Category: Nonfiction Books for Kids

Moving Toward Independence

We’re coming up on July 4—the day the United States celebrates its independence. Lots of picture books also celebrate independence, since it’s a crucial journey kids embark on. This includes my newest photo picture book, Secrets of the Loon. In it, Moon Loon has to learn LOTS of skills to

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We Are All Family!

When I sign my book Meet My Family  for readers, I write the above phrase. And when I read it out loud to groups, I invite kids to look for an animal family in the book that has something in common with their own human family. It’s fun to see

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Father’s Day Picture Books

  Looking for examples of great dads to share with young readers for Father’s Day? My new picture book Secrets of the Loon illustrates how both loon parents share all the responsibilities, from guarding the nest to giving hatchlings piggyback rides to feeding the chicks. You can expand the reading

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A Leaf Can Be... is the NFB's May Book of the Month!

Nebraska Farm Bureau Guide for A Leaf Can Be…

It is always a treat when a group of dedicated educators and readers choose your book for something and love it enough to create resources around it. I’m honored that the Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom program has selected A Leaf Can Be… as its May Book of the Month.

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Earth Day

Ready for Earth Day? #ClassroomConnections

It’s almost Earth Day! It’s a great time to pull out my Can Be… books, which all celebrate our planet. And if you want some book-related activities, go here to find links to teaching guides, activity sheets and more! The focus this year is on plastic pollution, so you might

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World Water Day

A Book for World Water Day! #ClassroomConnections

March 22 is World Water Day, and I hope you’ll consider sharing my book, Water Can Be…. It shares, in engaging rhyme and with gorgeous art by Violeta Dabija, the many important roles water plays in our world. Plus, I donate a percentage of my royalties to WaterAid, a fabulous

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A Tender Celebration of Family

Happy Valentine’s Day! I love the nice review that Publishers Weekly gave Meet My Family! recently: In a tender celebration of family, more than 20 baby animals describe the ways the adults in their lives care for them. A baby beaver has lived in one home for all of its

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