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Authors and Illustrators

In this section, we would like to introduce you to some of the best authors and illustrators of science-related trade books for young readers. These authors and illustrators have created quite a variety of highly regarded, and in many instances, award-winning books. They write and illustrate for a range of ages, in a variety of writing and illustrative styles. Some prefer information reference, while others excel at information narrative. Some write for primary readers while others gear their work toward an intermediate audience. Some write lyrically, some humorously. Some draw while others take photographs to feature in their books. We are certain that this list will include a few of your old favorites as well as some that you are being introduced to for the very first time. To help you to decide which of these authors and illustrators may best meet your needs and interests, we have provided short biographies and a link to each individual’s homepage.

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David A. Adler
Jennifer Armstrong
Caroline Arnold
Jim Arnosky
Frank Asch
Linda Ashman

David A. Adler

David A. Adler grew up in a large house filled with brothers, sisters, and books. His first stories were ones he made up to tell his younger brother and sisters. Mr. Adler is married now and still likes to tell stories, but he also tries to be a good listener and a good observer. "There is no limit to the number of ideas for books and characters that I can get from my own children," he says in his publisher's biography. David Adler earned a B.A. in economics and education at Queens College and an M.B.A. in marketing from New York University. He was a math teacher for 9 years. It was while he was teaching that he wrote his first book for children. Since then he has written many more books, among them mysteries, riddle books, and biographies, and he plans to continue writing. "I feel very fortunate. I love the work I do. Most times it doesn't seem like work at all."

http://www.davidaadler.com/

David Adler's website primarily features two sections. One is devoted to his works while the other is biographical in nature.

Jennifer Armstrong

Jennifer Armstrong was born in Waltham, Massachusetts. She earned a degree from Smith College in 1983. In addition to writing, Armstrong has been a teacher, an assistant editor, a Girl Scout leader, and a puppy raiser for Guiding Eyes of the Blind. Armstrong has won several awards including the Best Book Award from the American Library Association, the Golden Kite Honor Book Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children. Armstrong writes children's fiction and nonfiction and also writes for young adult readers.

http://www.jennifer-armstrong.com

Jennifer Armstrong, the award-winning author of Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World, has an interactive component to her site that children will enjoy.

Caroline Arnold

Caroline Arnold grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Until she was 10, she lived in a settlement house where her parents worked as social workers. She spent her summers at a small camp in northern Wisconsin, where she developed a love for animals and the outdoors. "I delighted in catching sight of a deer leaping through the underbrush or a porcupine scrambling up a pine tree. One of the best things about writing animal books today is that I am able to spend a great deal of time in zoos and wildlife parks, observing how animals behave" (as quoted in the publisher's biography). Ms. Arnold studied art and English at Grinnell College, and received an M.A. in art from the University of Iowa. She explains how she started writing books: "When my children were young, I thought I would use my art training to illustrate books for them. I soon realized, however, that I needed stories to illustrate, so I began to write. Both artists and writers must develop a keen sense of observation; they must notice what things look like and how they work. My goal in each of my books is to provide a close-up view of my subject, and I do that by focusing on details." Caroline Arnold continues to be "amazed by the enormous diversity in the natural world and fascinated by the ways in which every creature is adapted to survive. My hope is that if kids fall in love with the animals in my books, as I do when I write about them, they will be concerned for the animals' future and want to do what they can to protect the animals and the places where they live."

http://www.geocities.com/Athens/1264

You can learn more about Caroline Arnold's books on her website, where she suggests projects that can be used with specific titles.

Jim Arnosky

Jim Arnosky began drawing as a boy in Pennsylvania, and he has never stopped. "I believe my awareness of nature began then, catching frogs and sunfish and playing in the woods near home," he says in his publisher's biography. But, he says, it wasn't until he was married and living at the base of Hawk Mountain Bird Sanctuary in Pennsylvania that he became a naturalist. For over 20 years, Mr. Arnosky has observed and sketched the natural world and developed an intimate relationship with the subjects he writes about. "I try to capture in my books the feeling of being outdoors--watching, wondering, being involved." His own experience constitutes the research for his nonfiction books. "My books are personal; I write only what I have seen." He was honored for the body of his work with the 1988 Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Award. As a naturalist, Mr. Arnosky is deeply concerned about the health and cleanliness of the environment, people's attitudes toward the use of the land, and the fate of wildlife. "But in my books for children," he says, "I do not stress concern but emphasize love, enthusiasm, and awareness. I prefer to show rather than tell, to teach rather than preach, to guide rather that simply warn. In showing my readers what I look for in my ramblings, I hope that they will keep an eye out for such things and make discoveries of their own when they are outdoors." Jim Arnosky and his family now live in northern Vermont, where he has an unlimited supply of subjects for his naturalist's eye and artist's pencil.

http://www.jimarnosky.com

Access the travel logs of nature author/illustrator Jim Arnosky and his wife, Deanna, or visit his "Wonderpage" to find out what the author wonders about.

