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Life on Surtsey Book Launch!

Please join me to celebrate the publication of my sixth book for children, Life on Surtsey, Iceland’s Upstart Island: 

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 6-8pm
Beaman Memorial Library
8 Newton Street
West Boylston, MA

Festivities will include a brief presentation, local refreshments, and all my books will be available for purchase. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Beaman Memorial Library. Please feel free to spread the word!

Saving the Bee’s Knees

I’m passionate about a lot of things. Near the top of the list are young people who are also passionate about a lot of things … and who embrace the opportunity to share their passions with the world. So when the teenagers behind the organization Saving the Bees Knees asked me to host a book sale and signing at their upcoming Farmer’s Market, I couldn’t possibly say no.

The mission of Save the Bee’s Knees is to fundraise and educate the public on the issues facing honey bees. Tomorrow night’s Farmer’s Market will feature local farmers and businesses who will be sharing their locally-grown vegetables and locally-produced goods. I’ll be there with all my books, selling and signing. Profits from the event will be used to further initiatives that protect honey bees and spread the buzz about their lives and their import to agriculture and human health.

So, if you live in central Massachusetts and you’re into veggies and bees and books and people who are passionate about all three, please consider joining us. And if you don’t live in our neck of the woods, maybe you could help us spread the buzz?

Save the Bee’s Knees Farmer’s Market
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School (Monty Tech)
1050 Westminster Street
Fitchburg, MA

You can read a little more about Saving the Bees knees on their Facebook page or on their Twitter feed. Or you can simply show up tomorrow night and see them in action for yourselves.

Books & Science

Last April, I packed my car with coolers, posters, my three kids, one of my oldest friends, and set out for Washington, DC. We’d decided to spend Earth Day there, standing up for something that was important to us: science. Marching with 1.3 million people in 600 locations around the world was, for me, less a protest than a celebration. A celebration of human ingenuity and our  method of doing science, a celebration of what we humans have learned of how the world works, of curing disease, and of staving off disaster. It was also an invitation for anyone, anywhere to join in supporting a vigorous and publicly-funded national science program.

The March for Science was a complete success. It poured all day long and still tens of thousands of science enthusiasts showed up, raincoats on and handmade signs covered in plastic wrap, ready to move. With the Washington Monument as backdrop, we listened to stories, to short speeches, to artists and poets and musicians and scientists speaking their truths. And then we marched from Constitution Street, past the White House, to the Capitol building, cheering and chanting every drenched step of the way.

In the months since April 22, 2017, March for Science organizers have done a great job of helping allies and supporters of science to continue to work for science in our communities. One of their many suggestions was to promote science outreach and science literacy. Which is why I’ll be speaking at the Beaman Memorial Library in West Boylston, MA tomorrow night, July 26, 2017, sharing my passion for the literature of science. Part pep talk, part book talk, the presentation will be an experiment. Is there an interest in a local book club that explores science stories across genres?  I hope so. But we’ll see. All I know for sure is that I’d love to see you there.


Here are some details on my schedule at this weekend’s Massachusetts School Library Association conference at the Resort & Conference Center in Hyannis, MA:

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Four Authors on Researching & Writing Nonfiction
This panel discussion will include myself, Sarah Albee, Susan Hood, Melissa Stewart, and moderator Susannah Richards. Join us for a sneak peek at our processes and to gather some tips and tools that your students can use in their own work.

Author Signings/Meet & Greet
A gaggle of local authors and illustrators will be meeting and greeting conference attendees, and signing their books. Join us!

Dinner & Awards Banquet

I’d love to connect in person, so if you’re at this event, be sure to say hello!

Nerdy Author Night!


thumb-4898c061293ac3eafececea3f0edbccfFriday, January 14, 2016 at 6pm, I’ll kick of nErDcamp Northern New England by joining thirty-five New England children’s book authors and illustrators at Falmouth Elementary School in Falmouth, Maine for a night of books and readers and nerdiness. Check out the complete list of authors here, and please join us in Falmouth!

