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  • STEM Tuesday--A Partridge in a Pear Tree and other Birds this Holiday Season-- Book List
    STEM Tuesday–A Partridge in a Pear Tree and other Birds this Holiday Season– Book List
    December 3, 2019 by
      Happy December! We’ve decided to have fun with the holiday song featuring a partridge in a pear tree and highlight some of our favorite middle-grade STEM titles about birds. Take a “gander” at these books for the budding ornithologists in your classroom. Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop The last remaining Kakapo parrots live on a remote island off the coast of New Zealand. Explore recovery efforts in this Scientists in the Field title by noted author Sy Montgomery.   Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle by Deborah Lee Rose and Jane Veltkamp Discover the uplifting story of how one bald eagle was treated with a 3D-printed prosthetic beak after a devastating shooting.   Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95  and  The Race to Save The Lord God Bird both Phillip Hoose These two titles from a National Book...
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  • STEM Tuesday-- CSI - Forensic Science and Anthropology- Interview with Author Chana Stiefel
    STEM Tuesday– CSI – Forensic Science and Anthropology- Interview with Author Chana Stiefel
    November 26, 2019 by
    Welcome to STEM Tuesday: Author Interview & Book Giveaway, a repeating feature for the fourth Tuesday of every month. Go Science-Tech-Engineering-Math! Today we’re interviewing Chana Stiefel, author of FINGERPRINTS: Dead People DO Tell Tales. Mary Kay Carson: How’d you come to write this book? Chana Stiefel: Enslow Publishers was doing a series on True Forensic Crime Stories and the editor contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in writing a book about fingerprints. I was instantly intrigued–mainly because I was a fan of the TV show CSI, I’d never written about forensic science before, and was excited to take out my magnifying glass and dig into the research. That’s one of the best parts of being a science writer: You often get to research and write about topics you know very little about–until you feel like a mini expert. MKC: Did your exhaustive research lead to some interesting finds? Chana: Oh my goodness, yes!...
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  • Middle Grade Birthday Book List!
    Middle Grade Birthday Book List!
    November 22, 2019 by
    Well, today is my birthday . . . so to celebrate, I thought I’d make a list of some great middle grade books about birthdays. Enjoy!   Moon Shadow by Erin Downing Thirteen-year-old Lucia Frank discovers that she can become the girl she’s always wanted to be with the help of a little “moon magic” in this charming novel about the value of friendship, family, and finding yourself. Lucia Frank has never had time for her mom’s “new age” nonsense. She doesn’t believe in any of that stuff. All she wants is to figure out how to get her best friend, Will, back and cope with her parents looming divorce. But then something strange happens on the night of her thirteenth birthday. When the eclipsed moon slips into the shadow of the earth, Lucia’s Shadow slips out. Now hidden in a moonstone, the Shadow waits for Lucia to sleep so...
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  • STEM Tuesday-- CSI - Forensic Science and Anthropology- Writing Tips & Resources
    STEM Tuesday– CSI – Forensic Science and Anthropology- Writing Tips & Resources
    November 19, 2019 by
    Trace Evidence of an Author: Point of View, Purpose, and Voice In many ways, Locard’s Exchange Principle is the bedrock of modern forensic science. According to Locard, when two things come into contact with each other, like a suspect and a crime scene, they transfer materials. This explains why a suspect leaves behind trace evidence like fingerprints, hair, and fibers from their clothes while picking up tell-tale mud on their boots. When we write, a similar exchange takes place. As authors, we leave fingerprints all over our work, especially in the purpose we choose, the point of view we take, and the voice we pick. Don’t believe me? Grab your tweezers and magnifying glass and let’s analyze the evidence. Author’s purpose and point of view The first, and perhaps, obvious way writers leave traces of themselves is through their purpose and point of view. Two authors writing about the same...
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Sue Heavenrich

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Sue Heavenrich writes about science for children and their families, from space to backyard ecology. Bees, flies, squirrel behavior—things she observes in her neighborhood and around her home—inspire her writing. A long line of ants marching across the kitchen counter generated one of her first articles for kids. When not writing, you can find her committing acts of science from counting native pollinators to monitoring water quality of the local watershed. Her most recent book is  Diet for a Changing Climate (2018).