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.


A rock star in your classroom!

Vicki Cobb

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

Vicki Cobb

Home base: White Plains, NY

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

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

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
Marfé Ferguson Delano

Science (Earth, Space, Environmental Sci., Tech., Hist. & Nature); Soc. Studies (Biography; US Hist., Multicultural Understanding)

Marfé Ferguson Delano

Home base: near Washington, DC

Among the many places and subjects that this gifted singer, writer, editor and researcher has explored are caves, the rain forest, a live volcano, Mayan ruins, a genius’s laboratory, and the home of a heroine. Marfé and her lively books bring our vast and varied world as well as some of its most remarkable people into your classroom.

Every time I begin the research for a new book, I feel as if I’m setting off on an exciting new adventure.

Earth in the Hot Seat: Bulletins from a Warming World (National Geographic, 2009)
Helen’s Eyes: A Photobiography of Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller’s Teacher (National Geographic, 2008)
Genius: A Photobiography of Albert Einstein (National Geographic, 2005)
Inventing the Future: A Photobiography of Thomas Alva Edison (National Geographic, 2002)
American Heroes: Fifty profiles of great Americans who set out, spoke up, stood tall, fought hard, or truly dared to dream (National Geographic, 2005)
Exploring Caves: Journeys into the Earth. (With Nancy Holler Aulenbach and Hazel A. Barton. National Geographic, 2001)
Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure (National Geographic, 2007)
Susan E. Goodman

Science (Thrilling discoveries from space travel to adaptation); History (Heroes with warts, regular people doing great things); Etc. (Humor and adventure)

Susan E. Goodman

Home base: Boston, MA

To research her books, Susan has flown up to the Arctic icecap with the Air Force, paddled down the Amazon to share a bathroom with a tarantula, and made countless calls to find the perfect fact to evoke a kid’s sense of wonder.  Teaching at Lesley University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program has taught her how to help others learn to write vivid, narrative nonfiction.

“Awe…fascination … admiration…amusement … outrage – I want to show kids that the world – and books about it - contain all of these things and more.”

Susan E. Goodman's Book List

It’s a Dog’s Life: How Man’s Best Friend Sees, Hears, and Smells the World
See How They Run: Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes, and the Race to the White House (Updated Version)
All in Just One Cookie
On This Spot: An Expedition Back through Time
The Truth About Poop
Life on the Ice
Monster Trucks!
Saving the Whooping Crane
Jan Greenberg

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

Home base: St. Louis, MO

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

Social Studies
 (US Hist.; Geography, Biography, Transportation); Science (Hist. & Nature)
Cheryl Harness

Home base: Independence, MO

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 
Deborah Heiligman

 (Physical & Life Sci., Biology, Tech., Human Body, Hist. & Nature); Soc. Studies (Multicultural Understanding, US Hist., Biography, Regions); History of Science
Deborah Heiligman

Home base: New York, NY

Deborah’s love is researching and writing about complex subjects in a lively way for children of all ages. She loves to write about both science and religion, and, if possible on both at the same time. She hopes that her books will help teachers and kids shine a brighter light on the world. And she encourages everyone to be observant and curious.

Remember, a good researcher is nosy, so be nosy.”

Deborah Heiligman's Book List

Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith
Babies: All You Need to Know
High Hopes: A Photobiography of John F. Kennedy
From Caterpillar to Butterfly
Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Easter: With Colored Eggs, Flowers, and Prayer
Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Passover: with Matzah, Maror, and Memories
Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Hanukkah: With Light, Latkes, and Dreidels
Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Thanksgiving: With Turkey, Family, and Counting Blessings
Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Halloween
Steve Jenkins
Science (Animals, Earth Science, Outer Space)
Steve Jenkins

Home Base: Colorado 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

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
Sisters & Brothers


Barbara Kerley

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

Barbara Kerley

Home base: Portland, OR

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

Susan Kuklin

Fine Arts
Social Studies (Human Rights, Ethics, Law, Civics)
Susan Kuklin

Home base: New York, NY

With photographs and interviews, books by this former photo- journalist explore such diverse subjects as chimpanzee language
studies, the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Japanese children, and the juvenile justice system. Susan invites students to be curious and ask probing questions to broaden their own research in new and creative ways.

“Curiosity doesn’t kill cats, it makes them more beguiling.”


