Education Titles — Non-Fiction

I have had 27 non-fiction titles published for the education market thus far. There is another one awaiting publication.

  • Changing Weather (for K-3 Guided Reading Program to be published by Macmillan Education in Australia and New Zealand)

Unexplained Mysteries

NELSON Cengage Learning, June 2016
ISBN: 9780170379519

This book was written for the PM Guided Reading series for Year 6 students. It’s at Sapphire Level 30. It’s about supposedly unexplained mysteries such as Big Foot and the Loch Ness Monster.

Southern Skies

NELSON Cengage Learning, April 2016
ISBN: 9780170373135

This book was written for the PM Guided Reading series for Year 6 students. It’s at Ruby Level 28. It’s about what you can see in the night sky in the Southern hemisphere.

Aeroplanes

NELSON Cengage Learning, July 2015
ISBN: 9780170365840

This book was written for the PM Guided Reading series for Year 6 students. It’s at Silver Level 24. As the title suggests, it’s about aeroplanes.

Australia’s Government

Pearson Australia, October 2014
ISBN: 9781486008551

This book was written for the Pearson English series for Year 6 students. It’s tied into the national curriculum topic “Governing Australia”.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Replace!

Pearson Australia, June 2014
ISBN: 9781486008452

This book was written for the Pearson English series for Year 4 students. It’s tied into the national curriculum.

From the Earth to the Stars

Pearson Australia, Feb 2014
ISBN: 9781486007721

This book was written for the Pearson English series for Year 5 students. It’s tied into the national science curriculum.

The Food You Eat

Pearson Australia, Jan 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4860-1823-9

This book was written for the Bug Club series of school readers at RL25. It’s about the different types of food you might find in an average school lunchbox.

Wild Weather

Pearson Australia, November 2013
ISBN: 9781486018123

This is a primary school reader for the Bug Club series at RL20. As the title suggests, it’s about wild weather — from thunder storms to tornadoes.

What Can You Do?

Macmillan Education Australia, February 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4586-3969-1

This book was written at Prep Grade level for the Springboard Connect series of school readers. It is about the movements that animals make.

Talk About Teeth

Macmillan Education, Australia, February 2011
ISBN: 9781420291582

This book was written at Grade 1 level for the Springboard into Comprehension series of school readers. It compares and contrasts lions’ teeth and horses’ teeth.

The History of the Marathon

Macmillan Education, Australia, October 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4202-9059-2

This book was written at Grade 4 level for the Literacy Network series of school readers. It’s about, as the title suggests, the history of the Marathon.

Weather

Pearson Australia, August 2010
ISBN: 978 1 4425 2124 7

This book was written at level 6 (6-7 year olds) for the Bug Club series of school readers. This is a very basic book about the weather — hot, cold, rainy, windy and stormy. I really enjoyed writing this one as it was my first experience of writing for such a young age.

Piracy in the Modern Age

Macmillan Education, Australia, May 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4202-7981-8

This book was written at Grade 6 level for the Springboard into Comprehension series of school readers. It’s about modern day pirates.

Behind the News Topics: Theatre

Pearson Rigby, an imprint of Pearson Australia, February 2010
ISBN: 9781442512320 (hbk); 9781442512238 (pbk)

This book was written as part of a series of chapter books tied in with the ABC television series Behind The News. It takes a look behind the scenes of a theatrical production, using Melbourne’s St Martins Youth Arts Centre as a case study. Each of the key roles in a production are examined and there are mini interviews with several people who work in the industry.

Olympic Game Technology

Macmillan Education, Australia, October 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4202-7765-4

This book was written at Grade 5 level for the Springboard into Comprehension series of school readers. It’s about how changes in technology have influenced the Olympic Games.

Fossil Fuels

Macmillan Education, Australia, August 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4202-7597-1

This book was written at Grade 4 level for the Springboard into Comprehension series of school readers. It’s a brief look at the mining, refining and use of fossil fuels, as well as their effects on the environment.

Technology to the Rescue

Macmillan Education, Australia, August 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4202-7563-6

This book was written at Grade 4 level for the Literacy Network series of school readers. It’s about the technology used by search and rescue workers.

Record-Breaking Dinosaurs

Macmillan Education, Australia, August 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4202-7553-7

This book was written at Grade 3 level for the Literacy Network series of school readers. As the name suggests, this book is about record-breaking dinosaurs — the smallest, the tallest, the one with the smallest brain, etc…

Sound Around Us

Carson-Dellosa, USA, 2007
ISBN: 1-60022-185-8

This book was written for the Intervention Works series of school readers. It’s about sound – how sound is made, how we hear it and how we use it.

Our Solar System

Carson-Dellosa, USA, 2007
ISBN: 1-60022-175-0

This book was written for the Intervention Works series of school readers. It’s about, as the title suggests, our solar system.

Star Sailor

Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, USA, 2007

This book was written for the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Leveled Reader Library. It’s about astronauts.

The Power of Stone

Thomson Learning, Australia, July 2004
ISBN: 017 011 392 2

This book was written for the level 4 set in the Book Web Plus series of school readers. It is about stones… the different types, how they are formed, etc.

Need It, Want It

Thomson Learning, Australia, July 2004
ISBN: 0 170 11398 1

This book was written for the level 4 set in the Book Web Plus series of school readers. It looks at how needs and wants change over time, as do the perceptions of what constitutes needs and wants.

Messy Desks

Thomson Learning, Australia, December 2002
ISBN: 0 17010742 6

This book was written for the Zebras series of school readers. It looks at the sorts of things you’re likely to find on the average desk (from computers to Liquid Paper), examining their history and providing a few quirky facts. At least, that’s what I originally wrote. Unfortunately, the final book bares little resemblance to what I wrote, having been re-written by editors and teacher consultants. It’s a good read, but I really didn’t write most of it.

My Hero

Thomson Learning, Australia, December 2002
ISBN: 0 17010734 5

This book was written for the Zebras series of school readers. It relates several stories of children who have done heroic deeds.

Heroes & Villains

Horwitz Martin, Australia, September 2000
ISBN: 0 7253 1949 6

This book was written for the second series of Phenomena, a series of books combining fiction and non-fiction. It is the companion book to Ordinary Hero (see fiction books section). The book looks at heroes and villains, both fictional and real. Each chapter begins with a short story to introduce the topic.

Real Sci-fi

Horwitz Martin, Australia, June 1999
ISBN: 0 7253 1664 0

This book is on the Years 7 and 8 booklist for the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge.

This book was written for the first series of Phenomena, a series of books combining fiction and non-fiction. Real Sci-fi is about the realities in science fiction — developments that science fiction has predicted and is still predicting. Each chapter begins with a short story to introduce the topic. It was published in the USA in April 2000 as part of the Fact Meets Fiction series. The US editors ended up change some of the text.