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Melissa Stewart

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Trained as both a scientist and journalist, Melissa Stewart is the award-winning author of more than 100 books for young readers. While gathering information for her books, Melissa has explored tropical forests in Costa Rica, gone on safari in Kenya and Tanzania, and swum with sea lions in the Galápagos Islands.

Melissa's Books

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Alligator or Crocodile?

Alligator or Crocodile?

How Do You Know?

Melissa Stewart
Alligators and crocodiles may look the same to you, but you might be surprised to learn just how different these animals are! Get a close up look at the differences between these animals with brilliant color photographs...Read More

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ISBN: 978-0-7660-5655-8
Binding: eBook
List Price: $23.60
Discount Price: $17.70

Amazing Eyes Up Close

Amazing Eyes Up Close

Melissa Stewart
Did you know that honeybees have more than two eyes? Or that a giant squid's eyes are bigger than dinner plates? AMAZING EYES UP CLOSE, in the ANIMAL BODIES UP CLOSE series, lets you learn all about how animals use their eyes to look for food and to stay safe...Read More

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ISBN: 978-0-7660-4369-5
Binding: eBook
List Price: $23.60
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Blue Animals

Blue Animals

Melissa Stewart
Who knew so many animals were blue?! Another title in the ALL ABOUT A RAINBOW OF ANIMALS series, BLUE ANIMALS lets new readers practice their colors with vibrant photos and simple text...Read More

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ISBN: 978-0-7660-4330-5
Binding: eBook
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Butterfly or Moth?

Butterfly or Moth?

How Do You Know?

Melissa Stewart
How can you tell a butterfly from a moth? What is the difference? With colorful photographs and clear language, author Melissa Stewart shows young readers how to identify these animals using critical thinking skills...Read More

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ISBN: 978-0-7660-5564-3
Binding: eBook
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Creepy, Crawly Jokes About Spiders and Other Bugs

Creepy, Crawly Jokes About Spiders and Other Bugs

Laugh and Learn About Science

Melissa Stewart
Who said science can't be funny?! Read some fascinating science facts about bugs, including butterflies, beetles, and bees. Then learn some seriously silly jokes! And the fun part? The section of the book that teaches you to write your own jokes about bugs! Get ready to laugh and learn about science...Read More

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ISBN: 978-0-7660-4452-4
Binding: eBook
List Price: $26.27
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Dino-Mite Jokes About Prehistoric Life

Dino-Mite Jokes About Prehistoric Life

Laugh and Learn About Science

Melissa Stewart
In DINO-MITE JOKES ABOUT PREHISTORIC LIFE learn about everything from early arthropods to dinosaurs and early humans. After reading all the silly jokes, follow author Melissa Stewart's directions to create your own jokes! Get ready to laugh and learn about science...Read More

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ISBN: 978-0-7660-4449-4
Binding: eBook
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Melissa's Latest Blog Entries

The Benefits of Teacher Timesaver Tables

Nonfiction Writers Dig Deep: 50 Award-winning Authors Share the Secret of Engaging Writing is bursting with ideas and insights from many of today’s leading nonfiction authors. Ideally, educators will have a chance to read all the essays. But because time is such a precious commodity, teachers should also feel free to dip in and out of the essays in a way that meets their interests and needs.

To make this process easier, each chapter features a Teacher Timesaver Table that includes helpful information about the essays and the books each author writes.

 


By consulting this table, educators can quickly discover the grade level(s) that each author writes for, the format of their books—picture book (PB) or long form (LF)—and the content area the books address. The table also includes a brief summary of each essay. This table will help teachers identify the best two or three essays to accompany a particular lesson.

 

The authors’ ideas and experiences described in each essay can enrich reading and writing instruction in a variety of ways.

 

1.    While students often think about the people behind the fiction books they read, they generally don’t think about nonfiction writers in the same way. The essays in this anthology will give young readers a chance to hear the authors’ voices and understand their motivation for writing particular books.

 

2.    During an author study, the essays can help students feel more connected to the writer.

 

3.    When using children’s books featured in the anthology as mentor texts in writing workshop, the essays can bring a new dimension to lessons that focus on nonfiction craft moves and revision. By revealing how professional writers think, the essays can help demystify the writing process for students.

