe high-interest topics presented with humor and passion can go a long way toward coaxing reluctant readers into appreciating history, science, and, yes, reading books.”

Sarah Albee's Book List


Poop Happened: A History of the World from the Bottom Up

Bugged: How Insects Changed History

Why’d They Wear That? (pubs Feb 15)

Larry Dane BrimNer

Shining Light into History’s Cupboards

Social Studies: U.S. History, Civil Rights, Social Justice, Biography

 

Larry Dane BrimNer Photo Credit: Roxyanne Young

Home Base: San Diego, CA, & Tucson, AZ
www.brimner.com

LDB@brimner.com

Larry sees his dramatic, narrative photo-essays as journeys into other minds, times, and places. While his nonfiction covers a wide range of topics, his special interest is civil rights and social justice. Rather than focusing on names that are known, however, he likes to snoop around and find the people behind those we already celebrate—the unheralded foot soldiers, as it were, who put their lives on the line time and again, but who were critical to achieving civil rights and social justice, and upon whose shoulders the known heroes stand.

 

“Focusing on ‘forgotten history,’ all of my work is dedicated to helping young readers (and not-so-young readers) understand the richness of our shared American heritage. I want them to come away from my books with an insight into the struggles that have taken place to get us to where we are.”

Larry Dane BrimNer's Book List


STRIKE! The Farm Workers’ Fight for Their Rights

Black & White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene “Bull” Connor

Birmingham Sunday

We Are One: The Story of Bayard Rustin

Subway: The Story of Tunnels, Tubes, and Tracks

Polar Mammals

Butterflies and Moths

Flies

Cockroaches

Booker T. Washington: Getting into the Schoolhouse

 

Nancy Castaldo

Science Sleuth

Science (Zoology, Life Science, Ecology, Animal Behavior, Botany, Nature, Biology)
Social Studies (Geography, Women’s History, Social Science, History

Nancy Castaldo

Home Base:  New York’s Hudson Valley
www.nancycastaldo.com
NTCastaldo@taconic.net

Environmental educator, Nancy Castaldo, is great at sleuthing out fascinating stories and making them kid-interesting. This girl who searched under rocks is still uncovering the wonders of the natural world, only this time she’s bringing us along for the discovery! As a visiting author, Nancy, strives to empower students with her subjects and helps students discover the joys of hands-on research.

“Through my books and photography, I hope to show kids that they can make a difference, no matter who they are or where they live.”

Nancy Castaldo's Book List


Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs (and Their Noses) Save the World – HMH  978-0544088931
Keeping Our Earth Green – Ideals/Williamson Books  978-0824968243
Mission Polar Bear Rescue – National Geographic 978-1426317316
Rainforests – Chicago Review Press   978-1556524769
Leap Into Space – Ideals/ Williamson Books
Sunny Days & Starry Nights – Chicago Review Press   
1556525567

Vicki Cobb

The “Julia Child” of kids’ hands-on science.

Science (Physical, Life Science, History of Science, Technology, Biography)

Vicki Cobb

Home base: White Plains, NY

www.vickicobb.com
email@vickicobb.com

She’s gone gorilla trekking in Uganda, snorkeled in the Great Barrier Reef, and hiked a Hawaiian volcano. She’s combined science and show-business on her website with her entertaining 1 min. videos of kids doing hands-on science, Vicki’s main focus.

“All of my work is dedicated to giving the joy of discovery to children, which creates the foundation for a lifetime of ongoing inquiry and learning.”

Vicki Cobb's Book List


  • Science Experiments You Can Eat
  • We Dare You! Hundreds of Fun Science Bets, Challenges and Experiments You Can Do at Home
  • What’s the BIG Idea? Amazing Science Questions for the Curious Kids
  • I See Myself (Science Play Series)
  • I Get Wet (Science Play Series)
  • I Face the Wind (Science Play Series)
  • I Fall Down (Science Play Series) (Sibert Honor)
  • Your Body Battles series (6 titles)
  • See for Yourself (science fair projects)
Sneed B. Collard III

Science (Life Sci., Biology, Tech.; Hist. & Nature);
Soc. Studies (US Hist., Govt., Civics)

Sneed B. Collard III

Home base: Missoula, MT
www.sneedbcollardiii.com
collard@bigsky.net

Sneed’s background as a marine biologist as well as his adventures in Africa, Asia, Australia, Central America, and at the ocean’s floor are reflected in his many books, known for their high literary content. “Teachers can ‘double-dip; when using them, teaching literacy while working in important – and fascinating – concepts of science.”

