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Meet the Author: Cindy Blobaum

 

Cindy Blobaum and one of her assistants, Strix

Have you ever wondered who writes our books? Find out in our Meet the Author blog series!

Nomad authors are the foundation on which our house is built, the soil in which our garden grows, the scaffolding on which we balance to hang our wallpaper, and any other metaphor you can think of that means indispensable

Each week, we'll highlight one of our amazing authors and find out what makes them tick. These interviews are perfect for classrooms and homeschools! Do you know kids who want to be writers? Here's a way to show them how it's done.

Introducing Cindy Blobaum!

How To Find Inspiration in Earthquakes

Encroached by the largest mountain majesties on the planet, smothered between the most populous countries on the map, and fiercely devout to the oldest religions in the world, the landlocked Himalayan nation of Nepal infuses an air of one part medieval, one part modern, and as a whole, utterly mysterious.

Meet the Author: Andi Diehn

 

Andi Diehn

Have you ever wondered who writes our books? Find out in our Meet the Author blog series!

Nomad authors are the foundation on which our house is built, the soil in which our garden grows, the scaffolding on which we balance to hang our wallpaper, and any other metaphor you can think of that means indispensable

Teach Your Kids About a Renewable Future

a guest post by Erin Twamley, coauthor of Renewable Energy: Discover the Fuel of the Future

Let the games begin! Welcome to the Renewable Energy Olympics. Imagine if every four years, renewable energy technologies came together to compete in variety of energy competitions. The Renewable Energy Olympics could bring nations from around the world together to compete for a healthy planet.

Make History Relevant for Your Kids during National Park Week

"We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future." 
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt


Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act in 1935

What Mr. Roosevelt did not mention was that we can build monuments to the past so that our youth can prepare for the future. It may be difficult to fathom any of the current candidates running for the Presidency of the United States to be the nation's leader for the next 12 years, but for one man 82 years ago, this was the case. Franklin Delano Roosevelt's allotted four terms as President of the United States stands as a testimony of strength and leadership during the most turbulent transitionary period of the country's history. 
Doesn't Everyone Spend Friday Nights Writing Literary Essays?

 I got an email the other day from one of my oldest friends, who teaches fourth grade.

I am trying to teach my 4th graders how to write Literary Essays. (The theme of this story is . . ., the character traits of this character help them over come this challenge by . . .,  These two stories are alike because . . .)

So my question is, are there any examples of when we would use this type of writing in the real world or is it just for future English classes and PARCC tests? I am hoping that by understanding the larger role of this type of writing I can find a way to approach it that will work for me. Any suggestions?

How to Celebrate Mud Season (yes, it's messy!)

Spring has sprung! And with the transformation of March “going in like a lion and out like a lamb,” and the onset of “April showers bringing May flowers,” another idiom seems to conjure up an appropriate title of vernal essence: “Your name is mud!” But, as playwright William Shakespeare (whose 400-year anniversary of death is merely weeks away!) so inquisitively coined in Romeo and Juliet, “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose/ By any other name would smell as sweet.” 

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