Amazing Whales–Amazing Book Report!

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Book: Amazing Animals, Early Reader, Nonfiction | 0 comments

This charming second-grader did a video book report on Amazing Whales. Love her command of her topic and her self-possession on camera. Nicely done!

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The Best Moment

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in Ancient Animals, Book: Inside of a Dog, Early Reader, Nonfiction, Writing Process | 0 comments

This week I sent a first draft of an adaptation(Inside of a Dog, about the science of animal behavior) off to one editor and a first draft of an early reader (Ancient Animals: Plesiosaurs) off to a second.

There are many good moments in the life of a writer. Getting the first bound book in the mail. Reading a good review. Connecting with a reader and seeing that your book really mattered to her. But I tell you, the finest, finest moment of all is when a draft that you’ve been working on for months is suddenly, with the tap of the SEND key, SOMEBODY ELSE’S PROBLEM for a while.


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The Cats Are Coming!

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Ancient Animals, Book: Saber-Toothed Cat, Children's Literature, Early Reader, Nonfiction, PIcture Books | 1 comment


Saber-Toothed Cat by Sarah L. Thomson–the latest in the early reader series Ancient Animals.

The latest title in the Ancient Animals series has been published! Check out Saber-Toothed Cat. If you know a newly independent reader (think first or second grade) who loves dinosaurs, this would be a perfect introduction to a wider and wonderful world of prehistoric creatures.

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History Lessons

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in American History, Book: The Secret of the Rose, Children's Literature, Educators & Librarians, Nonfiction, Thomas Jefferson | 0 comments

Thomas Jefferson: President and Philosopher by Jon Meacham, adapted for young readers by Sarah L. Thomson

Thomas Jefferson: President and Philosopher by Jon Meacham, adapted for young readers by Sarah L. Thomson

Exciting to receive in the mail recently an advance reader’s copy of Thomas Jefferson: President and Philosopher. I got to adapt this young reader’s version of Jon Meacham’s amazing bio of Thomas Jefferson, and it will be out in September.

Lovely to see all the art in place–portraits of all the major figures, political cartoons from the day, photos from Monticello. It’s going to be a gorgeous book as well as instructive.

Writing and adapting books is how I get my history, these days, and it’s as good a method as any, although a little haphazard at times. (I know a lot about the Elizabethan theater, for example, but only up till 1593, when my book The Secret of the Rose was set. At the moment I’m busy getting a grasp on feudal Japan.) One of the great results of adapting Meacham’s work is that I have a new understanding not just of Thomas Jefferson, but of the American Revolution as a whole, and the way our history fits into the struggle between France and England for dominance of the New World.



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