Frank Asch

Author-illustrator Frank Asch states, "I do kids' books because I like to draw and make up stories which express my feelings and kids' feelings, and because it enables me to put my artistic ability and training to some tangible use." (Contemporary Authors Online)

http://www.frankasch.com

Frank Asch loves to hear from his readers and he has special sections on his website for both teachers and his young readers.

Linda Ashman

Author Linda Ashman lives in Los Angeles, California with her family, which includes her husband, son, dogs, and a few mice that have invited themselves into the author's home. Ashman's book, Castles, Caves, and Honeycombs was sparked by the family's move into a new house and the arrival of a new baby, both of which got her thinking about the characteristics that makes a home warm and cozy. Ashman has also written a book about a magician named Maxwell. Look for several new works from the author within the next year or so.

http://www.lindaashman.com/

The books are the focus of Linda Ashman's website, with excerpted sections and author's notes for each of her titles.

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Molly Bang
Barbara Bash
Raymond Bial
Fred Bortz

Molly Bang

Molly Bang, an author, illustrator, and Japanese translator, has taught English in Japan; interpreted Japanese in New York; written for the Baltimore Sunpapers; and illustrated for UNICEF, the Johns Hopkins Center for Medical Research and Training, and the Harvard Institute for International Development. Ms. Bang graduated with a B.A. from Wellesley College and Masters' degrees from the University of Arizona and Harvard University. Her books have won many honors, including the Kate Greenaway Honor Award, the Hans Christian Andersen Award and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Illustration. Ms. Bang has written many children's books which reflect her interest in and study of foreign lands, people, and folklore. She has written adaptations of numerous legends and folk stories, and is recognized for her mystery tales. Ms. Bang's interest in books developed early in her life, when she decided to be an illustrator because of her fascination with the handsomely illustrated books of Arthur Rackham. Her mother, Betsy Barry, is a writer who has adapted and translated several folktales, some of which Ms. Bang has illustrated.

http://www.mollybang.com

Colorful book illustrations link to each of Bang's featured books, where she often provides award information and stories related to the creative process for each book.

Barbara Bash

Barbara Bash grew up in Barrington, Illinois and now lives in upstate New York. She has traveled to India and Bali, as well as Florida, to research and sketch Banyan trees. She has worked as a calligrapher, illustrator and teacher of book arts and botanical drawing. She has written and illustrated several award-winning children's books.

http://www.barbarabash.com/

Find out where Barbara Bash gets her ideas and how she researches her books. You can also read about her school programs and check her list of upcoming events.

Raymond Bial

Raymond Bial spent his early childhood in a small town in Indiana before his family moved to a farm in southern Michigan. His work as a writer and a photographer draws upon these early years. He tells Something about the Author (SATA, Vol. 76): "For most of my books, I have returned to rural and small town subjects. Just as when I was a child, I still love to be outside, absolutely free, making photographs. With every photograph I try to recapture that heightened sense of feeling for people, places, and things which meant so much to me as a child. I believe that adults as well as children should live not only in their minds, but through their senses." Raymond Bial earned both a B.S. and an M.S. from the University of Illinois. Since 1988, he has worked as a library director in addition to writing books and taking photographs. "Ever since I was in fourth grade, I wanted to be a writer, but only as an adult in my early 20s did photography happen to me," Mr. Bial says (Something About the Author, Vol. 76). "I say 'happen to me,' because I never consciously decided to become a photographer. I simply loved the experience of making photographs. I've never received any formal training or education in either art form. Rather, I have relied upon my own instincts in making photographs which matter to me personally."

http://www.raybial.com/

Although there is information related to his books on this website, the portfolio of some of his photographs is clearly the ‘don't miss' section.

Fred Bortz

"I started to write for children as a diversion from my everyday work, so my first published articles had nothing to do with science," Fred Bortz explains in an interview with Something about the Author (Vol. 74). His everyday work has included being an assistant professor of physics, a research associate, and a staff scientist, as well as working at Carnegie-Mellon University in various science-related positions. Talking about his books for children, he says, "The most enjoyable part of writing for me is research--struggling to understand new scientific knowledge and technological wonders, then getting so excited about what I learned that I simply have to share it."

http://drfred.hispeed.com/home.htm

When you access this website enter "Dr. Fred's Place" to explore his science books for children.

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Sneed B. Collard, III

Sneed B. Collard, III

Sneed B. Collard III was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1959. Both of his parents were biologists and Collard would also enter the field of biology, earning a B.A. in 1983 from the University of California, Berkeley. His first book, Sea Snakes, was published in 1993. Besides writing, Collard enjoys "traveling, swimming, bicycling, hiking, scuba diving, reading, going to movies, and planting oak trees." (Something About The Author, Volume 84)

http://www.author-illustr-source.com/sneedbcollard.htm

This website features sections common to most author sites, however, a special section is devoted to the research that the author conducts in order to write his books.

