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—Jane Goodall

 

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NOW FOR THE LATEST NEWS…

SEPTEMBER 28-29, 2024 – RMC SCBWI Letters & Lines Conference

The annual RMC Letters & Lines conference is coming soon! I’m offering two breakout sessions. Structural Engineering…for Your Nonfiction on Saturday will cover many of the various, innovative text structures for nonfiction and what might work best for your manuscript or idea. And on Sunday, join me for DIY Master Class to learn tricks and tips to design your own class tailored to your needs, interests, time, and finances. There are many other breakout sessions and keynotes throughout the weekend. Register now for a weekend full of information, making connections, and all things writing and illustrating related!

 

Coming AUGUST 1, 2024: Your Sustainable World: A Kid’s Guide to Everyday Choices That Help the Planet!

It’s your world, so make it a sustainable one! Learn how small, everyday choices can lead to big, positive changes for the planet–from how you use energy to what you wear, eat, and buy. Packed full of tips and relevant actions for kids to take, this is an empowering guide for any young reader looking to help the environment and make a difference. Get ready to go green and create a sustainable lifestyle, one choice at a time!

 

Coming OCTOBER 15, 2024: Keystone Species: Meet the Animals Key to Ecosystem Health and Biodiversity

In Keystone Species, readers ages 9 to 12 are introduced to several different types of keystone species from around the world as they discover the crucial roles these animals play in their ecosystems. Meet the predators, herbivores, ecosystem engineers, mutualists, and foundational species that all play a keystone role in regulating an ecosystem. Investigate how these ecosystems function, learn about threats to wolves, sharks, beavers, alligators, flying foxes, bees, wildebeests, bison, and coral, and dive into what happens when these species disappear. Throughout the book, find stories about science-based conservation practices that inspire kids to do their part in protecting their own environments.

 

FEBRUARY 8-9, 2024: CCIRA Conference on Literacy, Westin Hotel, Westminster, CO

I’ll be there in person! On Thursday you can find me at the RMC-SCBWI table in the exhibitor’s hall from 2:00-4:00. Then Friday morning at 7:30 I am presenting with fellow RMC members Chris Liu-Perkins and Julie Danneberg,  “Real Research. Real Thinking. Real Learning.” We will share strategies for research that we’ve learned through experience that are easily translatable to a classroom, making research more relatable (and hopefully more interesting) to kids.

 

DECEMBER 9, 2023: Webinar, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm (Mountain Time)

Join me virtually for my presentation, A STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO BREAKING INTO & WRITING FOR THE EDUCATION MARKET. Learn about the opportunities the education market has for freelance authors. This presentation provides a step-by-step guide to breaking into this market including how to approach educational publishers and generate a writing sample (even if you are pre-published!). I will also discuss how to choose assignments, research topics, write to assigned specs and reading levels, revise according to editorial feedback, and keep records. In addition, there will be time for Q&A at the end of the presentation. You can register here.

 

AUGUST 2023: SKIPPING STONES HONOR AWARD

Tour the Tundra, part of my Biome Explorers picture book series, is one of Skipping Stones’ award winners. In the nature category, these books are chosen because they promote a deeper understanding of nature and ecology. I’m honored to be on this list!

 

SEPTEMBER 9-10, 2023 – RMC SCBWI Letters and Lines Conference

I’ll be at the annual RMC-SCBWI Letters and Lines conference in September. Come join us for a fun-filled, information filled weekend with fellow authors and illustrators!

 

FALL 2022 – Guest Blog Posts

If you want ideas for how to use the BIOME EXPLORERS series in the classroom, check out these guest blog posts:

 

AUGUST 2022: Picture Book Science Series – BIOME EXPLORERS (Nomad Press)

 

MARCH 2021: Picture Book Science Series – SPACE (Nomad Press)

“This visually appealing set in the Picture Book Science series (4 new titles) offers solid introductions to four members of our solar system. Age appropriate, easily digestible explanations describe the origins of each entity, how it evolved to its current state, how it affects human life, and what its future may hold. The text also addresses concerns, such as air, water, and light pollution, and concludes with a nicely designed activity.”  Read the full review here. — Booklist

“The universe brags about one of its best and favorite parts. Depicted as human with lightly toned skin and billows of black hair a-glimmer with stars, Universe squires two wisecracking ETs past the planets (“a pretty neat system, if I do say so myself”), then recaps the history of this one from “hot, bubbly, gassy mess” through the development of life to the appearances of satellites and pizza. In simple language she explains the roles oceans, the water cycle, and our planet’s placement in the “Goldilocks” zone played in the appearance of us…” Kirkus Reviews

“With an upbeat tone and comic-book feel, The Earth: One-of-a-Kind Planet introduces young readers to Earth’s origins and development…a wonderful introduction to our amazing planet.” Read the full review here. Katie Caprino, educator, writer, parent

This is a fun read, which incorporates lots of humor while bringing across the basic information surrounding the sun. The author takes a unique twist by bringing small aliens into a conversation with the sun…and all of that with bright and bold illustrations.” Read the full review here— Tonja Drecker, Bookworm for Kids blog

 

AUGUST 2020: Picture Book Science Series  – ANIMAL ADAPTATIONS! (Nomad Press)

“Through layered, mischievous illustrations and detailed back matter, the Picture Book Science series plies young readers with a ton of useful facts about how all sorts of animals have evolved to survive in their environments…classroom-friendly and fun, too.” — Booklist

Read more reviews here.

 

APRIL 2020: THE FORT

The Fort (Page Street Kids) has launched into the world! It celebrates the power of imagination and compromise, and the magic of a fort.

 

“Rich text and lush illustrations transport the reader into the children’s imaginations. The standard theme of cooperation and using one’s imagination feels fresh thanks to a diverse cast and reversal of gender stereotypes. With its eye-catching art, important message, and just the right amount of pirate talk, this is a strong addition to picture-book collections.”  Booklist

“The illustrations bring the children’s imaginations to life on the page, turning the fort into lush scenes depending on the beholder, leaving it simple and ragged only when the two argue. The values of imagination and collaboration are conveyed without a heavy hand.”Kirkus Reviews

 

MARCH 2020: CELEBRATE BIODIVERSITY

I am proud to announce that Biodiversity: Explore the Diversity of Life on Earth (Nomad Press, 2019) is one of the Booklist editors’ Top 10 Books on the Environment & Sustainability for Youth 2020! It also earned a starred review from Booklist (April 2019) and is a Junior Library Guild selection (May 2019). I am so honored, and I hope this will help kids learn about the amazing biodiversity on our planet and what we can all do to preserve it! Click on the cover for more information about biodiversity.

 

NOVEMBER 2019: GOOD NEWS FOR CONTRAPTIONS

I’m proud to announce that School Library Journal gave Crazy Contraptions: Build Rube Goldberg Machines That Swoop, Spin, Stack, and Swivel a very positive review! If you subscribe, click here. If not, here’s the VERDICT: A delight for all budding engineers in elementary grades who, as Perdew puts it, “like to think of complex ways to accomplish simple tasks.”

Also read SLJ’s article, “Make It! Draw It! Build It! 11 Books To Inspire Intergenerational Family Activities,” that includes contraptions!