Monthly Archives: October 2021

Jane Goodall and Walt Disney

In December, I have two new biographies coming out in the Groundbreaker Bios series published by ABDO. These books are aimed at readers in Grades 2-3 but will appeal to animal lovers and happiness seekers of other ages as well. Here’s a sneak peek at their covers:

Both books were fascinating to research — from what these visionaries liked to do as children to developing their missions to make the world a more creative, happier, and more understanding place. Want to learn more? Ask your local library to get a copy of these books, due out on December 15. Happy Reading!!

Having Fun With Science

Since I last posted, I’ve had a great time researching and writing science books for elementary and middle school readers. I’ve learned about the technology that makes it possible for cars to reach speeds of over 300 miles per hour and the rockets that blast off into outer space. There are six titles in the Speed Zone series, which you can check out here: https://jumplibrary.com/shop/show/13347 Below is the cover of one book in this series.

Can you imagine what it’s like to be an explorer in the Arctic or Antarctica? Things sure have changed since the earliest days of polar exploration. As a geographer, I am fascinated by everything from the animals and plants that live in these extreme environments to the ways in which modern-day scientists spend their free time at research stations near the South Pole. Grace Helmer created such stunning illustrations for my book Penguins & Polar Bears: A Pretty Cool Introduction to the Arctic and Antarctic. You can see more at https://us.gestalten.com/products/penguins-and-polar-bears — but here’s one of my favorite spreads!

I’ll post again soon with some more fun stories and photos. In the meantime, keep reading and reach out if you have anything you’d like me to post on. I love hearing from you!