Sneed B. Collard III’s Book List


  • Sneed B. Collard III’s Most Fun Book Ever About Lizards
  • Animal Dads
  • The Forest in the Clouds
  • Pocket Babies–And Other Amazing Marsupials
  • The Prairie Builders–Reconstructing America’s Lost Grassland
  • Science Warriors–The Battle Against Invasive Species
  • Shep–Our Most Loyal Dog
  • Teeth
  • Wings
  • The World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale
Penny Colman

Nonfiction Literature: (teaching reading and writing; activities for K-12 classrooms)
Social Studies: (Biography, Multicultural Women’s History, US History, World War II)

Penny Colman

Home base:  Englewood, NJ
www.pennycolman.com
pennycolman@gmail.com

Penny writes biographies and social histories about a wide range of significant and intriguing topics, including fascinating women, in her articles and books for all ages.  She has taught children’s nonfiction literature and creative writing at various colleges and universities, including Ohio State University, Teachers College, Columbia University, and Queens College, The City University of New York, where she was a Distinguished Lecturer from 2003-2010.

“Creating a high-quality nonfiction book is not for the faint-hearted because it is a challenging, complex, time-consuming, and intense experience.

Penny Colman’s Book List


  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World
  • Adventurous Women: Eight True Stories About Women Who Made a Difference
  • Thanksgiving: The True Story 
  • Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts: A History of Burial 
  • Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Home Front in World War II 
  • A Woman Unafraid: The Achievements of Frances Perkins 
  • Breaking the Chains: The Crusade of Dorothea Lynde Di
Jan Greenberg

K-8 Fine Arts
 (Art and Architecture, Dance);
Social Studies (Biography, History)
Jan Greenberg

Home base: St. Louis, MO
jangreenbergsandrajordan.com
jngreenb@aol.com

Jan has traveled all over the world visiting artists’ studios and museums to write groundbreaking books that open children’s eyes to contemporary art. “What do you say,” Jan asks them, “after you say ‘I like it or I don’t like it?’” From Vincent Van Gogh to Christo and Jeanne-Claude, her biographies of artists and architects tell stories of risk-takers and innovators, who challenged old ideas and created new forms. Her anthologies of poetry inspired by art offer teachers and students a fresh approach to both writing about and looking at artworks. She loves finding connections between art forms and her next book will be about dance, sculpture and music.

“My goal has been to help young readers come to new art with a fresh and open mind and to begin a conversation that will continue throughout their lives.”

Jan Greenberg's Book List


Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Through the Gates and Beyond
Andy Warhol: Prince of Pop
Runaway Girl: The Artist Louise Bourgeois
Action Jackson
Vincent Van Gogh: Portrait of an Artist
Frank Gehry, Outside In
Chuck Close, Up Close
The American Eye: Eleven Artists of the Twentieth Century
The Sculptor’s Eye: Looking for American Art
Cheryl Harness
She’s historical!
Social Studies
 (US Hist.; Geography, Biography, Transportation); Science (Hist. & Nature)
Cheryl Harness

Home base: Independence, MO
www.cherylharness.com

cheryl@cherylharness.com
https://www.facebook.com/CherylHarnessAuthorIllustrator

Cheryl’s lively biographies and social histories are noted for their detailed illustrations, researched in her travels round the nation. She and her books help educators teach about the vast panoply of life going on in America, from the 1600s to the 1900s.

“I see my job as countering the notion that history consists of boring factoids about dead people and wars. No, it’s a big, fat ongoing drama!

Cheryl Harness' Book List


The Amazing Impossible Erie Canal
Remember the Ladies
Ghosts of the White House
Ghosts of the Civil War
Three Young Pilgrims
The Remarkable Benjamin Franklin
George Washington
The Revolutionary John Adams
The Trailblazing Life of Daniel Boone
The Groundbreaking,  Chance-Taking Life of George Washington Carver 
Kerrie Logan Hollihan

Teaching the Power of Wonder

Kerrie Logan Hollihan

Home base: Cincinnati, OH
whollihan@cinci.rr.com 

http://www.kerriehollihan.com/

When I meet with middle graders, I ask them to sit quietly for a minute to think. I encourage them to unplug and take time to wonder, just as Isaac Newton did. And I finish my presentations with “What if?..” Hands-on learning helps kids make connections with the past, so I create activities to draw my readers into the lives of people in my books. What’s more, narrative nonfiction is an art form! I work to make my words sing, and I love to share my joy in writing with students of all ages.

