Wednesday, July 27, 2016

NYPL Recommends: New Nonfiction for Kids

I was delighted to discover my new book, LIVING FOSSILS: Clues to the Past on the list of books recommended by the staff of the New York Public Library, in a blog post NYPL Recommends: New Nonfiction for Kids written by Lynn Lobash, Manager of Reader Services.  In each of six categories–science, biographies, sports, animals, art and other stuff–the library's Best Books for Kids committee has chosen several books.  In addition to my book in the science category, the other two titles are: Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor by Robert Burleigh [Gr. 2 - 4]A beautifully illustrated biography about the first person to successfully map the ocean floor.
Professor Astro Cat’s Atomic Adventure: A Journey Through Physics by Dr. Dominic Walliman & Ben Newman [Gr. 2 - 5]A cat explains physics and finally I get it!
These and all of the other books recommended by NYPL look equally fascinating.
I am proud that Living Fossils is included in this list!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Living Fossils at the Los Angeles Zoo

Zoo Scape, May-June Issue
My book Living Fossils: Clues to the Past focuses on animals of today that closely resemble their ancestors known from fossils. Did you know that there are many plants that are living fossils too?  Ferns, cycads, ginkgo trees, and the dawn redwood are just a few examples. You can see some of these fascinating  plants at the Los Angeles Zoo and you can read about them in the May-June issue of Zoo Scape, in an article called “Living Fossils”. Zoo Scape is the member newsletter of the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Here's an excerpt:
Ferns are so common (there are more than 11,000 species worldwide) that it's easy to overlook their remarkable history, which stretches back about 400 million years. Ferns predated flowering plants and were the dominant botanical life form during the Carboniferous era 360 to 286 millions years ago when flying insects and reptiles first appeared. 
Take a look around YOUR neighborhood. Chances are that you have some living fossils growing near where you live!
Ferns in my front garden

The Nautilus is a living fossil

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Listen to A ZEBRA'S WORLD on YouTube

Update, March 2020: Unfortunately, this video is no longer available as the YouTube account is discontinued.

I was searching the internet recently and was pleased to discover Kristi Bailey, a kindergarten teacher in Texas, reading A Zebra’s World in the Caroline Arnold’s Animals series on YouTube. I loved the way she introduced the book using a globe to show where she lives and where zebras live.
Here is the description of the video on YouTube.
A kindergarten teacher, Elementary K, reads aloud "A Zebra's World" by author Caroline Arnold. This is a non-fiction text that leads readers through the first year of a plains zebra's life in Africa. The book is a great example of expository writing and has text features of captions and labels. This book is a read aloud in the Journeys Reading Series (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.)

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Review of LIVING FOSSILS in Foreword Reviews, Summer 2016

I was pleased to receive the following nice review of my book LIVING FOSSILS, CLUES TO THE PAST (Charlesbridge) in the summer 2016 issue of Foreword Reviews.
Living Fossils is a fascinating book providing an examination of “living fossils”: plants and animals that retain characteristics of their earliest ancestors. The book discusses six different species, with beautiful, detailed illustrations of both the ancient creatures and their modern counterparts. Details on how each creature survived, and how they have or have not adapted over time, are included for each creature. A time line and a glossary of terms are included. The book is intended for ages seven to ten and will surely spark the imagination of anyone interested in prehistory.

Friday, July 1, 2016

GIANT SHARK Featured in the Fable Learning Summer Reading PopUp Library

I was delighted to discover that my book GIANT SHARK: Megalodon, Prehistoric Super Predator is featured on the library in July. This has been one of my all-time most popular books, out of print in paper, but still being read by thousands of children as an e-book. Here's the info about the free summer reading program from Fable Learning:

For the fourth summer running we are opening our PopUp Library, inviting every child to read as many books as he or she chooses for the entire month of July. No logins, no passwords, no subscription required. Simply point your students to from July 1 through July 31, and encourage them to read. We offer many resources to help you promote summer reading, including posters, table top cards for libraries, and printable flyers to send home in backpacks at the end of the school year. We’re honored to be your partners in combatting summer reading loss.
Liz Nealon
Vice President, Fable Learning

13 Summer Reads
Kids Won’t Be Able to Resist
Pulled from our list of Most Read eBooks over the past 3.5 years, each one of these titles is a top performer in our list and has been read THOUSANDS of times. These books are guaranteed to captivate students (and their families), no matter where their interests lie! And because these are our most popular books, many of them are available and narrated in both English and Spanish. Plus, you can download a copy of this reading list to send home with your students for the summer.
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