I'm thrilled to announce that I'll be appearing at two great venues this fall:
American Association of School Librarians National Conference
November 15, 2014
Panel Presentation "Scientists At Work"
2:30pm Signing in Author Alley
National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference
November 23 and 24, 2014
Hynes Convention Center
Saturday, November 23
Books for Children Luncheon
Signing Citizen Scientists at MacMillan booth
Reflecting on the Writing Process: Orbis Pictus Authors Share Their Journeys
Sunday, November 24
Signing Tracking Trash and The Hive Detectives in the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt booth
Honor Your Process:Bringing the Working Methods and Style of Published Writers to Your Classroom
Attention Massachusetts teachers, librarians, writers, and readers! I'm participating in a couple free local events in the coming month, and one or both may be interesting to you. Here are the details ...
Educator Appreciation Week
March 8-12, 2013
Annie's Book Stop of Worcester
65 James Street, Worcester, MA
Events are held each evening at 7pm and include local authors and shopping discounts for teachers. I'll be at Annie's on Monday night to talk to teachers and librarians (and whoever else pops in!) about science in the classroom and my books, but there are authors scheduled every night. Check out the full lineup of speakers and topics at the Annie's Book Stop blog.
Groton READS & WRITES Author Panel
March 19, 2013 at 7pm
Groton Public Library
99 Main Street, Groton, MA
This event is part of Groton's super-cool townwide celebration of reading and writing. The entire town is reading Steven King's ON WRITING (!) and then gathering for a series of panel discussions, writing workshops, open mic nights, and author visits. Check out the full details on the official Groton READS & WRITES webpage.
I'm pleased and honored to announce that Citizen Scientists has been named a Green Earth Book Award winner! I'll be traveling to Salisbury, Maryland to accept the award in early April, and am looking forward to participating in the Read Green Festival at Salisbury University while I'm there. Many thanks to the award sponsor, The Nature Generation; be sure to visit their website for the complete list of the 2013 Green Earth Book Award winners.
Boston is hosting the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science this weekend, and there is lots of crazy cool science-y stuff going on.
Saturday and Sunday are dedicated to kids and families, with interactive science exhibits, tabletop science demos, and plenty of science peeps to talk shop and answer questions for students of all ages. These Family Fun Days are held in the Hynes Convention Center from 11am to 5pm on both days and are completely free. Check out the details here.
If science books are your thing, consider attending the award ceremony for the SB&F Prizes on Saturday. Here are the details:
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Sheraton Hotel, Liberty Ballroom
39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA
Readings in Booth (#69/70)
11:30 -12:00 Sy Montgomery (author of TEMPLE GRANDIN)
12:15-12:45 Penny Chisolm (author of OCEAN SUNLIGHT)
1:00-1:30 Loree Griffin Burns (author of CITIZEN SCIENTISTS)
1:45-2:15 Terrie M. Williams (author of THE ODYSSEY OF KP2)
Signings in Booth #321
12:15-12:45 Sy Montgomery (author of TEMPLE GRANDIN)
1:00-1:30 Penny Chisolm (author of OCEAN SUNLIGHT)
1:45-2:15 Loree Griffin Burns (author of CITIZEN SCIENTISTS)
2:30-3:00 Terrie M. Williams (author of THE ODYSSEY OF KP2)
I hope to see you in Boston!
The past few months have brought some nice accolades for CITIZEN SCIENTISTS, each of which makes me proud and very, very grateful. Thank you to the teachers, librarians, scientists, reviewers and children's book lovers who make these awards happen ...
I'm pleased to be part of MassAudubon's Friday Night Lecture Series at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary (113 Goodnow Road) in Princeton, Massachusetts this winter. Check out the complete list of the series speakers below, and join us for one or all events. Lecture admission is $7 for MassAudubon members and $10 for nonmembers, and all lectures begin at 7:30pm. Call the Sanctuary at 978-464-2712 if you have any questions.
