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The Common Core State Standards have focused attention on process and using nonfiction in the classroom. Our Authors on Call from iNK Think Tank embody the CCSS. This team uses their extraordinary breadth of knowledge to transform today's classrooms into vital centers of learning. These authors are experts in processing enormous amounts of information, sifting through it and synthesizing it into works with added value. So why not talk to these masters of 21st century skillsand let them unpack their process for your students? They are eager to share their knowledge with you and to help you inspire your students with books kids love to read about subjects you're required to teach. So far our authors include Jan Adkins, Vicki Cobb, Heather Montgomery, Roxie Munro, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent,Carla Killough McClafferty, Kerrie Hollihan, Aline Alexander Newman, David M. Schwartz, Alexandra Siy, Steve Swinburne , Peggy Thomas, and Andrea Warren. Keep coming back as we add more authors and new programs.

Give Them Reading that Gets Them Talking from Vicki Cobb on Vimeo.

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Programs by Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

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101 Years of National Parks and How They Almost Didn't Happen with Author Kerrie Hollihan

Award winning author Kerrie Hollihan shares the story behind the founding of America's National Parks. Using research from her book Theodore Roosevelt for Kids: His Life & Times , Kerrie spins a tale of how the wily Roosevelt, a man of many...

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American Holocaust Rescuer: One Man Defied Hitler and Saved Lives-Author Carla Killough McClafferty

Did you know there was an American Holocaust rescuer who saved more lives than the well-known Oskar Schindler? Or that among the 2000 people whose lives he saved were Marc Chagall, Max Ernst, Jacques Lipchitz, and many other famous artists? In...

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Ape Escapes! by Aline Alexander Newman

Orangutans are smart. Their abilities resemble those of a second-grader. And publishing is tough. It takes persistence to succeed. Using her Nat Geo chapter book, APE ESCAPES, and an interactive, multi-media program, the author brings these...

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Art & Artists: Masterpiece Mix by Roxie Munro (STEAM-aligned)

“Art & Artists: Masterpiece Mix” is a fascinating talk on great artists, their sometimes wild stories, and the art they’ve created, based upon masterpieces in the National Gallery of Art, by award-winning author/illustrator Roxie Munro...

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Begin with a Bang, End with a Snap! How to write anything with power and clarity by Vicki Cobb

How can you write to communicate your message and engage your reader?  Children's nonfiction authors must do this or they will lose their audience.  Vicki Cobb is practiced at communicating with all audiences.  Recently she was promoted to...

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Brainstorming; Write Exciting Nonfiction on Any Topic with Author Carla Killough McClafferty

Do you get tired of seeing the same boring research projects from your students? Do you wish they would think “outside the box”? Have award winning non-fiction author, Carla Killough McClafferty, brainstorm with your students about topics and...

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Bring a Nonfiction Minute Author to Your School!by all the Authors on Call

The highly popular free blog for kids, the Nonfiction Minute has capture the imagination and the  2.5 million page views of students nationally.   These short essays are written by award-winning authors who are already in your school library.  How...

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Charles Dickens: One of History's Greatest Writers and Reformers--by Andrea Warren--CCSS Aligned

We all know Charles Dickens was a great novelist, but did you know that he was also one of history's greatest reformers? Andrea Warren takes students back to Victorian London, where a gifted author penned stories that would inspire the upper...

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Computer Geeks Who Changed the World: Tech Titans, with Author Carla Killough McClafferty

Computers are part of our everyday lives-for communicating, for research, for ordering books, pizza and more. Students today can’t imagine a world without computers or that our smart phones are many times more powerful than computers that filled...

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Concussions and Football: Understanding the Issues with Author Carla Killough McClafferty

Concussions in football and other sports fill news reports every week. Athletes, coaches, and parents are left wondering what to think. In this live interactive program, Carla Killough McClafferty, author of FOURTH DOWN AND INCHES: FOOTBALL’S...

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Digging Deeper: Researching Techniques by Vicki Cobb

How do you figure out the angle for an article or project? How do you dig up the most interesting facts? Vicki Cobb, author of books and blogs shares her secrets for uncovering fascinating information that can be used in compelling nonfiction...

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Discovery! Discovery! Why Scientists Love Science (STEM and NGSS aligned) by Vicki Cobb

Author Vicki Cobb's Discovery! Discovery! Why Scientists Love Science unpacks the ways mysteries of nature are approached by a different kind of thinking producing many surprises and discoveries by the audience. It is very interactive as children...

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DIVE IN: Coral Reef Critters with Author/Illustrator Roxie Munro (STEM-Aligned)