A few nonfiction titles

Hi everyone,

During a conversation I had in 1998 with KENT BROWN, founder/publisher of Boyds Mills Press, Kent asked what I’d like to write for BMP over the next five years. It didn’t take me long to decide. I started a rock and mineral collection when I was five years old living in Arizona — and still have it, in boxes in the basement — and my minor in undergraduate work was in geology, although I confess to sleeping through some of Dr. Ostrander’s classes (his voice was hypnotically monotone), I maintain my interest in geology. I told Kent I could do a series about how the Earth works: how mountains form and wear away over time, what caused the oceans, how rivers form, glaciers, volcanoes, earthquakes, caves. He thought it was a good idea so I set to work with my editor LARRY ROSLER. The artist CHERYL NATHAN agreed to do the illustrations and over the next five years we made seven books, collectively called EARTHWORKS. The first, CAVES, came out in 2001, the last one, GLACIERS, was published in 2006. The general age range for the series is grades 1-3.

Here’s how VOLCANOES begins.

Earth is never still.
Every day somewhere
it trembles and quivers.
Every day somewhere
volcanoes erupt
From far off
they look like
beautiful fireworks. 

But up close,
a volcano is no fun.
What looks like sparks
are fiery blobs
of melted rocks
called lava. 

4 comments on “A few nonfiction titles

  1. Absolutely loved your Cave book!! We did a geology theme unit and used this book as a reference. First graders soaked up all this info especially when we learned about the cave on Cox Road not far from where we live!! Thank you for always doing such a great job on your facts. When I retired, I gave this book to my grandson who is a big science/geology lover!! Still have most of my rocks!! Love rocks!!!
    Keep up your wonderful work!

    • Thank you for letting me know, Cathy. I appreciate it very much. In case I fail to mention it when I suggest books for older kids, I also wrote a book about the cave on Cox Road: CAVE DETECTIVES. That one involved quite a bit of research. A copy of it was included in a time capsule buried in Phelps Grove Park.

  2. I’ve read the river book. Lots of good information! I have a “story” about that book, as well. Will write it to you later!

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