Maria Cook is an award-winning freelance writer who holds a BS in secondary English education and an MFA in writing, both from Butler University. Her nonfiction can be found in such publications as Marie Claire, Narratively, and Green Matters. Maria lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Jill Dearman earned an MFA from the New School and is an award-winning author of several books, including The Great Bravura (She Writes Press, 2015). She teaches writing at NYU’s College of Applied Liberal Arts and at The College of New Rochelle, Rosa Parks Campus, and also serves as a private editing and writing coach. She lives in New York City.
Jason Slater is a Commercial Illustrator and muralist living the the Chicago metro area with his wife, two kids, dog, cats, bunnies, and turtles. His work has been published in Highlights for Children and Cancer Cell Journal, along with numerous other publications.
Dave McGillivray is the race director of the iconic Boston Marathon. He is the co-author of The Last Pick: The Boston Marathon Race Director’s Road to Success. Dave is a world-renowned athlete, entrepreneur, speaker, and philanthropist. He lives in North Andover, Massachusetts with his wife Katie. He is the proud dad of Elle, Max, Ryan, Luke and Chloe. Website: dmsesports.com/dave-mcgillivray Facebook: facebook.com/DreamBigwDave Twitter: twitter.com/dmse
Nan Feehrer is a writer and reading teacher. She studied English, children’s literature and writing for children in the Pacific Northwest and has a master’s degree in elementary education. She lives in Westford, Massachusetts with her husband, John and is the proud mom of four kids who dream big and work hard: Derek, Nate, Tim & Izzie.
Angie Smibert is the author of more than 20 nonfiction books about science and technology for kids. Some of those titles include Building Better Robots, How it Works: The Internet, All about Coding, and 12 Great Moments that Changed Internet History. She also writes science fiction and fantasy for middle grade and young adult readers. Her novels include the Memento Nora and the Ghosts of Ordinary Objects series. Before writing full time, she helped pioneer online training at NASA’s Kennedy...
Johannah Haney has published 20 nonfiction books for young learners, including titles about nuclear energy, endangered species, pets, health topics, and essay and speech writing. Her writing has also appeared in The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, The Latin Kitchen, Modern Bride, and other magazines. She holds a Master’s degree in Writing and Publishing from Emerson College, where she has also taught Magazine Publishing to undergraduate and graduate students. She lives with her husband and daughter, her dog, and an occasional...
Rebecca Siegel is a writer, editor, and photographer. She has written about a variety of interesting things, including computers, turbines, medicine, nature, bread baking, cheese making, goats, and printing presses. She is happiest when she’s learning something new and figuring out how to write about it. Rebecca and her family live in Thetford, Vermont. Website: thoughtmap.com
J.K. O'Sullivan introduces fascinating people and places to readers through books, articles and blog posts. Her award-winning science, sustainability and travel books for kids include "Migration Nation" (Charlesbridge, 2015), nominee for the AAAS/Subaru Prize for Excellence in science writing for children. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina with her family. Website: joanneosullivan.com Facebook: facebook.com/joanneosullivan
Diane C. Taylor is a freelance writer whose published works include both fiction and nonfiction. She has written educational material for a nonprofit arts program in Dallas, Texas, and has been an English instructor for students in middle school, high school, and college. Diane lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Website: dianecaroltaylor.weebly.com
Barbara Diggs is a non-fiction writer who has written a range of historical articles for children. Her work has been featured in Learning Through History Magazine, History Magazine, and Renaissance, among others. A graduate of Stanford Law School, Barbara practiced law in New York for several years before becoming a professional writer. She and her family currently split their time between Paris, France, and Washington DC. Website: barbaradiggs.com
Shululu (Hui Li) has always been driven by curiosity. She received a PhD in computational chemistry from the University of Chicago. Her research has been published in the world's most influential science journals, including Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She is devoted to bringing joy and science to young readers through fun illustrations! She lives with her husband in New York, NY. Website: shulululee.com Twitter: twitter.com/shululustudio Instagram: instagram.com/shulululee
Elizabeth Schmermund is a writer, editor, scholar, and teacher. She has written more than 15 books for students and young readers, including New Frontiers in Astronomy, The Persian Gulf War and the War in Iraq, and Women Warriors. She lives in the New York metro area with her family. Website: elizabethschmermund.com
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
Jeanette Moore has been an educator for more than 15 years. She has published several elementary school ELA, history, and mathematics workbooks, has served as a content editor since 2012, and has developed several original mathematics games. Jeanette is a member of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and International Dyslexia Association.
