Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Just released: Why Does My Shadow Follow Me? by Kira Vermond

Why Does My Shadow Follow Me? – More Science Questions from Real Kids by Kira Vermond, illustrations by Suharu Ogawa {Kids Can Press}

Kids ask the best questions: Are birds really dinosaurs?  Why do we have butts? How do scientists know a T-Rex was standing on two feet?

With help from Ontario Science Centre experts, Kira Vermond packs mind-boggling facts into answers that encourage further inquiry, covering topics over five sections: animals, the human body, planet Earth, tech and innovation, and outer space.

From glowing scorpions and prehistoric sharks to stem cells and Mars missions, Suharu Ogawa’s colorful, zesty illustrations enhance Vermond’s lively writing.


“Shines with wonderment.” – CM Reviews, 01/15/21

“A playful romp through multiple fields of science in which even silly questions lead to startling discoveries.”  –Kirkus Reviews, 12/29/20

Why Does My Shadow Follow Me? is available now from Annick Press here.

Praise for Why Don’t Cars Run on Apple Juice {released in 2019}:

“A breezy compendium for STEM-winders and casual browsers alike.” –- Kirkus Reviews, 05/12/19

“Filled with fun and fascinating answers to a whole slew of highly entertaining questions.” – The Globe and Mail, 12/06/19

“With cool, conversational panache, the browsable responses are neither overwhelmingly dense nor too simplistic.” – Quill & Quire, 07/19

“Questions are answered in plain, easy-to-understand language and in just a few paragraphs, making this title appropriate for all ages preschool and up . . . An appendix of further reading on science topics and delightful illustrations make this a classroom winner.” – School Library Journal, 08/01/19

“One of the invaluable strengths of this book is that it makes it clear that no question is too silly to ask, even the questions about toots and poo. Every question is validated with a scientific answer . . . Why Don’t Cars Run on Apple Juice? shines with wonderment. Make sure you read it yourself before you put it into circulation in your classroom or library because, once you share it with your students, there will be a waiting list to read it. You may even want to buy two copies.” – CM Reviews, *starred review, 06/07/19

Why Don’t Cars Run on Apple Juice is available from Annick Press here.

Kira Vermond is an award-winning writer with over 2,000 articles to her name. She has been a frequent contributor to the Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, CBC and Today's Parent.

She’s the author of six previous nonfiction books for young readers:  Trending: How and Why Stuff Gets Popular, which was recently nominated for a Yellow Cedar Award (more here);  Why Don’t Cars Run on Apple Juice (more here); Half-Truths and Brazen Lies, (more  here); Why We Live Where We Live (more here) Growing Up: Inside and Out, (nominated for an Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading Award); and The Secret Life of Money: A Kid's Guide to Cash, which was my son’s and daughter’s favourite book  the year it came out, although my kids are four years apart. ~Brian

Kira's books are available from Chapters (here) or from your local independent bookstore (here).

Also, Kira gives fabulous presentations for adults and children alike. She’s one of the guest speakers for this spring’s Writing Kid Lit class {an online course for adults}. Details here.

Check out my whole current schedule here.

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