Traci Van Wagoner holds degrees in illustration from Utah State University and in toy design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. A longtime member of SCBWI, Van Wagoner has illustrated many children’s books, and her work appears in magazines, newsletters, and on toys and games. When not painting, she is designing and developing games with her husband at Imagine That! Design. Her motto is live, laugh, and learn.
Why does tomato sauce taste different from fresh tomatoes? Why does pasta go limp when you cook it in boiling water? What makes ice cream melt? What better place to learn the fundamentals of chemistry than in the kitchen? In The Chemistry of Food, kids learn the science behind the food they love to eat as they explore the chemistry within the meal, how nutrition works, what creates flavor, and why texture is important. This...View
The right to grow and thrive in a safe environment. The right to a name and an identity. The right to the free expression of ideas. The right to an education. These are just a few of the basic human rights guaranteed to children all around the world. Global citizens work for and defend these rights, not just for themselves, but for everyone on the planet. What can kids do to protect and promote rights...View
Have you heard news reports about wildfires in California? Have you ever had a flood in your town? Have you ever been in a tornado? The Science of Natural Disasters: When Nature and Humans Collide examines the science behind earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and wildfires, using historical and current events as case studies, such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the floods in China in 1931, and the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815, which...View