Alicia Z. Klepeis is the author of more than 70 nonfiction and fiction books. Her titles include The World's Strangest Foods, Bizarre Things We've Called Medicine, and Understanding Turkey Today. She has also written more than 100 articles in magazines such as National Geographic Kids and FACES. She lives with her family in Hamilton, New York. Website: aliciaklepeis.com Facebook: facebook.com/AliciaZKlepeiswriter
Janet Slingerland studied engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Drexel University. She has written many science books for children, including The Secret Lives of Plants!, which was named a Top 40 YA nonfiction book by the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association. Janet lives in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Website: janetsbooks.com Facebook: facebook.com/janetsbooks
Matthew Brenden Wood is a math and science teacher with a passion for STEAM education. He is also an avid amateur astronomer and astrophotographer. Wood holds a bachelor's degree in astronomy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Facebook: facebook.com/matthewbrendenwood
Matt Aucoin earned his bachelor's of fine art from Johnson State College and his master's of fine art from the Center for Cartoon Studies. Matt spends his mornings drawing, his afternoons working with students, and his evenings watching 1980's sitcoms. Matt lives in Southern Vermont with his wife and their dog Owen. Website: mattaucoin.carbonmade.com
Karen Bush Gibson is the author of more than 30 nonfiction books for children and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. One of her books about women aviators was named a 2014 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People by the NCSS and a selection in Air & Space/Smithsonian's Best Children's Books of 2013 roundup of aviation and space-themed books. Karen lives in Norman, Oklahoma. Website: kbgibson.net/writing-for-kids Facebook: facebook.com/Books4CuriousKids
Jennifer Swanson is an award-winning author of more than 30 nonfiction and fiction books for children. Her books in the How Things Work series by The Child's World were named to the 2012 Booklist's Top 10 Books for Youth: Series Nonfiction. She has received awards from the Pennsylvania TriState Young Adult Review Committee, The Moms Choice Awards, and The Dove Foundation. Jennifer has a B.S. in chemistry from the U.S. Naval Academy and her M.S. Ed. (K-8) in science from...
Heather Brinesh holds a Master's of Fine Arts in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. At Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, she studied art, as well as English and Chinese literature. She currently serves as the lead artist for an independently-published serial. She also teaches art and humanities at Marin Montessori Junior High. She lives in in Berkeley, California.
Allison grew up with a love of both science and art, studying chemistry at the University of California, Davis, and design, illustration, and animation at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. She enjoys combining traditional, hand-drawn art with digital techniques, “the merger of both methods gives me the freedom to experiment digitally, while maintaining the warmth, emotion, and life of traditional drawing.” Allison is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) as well as...
Christine Burillo-Kirch earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the School of Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has conducted scientific research in the fields of bacteriology and immunology for 12 years. Christine lives with her husband, daughter and puppy in Cary, North Carolina. Website: christineburillokirch.com Facebook: facebook.com/MicrobesDiscoveranUnseenWorld facebook.com/bioengineeringnatureinspireshumandesigns
Vicki V. May holds a BS in engineering from the University of Minnesota and MS and PhD degrees in engineering from Stanford University. She is a professor at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College and is also involved in various outreach projects that bring the challenge of engineering to middle and high school students. Vicki was named Teacher of the Year for Dartmouth and Thayer in 2012 and Professor of the Year for the State of New Hampshire...