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Corinne Demas
Madeleine Dunphy

Corinne Demas

Author Corinne Demas has also written books under the name Corinne Demas Bliss, but states that all books that are published after the year 2000 will be under the name Corinne Demas to cut down on the confusion. Demas has been writing since she was young. She says that her first book was one that she wrote as a six-year old in a black composition book. The ideas for her books come from many different sources, including memories of her own childhood and ideas from her own children and their friends, as well as the children she meets on school visits. As a child, Demas had wanted a pet dog, but because her apartment building didn't allow them, she had a pet salamander and a parakeet. Demas dislikes "itchy sweaters, waiting on lines and pens that don't write" and admits that she isn't very good at "singing, softball, holding my breath for a long time [and] twirling without getting dizzy."

http://www.corinnedemas.com/childrens.htm

The Massachusetts author shares some biographical information and some personal thoughts about her books.

Madeleine Dunphy

California resident Madeleine Dunphy counts "hiking, salsa dancing, snorkeling, remembering her dreams and sculpting in clay" among her hobbies. In addition to her hobbies and her writing, Dunphy also spends time traveling, doing the research for her books. Her trips have taken her to various exotic locations. The author attended the University of California at Santa Cruz, earning a B.A. in anthropology. Several of her books have been named Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teacher's Association and the Children's Book Council. In addition, Here is the Arctic Winter was selected as a Teacher's Choice by the International Reading Association. (Information gathered from Madeleine Dunphy's Web Site---http://www.mdunphy.com/)

http://www.mdunphy.com

Learn about the author, her books, and find out about the author's school presentations.

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Sylvia Earle

Sylvia Earle

Being named Woman of the Year by the Los Angeles Times and Scientist of the Year by the California Museum of Science and Industry are only two of the many awards and distinctions held by Sylvia A. Earle. Marine-biologist, oceanographer and author, Earle was born in New Jersey to parents with a love for the outdoors. The author has lived fourteen days underwater in an underwater chamber and is one of the first researchers to "don a mask and oxygen tank and observe the various forms of plant and animal habitats beneath the sea, identifying many new species of each." Along with her former husband, Graham Hawkes, Earle designed and built submersibles and she has spent more than six thousand hours under water. (Contemporary Authors Online)

http://www.literati.net/Earle/

Web features include sections devoted to biographical information, the books, reviews, and contact information.

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Ralph Fletcher

Ralph Fletcher

Author Ralph Fletcher has always loved the sound of words and treasured books. Fletcher, who has a B.A. from Dartmouth College, and a Master's degree from Columbia University, writes fiction and poetry for young readers. He also writes books about writing, often geared toward an audience that consists of teachers. Fletcher counts many authors among those who have influenced him in his own work. He says, "Today, when I write, I'm trying to put the reader through a powerful experience. I want to move my readers in the same way other authors have moved me with their books." (Contemporary Authors Online)

http://www.ralphfletcher.com/

In his "Tips for Young Writers" section, the author provides suggestions on getting started, using a writer's notebook, revising work, writing strategies, and getting published.

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Jean Craighead George
Gail Gibbons
Susan E. Goodman

Jean Craighead George

Born in Washington, DC, and raised in a family of naturalists, Jean Craighead George's life has centered around writing and nature. She attended Pennsylvania State University, graduating with degrees in English and science. In the 1940s she was a member of the White House press corps and a reporter for The Washington Post. Ms. George, who has written over 40 books, also hikes, canoes, and makes sourdough pancakes. In 1991, she became the first winner of the School Library Media Section of the New York Library Association's Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature, which was presented to her for the "consistent superior quality" of her literary works. The mother of three children, Jean Craighead George is also a grandmother who has joyfully read to her grandchildren since the time they were born. Over the years she has kept 173 pets, not including dogs and cats, in her home in Chappaqua, New York. According to her publisher's biography, "most of these wild animals depart in autumn when the sun changes their behavior and they feel the urge to migrate or go off alone. While they are with us, however, they become characters in my books, articles, and stories."

http://jeancraigheadgeorge.com/

Award winning Jean Craighead George, the author of over 100 books with strong ecological themes, has a "Sights and Sounds" section and a "Q & A" section. She even shares a few writing tips.

