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Wendy Pfeffer

3 Timberlane Drive

Pennington, NJ 08534



Wendy Pfeffer



Wendy Pfeffer, award winning author of many children’s books and one adult book, taught elementary school, directed a nursery school and has led writing classes for all ages. She especially enjoys visiting schools to teach writing workshops and lead interactive presentations with children. Wendy lives in Pennington, New Jersey and is available to visit your school to help children discover the joy of writing. By sharing real life experiences, she hopes these entertaining and informative tales will inspire children to read books and write them.

Wendy has had over forty-five children's books published and has also written WRITING CHILDREN'S BOOKS: GETTING STARTED for adults and young adults. An updated edition is now available on CD-Rom. Wendy taught this book chapter by chapter in adult schools and colleges. Several of her students have become published authors.


Wendy shows how her work progresses from the idea, manuscript, galleys, artist's sketches, press sheets and F&G's to a finished book. Wendy also leads narrative non-fiction workshops in some grades and guides the children to write a story in that genre. Her Professional Fee is $1100.00 a day. Over 50 miles $1400.00 a day (plus air travel and hotel for overnight trips)

Schools respond to Wendy's presentations:

"I was amazed at how well she presented to the kindergarteners. They were captivated! Although many authors can write well for young readers, they cannot all PRESENT well to young readers. She is phenomenal at both! Her classroom management skills were excellent as well! She met with our first to fifth graders. Her presentations and book selections were geared toward each grade level/reading level. ALL of the students K-5 enjoyed her visit and learned from her presentation. I'd love to have her come back next year." —Hamilton

"We were so honored to have you as our Guest Author!  Your enthusiasm for your craft and wonderful storytelling (both in person in the presentations and through your books) are a gift to the children. Thank you. With warmest wishes, Kate and all the primary students of the L-S School District."

"Everyone LOVED you, Wendy. And everything you shared about non-fiction writing is just perfect for our current unit in reading and writing, re: research. I have quoted you a zillion times already. I took copious notes, on my phone-of all places. (You should know that, lest you think I was texting the entire time you were speaking.)”

“The children loved you, the teachers loved you, the reading specialist loved you... are you noticing a theme? Thank you for such a lovely day. We would love to have you back. My thanks to you.” —Allison

"I can't tell you how thankful we are to have had the experience and opportunity to meet with an amazing woman and author such as yourself. It was an incredible day and a memory the students, teachers and I will cherish for years to come. I have gotten so much praise for having you as a guest author; the teachers were absolutely thrilled with how engaged the students were throughout the entire 45 minutes. That is a long time to have a large group of children quietly captivated and you were able to do it, flawlessly!"–Alpine Elementary, Sparta, New Jersey

More names and phone numbers available.  Call Wendy at 609-737-1569


Writing Children's Books: Getting Started – a PC CD-ROM For Adults and Young Adults

Wendy Pfeffer (Author) CD-Rom; Publisher: Drew Publications 6th edition ISBN: 978-0-578-05515-2

On your computer, listen to Wendy as she guides you through the process of creating a children's book... from generating the idea to submitting your manuscript to a publisher.  Authors, aspiring writers and those just getting started can learn and benefit from this course.  For more details contact Wendy Pfeffer.

Books for Children

Wendy’s books, shown below, may be ordered from by clicking the “Order” button or (go to the right, click on “Locate an Indie Bookstore” then click “search”). Locally, you may find Wendy’s books at Barnes and Noble or your local independent bookstore.




A Log's Life

Wendy Pfeffer (Author), Robin Brickman (Illustrator), Stephanie Lurie (Editor) Reading level: All Ages 32 pages Publisher: Simon & Schuster (September 1997) Hardcover ISBN: 0689806361 Paperback ISBN 1416934839

After an oak tree falls in the forest, it has another life as home to a variety of creatures. As it decays over time, it provides food and shelter to porcupines, ants, mushrooms, salamanders and many others, until it eventually turns into a mound of rich black earth. Very young children love spotting the animals as they learn about the life cycle of a tree. Full color.