Andi Diehn is a writer, editor, and book critic with a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College. She has published dozens of articles, stories, and essays and spent many hours volunteering in her son's classrooms. She lives in Enfield, New Hampshire, with her family. Website: andidiehn.com Facebook: facebook.com/andi.diehn Twitter: twitter.com/lostinthree Instagram: instagram.com/andiwritesbooks
Erin Twamley is an educator and energy education specialist. She has led energy literacy efforts for US Department of Energy and provided STEM opportunities for children. She loves to travel the world and currently lives in Seoul, South Korea.
Joshua Sneideman is an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow with 10 years experience as a middle school science teacher. He founded ECO International, an intercollegiate Environmental Congress to help Costa Rican high schools develop environmental community action plans. Joshua lives in Arlington, Virginia.
Judy Dodge Cummings has taught American history for 25 years. She has a BA in Broadfield Social Studies and a MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Teens. She is the author of numerous articles as well as The Civil War; Pope John Paul: Religious Leader and Humanitarian; and Exploring Polar Regions. Judy lives in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. Website: judydodgecummings.com/books Facebook: facebook.com/JDodgecummings
Lena H. Chandhok earned her degree from the Center for Cartoon Studies in 2011. Her work has been featured in Slate Magazine and in various anthologies. Lena currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. Website: lenachandhok.wordpress.com
Kim is a freelance author based in Long Valley, New Jersey. A long-time member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Kim is also an avid sailor and serves as a volunteer for Lu-Lu's Rescue, a Pennsylvania-based organization that helps to find homes for dogs in need. Website: kimkavin.com
Verna Fisher is a freelance writer living in Pennsylvania. She has written over 100 regional, national, and online magazine articles often focusing on children, education, active living, and Native American topics. She holds a degree in English and Education from DeSales University, as well as certifications in technical writing, copy-editing, and tutoring at the college level. She is also of Cherokee descent.
Sam Carbaugh is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator. He has illustrated several books for Nomad Press, including Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation and Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future. He works with many colleges and companies to create informational comics and illustrations. Sam lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Website: samcarbaugh.com
Rachel Dickinson has published hundreds of articles on travel, nature, and science in numerous newspapers and magazines. Her work has appeared in publications as varied as The Christian Science Monitor, USA Weekend, Islands Magazine, Audubon, National Geographic Traveler, AARP, Living Bird Magazine, and Dolphin Log. Her book The Witch's Handbook: A Field Guide to Magic was published in 2002. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists. Website: racheldickinson.com
Marcia Amidon Lusted has written over 80 books for young readers, many on historical subjects. As an assistant editor for Cobblestone Publishing and its award-winning history magazines, she has written widely on many different historical eras. Marcia lives in Hancock, New Hampshire. Website: adventuresinnonfiction.com Facebook: facebook.com/marciaamidonlusted
W. Eric Martin has written articles for more than 50 publications and has provided dictionary entries for Thomson Gale's World of Computer Science. He is a coauthor of Tools of Timekeeping. They both live in Blackstone, Massachusetts.
Linda Formichelli is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in several youth and science publications including Ack!, Delta Education, Odyssey, Yes, and Zillions. She is the author of Becoming a Personal Trainer for Dummies, Renegade Writer, and a coauthor of Tools of Timekeeping. Website: lindaformichelli.com
Lauri Berkenkamp is the author of six books for kids. Writing under the pen name Maxine Anderson, she has written Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself, which was excerpted in the New York Times Book Review and Christian Science Monitor, chosen as the #7 BookSense Children’s Pick for Summer 2006 and named Book of the Year by the Society for School Librarians International in 2006; Great Civil War Projects You Can Build Yourself, which was excerpted in...