Gail Gibbons

Gail Gibbons grew up writing stories and drawing pictures to fit the words, and wishing she lived in the country. In her publisher's biography, she says, "Even as a child I had an interest in writing and illustrating books. In fact, I put together my first book when I was 4 years old." After graduating from the University of Illinois with a B.F.A., she began working with television graphics. This led her to work on a children's show, where her desire to write and illustrate books for children was rekindled. "While doing that show, some of the children asked me if I had ever thought of doing children's books. My mind immediately recalled how much I enjoyed doing that type of thing when I was a child. So I put an idea for a book together and right away a publisher bought it." Gail Gibbons has now had over 70 books published. She says she writes nonfiction "because I love researching so much. I get to ask lots of questions, just like when I was a kid." She and her husband live in Corinth, Vermont, in a passive solar house which they built themselves, and on an island off the coast of Maine.

http://www.gailgibbons.com/

Find out more about Gail Gibbons, her family, and her books. Also learn what maple syrup has to do with this prolific author.

Susan E. Goodman

Susan E. Goodman is the author of titles for children that focus on a variety of topics. She has written about field trips, John Walsh (an animal rescuer), and other interesting subjects.

http://www.susanegoodman.com/

Website categories are devoted to Goodman, her books, and educators.

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Linda Oatman High
John Himmelman
Bruce Hiscock
Will Hobbs

Linda Oatman High

Author Linda Oatman High began writing for a local newspaper and has now written for many different children's publications, including Children's Digest, Hopscotch and Highlights for Children. High has written in both picture book and novel format, and has also written for adult publications. The author was born in Ephrata, Pennsylvania. She currently lives with her family in Bowmansville, Pennsylvania, where they are using boards from old barns to renovate their own home.

http://lindaoatmanhigh.com/

Did you know that this award-winning author of Barn Savers is also a songwriter? Her website tells us more about this "wannabe rock star" who is also available for a variety of writing workshops.

John Himmelman

"I've always felt a strong kinship with nature and animals as I feel I have a right to, being an animal (of the human species) and a permanent resident of nature," says John Himmelman in Something about the Author (Vol. 47). This kinship is reflected in his novels for juveniles. Mr. Himmelman was born in Maine. He graduated with a B.F.A. degree from the School of Visual Arts. He has worked as a cook, a waiter, a carpenter, an author, and an illustrator of books for children.

http://www.booksandnature.homestead.com/booksandnature.html

While at this site, you can also link to the author's other website which is devoted to Connecticut amphibians.

Bruce Hiscock

When Bruce Hiscock was 11 years old, he moved with his family from southern Michigan to a small island in Alaska. There were few other children on the island, and he spent much of his time reading, especially about practical things. "Later, I would follow those practical inclinations to a career in chemistry," he recalls in Something about the Author (Vol. 57), "although it occurred to me, when I was a junior at the University of Michigan, that writing and illustrating children's books would be a wonderful way to make a living. No one I talked to knew much about the field, so I let the idea slide and went on to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry at Cornell." With his degree in chemistry, Mr. Hiscock began to write scientific papers, and he enjoyed working with words. While working as a research chemist, a professor, and a tester of drugs for race horses, he continued to maintain an interest in eventually writing children's books. It was after he fell off a horse and had to spend several months in a cast that he began to write stories and draw. He now writes and illustrates in a cabin which he built himself from stones and trees.

http://www.brucehiscock.com

"What's New in the Woods" around the author's home? The author shares text and photos of the world outside his front door.

Will Hobbs

Will Hobbs loved the mountains and rivers of his childhood in Alaska. Today, his favorite pastimes are hiking in mountains and canyons, white water rafting, archaeology and natural history. His interests are reflected in his writing about adventures in the wilderness. His books have won many awards including Best Book for Young Adults (American Library Association), Best Book for Young Adults and Best Book for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.

http://www.willhobbsauthor.com/

Will Hobbs writes, "You'll find lots of photos here from my own wilderness adventures as well as answers to all of your favorite questions. Have fun discovering more about my books, about writing, and about where I get the ideas for my stories."

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Ellen Jackson

Ellen Jackson

Ellen Jackson, a former kindergarten teacher and curriculum writer, has written over a dozen books for children. She is the author of a number of popular picture books, one of which has won the Children's Choice Book by the International Reading Association and The Children's Book Council. Ms. Jackson presently lives one block from the beach in Santa Barbara, California, with her "eccentric dog Bailey." She enjoys hiking, tidepooling, and beachcombing after a storm. Ms. Jackson has written books about topics ranging from nonfiction books with safety advice about earthquakes and strangers to fiction books with witty tales about animal and human characters. Her books receive accolades for "relating the nonsense with a straight face."

http://www.ellenjackson.net/

When you visit Ellen Jackson's website you will, of course, be able to learn about the author and her books. But, you will also learn how you can participate in Jackson's contests for teachers and students. You can also read the tips for aspiring children's writers.

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Jonathan D. Kahl
Jane Kurtz

Jonathan D. Kahl

Jonathan D. Kahl is a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. In addition to teaching students about the weather, Dr. Kahl does research on air pollution, climate, and global change. He and his family live in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.

http://www.uwm.edu/~kahl/

Dr. Kahl, a meteorologist, shares his expertise and fascination with the weather through his engaging books and this interactive website.