 

There are so many options for using this one-of-a-kind resource!

Best Nonfiction of 2020 Roundup

Next Monday is a big day in children’s literature. The winners of the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards will be announced. So today seems like a good time to look back at some of the highly-regarded titles published last year.

There’s no doubt about it. 2020 was a phenomenal year for nonfiction, and it seems like more people were paying attention than ever before.

Here’s a roundup of the lists I’m aware of. Please let me know if there are others I should add.

Mock Sibert Lists
Sibert Smackdown! (picture books)

Sibert Showdown! (MG science titles)

Individual Lists

Betsy Bird at A Fuse #8 Production: Nonfiction Picture Books

Betsy Bird at A Fuse #8 Production: Nonfiction Books for Older Readers

Betsy Bird at A Fuse #8 Production: Unique Biographies

Betsy Bird at A Fuse #8 Production: Science & Nature Books

Betsy Bird at A Fuse #8 Production: American History

My favorite STEM titles


Group Lists
AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize Finalists

CRA Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Book Awards

Cybils Award: Elementary Nonfiction Finalists

Cybils Award: Middle Grade Nonfiction Finalists

Cybils Award: High School Nonfiction Finalists

Nerdy Book Club: Nonfiction Picture Books

Nerdy Book Club: Long-form Nonfiction

NCTE Orbis Pictus Award

NSTA-CBC Best STEM Book

NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students

YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award

 

Library Lists

Chicago Public Library Best Informational Books for Younger Readers

Chicago Public Library Best Informational Books for Older Readers

New York Public Library Best Books for Kids: Nonfiction


Review Journals
Booklist Editor’s Choice Books for Youth
(Would you believe nonfiction is first on this list? Hooray!)

Horn Book Fanfare 2020  
(Scroll to bottom for nonfiction.)

Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book Biography of 2020

Kirkus Reviews Best Informational Picture Books of 2020

Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Biography and Memoir of 2020

Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade History of 2020

Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Nonfiction of 2020

SLJ Best Nonfiction of 2020

Now it’s time to look ahead to 2021. So far, it seems like we’re going to have another great year of nonfiction. Time to start reading! 

An Innovative Resource for Teaching Informational Writing

Nonfiction Writers Dig Deep: 50 Award-winning Authors Share the Secret of Engaging Writing has been out in the world for just about two month now, and I’m so excited by the reception it’s receiving from educators. Here’s what some of them are saying:







Over the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting some of my favorite features, activities, and teaching strategies from the anthology. Stay tuned.

Get Ready for NFFest!


NF Fest is a month-long crash course in writing nonfiction for children. Throughout February, you’ll learn the craft of nonfiction writing from 28 award-winning authors through daily posts and activities to get you writing and researching in small steps. It's all FREE, and there will even be prizes!


Join the NF Fest Facebook community at 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NFFest/ for updates and discussion.

Resources for Educators: Choosing a Nonfiction Topic

More and more, teachers are requesting educational resources that go beyond traditional teachers guides and activity sheets. So while I do still have those kinds of materials on my website, I’m also offering resources that delve deeply into the nonfiction reading and writing process from an author’s point of view. 

Some of these resources focus on books I’ve written and describe various stages of my creative process in detail, while others provide more general information  and highlight books written by a wide variety of nonfiction authors.  

On Mondays this year, I’m sharing some of these resources and providing ideas for how they might be used in the classroom. Today, I’m going to focus on the article Choosing a Topic for a Nonfiction Report or Project, which you can access by clicking on the Nonfiction Writing Resources icon.


Many students struggle to come up with an ideas for a nonfiction report or project. This article provides some easy-to-implement strategies that can help them.
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Melissa's Award Winners

Why Are Animals Blue?

2009 SOCIETY OF SCHOOL LIBRARIANS INTERNATIONAL HONOR BOOK AWARD IN SCIENCE

Why Are Animals Blue?

Why Are Animals Blue?

An NSTA-CBS OUTSTANDING SCIENCE TRADE BOOKS FOR STUDENTS K-12 1997 2010 Selection

Why Are Animals Blue?