(With apologies to Judy Garland) The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) will have its annual conference in St. Louis, MO from April 11 to 14. Of course, the national conference is always a fantastic experience. This year, a whole slew of children’s science writers are going to converge on the conference and have a special … Continue reading Meet Me in St. Louis
I'm so excited! Dog Science Unleashed has moved from long-listed to short-listed for the AAAS/Subaru SB&F prize for hands-on science! Which gives me a chance to tell a favorite story of mine. Several years ago, I was teasing with my family that I wanted to win some award--any award--just so that when I went to … Continue reading AAAS/ Subaru SB&F Finalist!
About this time last year, Melissa Stewart wrote an excellent series on children's book preferences in which she argued that we are underserving a group of children who enjoy expository nonfiction: casting it as broccoli, when kids see it as chocolate cake. I was thrilled to see her strong research basis for an idea that … Continue reading Melissa Stewart, On Chocolate Cake
Today is the official publication date for Dog Science Unleashed: fun activities to do with your canine companion. Let me take this opportunity to invite any and all to my book launch party on September 8 at CityDog Market (Brookhaven). I have all kinds of cool experiments and activities planned. Hope to see you there!
With all the time I've spent lapping up dog research in the last couple of years, I've dug up several fun science books. I'm pawsitive one of these will make your young dog-lover howl with delight.* *Four dog puns in two sentences. I should win a prize--or perhaps get beaned in the head with a … Continue reading Great Books for Young Scientists and Their Dogs
I'm so excited to have the cover for Dog Science Unleashed: Fun Activities to Do with your Canine Companion It won't come out until August, but you can pre-order from Amazon here or from IndieBound here. (Pre-orders are helpful for authors because they help determine how many copies a publishing house prints or how they allocate … Continue reading Cover Reveal!
Just opened the newest books in my collection. Last fall, I tried my hand at early readers--scoring at ATOS (Accelerated Reader) level 1 or lower. Very tough to write. But here they are: The Five Senses!
I've been on a gardening kick here recently with my posts. I thought I'd share a list of picture books about gardens and gardening. Someone on Goodreads has compiled a remarkable list--169 in all. Many of these I've read, and others look intriguing. I'll add one more that's not on the list, especially for the … Continue reading Gardening by the Books
I have video from one more activity in Amazing Cardboard Tube Science. This shows one of my first attempts at the car for On a Roll on page 20. https://youtu.be/Ac-Dyl8ZkiY The force of the air coming from the balloon is almost too weak to get the car moving. So weak, in fact, that when I … Continue reading On a Roll
Avery's dad sent me a link to this fantastic book review of Cool Chemistry Activities for Girls that she made. I'm honored! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A3WOo6gEFw