Duxbury Free Library


On Sunday, December 6 at 2pm, I’ll be speaking to an all-ages audience as part of the Duxbury Free Library’s Sunday Salon Series. The library is located at 77 Alden Street, Duxbury, Massachusetts and the event is free and open to the public … so come on down! I’ll be discussing Asian longhorned beetles and the men and women studying them here in Massachusetts. A book sale and signing will be held immediately following the presentation, thanks to Westwinds Bookshop.

Registration is required, so please visit the library’s web site for details. I hope to see you there!

Getting our Science On!

© Loree Griffin Burns

© Loree Griffin Burns

I’m excited to share some citizen science on the south coast of Massachusetts later this month, and I hope you can join us. This public program will start with a general introduction to the world of citizen science (inside the library) and finish with some hands on ladybug science (on a nearby trail). The event is open to the public and citizen scientists of all ages are invited to participate. Dress for the weather!

Saturday, May 30 at 1pm
Joseph H. Plumb Memorial Library
17 Constitution Way
Rochester, MA 02770

Books will be available for sale and signing after the event. Cash and checks only, please. Register by calling the Plumb Library at (508) 763-8600.

And for the eager beavers among you, check out the Lost Ladybug Project website. We’ll be collecting information for the database housed on this site, and its THE place to start your ladybug learning.

Caterpillar Tricks

Wide Fields, by Irmengarde Eberle, Illustrated by Fritz Eichenberg

I’ve been in love with nineteenth century French naturalist Jean Henri Fabre ever since a friend put one of his essays in my hands more than a decade ago. I’ve since read most of Fabre’s essays, as well as all the books I could find about his life and his legendary backyard insect studies. (One of my favorite biographies, WIDE FIELDS, is pictured above.) Next Tuesday, I’m going to introduce the old chap to kids at West Boylston’s Beaman Memorial Library. Wanna join us? Here are the details:

The Mad March: Jean Henri Fabre and his Caterpillar Tricks
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Beaman Memorial Library
8 Newton Street
West Boylston, MA 01583

Students in grades 3-6 are invited to meet Henri Fabre, a Frenchmen who wanted to learn every single thing he could about insects, especially the odd marching caterpillars that nested in his backyard pine trees. What he learned about them and how he learned it is an incredible story of science!

Event Update!

Thanks to a poorly-timed winter storm that will hit Massachusetts tomorrow, the All-Star Nonfiction Panel at The Writer’s Loft has been postponed to Sunday, January 25, 2015. I hope you’ll still be able to join authors Sarah Albee, Leslie Bulion, Susan Goodman, and April Jones Prince and me for a lively panel discussion on writing nonfiction for young readers. From biographies to beetles, bodily functions to bees, we’ve got the inside scoop publishing nonfiction in today’s market. Join us!

All-Star Nonfiction Author Panel

Sunday, January 25

The Writer’s Loft
20 North Main Street
Sherborn, MA

Free for Members
$5 for Non-Members

2014 NCTE Conference & ALAN Workshop


I’m thrilled to be part of this year’s National Council of Teachers of English annual conference in National Harbor, Maryland. Here’s where I’ll be during the festivities:

Friday, November 21

Scientists in the Field, Scientists in the Classroom: Using Informational Texts with Students
A workshop with Joan Kindig and author Elizabeth Rusch.

I’ll be signing books in the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt booth.

I’ll be staying on in National Harbor for the 2014 Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE (ALAN) Workshop. Here’s where you’ll find me:

Monday, November 24

Common Core: Bridge or Barrier?
A panel discussion of the opportunities presented by using vibrant nonfiction books in the classroom, including authors Andrew Aydin, Loree Griffin Burns, Sy Montgomery, George O’Connor, Elizabeth Rusch, and Steve Sheinkin.

I’ll be signing books with the super-fab authors above immediately after the event.