I “tell it like it was.” Kids don’t get credit for being able to understand history as it plays out. I put the past in context, and I tackle tough topics: segregated America, religious persecution, women’s rights, the bleakness of war. I explain the ‘whys’ as well as the ‘whats’ For teens, I deal with young people at turning points in their lives, which helps my readers build links to the past and to young people who felt every bit as modern as today’s teens see themselves.

Kerrie Logan Hollihan'sBook List


Reporting Under Fire: 16 Daring Women War Correspondents and Photo Journalists

Rightfully Ours: How Women Won the Vote (21 Activities)

Elizabeth I: The People’s Queen *Her Life and Times (21 Activities)

Theodore Roosevelt for Kids *His Life and Times (21 Activities)

Isaac Newton & Physics for Kids *His Life and Ideas (with 21 Activities)

 

Latin American Celebrations and Festivals series:

Carnival in Latin America / Carnaval en Latinoamérica

            Christmas Traditions in Latin America / Tradiciones Navidenas de Latinoamérica

            Day of the Dead / Dìa De Los Muertos

            Hispanic Heritage Month / Mes de la Herencia Hispana

Steve Jenkins
Science (Animals, Earth Science, Outer Space)
Steve Jenkins

Home Base: Colorado
www.stevejenkinsbooks.com
steve@jenkinspage.com

For the past 15 years Steve has lived and worked in a house built in the 1880’s in Boulder, Colorado.  Before moving to Colorado, Steve lived in North Carolina, Panama, Virginia, Kansas, and New York City. The son of a physics professor and astronomer, Steve imagined, growing up, that he’d also be a scientist. He became a graphic designer and illustrator instead, eventually opening a design office with Robin Page (now his wife and frequent co-author). He began writing and illustrating children’s books about the natural world in 1994, and, having finally found a way to combine his love of art and science, has never looked back.

Steve Jenkin's Book List


Eye to Eye
The Animal Book
The Beetle Book
Time to Eat (with Robin Page)
Time for a Bath (with Robin Page)
Time to Sleep (with Robin Page)
Just a Second
Never Smile at a Monkey
How to Clean a Hippopotamus (with Robin Page)
Down, Down, Down

 

Rebecca L. Johnson

Science (Life Science, Environmental Science, Earth Science, History of Science, Biography)
Rebecca L. Johnson
Home base: Sioux Falls, SD

Rebecca writes books that highlight why science is such an exciting endeavor: there are no shortages of new species, remarkable adaptations, and fresh insights into life on earth. She believes that scientists have the world’s best jobs, and has been fortunate to work with many of them in far-flung corners of the planet, including Antarctica’s frozen interior and the ocean’s abyss.

“Through my writing, I hope to show young people that the world is full of wonders, and that science is the path that leads to them.”

Rebecca L. Johnson's Book List


Chernobyl’s Wild Kingdom: Life in the Dead Zone (Twenty-First Century)

When Lunch Fights Back: Wickedly Clever Animal Defenses (Millbrook)

Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature’s Undead (Millbrook)

Battle of the Dinosaur Bones: Othniel Charles Marsh vs. Edward Drinker Cope (Twenty-First Century)

Journey into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures (Millbrook)

Investigating Climate Change: Scientists’ Search for Answers in a Warming World (Twenty-First Century)

Plate Tectonics and 3 additional titles (Great Ideas of Science Series, Twenty-First Century)

Ernest Shackleton: Gripped by the Antarctic (Carolrhoda)

A Walk in the Tundra and 10 additional titles (Biomes of North America; Carolrhoda)

Braving the Frozen Frontier: Women Working in Antarctica (Lerner)

Barbara Kerley

Social Studies (Biography; US Hist.; Hist. of Peoples of World Cultures)

Barbara Kerley

Home base: Portland, OR
www.barbarakerley.com
barbara@barbarakerley.com

Her service in Nepal as a Peace Corps volunteer and other far-flung adventures are reflected in her insightful books, invaluable in illuminating your lessons, Teachers, about the complex world and its people, past and present.

“Curiosity is what drives my writing, and it’s what I try to nurture in kids – an eagerness to dig deeper and learn new things.”

Barbara Kerley's Book List


The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy)

What To Do About Alice?