The Giverny Award for "Best Children's Science Picture Book" for 2000

1997 Junior Library Guild selection


1997 GOLD MEDAL FOR PAPER CULTURE from the Ninth Annual Art Directors and Illustrators Award show, a competition which receives entries from all over the world

Society of Illustrators for their 1997 ORIGINAL ART SHOW in New York City

American Bookseller's "Pick of the Lists,' Fall, 1997

THE JOHN BURROUGHS LIST OF NATURE BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS 1997, given at the Museum of Natural History in NYC


The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice

Wendy Pfeffer (Author), Jesse Reisch (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 5-10, 40 pages Publisher: Dutton Books: 1st edition (September 2003) Activities Included.  Hardcover ISBN: 0525469680 Paperback ISBN: 0147512840

The beginning of winter is marked by the solstice, the shortest day of the year. Long ago, people grew afraid when each day had fewer hours of sunshine than the day before. Over time, they realized that during one day each year the sun started moving toward them again. In lyrical prose and cozy illustrations, this book explains what the winter solstice is and how it has been observed by various cultures throughout history. Many contemporary holiday traditions were borrowed from ancient solstice celebrations. Simple science activities, ideas for celebrating the day in school and at home and a further-reading list are included.

Seasonal Books

A New Beginning: Celebrating the Spring Equinox

Wendy Pfeffer (Author), Linda Bleck (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover 40 pages Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (January 24, 2008) ISBN-10: 0525478744

The spring equinox signals the time of year when the days are getting longer, the growing season has begun and animals give birth to their young. With accessible, lyrical prose and vibrant illustrations, this book explains the science behind spring and shows how the annual rebirth of Earth has been celebrated by various cultures throughout the ages and the world. Teachers will appreciate the simple science, the multicultural history and the hands-on activities in this book. Parents and librarians will enjoy sharing it with children at Easter and Passover time.

Editorial Reviews

“Pfeffer combines basic science with cultural traditions and celebrations to describe this seasonal event. A simple explanation and equally clear graphics serve to contrast the light of summer solstice with the darkness of winter solstice and also to demonstrate the fact that both the vernal and autumnal equinoxes occur when day and night are of equal length. Bleck's cheerful cartoon illustrations are well matched to the text and sport suitably bright hues. Springtime festivities within Chinese, Persian, Indian and Mayan cultures are explored, with reference to ancient mythology and architectural structures. The significance of special holiday foods is also discussed, including pancakes for the Russian celebration of Maslenitsa, fresh berries for the Cree Native Americans, the symbolic seder plate for Jews at Passover and eggs for Easter. The back of the book offers a craft activity or recipe for each holiday mentioned. Useful for seasonal units, the book offers a list of print resources and Web sites but could be considered an additional purchase for libraries that have Ellen Jackson's The Spring Equinox (Millbrook, 2002).” —School Library Journal, Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT (Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.)

Light is All Around Us

Wendy Pfeffer (Author), Paul Meisel (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8 Paperback 40 pages Publisher: Harper Collins (February 25, 2014) ISBN-10: 0064409244 ISBN-13: 978-0064409247

Light is all around you! It comes in many forms: Light from the sun brightens our day, firelight flickers in the night, electric lights fill our homes—and some animals even make the sea glow! With lively illustrations and fun diagrams from Paul Meisel, Light Is All Around Us by Wendy Pfeffer is a fascinating look into the many ways that light brightens our world. This is a Stage 2 Let's-Read-and-Find-Out, which means the book explores more challenging concepts for children in the primary grades and supports the Common Core Learning Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

Let's-Read-And-Find-Out is the winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Science Books & Films Prize for Outstanding Science Series.

Editorial Reviews

“K-Gr 2—Light is not an easy concept to convey on a beginning-to-read level, but Pfeffer does a credible job of incorporating just the right amount of detail for these readers. She relates the science concepts she's introducing to scenarios that are in the everyday experience of young children; for example, when explaining lumens, or the units used to quantify brightness, she first discusses how temperature and length are measured. Readers will also enjoy the two easy experiments appended at the end. The colorful illustrations, created with pen and ink, watercolor, liquid acrylic, pencils and pastels and which include children of diverse races, extend the text well and are marked by several appealing details, such as costumed children carrying glow sticks at Halloween and a glowing octopus. Another book in this series, Franklyn M. Branley's Day Light, Night Light: Where Light Comes From (HarperCollins, 1998), presents the concept of reflective light even more clearly than this title, but Pfeffer's text is shorter and features much more white space on each page, making it especially attractive for beginning readers.” —School Library Journal, Maralita L. Freeny, District of Columbia Public Library (This text refers to the Hardcover edition.)