Jane Kurtz

Children's author Jane Kurtz has also taught at both the high school and the university level. Kurtz, who was born in Portland, Oregon, moved to Ethiopia with her parents at the age of two. She returned to the United States to attend college, earning a B.A. from Monmouth College in 1973 and an M.A. from the University of North Dakota in 1995. Many of her books are about or are set in Ethiopia, including a picture book, Fire on the Mountain, which is based on an Ethiopian story. She has also retold several Ethiopian folk tales. (Contemporary Authors Online)

http://www.janekurtz.com/

Discover the author's picture books and novels, as well as her books for educators. There's also a FAQ section about the author and her writing.

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Elaine Landau
Kathryn Lasky
Ted Lewin
Grace Lin
Thomas Locker
Peter Lourie

Elaine Landau

Elaine Landau began writing during her childhood. "I wrote my first book at the age of 9 in the children's room of my local library," she recalls in an interview for Something about the Author (Vol. 10). "I spent a lot of time in that room, reading and growing, while remaining safely hidden from a mother, an older sister, and an aunt who all assured me that to dream of becoming an author was an unrealistic career aspiration." She was a very determined young person, however, and had written over two dozen books by the time she was 15. Ms. Landau was born in Lakewood, New Jersey. She graduated from New York University and then earned an M.L.S. from the Pratt Institute. She has worked as a reporter, an editor, and a writer.

http://www.elainelandau.com/home/

Elaine Landau welcomes young readers to her "Fun Fact Factory" to find "some fun and interesting facts. Facts to make you smarter. Facts to dazzle your friends with. That's a fact."

Kathryn Lasky

Kathryn Lasky is a renowned author of fiction and nonfiction for children, young adults, and adults. Her nonfiction books for young readers are diverse in subject, ranging from wildlife photography to weaving, maple syrup to paleoanthropology. She often collaborates with her husband, filmmaker and photographer Christopher G. Knight, and together they have created several highly acclaimed photographic essays for children. These include a Newbery Honor Book and a winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for nonfiction. In 1985, she received the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Award for the body of her nonfiction. Ms. Lasky was raised in Indiana and received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor as well as a master's degree in early childhood education from Wheelock College. She says, "I still don't really know when I began thinking of myself as a real writer. It might have been relatively recently--like when I first got paid for a manuscript. But that might have been only when I first dared to call myself a writer to the world at large. I think that perhaps I always felt that this was my profession, announced or unannounced, paid or unpaid. I have always been a writer" (as quoted in the publisher's biography). Kathryn Lasky and her husband live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with their children, Max and Meribah.

http://www.kathrynlasky.com/

Meet Kathryn Lasky, and her photographer husband, Christopher Knight who have collaborated to tell fascinating stories of science from around the world.

Ted Lewin

When he was growing up in upstate New York, Ted Lewin dreamed of becoming an artist. He made plans to study at the Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, and he started the career that would pay for college and support him for almost 15 years--professional wrestling. He continued wrestling after earning a B.F.A. degree and starting to work as a freelance artist. Mr. Lewin has since written and illustrated a large number of books for children and young adults. He told Something about the Author (Vol. 76), "I am primarily an artist and illustrator, and my writing has grown out of an interest in the natural world which, until my first book, I confined to graphic form only. I am a deeply concerned environmentalist and conservationist and travel to wilderness areas around the world for both graphic and literary material."

http://www.tedlewin.com/

Read more about this professional wrestler turned writer and illustrator, and learn about his past and future publications, including collaborations with his wife, Betsy Lewin.

Grace Lin

The inspiration for Grace Lin's first children's book, The Ugly Vegetables, came from her own mother's garden, which grew the ugly vegetables. The author-illustrator was also inspired by the books of Richard Scarry. Lin attended the Rhode Island School of Design and currently makes her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

http://www.gracelin.com

Author/illustrator Grace Lin has a "Fun" section in which she shares some of the correspondence she has received from her readers.

Thomas Locker

Author and illustrator Thomas Locker was born in New York, and continues to make his home there, in the town of Stuyvesant. In fact, many of his paintings and stories are set in the eastern United States, though he also lived in America's heartland for fifteen years. His children's books have won numerous awards, and they often deal with "how children learn from and grow with nature", as well as Native American themes, according to Contemporary Authors. In addition to being a professor of humanities and art, Mr. Locker was a full-time landscape painter for many years, and his work has been displayed in major galleries in many cities.

http://www.thomaslocker.com

The photos alone make the site of this award winning nature writer and painter well worth a visit. His many books are visually stimulating and lyrically written.

