by Kimberly Ridley illustrated by Rebekah Raye AWARDS: *Moonbeam Silver*, *John Burroughs Association Riverby 2016 Award* Estuaries form where river meets sea and fresh water mixes with salt. Teeming with life, these places of salt marshes, mudflats, and tidal backwaters serve as nursery areas for oceangoing fish, migratory stopovers for shorebirds, and homes for an […]
Kimberly Ridley Illustrated by Rebekah Raye Publication date: September 1, 2013 Hardcover, $16.95, ISBN 978-0-88448-339-7 9 x 10, 32 pages, color illustrations Children / Nature; Grades 2-4 You might walk right by a vernal pool and not notice it. Often mistaken for mere puddles in the woods, vernal pools are the source of life for […]
Extreme Survivors : Animals That Time Forgot What do the horseshoe crab, chambered nautilus, goblin shark,tuatara lizard, velvet worm, lungfish, tadpole shrimp, and the indestructible beasts called tardigrades (which look like bears but are the size of the period at the end of a sentence) have in common? These and a very few other animals […]
DISCOVER KIMBERLY RIDLEY'S CLASSROOM VISITS
“Kim has the ability to reach students of wide age ranges…. She introduced students to lots of scientific terms and made it fun and exciting.”
“Kim also has a wonderful way of breaking down the writing process that helped even the most reluctant writers find their voices.”
- Jamie Reid, Librarian, Ellsworth Elementary School
Artist Rebekah Raye and I will talk about “frogsicles” and other amazing creatures in our picture book The Secret Pool on a Science and Children’s Literature panel on Saturday, March 21 from 3-4 p.m. at the Rock & Art Shop in Bangor. It’s all part of the Maine Science Festival, which features loads of cool […]
Some biologists think humans might be hard wired to help others. They’re taking some of their cues from babies. I love this. Researchers have found that one-year-olds will point to an object that an adult pretends to have misplaced. At eighteen months, toddlers will assist a person they don’t know by opening a door or […]
When my book group picked Half the Sky, I thought it would be a depressing read. Wrong. Half the Sky is an unsentimental eye-opener about the oppression of women and girls, and it’s so inspiring that it moved us to take action. We realized that doing something small together could make a real difference in […]
I’ve been feeling the darkness and the depth of winter this week. Lots of sadness in the air. I’ve been trying to push this aside as I plow through a deadline, but then I decided to take a little break… I opened the back door to smell the air and was stunned to feel the […]
I'm a science writer, essayist, editor, and children's book author who has been writing about nature, the environment, and health for more than 20 years. My latest passion is writing children's books, beginning with The Secret Pool(Tilbury House, 2013), a picture book about vernal pools, which has won awards including The John Burroughs Association Riverby Award for "excellent natural history books for young readers."
My newest joy is sharing my love of nature and writing with school children! I'm having a blast collaborating with illustrator Rebekah Raye leading workshops that combine science, writing and art for elementary school students through the wonderful Island Readers & Writers. Check out our adventures with The Secret Pool or contact us to set up a school visit!
My next children's book for Tilbury House, also about nature and science, is due out in 2015. The topic is "Secret" right now, but I'll keep you posted!
Whether I'm writing for children or adults, my work comes from my deep love for the natural world!