| Author | Illustrator | Speaker


Frequent black-and-white spot art and snarky footnote asides add comedy to this already high-interest blend of history and science. Entertaining and fascinating, with a clever incorporation of STEM topics.


Her stylish mélange of witty illustrations —silhouettes with speech bubbles, dramatic tableaux, caricatures—and interactive text demands reader participation...

-Publisher's Weekly

Stuff to Make my Mom Proud

A few awards and recognitions:

  • Grand Prize Portfolio Winner - Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
  • Golden Kite Honor Recipient
  • International Reading Association's 2009 Children's and Young Adult Book Award for Intermediate-Nonfiction
  • Cybil Award Winner
  • Parent's Choice Silver Honor medalist
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Award Winner
  • A Blue Stem Award Nominee
  • California Reading Association's Eureka! Award
  • Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best
  • Nonfiction Children's Book 2019-2020 Indiana Young Hoosier Award (Nominee)
  • Booklist Books for Youth Editors' Choice 2018 pick
  • April 2018 - Amazon Featured Book of the Month
  • 2019 Texas Topaz Nonfiction List
  • 2019 Junior Library Guild selection
  • YALSA’s 2020 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
  • ALA Booklist’s Top of the List winner in Youth Nonfiction