Please explore my website. Here you can learn about my books, school author visits, and even how to become a better writer!
When I was a kid, growing up in farm country, I had two strong interests: reading, and having adventures in nature. I loved to explore outdoors, roaming woods and fields, investigating ponds. I never dreamed that a person could have a career that called for lots of reading, and learning about wild animals.
And, if you asked me--in elementary school, high school, or even after college--"Will you ever write a book?"--my answer would have been a loud "NO!" However, I was lucky enough to begin a career writing children's nonfiction books. Early next year, 2015, my 114th book will be published.
Each book has helped me learn a lot about research and writing. That's why I love visiting schools. As a visiting author my motto is: "celebrating nature, inspiring good writing." Both my school programs and my many animal and nature books cover a wide range of grades. My excitement about nature, science, biography, and history--and the writing process--shines through in a variety of school programs.
As a reader, I've always been curious about the lives of writers. How do they work? Why did they choose to write about a certain subject? On this website you can learn "the story behind" many of my books. Click on a book title and discover where ideas come from, my personal adventures, research, and working with artists and science experts.
Funny things can happen when a writer works, and visits schools. Some of them are scattered through different parts of my website. Watch for A FUNNY THING HAPPENED...
I hope you enjoy exploring here, and have fun learning about my books, school visits, writing life, and more!
Click on the titles to the left to read stories and details about the creation of each book