Works in Progress

GARDEN PLACES (a non-fiction picture book)

Who is a garden for? And what is it for?
Often a garden is one of the few places at home that a child can be a part of creating, and can take ownership of a space. It’s a safe place for discovery and risk-taking. A place for figuring out that you don’t have to be afraid or grossed out: instead of trying to avoid a potential bee sting, it’s possible to invite these unknown guests in and make them comfortable! A new perspective may make a difference. It becomes easy to see that a garden is not any one thing; in fact, it is dozens of things.

WATER FLOWS, THERE IT GOES (a non-fiction picture book)

The sensory thrills of moving water are seen in the setting of famous (and some not-so-famous) fountains around the world. In urban settings fountains have been gathering places for centuries, and for children they are a prime opportunity to interact with water in a joyful way. Appreciating water is the key to protecting it as a resource!

A TREE WORKS HARD! (a non-fiction picture book)

If a tree had a to-do list, it might look something like this:

1. Slurp up water
2. Don’t fall over
3. Repeat

But a tree’s work is actually much more complicated. The important duties of trees include producing wood and providing a welcoming and safe place for birds. But people? They’ve got it easy! A tree has to push and stretch to grow, but people grow while they’re asleep.


A WAY WITH WATER: Ways to Find, Move, Lift, Collect and Store Water
(a non-fiction book series for readers ages 6-10)

In every culture throughout history, access to water has been a challenge. And it continues to be. This series explores some of the most ingenious and fascinating methods, tools and devices invented by humans to get water where they want it to go.

The first of the series is FIND. It may seem obvious but if you lived in a place or at a time before we had water supplied to our cities, neighborhoods and homes, it wasn’t so easy. Some of the methods used for centuries may sound odd or even hard to believe: Using a coconut on your hand? How about two sticks?

Perfect for STEM with NGSS and Common Core correlations.


This is a fictionalized story about getting enough water to the fountains at Versailles. Louis XIV liked things big and fancy including the dozens of fountains in the gardens. The true tale of this engineering challenge offers a glimpse into the issues of water availability and conveyance as well as how it’s used. A great STEM book.

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