Walt Whitman: Words for America

The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins

One World, One Day

A Little Peace

You and Me Together

A Cool Drink of Water

Those Rebels, John And Tom

The World is Waiting for You

Trish Marx
The Earth Whisperer
Social Studies
 (Biography, U.S. and World History, Current Events, Cultural Diversity); Environmental Science
Trish Marx

Home base: New York City, NY

www.trishmarx.com

Trish writes nonfiction from an emotional core. Her books reflect her interests in the world – social justice, the environment, biographies of really stubborn people, great stories about exotic places and the characters who lived in them, war and refugees, young musicians and a hippo named Hanna who become a favorite with home schooling programs. She still works with students she first had while teaching writing at Marymount Manhattan College.

“In writing nonfiction for middle graders, I look for what wordlessly touches me. For a book about the mummies of southern Peru, the arrow connecting me to the rest of the story was the balls of yarn, still vibrantly red and yellow, found in the tomb of a thousand-year-old mummy. My grandmother’s balls of yarn, in her knitting basket, looked just the same.”

Trish Marx's Book List


Sharing Our Homeland, Palestinian and Jewish Children at Summer Peace Camp
Kindergarten Day, China and USA
Elephants and Golden Thrones: Inside China’s Forbidden City
Steel Drumming at the Apollo: The Road to Super Top Dog
Everglades Forever: Restoring America’s Great Wetland
Touching the Sky: The Flying Adventures of Wilbur and Orville Wright (With Louise Borden)
Jeannette Rankin: First Lady of Congress
One Boy from Kosovo
Hanna’s Cold Winter
Echoes of World War II
Carla Killough McClafferty
Illuminating lives from the past, impacting lives in the presentBiography (Ordinary People who do Extraordinary Things, Men and Women who Changed our World)Social Studies (U.S. History, World History, Women’s History, Cultural Diversity, Holocaust Rescuer, Government, Unlikely Heroes, Democracy) Science (Forensic Science, Science in Everyday Life, Great Discoveries, History of Science, Progression of Science, Human Body, Modern Science and Technology, Progression of Modern Technology, Computer Entrepreneurs)
Carla Killough McClafferty

Carla Killough McClafferty writes literary nonfiction books that make her topics come to life. She loves research and compares it to a treasure hunt.  For each subject, she mines primary source documents to find just the right details to make her text exciting, understandable and accurate. Carla coined the phrase “Biography Plus” to describe her books because she writes about the lives of her subjects–then adds more information. In each book, she finds a way to combine the worlds of history, art, science, and technology-all within the pages of a fascinating true story…

“I want readers to connect with the people I write about on an emotional level. To see historical figures in a way they’ve never seen them before-as real people not just a name in a textbook. My books reveal how my subjects were just like everyone else-they were sometimes happy, sometimes sad, but through it all they persevered to achieve their goals.

Carla Killough McClafferty's Book List


 

Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football’s Make or Break Moment

Tech Titans

The Many Faces of George Washington: Remaking a Presidential Icon

In Defiance of Hitler: The Secret Mission of Varian Fry

Something Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium

The Head Bone’s Connected to the Neck Bone: The Weird, Wacky and Wonderful X-ray

Roxie Munro

Visual thinker

Science (Biology, Ecosystems, Aviation)
Social Studies & History (Biographies [fliers, explorers, builders], Travel, Cities)
Fine Art (Architecture, Visual games)

 

Roxie Munro
Home base: New York, NY
Roxie has written and illustrated more than 35 nonfiction books. To engage children and impart information, she uses “gamification” (inside-outside concepts, ABCs/numbers, lift-the-flap, hidden images, mazes, guessing games, search-n-find, puzzles). For her ecosystem books, she traveled to the arctic (Spitzbergen), rainforest (Hawaii, Marquesas Islands), alpine (Switzerland, USA), deserts (Sahara, USA, Mexico), coral reefs (Hawaii, Tahiti), tundra (Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland), wetlands (Chesapeake Bay, Mississippi Delta). For Blimps she took a private USA ride, and visited a blimp factory in Britain; for her Inside-Outside books she traveled to London, Paris, and all over the USA. Roxie has published three interactive apps, with eleven more out fall 2014.
 

“Nonfiction is more exciting and stimulating than most fiction – we live in an amazing world.”

Roxie Munro's Book List


Busy Builders

Christmastime in New York City

Desert Days, Desert Nights

Go! Go! Go!

Hatch!