“A companion book to Pfeffer’s Sounds All Around (1999), this simply written volume introduces the properties of light, particularly sunlight. Meisel’s amiable ink drawings, brightened with colorful washes, help make the concepts accessible to a young audience. Topics range from the simple, such as examples of bioluminescence, to the complex, like how light waves bouncing off objects are perceived by the eye and the brain as vision (a process introduced here but not fully explained). After discussing the sun’s light as “waves of electromagnetic radiation, a kind of energy that travels through space,” the text compares the speed of light to that of cars, planes and sound waves, while a double-page illustration makes the comparisons more real. An appended hands-on section presents two simple science experiments and an activity related to shadows. An attractive addition to the dependable Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. Preschool-Grade 2.” —Booklist, Carolyn Phelan (This text refers to the Hardcover edition.)

We Gather Together: Celebrating the Harvest Season

Wendy Pfeffer (Author), Linda Bleck (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 5-10, 40 pages Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (August 17, 2006) Hardcover ISBN:  0525476695 Paperback ISBN: 0147512824

The fall equinox signals the time of year when we gather our harvests and give thanks for their bounty. With accessible, lyrical prose and vibrant illustrations, this nonfiction picture book explains the science behind autumn and the social history of harvest-time celebrations. We Gather Together presents a remarkable range of cultural traditions throughout the ages and the world, many of which have influenced our contemporary Thanksgiving holiday. Simple science activities, ideas for celebrating in school and at home, and a further reading list are included in the back of the book.

Editorial Reviews

“Pfeffer's lively writing style will keep readers engaged. Bleck's vibrantly hued illustrations, reminiscent of the work of Leonard Weisgard, are carefully interwoven with the text and enhance the book. A useful and attractive addition for most collections.” —School Library Journal, Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ (Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.) All rights reserved.)

 “In a companion to Pfeffer's The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice (2003), this picture book begins with a description of what some animals and humans do during the autumn season to prepare for winter. There's information on the autumnal equinox, a history of harvesting in various cultures, a look at harvesting celebrations in several cultures and more. The text is short, clear, and to the point, and the full-page illustrations, which have a 1950s retro look, are very child friendly. Inviting pictures of animals and people from past and current times and cultures will draw readers into the text. The book concludes with two simple experiments along with activities and information to encourage children to learn more about the equinox and harvest festivities.”  —Booklist, Randall Enos (Copyright © American Library Association.) All rights reserved.)

The Longest Day: Celebrating the Summer Solstice

Wendy Pfeffer (Author), Linda Bleck (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 5-10 Hardcover 40 pages Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (May 2010) ISBN-10: 0525422374

People around the world have long revered the life-giving sun, and different cultures have celebrated the return of the summer season with singing and dancing, bonfires and flowers. From the Midnight Sun Festival in Alaska to the midsummer celebrations in Sweden, from giggling under the sprinkler to growing sunflowers in the earth, readers will recognize the universal summer joy in each unique tradition.

Editorial Reviews

"A comfortable, multidimensional investigation of the Summer Solstice that transcends time and place." —Kirkus

“In this fourth and final book in the series about seasons, Wendy Pfeffer turns her attention to summer, when butterflies emerge from silky cocoons and daylight hours stretch longer and longer With lyrical prose and vibrant illustrations, The Longest Day takes us on a journey through the history and science behind the summer solstice, with a focus on summer celebrations from various cultures around the world. Teachers and students alike will treasure the varied and accessible knowledge, and activities in the back let everyone in on the festivities.”.... “The Longest Day is non-fiction, but it reads like fiction since Pfeffer paints vivid in the reader's  mind with the language she purposefully selects.” — A student's review

What's It Like to Be a Fish?

Wendy Pfeffer (Author), Holly Keller (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8, 32 pages Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books (1996) Hardcover ISBN: 0060244291  Paperback ISBN 0064451518

How can fish live in water and why don't they drown? The answer to this fishy question and more can be found out in this addition to the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. What's It Like to Be a Fish? clearly explains how a fish's body is perfectly suited to life underwater, just as our bodies are suited for life on land.