Peter Lourie

Peter King Lourie writes for both adults and children. Lourie has been employed in many different capacities including stints as an assistant to the curator of Greek coins at the British Museum in London, as an assistant to Margaret Leakey, as an instructor in English as a second language in Ecuador and as an instructor in travel writing at the University of Vermont (Contemporary Authors Online).

http://riverresource.com/text/lourie.html

"Peter's adventure books come directly from his travel journals. In order to write a book about a place—its history, its geography, its people, and its culture—Peter likes to experience it for himself." Find out more about those journeys on this site.

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Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Bruce McMillan
Debbie S. Miller
Wendell Minor

Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Jacqueline Briggs Martin was born in Lewiston, Maine in 1945. Briggs has always loved words and stories and she says that "though writing books is not always easy, I cannot imagine doing anything else (SATA, volume 98)." The author has won many literary awards for her works, including a Bulletin Blue Ribbon book award, a School Library Journal Best Book, an American Library Association Notable, a Hungry Mind Review Book of Distinction, and Maine's Lupine Award. Martin has two grown children and currently lives in Iowa with her husband.

http://www.jacquelinebriggsmartin.com

The author of the Caldecott Award winning Snowflake Bentley shares activities, ideas, and bibliographies related to her books.

Bruce McMillan

Bruce McMillan was born in Boston and raised in Maine. He developed an interest in photography in the fourth grade, when his father gave him a camera. He quickly began to find new ways of photographing things--for example, he tried to take a picture of a candle flame from above. Throughout his school years, he enjoyed photographing for his school paper and for fun. He graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a degree in biology. However, it was his college work-study job at a television studio that blossomed into a career as a producer and director with the Maine Broadcasting System, where he worked for 3 years. In 1973, Mr. McMillan "retired" from broadcasting and took a job as caretaker of McGee island off the Maine coast. There he found inspiration and time for his photography. Since publishing his first book for children in 1975, he has created over 20 illustrated books for children and adults. One of the hallmarks of Mr. McMillan's picture books is his ability to capture children's natural actions and reactions in photographs. He does not just record events, he tells a story with his pictures. He describes the process in his publisher's biography: "I consider myself a writer and a photo-illustrator. The ideas flow from the illustrator's mind to what he creates in front of him. He paints the scene with light. He sketches the scene with preliminary photos. Then the ideas flow back into the camera, the illustrator's tool." Bruce McMillan lives in a house he built himself in Shapleigh, Maine. He teaches a university course in writing, illustrating, and publishing children's books. When he is not hard at work on his next picture book, he enjoys speaking to groups of children and adults.

http://www.brucemcmillan.com/

Bruce McMillan has a lot to offer at his website, including a seasonal nature walk around his home, e-postcards, and an informative "Welcome to My Iceland" section.

Debbie S. Miller

Debbie S. Miller has spent a great deal of time over the last ten years studying the ecosystem at Disappearing Lake with her daughters. Miller is the author of the highly acclaimed A Caribou Journey, which received a starred review from School Library Journal and was named an Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children in 1995. Ms. Miller lives with her family in Fairbanks, Alaska. She has traveled from Nome to Hawaii to study the subjects of her books. She has helped biologists study the Pacific golden plover on their nesting grounds. She became interested in what she describes as the "most beautiful shorebird she had ever seen" after seeing them for the first time.

http://www.debbiemilleralaska.com

A nature writer, Miller, provides information about her books and shares insights about the creative writing process.

Wendell Minor

Noted artist Wendell G. Minor has won many awards for his illustrations. Minor, who has written and illustrated several of his own books, also illustrates for many noted children's authors, most notably Jean Craighead George. Minor's paintings have been included in several permanent collections and he has exhibited his works in numerous galleries. His illustrations have also appeared in periodicals such as Good Housekeeping, American Artist, and Wildlife Art. He is the illustrator of book covers as well as a contributor of artwork to the U.S. Postal Service for its postcard stamp series "Scenic America". Minor, who was born in 1944 in Aurora, Illinois, already had decided at an early age that he was going to be an artist. Minor counts his parents as a major influence on his career. (Contemporary Authors Online)

http://www.minorart.com/home.htm

This site truly is a "welcome to the world of Wendell Minor's art.".

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Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Laurence Pringle

Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

Dorothy Hinshaw Patent grew up in Marin County, California. She has always been fascinated with animals and pursued her interest in living things, earning a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in zoology. Her first book was published in 1972. She now has more than 70 titles to her credit. In 1986, Ms. Patent received the Eva L. Gordon Award from the American Nature Study Society for her contributions to science education. Her books have received numerous awards, including the Society of Children's Book Writers Golden Kite Award. Additionally, many of her titles have been named Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association. "I hope that my writing can help children get in touch with the world of living things and learn how dependent we are on nature--not just the wild world but on domesticated plants and animals as well" (as quoted in the publisher's biography). She has two grown sons and lives in Missoula, Montana, with her husband (a chef and author), Greg, and her two dogs, Elsa and Ninja.

http://dorothyhinshawpatent.com/

Find out more about this "adventuresome spirit" and her books.

