Friday, November 9, 2018

Kids in New Brunswick Inspired by UNDERNEATH THE SIDEWALK

Posted by Claire Eamer

Dave Burrell is a Grade 1 teacher at Barkers Point Elementary School in Fredericton, New Brunswick. When he read my picture book, Underneath the Sidewalk, to his class, they decided to paint their own under-the-sidewalk monsters. I think they did a wonderful job. What do you think?

All the amazing art is by the Grade One students in Mr. Burrell's class.
Click on the image to make it bigger.

Underneath the Sidewalk, published by Scholastic Canada, has been nominated for the 2018-2019 Shining Willow award in Saskatchewan and the 2018-2019 Chocolate Lily award in British Columbia.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

WHAT A WASTE! Wins Major Award

What a Waste! Where Does Garbage Go? (Annick Press, 2017) has been named winner of the 2018 American Institute of Physics Science Communication Award in the Writing for Children category. The award carries a US$3,000 prize, an engraved Windsor chair and a certificate of recognition. Claire will be presented with the award at Winter Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers in Houston, Texas, in January 2019.

There's more information about the award and the other winners on the website of the American Institute of Physics. What a Waste! Where Does Garbage Go? is widely available for purchase, including online at Amazon and Chapters-Indigo.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

New Book Goodness!

Claire's latest kids' science book, Out of the Ice: How Climate Change is Revealing the Past, published by Kids Can Press, is now on bookstore shelves -- real and virtual.

It's the story of the new science of glacial archaeology. Global warming is melting ice patches, glaciers, and permafrost around the world, revealing amazingly well-preserved reliques of the past. But the melt has a down side, even for archaeologists. Once organic artifacts and remains are thawed and exposed to the atmosphere, they deteriorate quickly. Glacial archaeology is a rescue mission, a rush to save vital information about the past before it disappears forever.

Look for Out of the Ice: How Climate Change is Revealing the Past at your local bookstore, on Amazon or Chapters Indigo or your favourite vendor.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

An Honour for WHAT A WASTE!

WHAT A WASTE! WHERE DOES GARBAGE GO? has been named an Honor Book in the Nature and Ecology category by Skipping Stones Magazine. The book was published by Annick Press in 2017. The 2018 book awards were announced in the Summer 2018 issue of the magazine, available now.

Reviewer Owen McCoy wrote: "I would recommend this book primarily for children in middle school, but anyone of anybody [sic] age could find a lesson to take away from it." The full review, along with reviews of all the books on the awards list, can be downloaded here.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

School and Library Presentations

Claire is available for presentations and workshops in schools and libraries - or anywhere else kids gather. For information about presentations, check her profile at the Writers' Union of Canada website or her member page at CWILL BC. Both sites also provide general information about sources of funding for bringing authors into schools and libraries.

Check with Claire (EamerWriter [at] for her latest rate schedule. Generally, there is a small surcharge for events beyond Vancouver Island to help cover the extra travel expenses.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Recent books

What a Waste! Where Does Garbage Go?

***Runner-up in the general non-fiction category at the 2017 Green Book Festival in San Francisco***

History, science, and technology for Grades 4-7
Published by Annick Press, 2017

Find out about the weird and fascinating world of garbage, covering topics like water pollution, modern “throwaway” culture, landfills, human waste, and recycling. The highly visual treatment with lots of sidebars and humorous illustrations makes this an engaging, kid-friendly introduction to an important issue.

"A smart overall survey sprinkled with choice nuggets of garbage lore. Dig in." Starred review in Kirkus Reviews

Underneath the Sidewalk

Picture book for ages 3 to 8
Published by Scholastic Canada, 2017

A rhyming romp through a magical world of underground monsters.

"Guaranteed to provide both shivers and smiles of relief, this is a book that will fascinate and thrill young readers." Quill & Quire

Inside Your Insides: A Guide to the Microbes That Call You Home

***Finalist: Science in Society Youth Book Award***
***Best Books for Kids & Teens selection ***

The science of the human microbiome for Grades 3 to 7
Published by Kids Can Press, 2016

Wherever you go, tiny hitchhikers tag along for the ride --- living things so small that you need a microscope to see them. And every person carries around trillions and trillions of microbes. Readers will be startled (and likely a little grossed out!) by the many places they live, both inside and outside our bodies. Some are bad guys that cause disease, but many are actually good guys that keep us healthy.

"An excellent example of engaging science writing, this title would be a useful mentor text for young science writers and a fine addition to science programs dealing with the topic of the human body." School Library Journal