Pick Of The List by American Bookseller magazine, 1996

Named one of the Children's Books of the Year, by the Child Study Children's Book Comm. 1997

Editorial Reviews

“How pet goldfish feed, breathe, swim and rest in water is the focus of this lively Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science book. Large, clear, labeled pictures in pen-and-ink, watercolor, and pastel and a simple, informative text explain how scales and slime keep fish healthy, how their sleek shapes help them swim, what it means to be cold-blooded, etc. There's some general information at the beginning about fish in lakes and ponds and one double-page spread shows them in the sea, but the focus is on caring for a pet goldfish. The final instructions for setting up a goldfish bowl are straightforward and practical. The book design is open and inviting and Keller's brilliantly colored fish swim through pages washed in aquatic blue and green.” —Booklist, March 15, 1996, Hazel Rochman (Copyright 1996, American Library Association. All rights reserved.)

“Illustrated by Holly Keller.... Pfeffer is careful as well to make the appropriate analogies between the captive fish in their bowl and fish living in the natural world. Holly Keller's crisp sketches and attractive watercolors include smaller views of life in the bowl and pleasant double-page aquatic scenes in which ‘bigger fish feed on worms, crabs, shrimp, and other fish’ as they participate in the food chain. The decision not to cover the whole life cycle pares the book into a sharply focused presentation for beginning readers. Practical concluding instructions for setting up a goldfish bowl make the book a good introduction to pet care as well as a useful science lesson.” —Horn Book.

Customer Reviews

Wendy Pfeffer has a talent for making difficult science concepts understandable to young children. This is a lively and very kid-friendly book with cheerful illustrations that kids will enjoy and learn from.

From Tadpole to Frog

Wendy Pfeffer (Author), Holly Keller (Illustrator), Peter Lerangis (Narrator) Reading level Ages 4 to 8, 32 pages Publisher: Harper Trophy (1994) Hardcover  ISBN 0060230444 Paperback ISBN: 0064451232 Ppr/Cassette ISBN: 0694700460

How does a tadpole become a frog? Awarded the Parent's Choice Seal of Approval, this Stage 1 Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science book explores this amazing metamorphosis. Now, children can take their first leap into the wonders of the natural world as they read, listen, and learn with this full-color book and cassette package.


BEST CHILDREN'S SCIENCE BOOKS OF 1994 in the Science & Films magazine

PICK OF THE LIST' by American Bookseller magazine


Editorial Reviews

“This lovely introduction sketches the most basic aspects of frog life -- the laying and hatching of eggs, the stages of growth, eating and the danger of being eaten, and hibernation. Pleasing views of plants and animals sharing the pond environment are rendered in bold economy. The text's clarity and shape make the book an inviting read-aloud science lesson.” —Horn Book (Copyright 1994 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.)

“An introduction to the life cycle of frogs, with additional facts about individual species on the last two pages. Sentences are simple, with questions and exclamations to help break up the informative text. Keller's clean, clear watercolor illustrations, similar in style to those of Nancy Tafuri, show a variety of pond animals and plant life through the seasons. Other books on this topic are generally geared to older readers, making this attractive picture book a good starting point for beginning readers interested in nature.” —School Library Journal, Sandra Welzenbach, H.K., Williams Elementary School, San Antonio, TX (Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Dolphin Talk : Whistles, Clicks, and Clapping Jaws

Wendy Pfeffer (Author), Helen K. Davie (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 5-9, 40 pages Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books (September 2003) Hardcover ISBN: 0060288019 Paperback ISBN 0060288027

Dolphins are smart. They are so smart that they can talk to each other. Dolphins communicate underwater for the same reason people talk on land: to let others know who they are, where they are and maybe even how they feel. Also included are activities that explore how dolphins talk to each other.

Editorial Reviews

“This attractive book from the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series discusses the sounds made by dolphins. Pfeffer draws parallels between people's words and dolphins whistles, human babies' gurgles and baby dolphins' chirps, human mothers' warning words and dolphin mothers' scolding movements. Besides relating the wide range of sounds dolphins make, the author also describes how the sounds are made, their use in echolocation and a variety of underwater noises made by whales. Davie's paintings portray the world beneath the waves with particular grace and surprising variety. The book closes with an excellent two-page diagram showing a dolphin's interior organs and bone structure. An inviting addition to science collections.” —Booklist, Carolyn Phelan (Copyright American Library Association. All rights reserved.)