Belize it or Not: Mass Audubon's Tropical Connection
Leader: Bancroft Poor, Mass Audubon's Vice President
How Can I Help? Empowering Citizens with Science
Leader: Loree Griffin Burns, Scientist/Author
A Forest Journey
Leader: Matthew "Twig" Largess, Certified Arborist, Largess Forestr, Inc
Management of Grassland and Shrubland Habitats for Declining Wildlife Species in Massachusetts
Leader: John Scanlon, Forestry Project Leader
Life as a Field Artist
Leader: Gordon Morrison, Artist, Naturalist and Author
The Nature of Mongolia
Leader: Chris Leahy, MassAudubon Bertrand Chair of Natural History and Ornithology
Leader: Gail Hansche Godin, Photographer/Naturalist
Join me at the Wallingford Public Library in Wallingford, Connecticut for a program called "Science for Everyone!"
There will be a book sale and signing after the event.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Science Books & Film (SB&F) magazine sponsor the SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books each year. Why am I telling you this? Because CITIZEN SCIENTISTS has been named a finalist this year!
Thank you AAAS, and thank you SB&F. It's a thrill and an honor to have my book recognized alongside this amazing collection of science books.
The 2012 Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Award season is underway, and I was thrilled to learn that CITIZEN SCIENTISTS has been nominated in the Middle Grade Nonfiction category.
To learn more about the Cybils, or to see lists of nominated titles in all the categories, check out the website.
Students, teachers, and other science lovers:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, publishers of the much-lauded Scientists in the Field series, has recently launched a website just for you. This is the place to go for a complete list of Scientists in the Field titles, sneak peeks at upcoming books in the series, biographies of the authors (including yours truly!), and updates from the field. I hope you'll check it out ... its one more place where science meets adventure.
Scientists at The Lost Ladybug Project are searching for rare native ladybug species, and you can help find them. Spend the morning with author and naturalist Loree Griffin Burns brushing up on ladybug biology, learning to identify common and rare species, and documenting ladybugs at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary … then go home and survey the ladybugs living in your backyard. Bring sharp eyes and a digital camera, if you have one. Please dress for meadow hiking, and remember that it is tick season!
Please note: Registration is required for this event, and fees apply. See this link for details.
On Saturday at 2pm, I'll be leading a ladybug hunt at Worceser's Day of Play at Elm Park. You can find a detailed overview of all the planned festivities (Chuck and Mudd! Fancy Nancy! Twister!) at the official Day of Play website.
I'd love to see you there on Saturday. Bring the sun with you, okay?
I’m participating in some pretty cool citizen science events in the coming months and hope you’ll consider joining me:
In this free event, participants will learn about four important citizen science projects ongoing at Broad Meadow Brook (Monarch Larval Monitoring Project, Oriole Project, and Lost Ladybug Project and a Red-backed Salamander study). After a brief introduction to each, we’ll head out into the field to try our hand at the various projects. I’ll be on hand to talk about Lost Ladybug Project (see below) and to talk about my new book, Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard.
Scientists at The Lost Ladybug Project are searching for rare native ladybug species, and you can help find them. Spend the morning brushing up on ladybug biology, learning to identify common and rare species, and documenting ladybugs here at Wachusett Meadow … then go home and survey the ladybugs living in your backyard. Bring sharp eyes and a digital camera, if you have one. Please dress for meadow hiking, and remember that it is tick season!
Please note: Registration is required for this event, and fees apply. See this link for details.
I'll be celebrating citizen science with naturalists from the Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary (414 Massasoit Road, Worcester, MA) on Saturday, May 19 from 1-3pm. Here's a link to all the details. Join us if you can!
I'll be talking with science fans at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 28. (Woot! Woot!) You can find details about the festival, the festival book fair, and all the featured authors on the official festival website. I'll be posting regular updates here and on my blog, too.
In addition to the two presentations described below, I'll be signing copies of Tracking Trash and The Hive Detectives at the NSTA conference in Indianapolis next week. Here are the details:
And get this: the fine folks at HMH are giving the books away, while supplies last. Come and get one. I'll sign it all pretty-like.