Laszlo Bardos is a high school mathematics teacher and website author. He holds a degree in engineering and a master's degree in business administration. He is the author of the website CutOutFoldUp.com, a site of mathematical models that you can make out of paper. He collected interesting math models and tidbits since he was a kid. As a teacher, he saw the value of having students build and manipulate models to visualize math concepts.
Lance Kramer is a documentary filmmaker and educator. Lance is the author of Great Ancient China Projects You Can Build Yourself, a Fall 2008 Children's Indie Next List Book Pick. Lance is the producer of the feature film CITY OF TREES (aired on the PBS/WORLD series America ReFramed and Netflix) and the Webby-award winning series THE MESSY TRUTH with VAN JONES. Lance majored in Asian and Middle Eastern history at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire and lives in Washington,...
Kris Bordessa's work has appeared in more than 50 national and regional publications, including FamilyFun, Nick Jr. Family Magazine and Parenting. She is the author of Tools of the Ancient Greeks: a Kid's Guide to the History and Science of Life in Ancient Greece and Great Colonial Projects You Can Build Yourself. Website: krisbordessa.com Twitter: twitter.com/krisbordessa
Kathy Ceceri is the author of more than a dozen books of learning projects for kids. She also presents hands-on STEAM workshops for kids and educators at schools, libraries, museums, and makerspaces around the Northeast. Formerly the Homeschooling Expert for About.com (now ThoughtCo), she is the mother of a virtual reality software engineer and a filmmaker. She lives in Upstate New York. Website: craftsforlearning.com Twitter: @kathyceceri
Kathleen Reilly has written several books for Nomad Press, including Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself; The Human Body: 25 Fantastic Projects Illuminate How the Body Works; Explore Weather and Climate! with 25 Projects; and Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth's Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. She is an award-winning author of several other science books for kids and is a contributor to dozens of publications, including Better Homes & Gardens, Family Circle, Family Fun, National Geographic Kids,...
Jane P. Gardner has worked in publishing as a writer and editor of educational material for the K–12+ market for over a decade. With master's degrees in geology and education, Jane brings her unique combination of skills in science and education to each project. Jane lives in Melrose, MA. Twitter: twitter.com/jpg1996
Delano Lopez has taught the History and Methods of Science to university students, and has taught numerous subjects to the target age group of this book. Mr. Lopez is a member of the American Historical Association, and has published articles on a wide variety of subjects, including the history of science.
Cynthia Light Brown is a founding partner and vice president of Clover Leaf Environmental Solutions with 21 years of experience as an environmental consultant specializing in pollution prevention, toxicology, and risk assessment. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Carla Mooney has written more than 70 books for children and young adults. Her work has appeared in many magazines including Highlights, Faces, and Learning Through History. Carla lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Website: carlamooney.com Facebook: facebook.com/carlamooneyauthor
Alex Kahan is the co-founder and president of Nomad Press. As a successful entrepreneur for over 30 years, he has established several companies across the diverse fields of marketing, publishing, manufacturing, and sports. Alex lives in Norwich, Vermont.
Donna Latham is an award-winning author and playwright. She is the author of Amazing Biome Projects You Can Build Yourself, Backyard Biology Investigate Habitats Outside Your Door With 25 Projects, Deciduous, Forests, Deserts, Garbage Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out With 25 Projects, Norah Jones, Oceans, Respiration and Photosynthesis, Savannas and Grasslands, and Tundra. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the Society of Midland Authors. She lives in Batavia, Illinois....
Cindy Blobaum is the author of Explore Night Science! for Nomad Press, as well as Geology Rocks and Insectigations. She is a contributor to Highlights, Hopscotch for Girls, and Plays magazines and has designed science-based programs and teacher workshops for nature organizations throughout the United States. Cindy lives in Des Moines, Iowa.