Inside-Outside Dinosaurs

Ranch 

Slithery Snakes

Wild West Trail Ride Maze

Jim Murphy

Social Studies (US History, World History, Biography)

Jim Murphy

Home base: Maplewood, NJ
www.jimmurphybooks.com

Jim sees his dramatic, narrative histories as journeys, not just to a different time and place, but journeys into the thoughts, emotions and motivations of the individuals – young and old – who shaped our country’s history.

“Research is like detective work — I snoop around until I uncover the hidden, surprising details that bring the people and the era alive for readers.”

Jim Murphy's Book List


The Crossing: How George Washington Won the Revolutionary War (Clarion Books, 2010)
Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting (Clarion Books, 2009)
A Savage Thunder: Antietam and the Bloody Road to Freedom (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2009)
The Real Benedict Arnold (Clarion Books, 2007)
An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793  (Clarion Books, 2003)
Blizzard!  The Storm That Changed America  (Scholastic, 2000)
The Great Fire  (Scholastic, 1995)
Across America on an Emigrant Train  (Clarion Books, 1993)
The Boys’ War: Confederate and Union Soldiers Talk About the Civil War  (Clarion Books, 1990)
The Long Road to Gettysburg  (Clarion Books, 2000)
Amy Nathan

Fine Arts (Dance, Music);

Soc. Studies (US. Hist., Women’s Hist., Cultural Diversity, Social Issues,Racism, Human Rights/Women’s Rights, Social Issues/Gender Discrimination, Women’s Studies)

Amy Nathan

Home base: Larchmont, NY
www.AmyNathanBooks.com
AmyNbooks@gmail.com

Amy’s books cover a range of topics: women’s history, civil rights history, music, and dance. A key feature are her personal interviews with fascinating people, combined with careful research that fits their experiences into a wider framework, something she is well prepared to do as a history major and from many years writing for children’s magazines. “The people I’ve interviewed have inspired me, particularly their determination to follow their dreams, no matter what obstacles may seem to block the way. I hope their stories will inspire the books’ readers.”

Amy Nathan's Book List


Yankee Doodle Gals: Women Pilots of World War II

Count On Us: American Women In The Military

The Young Musician’s Survival Guide

Round And Round Together: Taking a Merry-Go-Round Ride into the Civil Rights Movement

Meet The Dancers: From Ballet, Broadway and Beyond

Meet The Musicians: From Prodigy (or Not) to Pro

Take A Seat–Make A Stand: A Hero in the Family

The Kids’ Allowance Book

Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Nature’s Animal Ambassador
Science
 (Life & Physical Sci., Botany, Ecology, Environmental, Zoology); Social Studies (Regions, Geography, US Hist., Plains Indian history)
Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

Home base: Missoula, MT

www.dorothyhinshawpatent.com
doropatent@gmail.com

To the many books she has written about nature and history, Dorothy came well-equipped: with her own adventures in Asia, Europe, and the Americas; a Ph. D. in Zoology; and a childhood spent (mostly) out of doors, “collecting butterflies, snakes, frogs, etc.” She and her insightful books can bring the natural world into your classroom and show how the study of science “can help children think logically…and enhance their enjoyment of life.

Dorothy Hinshaw Patent's Book List


Saving Audie
When the Wolves Returned
The Buffalo and the Indians
Big Cats
Animals on the Trail with Lewis and Clark
Plants on the Trail with Lewis and Clark
Garden of the Spirit Bear
The Right Dog for the Job
The Bald Eagle Returns
Slinky Scaly Slithery Snakes
Laurence Pringle
For kids: celebrating nature, inspiring good writing
Science (Animals, Life Science, Nature, Ecosystems, Environment, Evolution, Lives of Scientists)Social Studies (U.S. History, Biography, Geography, Regional History)
Laurence Pringle

Home Base: West Nyack, NY

www.laurencepringle.com

octopushug@aol.com

Sharks! and Snakes! and Scorpions! (Oh, my!)–they don’t begin to capture the rich variety of Laurence Pringle’s fascinating books. Larry also writes about the lives of scientists (Dolphin Man, Scorpion Man) and history, including two Lewis  & Clark titles. His education as a wildlife biologist led, via serendipity, to a distinguished career creating 113 titles–so far. He has earned several national honors, including a lifetime achievement award for excellence in science books from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The roots of Larry’s career can be traced to a childhood full of exploring woods, creeks, and ponds–and of reading. His passion for nature enlivens his writing. A School Library Journal reviewer praised his ability to “examine meanings, raise questions, and encourage observation–all in a well-woven narrative.” Larry’s excitement about nature, science, biography, and history shines through in his varied school programs, which span pre-K through middle school.

