Conrad J. Storad is an award-winning author of 43 science and nature books for children and young adults. His newest title is Arizona Way Out West & Wacky, a fun history and activity book for young readers co-authored with Linda Exley. The book is designated an official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project by the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission for the state’s 2012 birthday celebration. In June 2012, AZWOWW won the Benjamin Franklin Award Silver Medal for children's nonfiction at Book Expo America in New York City. The award is one of the highest honotd given by the Independent Book Publisher's Association. In 2011, the National Federation of Press Women honored Storad’s Mars as Best Children’s Non-Fiction Book. In 2005, Storad’s Don't Call Me Pig! (A Javelina Story) was selected by Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as part of her program to promote reading. More than 93,000 Arizona first-graders received a special edition copy. In 2001, Libraries Ltd. honored Storad with the Judy Goddard Award as "Arizona Children's Author of the Year."
Seven new books by Storad published for 2013 include: Your Circulatory System; Our Sun Brings Life; Day and Night; Earth’s Changing Surface; What’s The Weather Like Today?; Studying Weather and Climate; and Earth is Tilting! Other picture books by Storad include: Rattlesnake Rules, Desert Night Shift, Life in the Slow Lane, Lizards for Lunch and Don't Ever Cross That Road! He also has written many science books for readers in grades 2 to 5. Titles include: Saguaro Cactus, Scorpions, Tarantulas, Hippos, Earth's Crust and The Circulatory System. New titles include Mars, Fossil Fuels, Gila Monsters, Javelinas, Galapagos Tortoises and Piranhas. His popular coloring/learning books include: Sonoran Desert A to Z, Little Lords of the Desert, Flying Colors, and Ancient Harvest.
Storad worked at Arizona State University for more than 24 years writing about science and scholarship. He was founding editor for the nationally award winning ASU Research Magazine, and Chain Reaction, an award-winning magazine for young readers. Prior to ASU, Storad worked as a reporter, editor, and general manager for The Barberton Herald newspaper in northeast Ohio. He was a science/medical writer for the U.S. National Cancer Institute, a freelance magazine writer, and a science/feature writer at Kent State University. He earned a degree in mass media communication from the University of Akron in 1979, and a master's degree in mass communication/science journalism from ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunication in 1983. He was a Year 2000 inductee to the Cronkite School's Journalism Hall of Fame.
Storad is a member of the National Association of Science Writers, Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, Arizona Book Publisher's Association, International Reading Association, Libraries Limited, and is an emeritus member of the University Research Magazine Association.
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