Wiggling Worms at Work

Wendy Pfeffer(Author), Steve Jenkins (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8, 40 pages Publisher: HarperCollins 1st edition (December 23, 2003) Hardcover: ISBN: 006028448X Paperback: ISBN: 0064451992

Deep underground and on the surface, worms are hard at work! Worms work like little plows, burrowing through soil by swallowing it. As they make their way through the dirt, worms loosen the soil so roots can spread and grow. Worms eat the bits of leaves and plants mixed with the dirt and leave behind castings that feed the plants. Find out how worms help us as they wiggle their way underground.

Editorial Reviews

“...The well-organized text explains how worms improve the quality of soil and covers the basics about the animal's body structure, movement, diet and reproduction. The writing is clear and engaging; in one instance Pfeffer compares the segments on a worm's body to "the coils on a Slinky toy." .... the collage artwork is visually appealing...The book ends with suggestions for examining a worm in the field and a science-fair-type project using castings.” —School Library Journal, Jean Lowery, Bishop Woods Elementary School, New Haven, CT (Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.) All rights reserved.)

“From the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series, this book provides a good introduction to a familiar animal: the earthworm. Pfeffer discusses the worm's habits, anatomy, locomotion, food and life cycles, as well as explaining the importance of castings and tunneling in maintaining soil richness, moisture and aeration. The final two pages encourage children to explore earthworms on their own by closely observing a worm and a tunnel entrance and by planting seeds in ordinary soil.” —Booklist

From Seed to Pumpkin

Wendy Pfeffer (Author), James Graham Hale (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8, 40 pages Publisher: HarperCollins (September 1, 2004) Hardcover: ISBN: 0060280387 Paperback: ISBN: 0064451909

Editorial Reviews

“Another entry in the popular and useful science series, this title explains in simple, clear language the stages in the development of a seed into a pumpkin. A couple of easy recipes and experiments are appended. Appealing watercolor-and-pencil illustrations show children involved in planting and tending the pumpkins, and help make the process and the passage of time understandable to this audience.” —School Library Journal, Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY (Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.)

“This satisfying volume from the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out series tells and shows how a pumpkin plant grows. With a level of detail that seems just right for young children, the text clearly presents how the plant develops from seed to mature pumpkin as well as how it obtains and distributes water and nutrients. Pfeffer uses plain English rather than specialized terminology, explaining processes with precision while keeping the text accessible to her audience. ... the artwork features three children who join (the farmer) to drop seeds into the ground, water them and observe the plants as they grow. Their cheerful presence adds to the appeal of the illustrations, which are precise, pleasing drawings tinted with sunlit colors. The last two pages give instructions for two activities, ‘Roasted Pumpkin Seeds’ and ‘How Plants Drink Water.’ An excellent introduction to plant development in general and pumpkins in particular. —Booklist, Carolyn Phelan (Copyright American Library Association. All rights reserved.)

Sounds All Around

Wendy Pfeffer (Author), Holly Keller (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8, 32 pages Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books (January 1999) Hardcover ISBN: 0060277122 Paperback ISBN: 0064451771

Editorial Reviews

“This appealing title....provides a simple explanation of sounds and hearing. Beginning with snaps, claps and whistles, Pfeffer describes how sound waves vibrate through the air and how tiny bones in the ear vibrate. She also explains how animals hear, from bats and echolocation to whales using sound waves to locate their young in the ocean, and notes that sound waves travel through the solid ground as well as air and water. Keller's charming illustrations show very young children....with its suggestions for activities and clear language, it's a welcome addition to the series.” —Kirkus Reviews (Copyright 1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All Rights Reserved.)

Other Titles

Many Ways to be a Soldier

Wendy Pfeffer (author), Elaines Verstraeta (illustrator) Reading Level: Ages 4-8, 48 pages Publisher: Millbrook Press (December 2007) Hardcover ISBN: 0822572796 Paperback ISBN:9780822590217

More than anything, Rem Goldin wants to fight the British in the American Revolution. His father and the other men of Sites Point, New Jersey, have all left town to join the fighting. But ten-year-old Rem is too young to go with the men. Disappointed, he climbs up Foxborough Hill to look out over the ocean. What is that murky shape he sees through the fog? Could it be a British warship? Can Rem find a way to save his town?

