Laura Perdew

Laura Perdew

Laura Perdew is an author, writing consultant, and former middle school teacher. She has written more than 15 books for the education market on a wide range of subjects, including the animal rights movement, the history of the toilet, eating local, and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. She is a long-time member of the Society of Children's Book Authors and Illustrators. Laura lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Website: lauraperdew.com

Nomad Press Titles Written by Laura Perdew

Examine Our Changing World

Examine Our Changing World

Three-Title Book Bundle

Titles include: Evolution Extinction Biomes

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Picture Book Science: Adaptions Book Bundle

Picture Book Science: Adaptions Book Bundle

Explore strange-but-true tales of adaptation! Titles include: Spit Nests, Puke Power, and Other Brilliant Bird Adaptations Antifreeze, Leaf Costumes, and Other Fabulous Fish Adaptations Sunscreen, Frogsicles, and Other Amazing Amphibian Adaptations Stink Fights, Earwax, and Other Marvelous Mammal Adaptations Water-Walking, Sidewinding, and Other Remarkable Reptile Adaptations

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The Stars

The Stars

A Gazillion Suns

The Universe is full of hundreds of billions of twinkling stars. For thousands of years, humans have used stars to tell stories, navigate, and make wishes. But what is a star made of? How long will its light last? In The Stars: A Gazillion Suns, the character of the Universe takes us on a journey among the stars and explains how they are born, what makes them twinkle, how many there are, and even how...

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The Sun

The Sun

Shining Star of the Solar System

There are trillions of stars in the universe, but one is particularly important to people on planet Earth—our sun. What’s the sun good for, anyway? Find out as the Universe explains just what makes the sun so important to planet Earth in The Sun: Shining Star of the Solar System. In this nonfiction picture book, children ages 5 to 8 learn how the sun creates the days, seasons, and years we experience on Earth and...

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The Moon

The Moon

Small-but-Mighty Neighbor

The moon is one of the smaller celestial objects in the universe, but it has some very important jobs. Without it, Earth would be a very different place! Narrated by the character of the Universe, The Moon: Small-but-Mighty Neighbor offers up clear scientific explanations designed to gets kids excited about astronomy, covering topics such as the moon’s phases, eclipses, and humans’ long history of watching the moon. A hands-on project, fun facts, and a poem...

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The Earth

The Earth

One-of-a-Kind Planet

Earth is our home, but how much do we really know about our planet? Quite a lot! In The Earth: One-of-a-Kind Planet, the narrator, who just happens to be the universe, explains where Earth is located in the solar system, how Earth was created, how life evolved on Earth, and more. Universe uses a friendly, relatable tone to engage young readers and explain complex science content in ways kids can understand and relate to. And...

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Explore Life in All Forms! Three-Title Book Bundle

Explore Life in All Forms! Three-Title Book Bundle

From microbes to manatees, the world of biology is an amazing place! Kids ages 9 to 12 discover the life all around (and inside) them with cool experiments and stories of plants and animals around the world. Hands-on activities and research projects make learning fun and foundational. Titles include: Biodiversity: Explore the Diversity of Life on Earth with Environmental Activities for Kids Microbes: Discover an Unseen World with 25 Projects Backyard Biology: Discover the Life Cycles and Adaptations...

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Antifreeze, Leaf Costumes, and Other Fabulous Fish Adaptations

Antifreeze, Leaf Costumes, and Other Fabulous Fish Adaptations

When might a fancy leaf costume be useful for a fish? And how do fish in Antarctica keep from freezing? In Antifreeze, Leaf Costumes, and Other Fabulous Fish Adaptations, children ages 5 to 9 discover some of the amazing adaptations in the world of fish! Explore underwater habitats and discover ways fish have evolved to avoid the danger that lurks around every waving piece of seaweed. Detailed illustrations, layered text, a hands-on activity, and plentiful...

