What To Read When

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017 in Book: Amazing Animals, Children's Literature, Educators & Librarians, Nonfiction | 0 comments

Pam Allyn’s What to Read When is a great resource for parents and teachers trying to find that just-right book for a certain age or interest. What a thrill to find one of my own books included! Amazing Snakes is listed under “Research Books” for five-year olds. I love the idea of my books helping to inspire a love for science and a fascination with the natural world.

Allyn says, “What better way to introduce our kids to the value of exploration and research than to seize their interests and passions early on and and introduce them to books that will help them puzzle out the answers to their most fervent wonderings.” I couldn’t agree more!

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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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