In April, when I was at the IRA conference in Chicago, I was interviewed by Emily Manning of ReadWriteThink, Chatting About Books. The interview focuses on my new book A Warmer World (Charlesbridge) but also discusses Global Warming and the Dinosaurs, A Bald Eagle's World, Birds: Nature’s Magnificent Flying Machines, and Dinosaurs with Feathers. A podcast of the interview was posted on May 16. It is number 45, World of Animals. The post also includes some terrific resources for kids, teachers and parents.
Questions that Emily asked me:
1. An interesting fact that you give in your books is that “in the last century the average world temperature has risen more than one degree Fahrenheit.” Even though this seems like a small amount, can you talk about the big impact it is having on wildlife?
2. Another interesting point that you make is that while animals can move to new locations, plants don’t have that option. How are plants adapting to the warming climate?
3. What was something that you found out through your research of this book that you didn’t know before?
4. What is one thing that a family can do this week that will help make a difference?
5. You have written many books about animals. What are some of your favorite animals that you have written about?
It was a pleasure to chat with Emily. You can listen to my answers to her questions and find links to her many other chats with authors at www.readwritethink.org/chattingaboutbooks .
Emily Manning has a master's degree in reading education from the University of North Texas. She taught in the primary grades for several years before taking a reading intervention position that focused on working with struggling readers in grades 3rd-5th. In 2006, Emily Manning began teaching reading education classes in an adjunct capacity at Texas Woman's University. And most recently, she has taken a position as an Instructional Specialist at Lee Elementary in Denton, Texas.Emily is a member of the ReadWriteThink.org Advisory Board. She also belongs to several professional organizations including the International Reading Association and National Council of Teachers of English.
ReadWriteThink is sponsored by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English