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Spit Nests, Puke Power, and Other Brilliant Bird Adaptations

Spit Nests, Puke Power, and Other Brilliant Bird Adaptations

Not all birds build nests with sticks and have good manners.  Some construct nests with their own saliva, while others use vomit as a defense! Sound strange? In Spit Nests, Puke Power, and Other Brilliant Bird Adaptations, curious kids ages 5 to 9 discover many of the unique adaptations of birds. Stories of these brilliant adaptations cultivate deeper discussions about the crucial environmental science topic of adaptations in general. Using an easy narrative tone and vivid...

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Sunscreen, Frogsicles, and Other Amazing Amphibian Adaptations

Sunscreen, Frogsicles, and Other Amazing Amphibian Adaptations

How do sunscreen and mucus help amphibians survive? In Sunscreen, Frogsicles, and Other Amazing Amphibian Adaptations, kids ages 5 to 9 discover how one frog gets sunscreen to protect itself through the dry season and how another uses its own mucus to create a cocoon. Amphibians spend part of their time on land and part in the water, so they’ve evolved fascinating methods of surviving these different environments. Detailed illustrations, funny narrative, layered text, and...

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Water-Walking, Sidewinding, and Other Remarkable Reptile Adaptations

Water-Walking, Sidewinding, and Other Remarkable Reptile Adaptations

A lizard that walks on water? A snake that slithers sideways? These are animal adaptations! In Water-Walking, Sidewinding, and Other Remarkable Reptile Adaptations, children ages 5 to 9 learn how and why the green basilisk lizard runs on the water’s surface, along with the very good reasons sidewinder snakes move the way they do. Explore these reptile adaptations and more with vivid illustrations, layered text, a hands-on activity, and plentiful back matter that motivates readers...

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Stink Fights, Earwax, and Other Marvelous Mammal Adaptations

Stink Fights, Earwax, and Other Marvelous Mammal Adaptations

How do whales make their hearing better?  What do lemurs do to make a point during an argument? In Stink Fights, Earwax, and Other Marvelous Mammal Adaptations, children ages 5 to 9 learn how lemurs settle arguments and how earwax helps a whale’s sense of hearing, along with a host of other deliciously strange-but-true tales! The lively conversational tone and the hilarious descriptions of bizarre adaptations engage a child’s sense of wonder while providing an introduction...

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Crazy Contraptions

Crazy Contraptions

Build Rube Goldberg Machines that Swoop, Spin, Stack, and Swivel with Hands-On Engineering Activities

Why use a simple hand motion to wipe your mouth when you can build a machine to do it for you? Toppling dominoes, rolling marbles, racing balloon cars, springing catapults, and whizzing zip-lines are all elements used to build Rube Goldberg machines in Crazy Contraptions: Build Rube Goldberg Machines that Swoop, Spin, Stack, and Swivel with Hands-On Engineering Activities. The book introduces kids ages 9-12 (and beyond!) to the wacky machines designed by Goldberg, which...

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Biodiversity

Biodiversity

Explore the Diversity of Life on Earth with Environmental Activities for Kids

From the tallest tree to the smallest microbe, Earth is home to more than 1.5 million known species of plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, and microorganisms. And scientists estimate there could be millions, if not billions, more that have not yet been identified! Biodiversity: Explore the Diversity of Life on Earth with Environmental Activities for Kids introduces middle schoolers to the evolution of life on Earth, beginning with the first single-celled organisms that emerged 3.8 billion...

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Extinction

Extinction

What Happened to the Dinosaurs, Mastodons, and Dodo Birds?

Have you seen a dodo bird recently? Do you have mastodons playing in your back yard? Not likely-these species are extinct. In Earth's 4.5-billion-year history, more than 5 billion species have gone extinct, some of them at the same time. In Extinction: What Happened to the Dinosaurs, Mastodons, and Dodo Birds? readers ages 9 to 12 learn about the scientific detective work scientists perform to find the culprit behind mass extinctions. Introduces students to the...

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