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With gourd artists, Diane and Brad Harris, reading "Over in the Grasslands."

Mrs. Purdham's Pumpkin Project

A "Story Walk" in the woods!

"Over in the Forest" was the story!

Dioramas students created of some of my books.

2012 FAME Conference

Palmetto Elementary

On the Morning Show with Tech Crew at Windy Hill Elementary School.

Clay Springs Elementary presented me with their own adaptation!

"April is for Authors"

Autographing at the Palm Beach Zoo

FRA Conference in Orlando

Illustrator, Jill Dubin at BEA 2011

UCF Book Festival-- Authors Berkes, Caffery, Escue and Annino

Booksigning at the Palm Beach Zoo

NSTA Conf. in San Francisco

At the Book Loft on Amelia Island

With fellow panelist, author/illustrator, Frank Remkiewicz at USF,Sarasota

Autographing at Barnes & Noble

"Young Authors" Celebration

New & Noteworthy News!

Going Around the Sun: Some Planetary Fun

November 19, 2016

Many years ago my Dad took me to the Hayden Planetarium in NYC. It was awe-inspiring aswe looked at the stars in the night sky in total darkness .
Little did I know back then, at age 8, I would write a book about planets that Neil de-Grasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium, would endorse.

"If the Sun were a poet, then "Going Around the Sun" captures just what it would say to its beloved family of planets."

Fast forward to 2006 when the International Astronmomical Union (IAU) downgraded the status of Pluto to "dwarf planet" and only the rocky world of the inner Solar System and the gas giants of the outer system were designated as planets. Shortly after this news, Glenn Hovemann, my editor at Dawn Publications, asked me to write a children's picture book about this change.

Being no scientist, how would I go about this? After a lot of research I decided on a rhymed tour of the solar system framed as a dialogue between Mother Sun and her satellites. Each verse introduced basic concepts about each planet. Illustrator Janeen Masson created big spattered swirling starscapes with melted crayons that added loads of visual appeal as we combined fact with fiction..

Almost 10 years later the book is still going strong and is being used in schools across the country. I love all the learning extensions educators, going beyond the book, have come up with.

Most recently I received an e-mail from one of my favorite media specialists who had asked her students to create something from pumpkins, using their favorite book. Can you imagine a pumpkin sprayed blue to look like our blue planet Earth? Well, take a look at the photo in the side bar. Isn't it "out of this world?"

Really made my day, as kids keep reaching for the stars!


  1. December 1, 2016 5:59 PM EST
    hello dear marianne!
    what a great work - sooo many cool books for children!
    sorry for asking you, my name is josef peter glanz an i live in vienna, my father is a german from former jugoslavia. i am in search of my ancesters (excuse my english please) and i am now in denmark, around 1600...
    there is a family olaf lorenz glanstierna glanz, married with maria glanz, married with maria von huden, creutz - and i saw, that you posted that on your homepage (genealogy?) - do you have or had relationship in europe?
    wish you the best from stormy vienna!!!
    hope to hear from you!!
    - jpg