Laurence Pringle

Laurence Pringle is the highly respected author of over sixty books for young people, all of them on biological or environmental subjects. Mr. Pringle has won Booklist's Children's Editor's Choice award and several NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children awards. Mr. Pringle has also received the Eva L. Gordon Award for Children's Science Literature for his body of science writing. He lives in West Nyack, New York.

http://www.author-illustr-source.com/laurencepringle.htm

Pringle, one of the masters of sophisticated science writing about topics of social concern, can be found at this site.

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Michael Elsohn Ross
Hope Ryden

Michael Elsohn Ross

Michael Elsohn Ross lives with his wife, son and kitten "on a bluff overlooking the Merced River" which runs through Yosemite National Park. He says that "during the spring runoff the river roars. During big floods (like we had in January 1997) it rolls boulders and shakes the whole town." The town, El Portal, has a "small school ... with only three teachers. The kids at the school help me a lot with my books ..." Mr. Ross is the author of many children's science books. As a child growing up in Huntington, New York, he enjoyed drawing more than writing. He especially enjoyed cartooning and wrote his first book, Cycles, Cycles, Cycles, because he "had so much fun drawing the weird characters." Mr. Ross's books have received numerous awards and honors including the Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children (More About the Author, amazon.com). In addition to writing, Mr. Ross is a naturalist at Yosemite National Park. He "lead[s] wilderness expeditions ... and teach[es] people about the park's wildlife and geology" (Bird Watching with Margaret Morse Nice). Mr. Ross, who has a B.S. in conservation of Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and teaching credentials from California State University, Fresno, writes, "[As] naturalists in Yosemite National Park I've been exploring for years and my explorations have led to many wonderful discoveries." He has discovered a bird that had been absent from California for over 30 years, a flower which had never been seen in the park before, and with a geologist friend, evidence of the passage of a glacier. Mr. Ross finds it "exciting to piece together nature puzzles," and find it inspiring "to learn about the many naturalists who made discoveries in the past." Yosemite is "a wild and wonderful place to teach and write. Ideas for new books are not a problem. They simply grow out of my life and work." (Something About the Author, Vol.80)

http://home.inreach.com/meross/index.html

At this website, "you'll find bugs, books, and lots of things to do" as well as "opportunities to share scientific discoveries or questions with other people.

Hope Ryden

Hope Ryden was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, as well as the University of Iowa. She has worked as a freelance documentary film producer, a writer, a photographer, a writer and director for ABC, and a feature producer for ABC-TV evening news. Her children's books have received several awards, including the Outstanding Science Book for Children - Children's Book Council award and the Books Can Develop Empathy award. Ryden has written several nature books for children and young adults. She is especially interested in the animals of North America, like the coyote, beaver, bobcat, bald eagle, and the Florida deer. She has spent years out in the field studying her subjects firsthand and taking black and white photographs for use as illustrations.

http://www.hoperyden.com/

Categories are geared toward the author's books, pictures, and travel.

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April Pulley Sayre
Barbara Seuling
Seymour Simon
Roland Smith
Diane Stanley
Stephen Swinburne

April Pulley Sayre

April Pulley Sayre, who was born in Greenville, South Carolina and attended Duke University, enjoys bird watching, herb gardening, and traveling. She and her husband have visited many of the grasslands, forests, seashores, rain forests, deserts, and other biomes described in her books. She enjoys diving and snorkeling, but spends most of her time watching birds. Ms. Sayre's books have received awards including Best Books citations, School Library Journal and Notable Books for Children citations. She has written articles for World magazine, Ranger Rick, Earth Explorer Encyclopedia (CD) and other educational guides and science curricula. As a child, Ms. Sayre enjoyed picking flowers, watching insects and birds, reading books and writing. She says, "Now I do the same thing, only as a career." Ms. Sayre's favorite part of writing is the research. She enjoys visiting museums, parks, aquariums, reading background material and interviewing people. Ms. Sayre tries to communicate her feelings of excitement about nature and about how scientists investigate and solve problems. She also feels that it is important to write about environmental problems. (Something About the Author, Vol. 88)

http://www.aprilsayre.com//

This author offers advice on how to become a published children's book author, provides ideas and activities for some of her books, and keeps you up-to-date on what's new.