This week I'm putting the finishing touches on a presentation for the National Science Teachers Association annual conference, and preparing for a panel presentation too. If you're planning to join the festivities in Indianapolis, I'd love to see you at one or both events. Here are the details:
How Can I Help? Empowering Students with Citizen Science
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Westin Indianapolis, Capitol II
As a scientist, a writer, and a mother, Dr. Loree Griffin Burns is committed to providing children with accurate, age-appropriate information about real world events. Drawing on her experiences researching and writing about environmental issues from ocean pollution to the collapse of honey bee populations, Burns proposes a formula for sharing these stories without scaring students: give them something meaningful they can do to help. From tallying beach debris (International Coastal Cleanup) and monitoring native bee populations (Great Sunflower Project) to tagging monarch butterflies (Monarch Watch) and hunting ladybugs (Lost Ladybug Project), Burns has practiced citizen science in her own backyard, coordinated events in her community, introduced projects into schools, and observed events from Central Park to central Mexico. In this workshop, she’ll recommend a variety of nationally organized and freely available citizen science projects, pairing them with trade books to help teachers promote both inquiry and literacy in their science classrooms.
Integrating Science and Literacy: A Journey, Not a Destination
Friday, March 30, 2012
JW Marriott Indianapolis, White River Ballroom D
This session offers teachers and administrators an opportunity to learn from authors how to integrate their award-winning trade books into science instruction. Participants can get up close and personal with these acclaimed authors:
Other presenters are educators who have served or chaired the NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Book Committee. Opportunities will be available to work in small groups with the authors and vetted activities will be shared.
Ellen Harasimowicz and I will be celebrating the release of Citizen Scientists with three public book signing events this week, one of which falls on Leap Day. If you're in the neighborhood, drop in and say "Ribbit!" You might inspire me to do my American toad impersonation ...
Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 1:30pm
Harvard Public Library
4 Pond Road
Saturday, March 3, 2012, 10am-12noon
Route 9 & Lyman Street
Thursday, March 8, 2012, 6pm-8pm
Beaman Memorial Public Library
8 Newton Street
West Boylston, MA
All three events will feature a short presentation, a reading, and a booksigning. Hope to see you there!
“What is citizen science, anyway?” So begins this journey into the surprising world of science for everyone, everywhere. Part job description, part nature study, and part beginner field guide, Citizen Scientists invites readers of all ages to think of themselves as scientists, encouraging them to begin by tagging butterflies, counting birds, identifying frogs, and hunting ladybugs.
It's here! It's finally here! My newest book for young readers, Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard will be published on February 14, 2012. Photographer Ellen Harasimowicz and I will be launching the book in two public events, one at her local library and one at mine. In keeping with the books outdoorsy nature, and in celebration of the amphibians that star in chapter three ("Frogging in Spring"), we're holding these events on Leap Day, February 29, 2012.
We'll share the people and places that helped us create the book in a short, all-ages presentation. A book sale and signing will follow. Here are the details:
Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 6pm
Beaman Memorial Public Library
8 Newton Street
West Boylston, MA
If your free, we hope you'll come and help us celebrate!
I'll be appearing at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 28. (Woot! Woot!) You can find details about the festival, the festival book fair, and all the featured authors on the official festival website. I'll be posting regular updates here and on my blog, too.
I’m thrilled to be part of the Worcester Writers Collaborative Author Explosion on January 29 at Tatnuck Bookseller in Westboro, Massachusetts, where more than a dozen local authors will be reading and signing copies of their books in a single afternoon. We are a diverse group of writers, creating books for children as well as adults, works of fiction and of nonfiction, books published traditionally and books published on our own. If you live in central Massachusetts and would like to learn more about the variety of writers living and working near you, do stop in and say hello. We'd love to meet you. Here are the event details:
I’ll be on hand to talk about and sign copies of The Hive Detectives and Tracking Trash. Since Citizen Scientists releases just two short weeks later, however, I’ve decided to dedicate my reading time to a Sneak Peek!
I’m scheduled to read at 1:30pm, but plan to hang around, enjoy the festivities, and mingle with attendees and with my fellow authors all afternoon. I hope to see you there!
I'm heading to "the biggest little city in the world"* this month to participate in the Entomological Society of America annual conference. I'm part of a group of scientists and educators who'll speak about the wonder of insects, especially in science education. You can read more about our symposium here, or simply join us here:
* You knew this referred to Reno, Nevada, didn't you?
Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard
by Loree Griffin Burns
Photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz
Henry Holt, February 14, 2012
I cannot even tell you how excited I am about this book! SUPER. EXCITED. And did you notice its release date? Valentine's Day! Shouldn't you order one for your valentine?
