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It’s National Teacher Appreciation Week and we’d like to pay tribute to five of our favorite children’s science book authors who were also teachers. Even though they aren’t in the classroom anymore, they are still teaching and sharing their knowledge and skills with school children through their books. Though each has a unique voice, they share a gift for speaking directly to children and holding their attention, as all good teachers do.

Vicki Cobb

Vicki Cobb has been a full time writer of children’s science books for many years. But before that she was a science teacher. Her engaging hands-on science books have earned her many honors, including an AAAS/Subaru SB&F Lifetime Achievement Award. Vicki continues to be a strong advocate for teaching and learning and works tirelessly to highlight the importance of hands-on science and reading in the classroom. Vicki’s books are characterized by a sense of fun and adventure. Kids love them and so do we. Here are some of our favorites:

See for Yourself: More Than 100 Experiments for Science Fairs and Projects. (Illus by Dave Klug.) NY. Scholastic: 2001.

Science Experiments You Can Eat: Revised Edition. (Illus. by David Cain.) NY. Harper Collins: 1984,

We Dare You! Hundreds of Fun Science Bets, Challenges and Experiments You Can Do at Home. NY. Skyhorse Publishing: 2009.

What’s the BIG Idea? Amazing Science Questions for the Curious Kids. NY. Sky Pony Press: 2013.


Robert Gardner

Robert Gardner is an accomplished, award-winning author of more than 130 science books for young readers. He has devoted much of his life to educating children in all disciplines of science. After graduating from Wesleyan University and Trinity College, he taught biology, chemistry, and physics at the Salisbury School for almost 40 years. Specializing in project-based books, Gardner's activities gives kids just enough guidance to help them discover the science concepts on their own. He is a winner of the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Lifetime Achievement Award.

Chemistry Projects with a Laboratory You Can Build: Berkeley Heights, NJ. Enslow: 2008

Forces and Motion Science Fair Projects: Using Water Balloons, Pulleys, and Other Stuff. Berkeley Heights, NJ. Enslow: 2004

Whose Fingerprints Are These?: Crime-Solving Science Projects. Berkeley Heights, NJ. Enslow: 2010.

Slam Dunk: Science Fair Projects with Basketball, Berkeley Heights, NY. Enslow: 2009.


Sandra Markle

Sandra Markle is the author of more than 200 nonfiction books for children and has won numerous awards for this work, including the 2012 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books for The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frog. An extremely versatile writer, Markle has written successfully and enthusiastically for children of all ages, with a craft that was surely honed by her experience as a classroom teacher. Our favorites among her many acclaimed books include the following:

The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frog. Minneapolis, MN. Millbrook: 2013.

Family Pack. (Illus. by Alan Marks.) Watertown, MA. Charlesbridge: 2011.

The Long, Long Journey: The Godwit's Amazing Migration. (Illus. by Mia Posada.) . Minneapolis, MN. Millbrook:  2013.

Waiting for Ice. (Illus. by Alan Marks.) Watertown, MA. Charlesbridge: 2012. 


Seymour Simon

Though Seymour Simon left teaching to devote himself full time to writing, he still spends much of his time interacting with teachers, librarians, and most especially school children. No wonder he is one of their favorite writers. "I haven't really given up teaching," says Mr. Simon, "and I suppose I never will, not as long as I keep writing." In addition to winning an AAAS/Subaru SB&F Lifetime Achievement Award, he has won more accolades than we can possibly list here. Below are some our favorites of his books:

Bridges. (Illus.; from the See More Readers Series.) San Francisco. Chronicle Books: 2005.

Global Warming (Illus.) Washington, DC. Smithsonian Books: 2010.

The Hurricane Hoax and Other Cases. (Illus. by Kevin O’Malley). Great Neck, NY. StarWalk Kids: 2013.

Seymour Simon’s Extreme Oceans (Illus.) San Francisco. Chronicle Books: 2013. 


Marilyn Singer

Marilyn Singer has been a finalist for the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize and her books have been featured in the SB&F’s Best Books lists a number of times. She has won numerous awards and honors throughout her career. Once an English teacher in New York City, she has published over 100 books for children and young adults in a variety of genres, including realistic novels, fantasies, non-fiction, fairy tales, picture books, mysteries and poetry. 


Eggs. (Illus. by Emma Stevenson). NY. Holiday House: 2008.

Footprints on the Roof: Poems About the Earth. (Illus. by Meilo So.) NY. Knopf: 2002.

A Strange Place to Call Home: The World's Most Dangerous Habitats and the Animals that Call Them Home. (Illus. by Ed Young.) San Francisco. Chronicle: 2012

Venom (Illus.) Plain City, OH. Darby Creek Publishers: 2007.




Photos provided by authors. Photo of Marilyn Singer by Laurie Gaboardi/The Litchfield County Times.

The AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books is sponsored by Subaru.


Posted 6 May 2014 11:20 AM by Maria Sosa