Barbara Seuling

Barbara Seuling grew up in Brooklyn, New York, playing street games, taking the ferry to Staten Island, and spending Saturdays at the library and the movies. Her father had a workshop where he repaired bicycles, skates, baby carriages, and shopping carts. In an interview for Something about the Author (Vol. 10), Ms. Seuling says, "The workshop was a great place for a kid. Alongside the drawers . . . marked 'nuts,' 'bolts,' 'screws,' and 'washers,' were some marked 'skate keys,' 'marbles,' 'crayons,' and so forth. There were always huge crates of games and comic books, and a reassembled, repainted, recycled bicycle for every member of the family." When Barbara Seuling was in junior high, she was voted wittiest in the class. She says, "I've been clowning around ever since." She studied at Hunter College, Columbia University, and the New School for Social Research. Before starting a career as a freelance writer and illustrator, she worked for an investment firm, a university, the New York World's Fair, insurance companies, and publishers. In addition to illustrating many of her own books, she has also illustrated the works of others.

http://www.barbaraseuling.com/

Enter the manuscript workshop of author Barbara Seuling and also find out more about the author, her works, her workshops, and her online writing classes.

Seymour Simon

Seymour Simon has been telling children about science for virtually his entire adult life. Not only has he written well over one hundred books about science for children, he was also a middle school science teacher in New York City for over twenty years. Motivated by his belief that children who are not talking and reading about science from an early age will likely never become interested in science later in life, Simon has written extensively about space, weather, various animals, and computers. His books have been honored with various awards and citations from such organizations as the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Nature Society, and the Children's Book Showcase. Simon's interests include reading, art collecting, chess, tennis, music, traveling, and computers. He lives in New York.

http://seymoursimon.com/

After you meet the author, you might want to view his photo album or read more about his many books.

Roland Smith

Roland Smith spent over twenty years caring for exotic animals before becoming a full time writer. He has been a zookeeper, senior zookeeper, curator of mammals and birds, general curator, assistant zoo director, and senior research biologist. For many years, he was the species coordinator and studbook keeper for the red wolf. He was instrumental in the reintroduction of the red wolf back into its native range in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, and Mississippi. Smith currently lives on a small farm in Stafford, Oregon, with his wife who is also a member of the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Smith has appeared on several national and local television shows, including National Geographic, Audubon, Discover the World of Science, and Northwest Wild. He has conducted dozens of interviews with the news media, including NBC News Nightly. He is the author of numerous scientific papers and many outstanding works for children. One of his many books has won a Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies for 1996. He has lectured to scientific organizations, and has produced photographs for several books and magazines including National Geographic World.

http://www.rolandsmith.com/

Read about how Roland Smith became a writer, examine photos of places he has visited and familiarize yourself with his books.

Diane Stanley

Diane Stanley, who was born and raised in Texas, attended Trinity University. After deciding upon a career in medical illustration, she attended Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland and received her M.A. from Johns Hopkins University. She worked for several years as a freelance medical illustrator. While visiting libraries with her children, she became fascinated with the opportunities for illustration in children's literature. Since beginning her career as an author and illustrator of books for children, she has succeeded in producing several award winning works. Her soft pastel pictures have helped earn her the children's choice selection for the American Reading Association and the Junior Literary Guild selection. In addition to illustrating her own books, she has worked with several other authors and served as art director and graphic designer of children's books for Dell Publishing and G.P. Putnam's Sons.

http://www.dianestanley.com/

This site contains information about the books, the author, school visits, and a "What's New" section.

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Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen needs little introduction to the readers of children's literature. The award-winning author has written more than 125 books for children, young adults, and adults. Folklore is her primary inspiration. "Folklore is the 'perfect second skin,'" she writes in her publisher's biography. "From under its hide, we can see all the shimmering, shadowy uncertainties of the world." Folklore, she believes, is the universal human language, a language that children instinctively feel in their hearts. Among Jane Yolen's many awards are the 1988 Caldecott Medal, the 1992 Regina Medal from the Catholic Library Association and the University of Minnesota's 1989 Kerlan Award for her body of work. She has also received numerous state awards, including New York State's Charlotte Award, Nebraska's Golden Sower Award, and New Jersey's Garden State Children's Book Award. Her books have been translated into 10 languages. Ms. Yolen is a sought-after speaker and lecturer across the country, the past president of the Science Fiction Writers of America, and--for more than 20 years--a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Children's Book Writers. Born and raised in New York City, Jane Yolen now lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. She attended Smith College and received her master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts. She is married and the mother of three grown children.

http://www.janeyolen.com/

Jane Yolen's site is "intended for children, teachers, writers, storytellers, and lovers of children's literature". Her lyrical texts blend language and science.

Try the following sites for other information about authors including those not listed here:

De Grummond Children's Literature Collection--Authors and Illustrators On the Web
<http://www.lib.usm.edu/~degrum/html/relatedsites/rs-authorsillust.shtml
Index to Internet Sites: Children's Young Adults Authors and Illustrators (From the Internet School Library Media Center)
http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/biochildhome.htm
Kay Vandergrift's Learning about the Author and Illustrator Pages
http://www.scils.rutgers.edu/~kvander/AuthorSite/index.html




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