They say that curiosity killed the cat, and I say that cat was never bored! In schools I celebrate curiosity, and show how solid research can give readers both what they need to know AND what they want to know, for fun.”

 

Laurence Pringle's Book List


 

 The Secret Life of the Woolly Bear Caterpillar 

Scorpions!Strange and Wonderful 

ICE! The Amazing History of the Ice Business 

Frogs! Strange and Wonderful

Billions of Years, Amazing Changes: The Story of Evolution 

American Slave, American Hero: York of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Alligators and Crocodiles! Strange and Wonderful

Penguins! Strange and Wonderful

Dog of Discovery: A Newfoundland’s Adventures with Lewis and Clark

An Extraordinary Life: The Story of a Monarch Butterfly

Susanna Reich

 

Fine Arts (Dance, Visual Arts, Music Hist.);
Soc. Studies (Biography, Cultural Diversity, US. Hist., Women’s Hist.)
Susanna Reich

Home base: Ossining, NY
www.susannareich.com
susanna@susannareich.com

Susanna’s back­ground as a designer and pro­fes­sional dancer and her grad­u­ate work in dance and South Pacific cul­tures are reflected in her meticulously-researched biogra­phies of his­tor­i­cal fig­ures in the arts and other creative fields. What roles do art and artists play in soci­ety? How and why do people become artists, and what can they  teach us about tapping into our own creativity? Susanna and her books answer these ques­tions, “help­ing kids under­stand the world by see­ing it through the eyes of artists and creative people.”

 

Susannas Reich's Book List


Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat (Abrams)
Painting the Wild Frontier: The Art and Adventures of George Catlin (Clarion)
José! Born to Dance: The Story of José Limón (Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster)
Clara Schumann: Piano Virtuoso (Clarion)

Elizabeth Rusch

Science (Earth, Space, Engineering, Technology, Geology, Volcanology, Invention)  Social Studies (History, Community Service, Biography) Fine Arts (Music, Art, Biography, History)

Elizabeth Rusch

www.elizabethrusch.com
author@elizabethrusch.com

Children’s book author and magazine writer Elizabeth Rusch loves the Carl Sagan quote: “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” Many of her books and articles are about discovery:  an astronomer’s revolutionary findings about our solar system, two adventurous little rovers’ explorations of the red planet, a geologist’s insights about an unfolding volcanic eruption, a new way to look at Wolfgang Mozart through the life of his talented but forgotten sister. Rusch’s books bring young readers untold or missed stories, cutting-edge insights, and fresh ways of seeing popular subjects. “You never know what will spark a student’s interest and feed the flame of learning. For me, all subjects are connected: writing, reading, science, art, music, math, social studies. By presenting myself as a writer with wide ranging passions – for astronomy, volcanology, art, music, history, and community service – I hope to inspire not only budding writers but also budding scientists, artists, activists…”

Ellisabeth Rusch's Booklist


The Mighty Mars Rovers: The incredible adventures of Spirit and Opportunity For the Love of Music: The remarkable story of Maria Anna Mozart The Planet Hunter: The story behind what happened to Pluto Will It Blow?: Become a volcano detective at Mount St. Helens Generation Fix: Young ideas for a better world Eruption: Volcanoes and the science of saving lives (forthcoming) Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla lit up the world (forthcoming) Volcano Rising (forthcoming)

April Pulley Sayre

The Voice of Playful Read Aloud Science

K-8 Nonfiction writing; rain forests/biomes/continents
April Pulley Sayre

Home base:
South Bend, IN, Richmond, VA
www.aprilsayre.com
asayre@me.com

April has followed lemurs in Madagascar, pursued army ants in Panama, and eaten Piranha in the Amazon. This photographer, videographer, and nature-sound-collector loves to share her rain forest adventures and lively writing techniques with students.

I want kids to feel connected – to understand those big and small links between creatures, plants, stars, sunsets, and their lives.”