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Mysterious Spinners

Wendy Pfeffer (Author), Julie J. Kim (Illustrator) Reading level: ages 4-8 Paperback 48 pages Publisher: Mondo Publishing; (April 2005) ISBN: 1593363168

Many years ago, China's beautiful legendary princess, His-ling Shih, sat sipping tea under the branches of a mulberry tree. Suddenly, something shiny caught her eye. The sunlight illuminated a small creature on one of the tree's branches. One long strand of shiny thread oozed from a white worm's lower lip."How strange this creature is," thought the empress. What Empress His-ling Shih did next would change the course of her beloved China... and forever enrich the rest of the world Also included at the end of this book are  pages describing the life cycle of this strange creature.












Wendy Pfeffer (Author) Reading level: ages 4-8, Publisher: Mondo Publishing

It's likely you’ve seen an airplane flying in the sky above. Perhaps you’ve even been on one.  Did you ever wonder how such a heavy machine could lift off the ground, fly above the clouds, and then come down safe and sound.

Think about the birds you’ve seen soaring over treetops. Do you sometimes wonder how they are able to lift off the ground and fly for miles?  From nose to tail, airplanes and birds have many parts that help them fly.

But how do they get up there? What keeps them aloft? And how do they return safely to the ground? Read how they do it all with WINGS.












The Strange Life of the Hermit Crab

Wendy Pfeffer (Author) Reading level: ages 4-8, Publisher: Mondo Publishing

A land hermit crab journeys to the ocean. She is a mother and is ready to lay her eggs. She drops her eggs into the water. Then she returns to the beach never to see her babies.

A hermit crab’s tiny eggs must hatch in the ocean. However, adult hermit crab’s can live only on land.  Discover the extraordinary life of this common house pet as you follow the land hermit crab from the beach to the ocean and then back to land as it completes the circle of life.

This book is a finalist for the Animal Behavior Society’s Outstanding Children’s Book Award for 2010











Whale Songs and Sounds

Wendy Pfeffer (Author) Reading level: ages 4-8, Publisher: Mondo Publishing

Dive into the world of the humpback whale! Explore the mammal’s diverse habitats. Visit the cold waters where humpbacks feed in the summertime, including the oceans and seas of Antarctica and Alaska. Then travel to warm waters where they breed, such as those that surround Mexico and Hawaii.

Discover the many sounds of these noisy saltwater creatures.

You’ll learn that wherever humpbacks live, they fill their watery world with sound.  You’ll also discover the most amazing sound the humpback whales make— song.

Thunder and Lightning

Wendy Pfeffer (Author) Reading level: ages 5-6 Paperback 32 pages Publisher: Scholastic Reference (June 2002) ISBN: 0439425042

Kids are fascinated with storms. Clouds roll in, the wind blusters and suddenly there are flashes of lightning and claps of thunder. Young meteorologists will learn what causes lightning and thunder, how rain falls from the clouds, the different types of lightning, why they see lightning before they hear thunder and much more.

Children will also find out ways in which to prevent themselves from being harmed during thunderstorms.

Creatures in White Series

Mute Swans

Wendy Pfeffer (Author) Reading level: Ages 4-9  Library Binding 32 pages Publisher: Silver Burdett Press (1996) ISBN: 0382393252

Spring has arrived at Swan Lake and so have the swans. Year after year, the same pure-white pair carefully builds a nest and raises its young, called cygnets, painstakingly teaching them how to fly. The family stays until the weather turns cool, then it joins other groups of white swans migrating to warmer waters.

Arctic Wolves

Wendy Pfeffer (Author) Reading level: Ages 4-9 Library Binding 32 pages Publisher: Silver Burdett Press  (1997) ISBN: 0382393201

Enhanced by brilliant photographs of these animals in their natural habitats, this informative guide provides young readers with fact-filled information about Arctic wolves, their survival skills in such harsh surroundings and more.

Polar Bears

Wendy Pfeffer (Author) Reading level: Ages 4-9  Library Binding 32 pages Publisher: Silver Burdett Press (1996) ISBN: 0382393279

Deep in her winter den near the North Pole, a polar bear gives birth to two helpless, toothless, furless cubs that, by spring, grow thick white fur, sharp claws and teeth and follow their mother into the snowy world, learning how to protect themselves.