I'll be at the National Science Teachers Association regional conference in Hartford, Connecticut at the end of October:
On Thursday, October 27 at 5pm, I'll join professors Susannah Richards and Jeanelle Day and author Melissa Stewart for a presentation called "Invitations to Inquiry"
On Friday, October 28 at 8:30 am, I'll be speaking at the Council for Elementary Science International (CESI) breakfast, where I'll share with attendees ideas for empowering students with citizen science.
For more information on these events or the NSTA regional conference, visit the conference website.
I'll also be at the Entomological Society of America (ESA) annual conference in Reno, Nevada in November:
On Tuesday, November 15 I'll be spreading the buzz alongside Tom Turpin, Sharron Quisenberry, Brad Vinson, and others in a day-long symposium about turning kids onto science through insects. I'll be signing copies of The Hive Detectives in the Entomological Foundation booth later in the day.
For more information on ESA 2011, visit the conference website.
The American Library Association Annual Conference kicks off on Friday in New Orleans, and I’m super excited because I'LL BE THERE! I'm teaming up with nine fantastic nonfiction writers in a massive celebration of writing and reading and sharing nonfiction. Here are the details:
Start school with new booktalks and activities from ten nonfiction authors: April Pulley Sayre (Rah, Rah, Radishes), Kelly Milner Halls (In Search of Sasquatch), Deborah Heiligman (Charles and Emma), Loree Griffin Burns (The Hive Detectives), Carla Killough McClafferty (The Many Faces of George Washington), Christine Taylor-Butler (Magnets), Shirley Duke (You Can’t Wear These Genes), Darcy Pattison (Prairie Storms), Carla Mooney (Explorers of the New World) and Anastasia Suen (Read and Write Sports). (Handouts)
I’ll also be signing books in the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt booth (#1539-1540) immediately after the presentation and until 11am. I’ve packed scads of honey candy, so please do stop by.
For a complete list of all the Book Blast authors and their signing schedules, visit our blog.
Hope to see you there!
I’ll be looking for lost ladybugs at the Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary in Princeton, Massachusetts this summer, and I could use your help. Are you up for it?
Saturday, May 28, 10:00am – noon
Saturday, June 18, 10:00am – noon
Saturday, July 16, 10:00am - noon
Scientists at The Lost Ladybug Project are searching for rare native ladybug species, and you can help find them. Spend a few hours brushing up on ladybug biology, learning to identify common and rare species, and documenting ladybugs here at Wachusett Meadow … then go home and survey the ladybugs living in your own backyard. Bring sharp eyes and a digital camera, if you have one; we’ll provide the rest.
Registration is required and fees apply, see the program website for more information.
I'm excited to be part of a panel of nonfiction writers sharing books with librarians at the American Library Association annual conference in New Orleans this summer. To give everyone a taste of ourselves and our books, we’ve started blogging together over at Nonfiction Book Blast . There will be a new post every Monday between now and our presentation on June 26. Be sure to check us out!
I'll be speaking with the Norfolk County Beekeepers Association at their annual meeting this April, on the subject of trash in the ocean, chemicals in the environment, and why it is important to share these difficult issues with young people in honest and age-appropriate ways. Please join us if you can!
I'm heading to the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) annual conference ... in San Francisco, baby! I'm excited at the prospect of all those science teachers to mingle with and learn from. Sunshine and warmth? Total bonuses.
At the conference, I'll join Professors Susannah Richards and Jeanelle Day, and my colleague Alexandra Siy, to talk about practicing science in childhood, in the field, in books, and in the classroom. Ours promises to be a lively and informative discussion; please join us if you are at the conference. Here are the details:
I was tickled to find out today that THE HIVE DETECTIVES has been named a finalist for the 2011 AAAS/Subaru Science Books & Films Prize for Excellence in Science Books. This mouthful of a prize was created six years ago in order to "encourage outstanding science writing and illustration for children."
Check out the entire list of finalists here.
© Ellen Harasimowicz
Researching THE HIVE DETECTIVES was a project that relied heavily on the kindness of beekeepers in central Massachusetts, where I live. Members of the Worcester County Beekeepers Association welcomed me to years of meetings and events, exposing me to the endless passion of beekeepers and, of course, the endless allure of honey bees. Mary Duane, WCBA president, even let me suit up and explore her hives with my own gloved hands. (That’s us together in the photo above. I’m the one taking notes, she’s the one working the bees!)