April Pulley Sayre's Book List


Eat Like a Bear
Here Come the Humpbacks!
Touch a Butterfly
Trout Are Made of Trees
One Is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab
The Bumblebee Queen
Stars Beneath Your Bed: The Surprising Story of Dust
Secrets of Sound: Studying the Calls of Whales, Elephants, and Birds
Trout, Trout, Trout: a Fish Chant
Ant, Ant, Ant: an Insect Chant
David M. Schwartz
The amazing, engaging, math exponent.
Math (especially big numbers, ratio and proportion, the connectedness of math to science and the world around us)
Science (Life Sciences, wonders of nature, connection to math)
David M. Schwartz

Home base: Oakland, CA
www.davidschwartz.comwww.facebook.com/davidschwartzauthor
david@davidschwartz.com

As a child David won­dered about the world around him and now he pur­sues his life­long curiosi­ties by trav­el­ing, research­ing and writ­ing books. His books are noted for using humor to convey difficult concepts in engaging ways. In schools, David will do any­thing to get kids to won­der, learn and laugh at the same time, whether it’s hold­ing up giant bags of pop­corn that grow by pow­ers of ten or show­ing pho­tos of him­self read­ing in some of the world’s most unlikely places.

“Won­der­ing is won­der­ful. You don’t have to wait until you’re 25 years old to have a great idea. You already do, so long as you won­der about the world.”

David M. Schwartz's Book List


How Much Is a Million?
If You Made a Million?
Millions to Measure
Rotten Pumpkin
G Is for Googol
Q Is for Quark
If You Hopped Like a Frog
If Dogs Were Dinosaurs
Where In the Wild?
Where Else In the Wild?
Alexandra Siy

Fusing Science and Art with STEAM.

Science (Insects, Spiders, Human Body, Trees, Planets, Outer Space, Microscopic World);
Math (Counting); Memoir (Sports)

Alexandra Siy

Home base: New Scotland,  New York State
www.alexandrasiy.com
alex@inkthinktank.com

Alexandra Siy is all about science—even her last name makes that clear. She’s also a photographer. Creating books that celebrate the art-science connection is her passion, and she loves sharing that passion with children of all ages.

As a visiting author Alexandra brings her research and writing alive in interactive programs that reveal the wonder of science through stunning photography and engaging stories. She has lived in several states including New York, Connecticut, California, Alaska, and most recently, Colorado.

“Writing nonfiction is like going on a road trip—it’s an exciting journey of exploration and discovery. My goal is to bring readers along for the ride of their lives!”

Alexandra Siy's Book List


Bug Shots: The Good, the Bad, and the Bugly
Cars on Mars: Roving the Red Planet (2009/Charlesbridge)
Sneeze! (2007/Charlesbridge);
Achís! (Spanish translation of SNEEZE!)
Mosquito Bite (2005/Charlesbridge)
One Tractor: A Counting Book (Holiday House/2007)
Sports Shorts (Darby Creek/2005)
Footprints on the Moon (Charlesbridge/2001)
Steve Swinburne
Nature and Wildlife AdventurerScience: Nature, Animals, Conservation, Inspiring environmentalists
Steve Swinburne

Home base: South Londonderry, VT
www.steveswinburne.com
stephen.swinburne@gmail.com 

 

As a life-long naturalist, Steve has patrolled a sea turtle beach on a Caribbean island, peeked into a black bear ben in Pennsylvania, traded howls with wolves in Yellowstone National Park, snorkeled beside Florida manatees, and studied orangutans in Borneo. He loves taking his wild adventures onto the pages of a book or into an assembly of curious school kids.
“I love sharing my passion for nature and exploring wild places and animal habitats. As an author, I love writing about wildlife and this amazing and beautiful planet we share. As a guitar and ukulele player, I love connecting music and nature. Boring sentences? Blah paragraphs? Wanna’ add some BLING to your students’ INFORMATIONAL writing? I will help guide your students in a fun, fast-paced workshop to add sparkle to their writing with strong verbs, vivid details, great leads, cool comparisons, sounds, facts, etc. It’s a perfect recipe for the Common Core!”

Steve Swinburne's Book List


The Sea Turtle Scientist  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt  hard

Ocean Soup – Tide Pool Poems  Charlesbridge  hard & paper

Whose Shoes – A Shoe for Every Job,  Boyds Mills Press hard & paper

A Butterfly Grows HMH hard and paper

Safe, Warm and Snug, Animal Poems Houghton Mifflin Harcourt paper

Once a Wolf – How Wildlife Biologists Fought to Bring Back the Gray Wolf HMH paper

Saving Manatees BMP paper

Lots and Lots of Zebra Stripes – Patterns in Nature BMP paper

Turtle Tide – The Ways of Sea Turtles BMP paper

Black Bear – North America’s Bear  BMP paper

Peggy Thomas

Science (Life Science, Biography, Nature, Agriculture, Forensics)
Social Studies (U. S. History, Biography, Geography)
Fine Arts (Visual Arts, Biography)

Peggy Thomas

www.Peggythomaswrites.com,
Pegtwrite@aol.com

Peggy’s nonfiction writing is driven by her curiosity. Whether it is wondering about the ‘earthier’ side of George Washington, how elephants think, or who made bird identification easier, she hopes to spark children’s curiosity as well.  Research has taken her deep into dusty archives, down the Peruvian Amazon, and occasionally has compelled her to practice “fear factor” research; whatever it takes to connect her readers to the world around them.

