Night Wonders by Jane Peddicord (Charlesbridge, 2005). An introduction to space juxtaposing poetry against non-fiction with a generous glossary and additional resources. Ages 4-up.
Jane Peddicord is from Austin; this is her first book.
Jane is one of Charlesbridge's latest wave of fabulous new authors (who also include another Austinite, Dianna Hutts Aston and more with books under contract). I recently heard editor Judy O'Malley speak at an Austin SCBWI conference and was impressed by her plans for their list.
Note: fans of Night Wonders should also check out the poetic/science books of another Austin-area author, Jerry Wermund.
Congratulations to author Joseph Bruchac, winner of the 2005 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award "for his efforts in preserving Native traditions and bringing to the foreground issues and concerns that are important to contemporary Native cultures. "
Thanks to author Esther Hershenhorn for telling teachers and writers about my blog and site. Esther's books include There Goes Lowell's Party (Holiday House), Chicken Soup By Heart (Simon & Schuster), Fancy That (Holiday House), and The Confe$$ions And $ecret$ Of Howard J. Fingerhut (Holiday House). See Meet The Pros: Esther Hershenhorn from SCBWI France, and see the search engine at my site for another interview and teacher resources.
Karen Hesse Jumps Into History With Both Feet by Karen Magnuson Beil. See also the Karen Hesse teacher resource file.