|Region:||New York: Metropolitan|
|Will Travel:||Anywhere in the world|
|SCBWI Profile:||Member Profile|
I'm an author and journalist in Brooklyn, NY. The Honeybee Man (Schwartz & Wade 2011) was my first picture book and garnered a lot of lovely acclaim. A Heart Just Like My Mother's, my second book (Kar-Ben/Lerner) released in January 2018; two middle grade science books I wrote for National Geographic published in August 2018: Absolute Expert: Dinosaurs and Absolute Expert: Volcanoes. Karl's New Beak was released by Capstone/Smithsonian in March 2019. Fall 2020 will see the publication of three books in a series from Capstone: Mysteries of the Constellations, Mysteries of the Planets, Stars, and Galaxies, and Mysteries of the Universe. I'm also a veteran journalist covering a variety of topics—including science—for adults and kids.
I visit schools to read The Honeybee Man and talk about bees, beekeeping, pollinators, and sustainable cities. In New York, this tends to be part of the first grade curriculum, although I've found that grades 2-4 are really able to grasp the more nuanced concepts around these topics. But all ages of elementary kids are keen to discuss what they know and fear about bees; to taste honey samples to discover what different flavors they can discern—then guess what flowers they came from; and to talk about their own experiences with insects and nature.