Archives for: "December 2009"

Not the Worst Winter Ever

December 29th, 2009
The winter of 2009/10 is still quite young, and no one knows what it holds. But at this early date there is one thing I can say for sure - when it comes to snow crystal photos, it won't be the worst winter ever.  I don't feel like digging into my… more »

New Review On Bookends, a Booklist Blog

December 29th, 2009
Yesterday, a new review of The Story of Snow appeared on  Bookends, a Booklist blog. Here’s an excerpt:  “They take a rather technical subject and make it “crystal” clear for really young readers and still retain a tangible sense of wonder. This is a… more »

Snow Crystals!

December 27th, 2009
About the time I was typing “It’s snowing like mad” last night, it stopped snowing. A feeble mid winter sun greeted us early this morning, and then the clouds rolled in and brought an exceedingly light snow. Come evening, barely half an inch of fresh… more »

Winston - Salem Journal and Chicago Tribune Reviews

December 27th, 2009
Today’s Winston-Salem Journal has a nice article about books to read on snowy days – and The Story of Snow is one of them.  You can read the whole review, Snow Days Call For Snowy Pages here –… more »

Two Faces of Water

December 19th, 2009
Around midnight, a gentle snow began to fall. It continues to come down, but the air temperature is still hovering right at the freezing point. Throughout the night I’d wake up and peek out the window to see snow falling onto wet streets – it was just a… more »

First Snow Crystal Photo of 2009/10

December 19th, 2009
Last week’s storm brought several inches of hard driving, wet snow to Kalamazoo. But after the blizzard passed temperatures grew more mild, and soon patches of grass began to emerge from the melting snow cover. A slight dusting of lake effect snow a… more »

Outstanding Science Trade Book

December 13th, 2009
Great news! The Story of Snow has been named an Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12 by the National Science Teacher's Association and Children's Book Council! - Mark more »

Front page News

December 11th, 2009
The Kalamazoo Gazette ran a front page article about The Story of Snow on Wednesday, December 9. Click here to check it out! The weather was quite accomodating as a blizzard moved into west Michigan around the same time. - Mark more »

100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

December 7th, 2009
A little while ago the New York Public Library came out with their recommended list of children's books called 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing. The Story of Snow is included! Here's a nice stellar dentrite from last December - almost a year ago. This… more »

18 New Holiday Books For Kids from

December 2nd, 2009
If you are interested in kids' books for the holidays, check out the 18 New Holiday Books For Kids photo gallery on the website of the Chicago Tribune - which is I particularly like #2 in the lineup - but there are a lot of… more »

Story Of Snow Teacher's Guide

December 1st, 2009
The good folks at Chronicle Books have put together a teacher's guide for The Story of Snow. In my storied past, I spent a few years working as an Assistant Superintendent in an urban school district. I was the HR Director and did not get directly… more »