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About Seymour Simon
Seymour Simon uses his website, SeymourSimon.com, to provide free downloads of a wealth of materials for educators, homeschoolers and parents to use with his books, including 4-page Teacher Guides for all 26 of his Collins/Smithsonian photo essay books. The site provides multiple resources for kids writing book reports or wanting to explore the online Science Dictionary, and also features the Seymour Science blog highlighting current science news. Educators and families are encouraged to sign up to receive the monthly newsletter from SeymourSimon.com to stay abreast of the latest materials that Seymour Simon is introducing to enrich the reading experience.
He taught science and creative writing in elementary and secondary schools and was chair of the science department at a junior high school in the New York City public school system before leaving to become a full-time writer. "I haven't really given up teaching," he says, "and I suppose I never will, not as long as I keep writing and talking to kids around the country and the world."
Seymour Simon is also a creator and the author of a series of 3D books and a series of Glow-in-the-Dark Books for Scholastic Book Clubs, a series of leveled SEEMORE READERS for Chronicle Books, and the EINSTEIN ANDERSON, SCIENCE DETECTIVE series of fiction books. His books encourage children to enjoy the world around them through learning and discovery, and by making science fun. He has introduced tens of millions of children to a staggering array of subjects; one prominent science education specialist described Simon's books as "extraordinary examples of expository prose."
Seymour Simon has been honored with many awards for his work, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children's science literature; the New York State Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature; the Hope S. Dean Memorial Award from the Boston Public Library for his contribution to children's science literature; The Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award for Non-fiction; the Jeremiah Ludington Award for his outstanding contribution to children's nonfiction; the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people; and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Forum on Children's Science Books.
In a recent interview Simon was asked if he ever thinks of retiring. "I seem to be working faster and harder than ever. I absolutely don't feel any urge to sit back and look at what I've done. The only things that I'm thinking about are things I'd like to do in the future. I'm planning and doing and continuing to write. It's what I love to do. I remember a story about an anthropologist going to talk to a tribe and he asked them what was their word for "work." Their response was they have no word for work. Everybody does the things that they do in their life. I love that response. I don't differentiate between work and play. Everything I do is something that I enjoy doing - the writing, the research and everything else."
Seymour Simon writes and photographs nature from his hilltop home in Columbia County in upstate New York. You can follow his daily nature walks and see his photographs from the field on Twitter (@seymoursimon) or on his Facebook group page. He also regularly hosts Q&As and sponsors book giveaways on GoodReads.
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Join award-winning science writer Seymour Simon in this completely updated edition of Our Solar System, as he takes young readers on a fascinating tour through space!
With beautiful full-color photographs and spacecraft images, including many taken by the Mars rovers and Hubble Space Telescope, this nonfiction picture book teaches young readers all about the solar system, including the sun, the eight planets, and their moons. Covering all the latest discoveries in space, young astronomers will be over the moon about the fun facts, fascinating science, and incredible photographs. A must-have for every child interested in outer space!
This book includes an author's note, a glossary, an index, and further reading suggestions. An excellent choice for classrooms and homeschooling, Our Solar System supports the Common Core State Standards.
Check out these other Seymour Simon books about the universe and space:
- Comets, Meteors, and Asteroids
- Destination: Jupiter
- Destination: Mars
- Destination: Space
- The Sun
- The Universe
With his trademark balance of conversational tone, informative text and stand-out illustrations, Simon delivers another delightful romp of discovery, both pictorially and factually. Each question about kitten behavior is treated to a full-color, photographic spread; the images in this picture book are so adorable that they are bound to provoke squeals of delight! This engaging title will be an asset to both early reader and read aloud collections.
Seymour Simon, whom the NY Times called "the dean of [children's science] writers," is the author of more than 250 highly acclaimed science books (many of which have been named Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association), and is the recipient of the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children's science literature. His Webby Award Honoree website, SeymourSimon.com, is chock full of interesting information for children and free, educational support materials for educators and families.
A raging wildfire can be a major disaster, costing lives and destroying homes. But fires in nature can help as well as harm, clearing forests of dead trees and allowing young plants to grow. Breathtaking photos highlight this surprising look at fire’s part in maintaining the balance of nature. This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 6 to 8. It’s a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children.
This updated edition includes:
• Author’s note
• Stunning full-color photographs
• Websites and additional reading sources
• Series thumbnails on back cover
Supports the Common Core Learning Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) standards
In this updated and revised edition of Tornadoes, award-winning science writer Seymour Simon gives readers an in-depth look at these captivating and powerful storms through fascinating facts and stunning full-color photographs. This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 6 to 8. It’s a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children.
Readers will learn all about tornadoes, from how they are first created to the destruction they leave behind.
This updated edition includes:
- author’s note
- stunning full-color photographs
- a list of websites and additional reading sources
Supports the Common Core Learning Standards, Next Generation Science Standards and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) standards.
In this completely updated edition of Big Cats, award-winning writer Seymour Simon celebrates the grace and power of lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars, cheetahs, pumas, and snow leopards. Readers will learn all about how they hunt, care for their young, and rest in their varied natural habitats. This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 6 to 8. It’s a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children.
This updated edition includes:
- Author’s note
- Stunning full-color photographs
- Additional reading sources
Supports the Common Core Learning Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) standards.
Award-winning science writer Seymour Simon introduces elementary-school readers to one of the ocean’s most beautiful life forms—coral reefs—through wonderful descriptions and stunning full-color photographs in this nonfiction picture book.
Take a deep dive under the sea and explore the world of coral reefs! How large can coral reefs grow? How do sea creatures interact with reefs? Why are coral reefs endangered and what can we do to save them?
Find out and more in this beautiful and informative picture book filled with fun facts, fascinating science, and gorgeous full-color photographs. Perfect for kids interested in marine biology and saving the environment!
This book includes a glossary and an index. An excellent choice for classrooms and homeschooling, Coral Reefs supports the Common Core Learning Standards.
Join award-winning science writer Seymour Simon in this picture book introduction to volcanoes!
Volcanoes don’t always look like mountains; they aren’t always full of fire. Some are holes in the ground; some form under the sea. And despite their reputation for destruction, volcanoes produce new mountains, new islands, and new soil. Visit some of the world’s most remarkable volcanoes in this masterful introduction from Seymour Simon. It’s an extraordinary—and unforgettable—trip.
With clear, simple text and stunning full-color photographs, readers will learn all about these amazing natural structures in this informative picture book!
Perfect for young scientists’ school reports, this book supports the Common Core State Standards.
Check out these other Seymour Simon books about the Natural World:
- Coral Reefs
- Icebergs & Glaciers
- Rocks & Minerals
- Tropical Rainforests