Author, Teacher, Motivational Coach &
Thank you for visiting my website! I am the grateful author of many critically-acclaimed and award-winning books, among them An Egg is Quiet (The American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru award); A Rock is Lively (Junior Library Guild top pick) and A Beetle is Shy (a JLG selection, Parents’ Choice silver honor and a finalist for the AAAS/Subaru award), three of six titles in a science series illustrated by Sylvia Long. Because of its universal appeal, the science series has been published in Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Russian, German, Danish, and Romanian.
I was flabbergasted and delighted by the international praise received after President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama chose to read to second-graders, The Moon Over Star, a Coretta Scott King Honor book illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.
Equally as astonishing was an invitation to speak about the nature series on NPR’s Science Friday! Host Ira Flatow asked me to tell listeners which book is a must-have. My answer: A Beetle is Shy, the one most difficult to research, the one that required the most revision and therefore the most perseverance, and the one that elicited the most groans and hair-pulling.
It was an honor to encourage children to dream and act, and to deliver copies of A Beetle is Shy to students at the Wilson Family School in Camden, NJ alongside Tom Doll, president and COO of Subaru of America. As a cross-country driver and an author, I have much admiration not only for the company’s engines but also for its commitment to children and the environment through its philanthropic arm, Subaru Loves Learning and Subaru Loves the Environment.
The favorite of my books Dream Something Big, illustrated by Susan Roth, is the biography of Simon Rodia, an immigrant who built a better world by recycling, reusing and repurposing trash and found objects. His Watts Towers unintentionally resulted in their designation as a National Landmark. Hailed as a “book [that] beautifully illuminates a little-known story of imagination and perseverance, it received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus.
In addition to writing and coaching, I appreciate opportunities speak with—and listen to!–children at elementary schools. It is also a pleasure to present at public libraries, festivals and conferences as well as to serve on panels, especially on the topic of Non-Fiction Writing.
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