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 27, 2016
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
|Zoo Scape, May-June Issue|
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
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
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
I was delighted to discover that my book GIANT SHARK: Megalodon, Prehistoric Super Predator is featured on the FableLearning.com/PopUp 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:
|A BAKER’S DOZEN|
|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.|