The Dirt Book picked by NSTA

Hi everyone,

I’m delighted to say that National Science Teachers Association has just published its list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 for 2022, and THE DIRT BOOK is on the list.

Here’s how NSTA describes the list: NSTA, in conjunction with the Children’s Book Council, is pleased to announce the list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students. Representing the best science trade books published in 2021 for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the books featured on the list include captivating stories, compelling characters, and beautiful illustrations.

I’m grateful (again) to KATE COSGROVE for her outstanding illustrations to make THE DIRT BOOK a winner, and to our editor, GRACE MACCARONE, for making sure we got it right.

No party this year

Hi everyone,

I regret that I can’t work a virtual party at my place into the calendar this year. Last one I had was on December 16, 2020, only six days after MARY JO, TIM, and I sent our proposal to Scholastic that evolved over the months since into two volumes. This week we are reviewing the final layouts for the 1st book before it goes off to press and the 2nd one isn’t far behind.

Now I’m in the final sprint to finish my part of the book with LAURA and TIM for Teacher Created Materials and have promised to get there no later than the end of January. So no party. Not unless one of you would like to take over this one and make up for my lack of hospitality. Either way, I look forward to having another event in the spring and hope we’ll have a big turnout to make up for these weary months without enough merriment. Keep the faith! XO