|Name Seymour Simon|
|Books Animals Nobody Loves, Our solar system, Super Storms, Danger! Volcanoes, The paper airplane book|
Education City College of New York
A conversation with seymour simon
Seymour Simon (born August 9, 1931) is an American writer of children's books; he is primarily a science writer.
- A conversation with seymour simon
- Seymour simon
- Personal life
- Awards and honors
- Selected books
Simon was born in New York City. He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and the City College of New York. A science teacher for 23 years, he began writing for children in the early 1960s.
Simon is the world's most prolific writer of science books for younger children (up to fifth grade, age 11 or so), with more than 250 titles listed in Books in Print and more than a dozen original e-books. He also writes fiction and created the series Einstein Anderson, Science Geek. He is a founder and director of the digital publishing company StarWalk Kids Media.
Simon's books encourage children to engage in activities to discover scientific principles, using household materials. For example, Let's Try It Out With Towers and Bridges asks, "What keeps trees from falling over? How do skyscrapers stand so tall? What makes a bridge strong? Let's try it out!" and shows children how to build a sturdy tower of blocks, create a solid foundation with clay, and make a paper bridge span short and long distances without falling down.
His books are frequent selections in the National Science Teachers Association's Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students.
Simon visits schools and talks to students and teachers, because it is contact with children, teachers, and librarians that has made him one of their favorite writers. "I haven't really given up teaching", says Simon, "and I suppose I never will, not as long as I keep writing."
He has two children and four grandchildren, and resides in Hudson Valley, New York. He is currently married to Liz Nealon, the CEO of StarWalk Kids Media and an award-winning producer and former creative director of the Sesame Street spinoff Children's Television Workshop.
Awards and honors
Simon has received many awards and honors for his work.
June 29, 1999 was Seymour Simon day in Houston, Texas, in recognition of his "outstanding contributions and accomplishments".
August 2, 1999 was a day of recognition for Seymour Simon in Green Bay, Wisconsin, "who has engaged the mind of countless school children, with clear, thoughtful, thorough explanations, from crocodiles to the cosmos. We proclaim that Seymour Simon has done more than any other author to help us understand and appreciate the beauty of our planet and universe."
As of April 2014, this selection includes the three earliest (1968) and one latest (2014) of 259 Library of Congress Online Catalog search hits—for records of editions of books created by Simon.