Tag Archives: Patricia Newman

May 15

GIVING READERS A FRONT ROW SEAT by Patricia Newman

When I was a kid, I loved science. It was so relevant. It helped me make connections to the rest of the world, like the time my second-grade class designed an experiment to understand the concept of one million by making Xs on graph paper during our free time. (It took us forever!) Or when […]

November 08

SEPARATING TRUTH FROM HYPE: RAISING MEDIA LITERATE KIDS by Patricia Newman

Last month I attended the California Reading Association conference in Riverside, California. Lucy Calkins, the founding director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, spoke about nonfiction reading and writing. She noted that human knowledge currently doubles every thirteen months, and will soon double every twelve hours, so it is impossible for teachers and […]

January 29

WHEN A BOOK BECOMES A CALL TO ACTION by Patricia Newman

I didn’t plan to write a call to action. I planned to write a science book for kids about plastic accumulating in the North Pacific. But the project surprised me partway through, and took me in a new direction. The idea for Plastic, Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch began with an article in […]