If you've read the book, you know Mary became an important part of the story I told ... which is why it will be super fun to reunite with her on Sunday to talk about bees at MassAudubon. We'll be speaking at the Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary at 2pm, and there will be a book sale and signing following the presentation.
I hope you can join us ...
Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary
414 Massasoit Road
Sunday, September 19
Adult Fees: $6 Members, $8 Nonmembers
Children’s Fees: $3 Members, $4 Nonmembers
You can find more information at the MassAudubon website.
Milkweed blooming at Wachusett Meadow
© Loree Griffin Burns
I usually take the summer off, but not this year. I’ll be visiting a handful of public libraries to talk about my books, and also running a hands-on introduction to the Lost Ladybug Project at my local Audubon sanctuary. The library events are free and open to the public, and I’ve included a description of the Audubon event, including the associated fees. I hope some of you can join us!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Conant Public Library
4 Meetinghouse Hill Road
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary
113 Goodnow Road
Adults: $6.00 Members, $8.00 Nonmembers
Children: $3.00 Members, $4 Nonmembers
Scientists at The Lost Ladybug Project are searching for rare native ladybug species, and you can help find them. Spend a few hours brushing up on ladybug biology, learning to identify common and rare species, and documenting ladybugs at Wachusett Meadow ... then go home and survey the ladybugs living in your backyard. Bring sharp eyes and a digital camera, if you have one.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Groton Public Library
99 Main Street
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Melrose Public Library
69 West Emerson Street
I have a few public appearances this month that I wanted to mention here. Actually, I meant to mention them a week ago, since the first event is tonight. I'm sorry! But if you live near Harvard, Massachusetts or Manchester, Vermont, and are inclined to listen to me babble about bees, please feel free to stop in ...
This Thursday night I’ll be launching THE HIVE DETECTIVES … again.
I know! Crazy! But here’s the thing: I only get one book launch every three years or so. I should totally make the most of the opportunity, right? Plus, I am re-launching* for a great cause: the Gale Free Library (GFL) in Holden, Massachusetts.
Soooo … if you are free this Thursday, consider joining photographer Ellen Harasimowicz and I for an evening of buzzy celebration. We’ll be sharing some stories from our days researching THE HIVE DETECTIVES, selling copies of the book, and signing them, too. All proceeds will be donated directly to the Gale Free Library. Here are the details:
We hope you can join us! And please spread the word!
I was lucky enough to grow up in a town with three libraries … and with the freedom to spend a lot of time in them. I remember all three vividly, and connect certain books with each; I discovered HONESTLY, KATIE JOHN (by Mary Calhoun) on the narrow shelves of the East Everett Branch library, THE PINBALLS (by Betsy Byars) downstairs in the children’s room of the Shute Memorial Library, and JANE EYRE (by Charlotte Bronte) while working as a page at the Parlin Memorial Library. The seeds for my life in books were sowed in these buildings, and nurtured by the librarians who welcomed me into them.
These days, my library loves include the Beaman Memorial Libraray and the Gale Free Library. I couldn’t do the work I do without constant access to their services. My life--the lives of everyone in my family, actually--would be irrevocably changed without them. To celebrate these two havens, and the communities they hold up, I’m launching THE HIVE DETECTIVES in their honor.
So, if you’re in the central Massachusetts area and would like to learn a little about bees, please join Ellen Harasimowicz and I as we launch THE HIVE DETECTIVES, our newest book for your readers, at the Beaman Memorial and Gale Free libraries. Books will be sold at both events, and all proceeds will benefit the two libraries. Here are the deets:
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Gale Free Library
23 Highland Street
I’d love to see YOU there!
For more about celebrating local libraries, check out the American Library Association's National Library Week festivities.
The softcover edition of TRACKING TRASH is officially released today! You can purchase copies at bookstores everywhere ... or, if you act quickly, you can win a free copy here.
If you live in or around Hudson, New York, consider attending the second annual Hudson Children's Book Festival. Here are the details:
For more information, visit the official festival website, which includes a list of all the participating authors and illustrators. I'll be there!
