Joan Marie Galat
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About Joan Marie Galat
Although she started making books at the age of nine, Joan Marie Galat wasn’t published until she was 12 years old, when she became a paid weekly newspaper columnist. Today she is the international award-winning author of more than 20 books in eight languages.
Joan shares her love of the stars in the Dot to Dot in the Sky series, which combines sky science with the ancient myths that give night sky objects their names. Her first book, Dot to Dot in the Sky - Stories in the Stars, became a best seller within six weeks of its release. Joan's National Geographic Kids title: Solve This! Wild and Wacky Challenges for the Genius Engineer in You, steers young readers into building their creativity through the engineering process.
Joan’s books for children explore engineering, astronomy, ancient myths and legends, light pollution, volcanoes, history, nature, wildlife, ecology, and other topics. Her work for adults include a travel guide and motivational title.
A prolific writer for all ages and relentless promoter of reading, Joan uses storytelling to connect with audiences. She offers presentations in person and via Skype. Career highlights have involved speaking at a United Nations Environment Programme event in South Korea; presenting at an international book fair in Seoul; touring in Australia; and presenting at schools and libraries across Canada.
Joan operates MoonDot Media, a communications business offering writing and editing solutions in broadcast, print, and multi-media. Freelance jobs have encompassed writing radio and video scripts, an Internet cartoon, magazine articles, exhibit text, speeches, annual reports, and other projects. She also provides consulting for writers on query letters, manuscripts, and the submission process. Visit www.joangalat.com or www.moondotmedia.come for additional information.
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Told through the eyes of thirteen-year-old Joan who loves the outdoors, Dark Matters introduces young readers to the fragile animals that are impacted by our increasingly threatened nighttime skies.
Come discover the amazing night life of frogs and bats, turtles and fireflies, birds, plants, and so much more. And learn how their lives and ecosystems are negatively impacted by light—much of which is so unnecessary.
This book is packed full with fascinating and unexpected facts and illustrations, and comes with tips and suggestions on how young people can help reduce light pollution.
Because dark matters!
Co-readers are designed to be read aloud together, with one page for the child who is learning to read and the adjacent page for a parent, caregiver, older sibling, buddy, or other more fluent reader.
Help kids ages 6 to 9 discover the life of Malala Yousafzai―a story about standing up for education and equal rights
Malala Yousafzai became a brave activist while she was still a young girl. Before she fearlessly fought for girls’ right to education, she was a thoughtful kid who enjoyed school, sports, and daydreaming. Then Malala was told that girls would no longer be able to go to school. She didn’t let that stop her, though! Find out how Malala stood up for equal rights and became the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
The Story of Malala Yousafzai includes:
- Watch Malala’s progress―Explore a visual timeline of Malala’s life.
- Word definitions―Discover easy-to-understand definitions for the more advanced words and ideas in the book.
- Lasting change―Learn about how Malala changed the world.
How will Malala’s courageous spirit inspire you?
Suffering, negativity, and depression have become a way of life for thousands of individuals. This inspirational collection of short essays will provide the impetus to change these self-defeating habits and forge new pathways to emotional health. From simple steps such as listening to the language of your thoughts to major strategies involving action plans for change, each pep talk brings revelations and a clear message spoken from the depths of experience. Humor often emerges in the author’s suggestions. With catch phrases that are easy mantras for everyday success, such as “Stop Thinking ‘Always’ and ‘Never,’” “Keep Fewer Dishes Rather Than Buying More Cupboards,” and “Turn Worries into Troubleshooting Plans,” Galat speaks to common traps of human nature and provides gentle guidance for the process of finding joy, peace, and a confident sense of self once again. This book will be an indispensable guide on a journey back to a positive outlook capable of handling life’s many challenges.