Seymour Simon, author of nearly 300 science books for kids, was a hit at the Colorado Council International Reading Association (CCIRA) Author’s Luncheon titled, “It Was a Dark and Stor
Seymour Simon, author of nearly 300 science books for kids, was a hit at the Colorado Council International Reading Association (CCIRA) Author’s Luncheon titled, “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night? Reading and Writing Dynamic Nonfiction.” Listening to his lecture, checking out his website and interviewing him gave insight as to why his books are so popular! He has been passionate about science from a very young age, was a science teacher and really knows how to captivate a reader.
He gave suggestions on how to teach kids to write exciting nonfiction through his own experiences as a teacher and a writer. He tends to use “strong verbs,” and amplifies text with “wow photos,” “wow facts” and very descriptive details. When describing a whale’s tongue, for example, he describes it as being “as heavy as an elephant!” Now, that REALLY gives you strong visuals to understand a whale’s immense size!
His interactive, fun-filled and colorful website (SeymourSimon.com) encourages children to read, write and learn about science. Check out “Writing Wednesdays” on this website, where you are encouraged to write about science with lots of questions, ideas and suggestions to enhance your writing and make it the best it could be!
Experiences from a young age impacted Seymour Simon’s interests in science and writing. His first book was written in the 2nd grade called Space Monsters. When the teacher asked him to read it aloud to the class it made a huge impact on him since he felt it was very influential on his classmates. He grew up in Bronx, NY which is an urban area yet found ways to explore his passion for science. A vacant lot became the focus for one of his books titled, “Science in a Vacant Lot.” He also lived in an area which had the American Museum of Natural History in NYC/Hayden Planetarium. There, he joined the Junior Astronomy Club and became the President of that club. He found his niche amongst other kids who enjoyed learning and this experienced helped to further shape his interests and steer him towards a career in science and writing. Hey, maybe his books and website will inspire you to get enthusiastic about writing and reading nonfiction too!