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Although in person author visits are not an option during the COVID-19 crisis, I am available to meet with your students online. I have many years of experience delivering virtual author visits through iNK and CICL. Detailed program descriptions can be found on the CICL website under the Authors on Call INK THINK TANK group listing.My availability is limited, so please email me before booking a program. I am also available for eBook readings and short informal virtual classroom and homeschool visits at a reduced rate. I know these are very difficult times for families and schools, but I believe connecting through books will help us all! I can't wait to hear from you!


I love visiting schools, libraries, and museums to share my enthusiasm for science, photography, and books.

The Next Generation Science Standards and 3D Learning

The NGSS is a framework for science education that requires a three dimensional approach:  the understanding of behaviors and practices scientists employ to solve problems and answer questions; deep experience with cross-cutting concepts; and a solid foundation in the four scientific disciplines. High quality science literature not only reinforces the goals of the NGSS by incorporating the three dimensions into the text, it also provides the inspiration and confidence for students to think like scientists. My books and programs incorporate the NGSS 3D framework while also addressing the Common Core Standards for nonfiction. My approach is not a response to these standards, but rather the organic and creative expression of my passion for science, writing, and art. It is my goal to inspire curiosity and creativity through story-telling and scientific imagery as students learn to think, explore, and create like scientists and writers.

"Thank you for the Spirit and the Opportunity..."

Sofi Collis, 3rd grade 

Sofi Collis was in third grade when her essay won the Name the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) contest sponsored by LEGO and NASA. She couldn't have chosen better names for the little cars that roamed Mars for more than a decade. 



In 2019, the Mars Exploration Rover mission officially came to an end.  Although Spirit and Opportunity can no longer communicate with us, they live on through the science and stories they sent to Earth. Now it's time to write the final chapter of Cars on Mars! Join me in an online writing workshop where students will learn how to organize informaton, research NASA photos, write captions, and develop their own science writing voices. This is a unique opportunity for students to experience real science writing and have their work published on my website.


Please email me for details!