Confessions of a Science Writer
Mary M. Cerullo, author of 12 children's books on the ocean and a handbook for teachers on using children's literature in the science classroom, examines science trade books from inside the trade. She guides participants through the creation of nonfiction science books, from subject selection, through the research and writing process, to the final design. Participants will analyze trade books to assess their accuracy for use in teaching science and employ comprehension strategies for nonfiction books to enhance literacy learning. The goal of the workshop is to create a dialogue among publishers, writers, and educators that will contribute to the production of quality science trade books that help make children savvy science investigators and better nonfiction readers and expository writers.