 

“A nonfiction writer’s process mirrors how children learn naturally – We follow our passions, ask lots of questions, and seek out the answers.”

Peggy Thomas's Book List


For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson
Anatomy of Nonfiction: Writing True Stories for Children
Farmer George Plants a Nation
New York: The Empire State
Grace Hopper: Computer Pioneer
Artificial Intelligence
Bacteria and Viruses
Forensic Anthropology: The Science of Talking Bones
Pamela Turner

Science
 (Life Science, Environmental Science, Space Science)
Social Studies (Multiculturalism)
Pamela Turner

Home base: Oakland, CA
www.pamelasturner.com

Pamela sees her books as a way of exploring the relationship between humans and the rest of the natural world. To pursue her interest in science, nature, and multiculturalism she’s tracked gorillas in Rwanda, dived for seahorses in the Philippines, and collected frogs in Wyoming.

I seek to combine high-interest subjects (such as mountain gorillas or the search for extraterrestrial life) with lesser-known topics (such as conservation medicine or microbiology) to get kids excited about science in the real world.” 

Pamela Turner's Book List


Project Seahorse (Scientists in the Field Series)

Prowling the Seas: Exploring the Hidden World of Ocean Predators

The Frog Scientist (Scientists in the Field Series)

A Life in the Wild: George Schaller’s Struggle to Save the Last Great Beasts

Life on Earth—and Beyond: An Astrobiologist’s Quest

Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes (Scientists in the Field Series)

Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog

The Dolphins of Shark Bay

Andrea Warren
Giving Voice to Children in History
Social Studies, Writing, Nonfiction Literature
Andrea Warren

Home base: Eastern Kansas
www.andreawarren.com
Andrea@AndreaWarren.com

Andrea centers each of her books on a young person caught up in a dramatic moment in history. Finding just the right main character is always her biggest challenge. Her settings have included everything from the orphan trains, the Civil War, and pioneer Nebraska, to Victorian England, the Nazi death camps, and Saigon during the Vietnam War. Her true stories help young readers understand their own resiliency and humanity.

“Each of us wants to know, if that had been me at that time, in that place, what would I have done? What would have happened to me?”

Andrea Warren's Book List


Orphan Train Rider: One Boy’s True Story (as print and Kindle edition)
Under Siege! Three Children at the Civil War Battle for Vicksburg
We Rode the Orphan Trains
Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps
Escape from Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy
Pioneer Girl: A True Story of Growing up on the Prairie
Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London
Jim Whiting

 

History (especially military and ancient history)Arts (especially classical music)
Jim Whiting

Home base: Bainbridge Island, WA (half-hour ferry ride from Seattle)

www.jimwhiting.com   jimruns3@gmail.com

Jim views himself as a walking advertisement for a liberal arts education. His more than 150 books run the gamut from A(ristotle) to Z(ionism) and reflect his lively curiosity about the world around him. Much of his writing is infused with personal experience: running in the original Olympic stadium, appearing on stage with Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet, following in the footsteps of intrepid Antarctic explorers, breathing in sulfur fumes and steam from the still-active volcano on Santorini Island, and skippering a sailboat in the wine-dark seas of Greece.

Constantly learning new stuff is one of the main reasons why I keep writing. It’s especially exciting to discover human details about cultural icons: Bach was involved in knife fights and was chastised for inviting ‘unfamiliar maidens’ into the choir loft, the real-life Little Red-Haired Girl broke Charles Schulz’s heart by turning down his marriage proposal, and Snoop Lion has poured millions of dollars into the Snoop Youth Football League—which not only has produced several NFL players but also competes on the eve of the Super Bowl in an all-star game called the Snooper Bowl.”

 

Jim Whiting's Book List


The Scopes Monkey Trial
Organized Crime
Edvard Munch
Life Along the Ancient Nile
The Science of Hitting a Home RunThe Role of Religion in the Early Islamic WorldWilliam ShakespeareHippocratesW.E.B. DuBoisFranz Liszt

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