I'll be speaking at the Harvard Public Library in Harvard Massachusetts tomorrow night; do stop in if you are in the area! Here are the details:
In her new book The Hive Detectives, Loree Griffin Burns provides middle school children and their families a window into the secret lives of bees and the cause of recent disease problems in the honeybee population. This is a rare opportunity to meet this West Boylston author before the book arrives in local book stores in May 2010. Photographs for the book and the lecture were taken by Harvard resident Ellen Harasimowicz, who will also be on hand to answer questions.
I'll be attending the American Library Associations Midwinter Meeting in Boston later this month. The highlight of the conference will surely be the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt banquet on Sunday, January 17. I'll be speaking with other HMH authors about our new spring 2010 books. If you know me and my book love issues, you'll understand how excited I am to be speaking alongside:
There are lots of other exciting events going on at the midwinter meeting, including the ALA Youth Media Award announcements, which take place at 7:45am on Monday, January 18. So many of the books I adored this year are up for awards; best of luck to all the nominated authors!
Hope to see YOU in Boston ...
I’ll be at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) annual convention in Philadelphia later in the week. I’m looking forward to catching up with old friends, and to making some new ones. Here’s my schedule for the trip …
Friday, November 20
Convention Center, Room 107B, Street Level
Stories and Standards: Pairing Fiction and Nonfiction for Interdisciplinary Connections
Moderator: Teri Lesense
Author Panel: Kate Messner, Tanya Lee Stone, Jenny Moss and Loree Griffin Burns
Saturday, November 21
Convention Center, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Booth (#500)
I’ll be signing copies of TRACKING TRASH*
Books for Children Luncheon
Marriott Grand Ballroom, Salon A
I’m told I am hosting a table at this event. From what I can tell, this means that a dozen of the teachers who come to hear a keynote by the amazing Brian Selznick are going to be stuck with, er, me. But I plan to be very nice to them as we sit together and admire Mr. Selznick, and each will leave my table with a signed copy of TRACKING TRASH, compliments of Houghton Mifflin.
Hope to see you there!
*I’m not sure that F&Gs of THE HIVE DETECTIVES will be ready, but my amazingly talented photographer/partner-in-bookmaking, Ellen Harasimowicz, turned final color proofs of the book into a gorgeous preview, and I’ll be bringing that along. Do stop by and have a look if you are in the vicinity!
My newest book for young readers is on the horizon! THE HIVE DETECTIVES will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in May 2010. Here's a sneak peak at the cover:
Well, what do you think? Drop me a line and let me know!
This message is for a student named Meredith M., who I met at a Sustainability Fair last fall. I hope she finds her way here, because her project is due very soon and I am at a a loss as to how else I can reach her ...
I have gotten your emails, and I have responded to each and every one. Clearly my replies are not reaching you. If you are reading this, please check the SPAM folder of your email system to see if my errant emails are there. In them you will find the information you asked about.
Loree Griffin Burns
I just returned from a six-day trip to Michoacán, Mexico, where I visited three monarch butterfly sanctuaries. The trip was in support of a book I am writing on citizen science. You can see photos and read from my travel journal here.
On Saturday I attended the first New England Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Salon. It was a fabulous event and I have to start my recap by encouraging published New England SCBWI members to consider attending future Salons. (Find more information here.)
The forty writers and illustrators in attendance were treated to an overview of “Working with Independent Booksellers” by Carol Stoltz of Porter Square Books, Alison Morris of Wellesley Booksmith and Carol Chittendon of Eight Cousins Bookstore.
These women are passionate about books and experienced in the art of connecting books to readers in their community. They freely shared their wisdom with us and I left inspired to find more ways to support independent booksellers … even though I live in an area without one.
So, how can we writers and readers support independent booksellers and other retailers in our communities? It's actually pretty easy, thanks to IndieBound. Check out this IndieBound Declaration:
When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for individuals to denounce the corporate bands which threaten to homogenize our cities and our souls, we must celebrate the powers that make us unique and declare the causes which compel us to remain independent.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all stores are not created equal, that some are endowed by their owners, their staff, and their communities with certain incomparable heights, that among these are Personality, Purpose and Passion. The history of the present indies is a history of experiences and excitement, which we will continue to establish as we set our sights on a more unconstrained state. To prove this, let’s bring each other along and submit our own experiences to an unchained world.
