Although I grew up in an apartment in Boston, much of my adult life has been spent as a naturalist and a photographer exploring the outdoors and visiting historic places. During these adventures I have witnessed many splendors, such as mountain goats clambering up cliffs and clouds of bats drifting from caves. At night I have listened to the splashing of fishing alligators and to the echoing trills of coyotes. I have looked out from Lady Liberty’s torch onto New York Harbor and have traced the trails made by the ancient Anasazi. In addition to these experiences, I have a biology degree and was an educator in Massachusetts for ten years.
Not surprisingly, many of my books focus on nature and historical topics. I also enjoy writing news stories for Science World, a Scholastic classroom magazine, and I have written numerous other magazine articles. Titles from my forty-six children’s books have been recommended by the National Science Teacher’s Association, chosen for the IRA/CBC Children’s Choices Reading List, named a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People by the National Council for the Social Studies and the Children’s Book Council, and named as Best Children’s Books of the Year by the Children’s Book Commitee at Bank Street College.
I am a proud member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Massachusetts Reading Association. I am also on the board of the Greater Boston Reading Council.
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January 31, 2015 at 10:12 am
We just met, I am a 4th grade teacher at Craneville Elementary School! You might remember me, my student was the young boy with charisma, talked himself right into a free book for having earned a bonus during your author program! Just wanted to say hello and thank you for your wonderful, inspirational visit. Our new book, Real-Life Sea Monsters was a hit, a scientifically perfect addition to our classroom library.
My students learned so much and had so much fun, as I’m sure all the Craneville students and teachers did. We went right back to our writing and worked on our similes and alliterations! No time like the present!
February 2, 2015 at 7:11 pm
Thank you for your kind and supportive note! I am happy to hear that you all enjoyed the program. I had a great time, myself. Your follow-up materials are on their way, so you can get going on more “Exciting Writing” activities. Please feel welcome to share your students’ work with with me. I would love to read it and will post it on my blog, if you’d like. I will be following your class’s activities at http://mrsjennifercimini.blogspot.com/ The quote on your blog’s banner truly warmed my heart. Your enthusiasm and dedication to your students is inspiring! They are fortunate.