Susan Kuklin's Book List

Beautiful Ballerina – illustrated only, written by Marilyn Nelson – Scholastic
No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row – Henry Holt
Families – Hyperion
How My Family Lives in America – Simon and Schuster
Fighting Fires – Simon and Schuster
Trial: A true Story – Henry Holt
Iqbal Masih and the Crusaders Against Child Slavery – Henry Holt
Carla Killough McClafferty
Biography (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

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
Trish Marx

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

Home base: New York City, NY

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
Jim Murphy

Social Studies (US History, World History, Biography)

Jim Murphy

Home base: Maplewood, NJ

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)
Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

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

Home base: Missoula, MT

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
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

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

Home base:
South Bend, IN, Richmond, VA

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
Rosalyn Schanzer

 (Great adventures, exploration);
Science (Inventions and breakthroughs);
Biography (Making superstars from the past spring vividly to life.)
Rosalyn Schanzer

Home base: near Washington, DC

In her quest for adventure and facts for her books, this author, illustrator, photographer, and nationally ranked swimmer has explored 22 countries from Tanzania to Thailand to Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands. “I aim to uncover the secret inside scoop about some of the most extraordinary people of all time…a perfect way to keep kids tuned in.”

Rosalyn Schanzer's Book List

Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem
George vs. George: The American Revolution as Seen from Both Sides
What Darwin Saw: The Journey that Changed the World
John Smith Escapes Again!
How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning
How We Crossed the West: The Adventures of Lewis and Clark
Gold Fever: Tales from the California Gold Rush
The Old Chisholm Trail: A Cowboy Song
David M. Schwartz
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

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?
Steve Sheinkin

Social Studies (History, Biography)

Steve Sheinkin

Home base: Saratoga Springs, NY

Steve is a recovering textbook writer who is now dedicated to writing history books that kids will actually want to read. He tries to write books that work as thrillers and adventure stories first—and if you happen to learn something, so much the better.

“My goal is simple: to prove to kids that history is actually cool.”

Steve Sheinkin's Book List

Bomb (Roaring Brook, 2012)

The Notorious Benedict Arnold (Roaring Brook, 2010)
Which Way to the Wild West (Roaring Brook, 2009)
Two Miserable Presidents (Roaring Brook, 2008)
King George: What Was His Problem (Roaring Brook, 2008)
Alexandra Siy

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

Alexandra Siy

Home base:
Boulder, Colorado and
New York State

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)
Tanya Lee Stone

Social Studies
 (Biography, US Hist., Women’s Hist., Human Experience, Govt.); Science (Phys., Life, Earth, Space Sci., Tech., Hist. & Nature)
Tanya Lee Stone

Home base: Burlington, VT

In her many books, Tanya specializes in making connections for kids, so they see that things that happened in the past have a direct relevance to their lives today. They can’t know where they’re going until they know where they’ve been. She believes that nonfiction books can be as exciting as any novel.

I am passionate about sharing some of the fascinating people in our world.” 

Tanya Lee Stone's Book List

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream (Candlewick Press)
The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: A Doll’s History and Her Impact on Us (Viking)
Sandy’s Circus: A Story About Alexander Calder (Viking)
Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote (Henry Holt)
Up Close: Ella Fitzgerald (Viking)
A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl
(Random House/Wendy Lamb)
Amelia Earhart (DK Publishing)
Abraham Lincoln (DK Publishing)
P is for Passover: A Holiday Alphabet Book
(Penguin Young Readers)
T is for Turkey: A True Thanksgiving Story 
(Penguin Young Readers)
Peggy Thomas

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



Peggy Thomas,

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

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

Home base: Oakland, CA

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

Social Studies, Writing, Nonfiction Literature
Andrea Warren

Home base: Eastern Kansas

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
Gretchen Woelfle

 (Environmental, Ecosystems);
Social Studies (Biography; US History)
Gretchen Woelfle

Home base: Los Angeles, CA

This far-traveled writer/singer/urban farmer has lived in such places as the Himalayas, a Pacific island, and London, England. Gretchen brings her rich experiences to the writing of biography. She and her books can bring the histories of music, women, environmental activism, and African Americans alive in your classroom.

“I’m intensely curious about people and the worlds they live in—past & present. I write to pass on my passion.”

Gretchen Woelfle's Book List

The Wind at Work: An Activity Guide to Windmills
Animal Families, Animal Friends
Jeannette Rankin: Political PioneerWrite on Mercy! The Secret Life of Mercy Otis Warren
Karen Romano Young


Science (Physical & Life Sci., Tech., Hist. & Nature);
Social Studies (Geography)
Karen Romano Young

Home base: Bethel, CT

To learn about the world, this author-illustrator has gone to Europe, Canada, and to extremes: “two miles deep in the Pacific Ocean.” Looking to find a way to help your students the amazing world? Look to Karen and her lively books.

“Crazy for writing, art, and science my whole life, my goals involve finding ways to do all at once.”

Karen Romano Young's Book List

Doodlebug: A Novel in Doodles (Feiwel & Friends, 2010)
Science Fair Winners series: Bug Science(National Geographic, 2009)
Science Fair Winners series: Crime Scene Science (NG, 2009)
Science Fair Winners series: Junkyard Science (NG, 2010)
Science Fair Winners series: Experiments to Do on Your Family (NG, 2010)
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

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

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