Carmella Van Vleet is a former teacher and the author of Amazing Ben Franklin Inventions You Can Build Yourself, Seven Wonders, several titles in the Explore Your World Series, How to Avoid School Snafus, Writing Club, and Writing Club II. She lives in Lewis Center, Ohio. Website: carmellavanvleet.com Facebook: facebook.com/Author-Carmella-Van-Vleet
Anita Yasuda is the author of more than 100 books for children. In 2013, she won the Honor Book award, Science for grades K-12, Society of School Librarians International for Explore Flight! With 25 Great Projects and in 2012, she won the gold Moonbeam award for her book Explore The Wild West! With 25 Great Activities. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). She lives with her family in Huntington Beach, California. Website: anitayasuda.com
Mary received her Bachelor's in Fine Arts from Kutztown University in 1995. After working in the graphics department of a leading swimsuit manufacturer for several years, she has recently returned to college to continue her studies in graphic design. Mary lives in Pennsylvania with her family. Website: mymtmdesigns.com
Tom Casteel is an illustrator and cartoonist that graduated from the Center for Cartoon Studies in 2011. He has illustrated over two dozen books for Nomad Press. He lives in South Bend, Indiana with his wife, son, two smelly dogs and one old cat. Website: tomcasteel.blogspot.com
Shawn Braley is an award-winning illustrator. He attended the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, Inc. He specializes in cartoon and editorial illustration. He is also a world traveler, musician, cat owner, and comic art collector. Website: shawnbraley.com
Sam Carbaugh is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator. He has worked with many colleges and companies to create informational comics and illustrations. Sam lives in Grand Rapids, MI. Website: samcarbaugh.com
Mike Crosier is an alumnus of the Center for Cartoon Studies. He has collaborated with Nomad on many books and is most proud of his work on the upcoming Explore Your World series. While working on his own self-publishing projects, he has contributed to "When I Returned" and "30 Minutes to Live" anthologies. Website: mikecrosierart.com
Megan Stearns is a freelance artist from Long Island, New York. Mainly self-taught, she took a couple of art courses at her alma mater, the University of Virginia. Since graduating, Megan has completed many commissions, including portraits of animals, people, and landscapes; T-shirt designs; and children's book illustrations. Megan's other artistic interests include writing, editing, ballet, and music. Website: meganstearns.com
Farah Rizvi is a designer and illustrator from Vermont. She received her BFA in Graphic Design with a concentration in French from Colby-Sawyer College, and MFA in Graphic Design from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Chad Thompson has been drawing cartoons since childhood. He is a graduate of Columbus College of Art and Design and worked at Walt Disney Feature Animation studio in Florida animating movies for several years. In addition to animation, Chad does illustration and design work for a variety of clients. Chad lives in Kissimmee, FL. Website: chadthompsonillustration.com
Caitlin Denham is a text-image artist and a 2014 BFA in Writing candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. With 10 years of graphic design experience, she produces work influenced by the communicative modes of visual language. Caitlin lives in Crown Point, Indiana.
Bryan Stone is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator who lives in West Fairlee, Vermont, with his wife and daughter. Bryan is an alum of The Center for Cartoon Studies. He has illustrated nearly 20 books for Nomad Press and done illustration work for clients such as Dartmouth College, Docomo USA, and many more. His comics work has appeared in numerous anthologies and newspapers. Website: bryanstone.wordpress.com
Beth Hetland is an alumni of The School of the Art Institute and The Center for Cartoon Studies. Beth is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago teaching a variety of comics classes. She is the recipient of the 2015 Part-Time Faculty of the Year award, as well as the 2017 Best in Show Dinky for her collaborative mini-comic "Team Work Makes the Dream Work."
Alex Kim is a cartoonist, illustrator, and architectural designer currently living in Vermont. He was born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in suburban New Jersey. He earned an MFA from The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont and a B. Arch from The Cooper Union in New York, NY. His illustration work is largely inspired by the natural world, and his cartooning is inspired by the absurdity and joy of being a human in the modern world....
Andrew Christensen has been drawing since he could hold a pencil. He is a graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies and an art director at a hobby game company. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Website: andrewjchristensen.com