Hi, I'm here on Mount Rushmore with these guys because I wrote a book about presidential elections. If you think this election year is crazy, you should read about what George Washington did to win his first election in Virginia. Or, which candidate was called a "pot-bellied, mutton-headed cucumber!"          Find out more >


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My newest book, The First Step, is illustrated by the wonderful E.B. Lewis. It's the story of the first lawsuit that tried to make segregated schools against the law. And it happened in Boston in 1847–before the Civil War!

•A Junior Library Guild Selection

School Library Journal gave The First Step a starred review.

With Lewis’s stirring watercolors that astutely capture the emotion of history, this book is an eloquent, inspiring reminder that “the march toward justice is a long, twisting journey.  -The New York Times

The First Step was named an NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book and…

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5, 4, 3, 2, 1…BLAST OFF!

How Do You Burp in Space? is a travel guide for kids who want to go on the best vacation in the world.  Or, outside of it. Hey, Frommer's, beat you to it!

•A Junior Library Guild Selection

 •Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee, Indiana 2015-2016

 •Illinois Bluestem Book Award Nominee, 2016

•Black Bear Book Award Nominee, Maine 2013-2014

The Sandy Hook School in Newtown, CT, chose How Do You Burp in Space? as their book for One School One Read this year. Their first nonfiction choice ever–I'm honored!

 Here's a wonderful new review that appeared in The Huffington Post.

And, how about this one from Children's Literature? …just too many great, solid, interesting, scientific facts to do justice to them here. Readers will not want to skip any pages, since each one contains information that is sometimes amazing and always entertaining. The mixture of accurate science and human-interest nuggets will keep any reader engrossed in this book. It is probably one of the best middle-reader science books this year. It is written in a compelling, exciting style, with a lot of humor throughout. The illustrations are great, and the photographs are superb.

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Educators: Want some great lesson plans to use with this book?