We, therefore, the Kindred Spirits of IndieBound, in the name of our convictions, do publish and declare that these united minds are, and darn well ought to be, Free Thinkers and Independent Souls. That we are linked by the passions that differentiate us. That we seek out soul mates to share our excitement. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the strength of our identities, we respectively and mutually pledge to lead the way as we all declare that we are IndieBound!
As writers, we can support this movement by becoming IndieBound Affiliates (much like you can with other online bookstores) and encouraging our readers to buy our books through local, independent bookstores. You can add an IndieBound button to your website and give readers the option to support their own local booksellers at the same time that they support you. I plan to do that as soon as humanly possible. (Read: As soon as my web guy can do it!)
In the meantime, if you need a copy of TRACKING TRASH, just click the link below. You'll be taken to an IndieBound webpage; simply punch in your zipcode and you are hooked up with a bookstore near you that carries my book. Go ahead, test it out!
I am thrilled to be planning a visit with students from schools in the Castine, Maine area this spring. Castine is quite a drive from my home in central Massachusetts, so I am reaching out to other Maine schools in that area or on my travel route in hopes of coordinating additional visits.
The visits would happen the week of Monday, April 6 through Thursday, April 9, 2009. Interested teachers and librarians can find information on me, my books, my school visit presentations, my fees, and how to reach me on the School Visits page of this website.
My neighbor called me on Monday and said to my answering machine: “Hi Loree. I’m thumbing through the new issue of Ranger Rick and found an article called ‘Trash Tracker’ by a Loree Griffin Burns. Is that you?”
Tee hee. Can you imagine another Loree Griffin Burns out there writing about trash for young people?!
Anyway, if you have the October issue of Ranger Rick handy, check out the feature article on page 31. It’s me!
I will be participating in two wonderful events on September 20, 2008:
At 10am, I'll be joining volunteers at Salisbury Beach State Reservation to help kickoff the COASTSWEEP season. This important beach cleanup event is part of The Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup, a worldwide effort to record and discard trash and debris from beaches everywhere. EVERYWHERE! Check out the COASTSWEEP website to find a cleanup near you. If you live outside of Massachusetts, you can find a cleanup through The Ocean Conservancy's ICC website.
Also happening on September 20 is a massive celebration of the arts in West Boylston, Massachusetts. The West Boylston Arts Foundation is sponsoring the Arts Festival, and I am thrilled to be part of the festivities. I'll be speaking at 3pm, but there is plenty to see and do all day ... come early and stay late!
I am thrilled to announce that TRACKING TRASH has been included on the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award List. Each year a DCF selection committee chooses thirty books for the List, which then serves as a reading guide for Vermont fourth-through-eighth grade students. At the end of the year, students vote for their favorite. You can see the complete 2008-2009 list here.
Thank you DCF Selection Committee ... and Happy Reading Vermonters!
The Boston Authors Club has honored TRACKING TRASH with its Highly Recommended Book designation. You can learn more about the awards here. I'll be attending the annual awards luncheon at the Boston Public Library on May 15.
Thank you Boston Authors Club!
More good news to share!
I am thrilled and overwhelmed and very, very grateful to both the IRA and the John Burroughs Association.
More good news for TRACKING TRASH: the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has included it on its list of Recommended Nonfiction. Thank you NCTE!
You can read the complete list of NCTE Recommended books, including the Orbis Pictus Winner and Honor Books here.
TRACKING TRASH was named a 2008 Notable Book for Children by the American Library Association. You can see the complete list here.
The Horn Book website now has video, audio, and print access to the ceremony celebrating the 2007 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children's Literature.
I was thrilled to be part of the ceremony this year; you can see (or hear, or read) my acceptance speech at the links above.
TRACKING TRASH has been named a finalist for the 2008 SB&F Prize. Sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Subaru, this award honors excellence in science books. You can check out the full list of finalists here.
TRACKING TRASH was reviewed in the NEW YORK TIMES today! You can read the full article here.
TRACKING TRASH was mentioned in the Sunday L.A. Times yesterday. You can read the entire article, which reviews several children's books with environmental themes, here.
I have been invited to participate in the Fish Tales, Tugs & Sails festival in New London, Connecticut on August 11.
The outdoor, waterfront festival runs from 11am to 6pm and looks to be a blast. I will be arriving at the festival by tugboat (!) and presenting in the Author Tent at 2:30pm.
