Whale Sharks (in the "Exploring our Oceans" series) will be published by Cherry Lake Publishing in the USA later this year. It will be available in hardcover, paperback, pdf, and ebook formats.
titles in the series will be: Bull Sharks, Blue Sharks, Tiger Sharks,
Great White Sharks, Goblin Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks and Mako Sharks
Here's the blurb: "This book takes readers
on a journey under the sea to discover the fascinating facts about
whale sharks, including physical features, habitat, life cycle, food,
and more. Readers are engaged with life science content while improving
their critical thinking skills."
Happy news: Great Barrier Reef Under Threat has been shortlisted for the Wilderness Society's Environment Award for Children’s Literature.
The Environment Award honours books that promote a sense of caring and responsibility for the environment through quality Australian children's books.
View 2012 Wildnerness Society Environment Award shortlist
This book also received a Certificate of Commendation in the Whitley Awards, 2011
May 30, 2012
2012 new releases
my "Publications" page for two new non fiction picture books for young
readers - "Whose Baby is This?" and "Whose Home is This?". As
usual, Capstone Press has done a wonderful job!
Each year the Royal Zoological
Society of New South Wales hosts the Whitley Awards for outstanding publications
(print or electronic) relating to the documentation and conservation of
Australasia's fauna. Entries range from the academic to general readership,
including children's books. The Awards include the prestigious Whitley Medal as
well as Certificates of Commendation.
I'm thrilled that this year,
a Certificate of Commendation (Children's series) has been awarded to What's the Issue? Great Barrier Reef
to the team at Macmillan Education who worked on the What's the Issue
series (1 and 2), for which 3 titles earned Certificates of
Commendation this year, and thanks to the Royal Zoological Society of NSW for this wonderful honour.
recently received this wonderful treat in the mail. Friends in the US
sent me this photo of their lovely grandsons, Jake and Cal, reading my
book, Great Barrier Reef Under Threat.
As an author, it is rewarding to work on a book manuscript, editing and
revising (and revising some more) until the text seems just right. It
is a thrill to see the finished book arrive at the front door step, sometimes years after writing it. But a photo like this, in which young people are actually reading the book - my book - takes the cake.
Thanks Rodger and Nancy! : )
Photo by Rodger Clemmer.
ANIMAL ADAPTATIONS books out now
new books have just been released through Capstone Press - Desert
Animal Adaptations and Ocean Animal Adaptations. See my Publications
page to view the gorgeous covers, and for further details.
Other books in the series are Polar Animal Adaptions and Rainforest Animal Adaptations
GREAT BARRIER REEF UNDER THREAT!
it's not a dire news item - we have certainly had enough of those
lately! This is the name of my new non fiction book for students aged around 7-13, published by Macmillan
See my "Publications" page for more details. I am really pleased with the way it has turned out.
Here's an article about it from the local newspaper: Preston Leader
latest edition of Bug News is out! Bug News is from the Bug in a Book
website, which promotes children's literacy. In this edition of Bug
News, my Wild Things column is about "Lending a hand - 10 steps to
helping sick or hurt wildlife". I thought this would be a timely topic,
considering all the terrible natural disasters that have occurred
around Australia over the recent summer months. Happy reading.
Here's the link - Bug News
In 2011, the following titles will be published (yay!):
The Great Barrier Reef Under
Threat (due April). What’s the Issue? (series 2), Macmillan
ISBN 9781420282375 (hardcover) – here’s the link, which gives
more details – What’s
the issue?, series 2
Ocean Animal Adaptations. Capstone
USA. (due July)
Desert Animal Adaptations. Capstone
Press, USA. (due July)
“Gilly’s Treasures”. Short
story in: Gilgamesh Contemporary Fables Vol.2. Gilgamesh Connections,
"The Three Little
Wombats". Picture Book story donated to LitWorld to appear
as an iPad app. (www.litworld.org)
Stay tuned for further news on these releases...
February 11, 2011
I have just signed on to write a column about animals for Bug
News...which is associated with the Bug in a Book website...which is an
Australian-made website promoting children's literacy. The latest emag
edition is hot off the press. Check it out, and show it to your little
ones. Anything that helps kids to read gets a BIG tick from me, but I
reckon both the emag and web site are terrific so these two get a
GI-NORMOUS tick! P.S. My first column for Animal Antics is called
"Cool It!", and is about how animals cool down in our Aussie
summer (which is fast approaching).
Bug News, edition 3
Bug in a Book website
It's nice to see some finished work in print, as lately I have been
working on drafts and proofs of new books due out next year.
Two short articles about "Kids and Dogs" have just appeared in
the Illawarra district (NSW) newspaper for parents, "Early Years
Magazine". The first article concerns teaching children how to
safely behave around dogs - your own dog, and strange ones they meet on
their travels. The second article is about how to prepare your pet dog
for the imminent arrival of your new (human) baby. Both discuss important
safety issues. Interested? Here is the link...Early
Years Magazine Issue 4, 2010
I have started up a blog called "Stranger than fiction" at Good
reads. It is about life,
the universe and everything, and all the absurdities they entail. It is
the stuff that often inspires my writing. If you would
like to check it out, here is the link...Stranger
I haven't posted any news for a while...I have been busy writing. I
was working on a children's non fiction manuscript due for publication
mid 2011. (I can't say more about it at this stage.) It just goes to
show that a lot of a writer's life is spent writing, with little
to show for it until the project finally reaches completion.
I have just received my copy of Learn Every Day About Animals from
Gryphon House, USA. I am quite impressed with it! This is a teacher's
resource book, filled with 100 activities for young children. Each
activity is designed to to make learning fun and engaging, and features
learning objectives, a vocabulary list, materials list, preparation
(if required), what to do, assessment and a list of relevant
children's books. I wrote an activity for the book, called
"Feathers, Fur or Scales?" I bet you can't guess what it is
US Release of "Weird, Wild and Wonderful" -
"Arachnids" and "Seabirds"
Stevens Publishing, NY, USA
See "Publications" web page for further details (you'll find
the link on the left)