Snowy Owls

Wendy Pfeffer (Author), Sylvie Chausse (Author)  Reading level: Ages 4-9 Library Binding 32 pages Publisher: Silver Burdett Press  (April 1997) ISBN: 0382393228

A new addition to the Creatures in White series offers an illustrated study that provides insight into the life of the Snowy owl, her brood and how she and her mate go about feeding their downy babies until they can go off on their own.


Living on the Edge Series

Strikingly photographed, this series takes readers to the far reaches of the Earth. Using clear, concise language readily accessible to budding naturalists, it introduces them to the world's harshest terrains and hardiest inhabitants, offering fascinating facts about animal physiology, behavior and survival strategies.

Intended for young audiences. Living on the Edge provides just the right amount of information in just the right terms. This is an outstanding early introduction to animal and earth sciences while telling how animals adapt in order to survive.

It is also a celebration of life. Grades 2-5.

High Mountains

Wendy Pfeffer (Author) Reading level: 7 & up Library Binding  36 pages Publisher: Benchmark Books (May 2002)  ISBN: 076141441X

Arctic Frozen Reaches

Wendy Pfeffer (Author) Reading level: 7 & up Library Binding  36 pages Publisher: Benchmark Books (2002)  ISBN: 0761414371

Icy Antarctic Waters

Wendy Pfeffer (Author) Reading level: 7 & up Library Binding  36 pages Publisher: Benchmark Books (April 2002) ISBN: 076141438X

Hot Deserts

Wendy Pfeffer (Author) Reading level: 7 & up Library Binding  36 pages Publisher: Benchmark Books (2002) ISBN: 0761414401

Deep Oceans

Wendy Pfeffer (Author) Reading level: 7 & up Library Binding  36 pages Publisher: Benchmark Books (April 2002) ISBN: 0761414398

Marta's Magnets

Wendy Pfeffer (Author), Gail Piazza (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-9 Paperback Publisher: Silver Press (June 1995) ISBN:0382249321

Marta's sister Rosa calls her magnet collection junk, but Marta's magnets help her make friends in her new home and help her retrieve a lost key for Rosa's new friend.


OUTSTANDING SCIENCE TRADE BOOK FOR CHILDREN for 1996 by the National Science teachers Association and the Children's Book Council

"1996 CHILDREN'S BOOKS MEAN BUSINESS" exhibit and catalog, and ABA and CBC project

Editorial Reviews

“When Marta's family move to a new place, she finds that her magnet collection helps her attract friends. Colored-pencil illustrations show the ethnically diverse children's faces and other focal points in highly realistic detail, while the remainder of the illustrations are drawn with quick, assured lines. Instructions for making a refrigerator magnet are included at the end.” —The Horn Book,

“Marta is a collector... of keys, paper clips, gum wrappers and magnets. When she moves to a new neighborhood, she uses her magnet collection to make friends and to help her older sister's best friend retrieve a key that has fallen through a sidewalk grate. Directions are included for making a refrigerator magnet. Large, understated, but realistic colored-pencil drawings depict attractive multiethnic youngsters. A pleasant but slight story about fitting in that could also be used to introduce a unit on magnetism.” —School Library Journal, Eunice Weech, M. L. King Elementary School, Urbana, IL













The World of Sharks

(Level 1) (Amer Museum of Nat History Easy Readers)

Wendy Pfeffer (Author), Reading level: Ages 4-5 Paperback 32 pages Publisher: Sterling Children's Books (August 2, 2011) ISBN-10: 1402777833, ISBN-13: 978-1402777837

See sharks that are fast, sharks that are slow, sharks that hide in the sand, and sharks that glow. Welcome to the incredible world of sharks!  Meet twelve of the most fascinating species that swim in oceans around the world.














Wolf Pup

(Level 1) (Amer Museum of Nat History Easy Readers)

Wendy Pfeffer (Author), Reading level: Ages 4-5 Paperback 32 pages Publisher: Sterling Children's Books (August 2, 2011) ISBN-10: 140277785X, ISBN-13: 978-1402777851

In springtime, a baby wolf is born in a den. Watch him grow from helpless little pup whose parents must feed him to a young wolf that can hunt for himself and run swiftly with his pack.



















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