Click the link above to read more about the day's activities, including the list of fabulous children's book authors who will be speaking and signing books. I hope to see you there!
TRACKING TRASH has been recognized by the 2007 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children's Literature!
The book was designated an Honor Book in the Nonfiction category ... you can read about the award and all the winners here.
You can catch me on Ramona Interviews, a program on Worcester's own cable access station, TV13, during the month of June. Host Ramona Marangos and I discussed TRACKING TRASH, the problem of marine debris, and ways for chidlren and families to become citizen scientists.
The program will air on these dates:
Monday, June 4, 2007 at 10:30pm
Tuesday, June 5, 2007 at 10:00am
Tuesday, June 5, 2007 at 4:30pm
Thursday, June 7, 2007 at 6:00pm
Tune in if you can!
There have been several updates to my website recently ...
Not sure how to celebrate Earth Day? Consider a day of family fun and Earth Day activities at the Ecotarium. I will be there!
I'll post more details as they are announced ...
Hear ye! Hear ye!
The publication of my first book, TRACKING TRASH: FLOTSAM, JETSAM AND THE SCIENCE OF OCEAN MOTION will be celebrated on April 18, 2007 at the Barnes & Noble store in Worcester. Mark your calendars!
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
541 Lincoln Street
Early reviews of TRACKING TRASH are rolling in. Here's what the big review journals are saying:
"The well-written narration will keep readers engaged, and it's excellent for reports. The science is clearly explained, and the vivid and lively photographs and well-labeled charts and diagrams help to create interest and build understanding."
School Library Journal, Starred Review
". . . engaging description of research involving familiar objects . . . "
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"Scientific information builds from chapter to chapter, creating a natural detective story."
The Horn Book
This just in ...
The library journal VOYA has given TRACKING TRASH top marks in both quality and popularity. On their quality scale, the book was rated 5, which means "hard to imagine it being better written"; on the popularity scale the book was also rated 5, which translates to "every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday".
Michele Winship's complete review will run in the February 2007 issue of VOYA.
Stay tuned for more early reviews of TRACKING TRASH!
TRACKING TRASH has been honored as a Junior Library Guild selection for 2007.
I am officially planning my spring book tour! I will be bringing TRACKING TRASH to the Seattle area March 2 through March 10, 2007 (or thereabouts). Tour specifics will be posted as they are confirmed.
Meanwhile, Seattle-area parents and teachers are welcome to browse my new School Visits page ... I'd love to talk to children at YOUR school about researching, writing and publishing children's books!
Kelly A. Bishop wrote a wonderful article about me and my first book for VITAE, the alumni magazine of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. You can read the full article here. (Note: you will need to scroll down to page 7.)
And now you can pre-order copies of TRACKING TRASH from amazon.com. Buy them now for the young scientists-to-be in your life!
I am official! You can now find an entry for TRACKING TRASH: FLOTSAM, JETSAM AND THE SCIENCE OF OCEAN MOTION on the Houghton Mifflin Company web page. To see for yourself, click here.
Back in March I spoke at the monthly meeting of the Society of Professional Communicators in Worcester, MA. SPC member Elizabeth Regan later interviewed me for their newsletter ... you can read her article here.
You can now access my blog from this website ... simply click the "Blog" link on the menu to your right. Voila!
I've added a list of writing books to my Suggested Reading page ... check it out!
If you are in Central Massachusetts this spring you can find me at these events:
On Tuesday, March 14 I will talk to the Society of Professional Communicators about my work writing for children. You can find more details at their website.
On Friday, April 7 I will be presenting at the Mayo School Science Exploration Night.
I am thrilled to announce that I was awarded a Work-In-Progress grant from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). SCBWI offers Work-In-Progress grants annually in four categories and my proposal, WEE BEASTIES, won in the non-fiction category. WEE BEASTIES is a book for middle grade readers, and I will be telling you more about it soon. In the meantime, you can read more about the Work-In-Progress grant awards at the SCBWI website.
I've updated my Research Trips pages to include a summary of each trip and a collection of photographs. I hope you'll check them out!
Highlights for Children will be publishing an article I wrote about Tyler and Dean Orbison, a father and son beachcombing team in Alaska. "Surprises from the Sea" has not been given a firm publication date yet, but I will keep you posted!"