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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.

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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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Does your Pet Have a Story? by Aline Alexander Newman

Want to engage your students? Focus on their pets.  Depending on grade level, this lively program includes a mix of reading, dancing, an animal quiz, enticing photos, surprising facts, and true anecdotes in support of humane values, ethology, and...

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Don't Get Duped: Critical Thinking, by Author Heather L. Montgomery

A bird that cries wolf, a wasp that zombiefies cockroaches, a firefly femme fatale? Nonfiction author Heather L. Montgomery uses engaging examples of trickery and deceit from the animal world to help students become careful consumers of information.

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George Washington Plants A Nation with Peggy Thomas

What does farming have to do with the American Revolution? In this program Peggy Thomas, author of Farmer George Plants a Nation, will show how George Washington’s love of farming influenced his vision for a new nation.

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George Washington: C.S.I. Meets the Biography Channel with Author Carla Killough McClafferty

Did George Washington look like his image on the dollar bill?  A dream team of scientists, historians, and artists determined to find out.  Carla Killough McClafferty shares the experts’ study of Washington’s dentures, hair and clothes.  The...

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Harry Houdini:The First International Superstar (CCSS aligned) by Vicki Cobb

With words from her biography and stunning photos and posters, author Vicki Cobb tells the story of how a son of poor immigrants transformed himself into the greatest magician of all time.

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Healing an Ecosystem: Dorothy Patent Recounts the Wolf's Return to Yellowstone (STEM aligned)

Wonder why ecologists are happy when a top predator returns to its old haunts? Take a look at Yellowstone National Park, where these predators were killed off in the 1920s. Since then the ecology of the park became unbalanced. Learn how the...

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Hitler's War Against Children: How One Boy Survived the Death Camps--by Andrea Warren--CCSS Aligned

In a nongraphic presentation,Andrea Warren, author of Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps, will introduce students to the story of one brave Jewish boy caught up in World War II and the Holocaust. She will discuss why the Holocaust...

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How Do We Know the Earth Is Moving? by Vicki Cobb (STEM and NGSS aligned)

How do we know the earth is moving when it looks like the sky is moving? Today we all know that the earth moves but most people don't know HOW we know that. Vicki Cobb tells the compelling story of how Copernicus and Galileo fought for the...

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How Much Is a Million? — Place Value and Exponents Come to Life (CCSS and STEM-aligned)

The author of over 50 math and science books (including HOW MUCH IS A MILLION?) uses an abundance of props and personal stories to make essential concepts come alive, tying them to children’s lives and the books they read.

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How to Find Amazing Primary Sources Online with Nonfiction Author Carla Killough McClafferty

The real thing! Every great teacher knows the value of using primary source documents in their classroom. Today, high quality images of millions of original documents and objects are at our fingertips. There are so many in fact that it can be...

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I Spy Magnify: Exploring the Microscopic World (STEM and CCSS aligned)

"I SPY MAGNIFY" is an interactive program for grades 1-8 based on the award-winning books by Alexandra Siy, which include BUG SHOTS: The Good, the Bad, and the Bugly; SNEEZE!; and MOSQUITO BITE.

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In the Fields & the Trenches with Young Folks of World War I--Author Kerrie Hollihan

<p style="line-height:150%">Wars are fought by young people, and young people fighting wars make history—in ways great and small. This program, based on Hollihan's award-winning book. shares the stories of men and women who met World War I,...

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InstaSTEM Mini: A Short Course in Photo Research

Alexandra Siy writes books rich in scientific imagery. She Knows how find, analyze, and use quality primary source scientific imagery and teaches this important research skill to students in grades 3-12. InstaSTEM Mini is an hour-long program that...

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Isaac Newton’s Secret Science -- Author Kerrie Hollihan -- STEM/Common Core aligned

Isaac Newton looked to the sky and saw something no one else had figured out – how everything “up there” works in sync with everything "down here." He never told a soul, until Edmund Halley, a young man with big questions, knocked on his door.

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LET'S READ, COUNT, AND SHOUT! Having Fun with the CCSS

LET'S READ, COUNT, AND SHOUT! is an interactive program for preK through first grade that uses Alexandra Siy's book ONE TRACTOR: A COUNTING BOOK to introduce children to numbers, word opposites, and discovering content in images. In ONE TRACTOR a...

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LOST WATER: Our Watery Heritage! by Jan Adkins

We’rean enormous nation connected by highways, airlines, telephones, computer webs. But we’ve forgotten what created our earliest continental connection, how we traveled and carried goods and explored and made money. We’ve forgotten the United...

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Marie Curie: The Most Famous Female Scientist of All Time with Author Carla Killough McClafferty

Most people have heard the name Marie Curie, but few know what she actually did or why she is famous. In this live interactive program, Carla Killough McClafferty, author of SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING: MARIE CURIE AND RADIUM, will explore the life...

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Mars: Exploring the Red Planet (STEM and CCSS aligned)

Mars:Exploring the Red Planet is an interactive program for grades 1-8 based on the award-winning nonfiction book, CARS ON MARS. (STEM and CCSS aligned)

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Mastering the Maze by Roxie Munro (STEM- and STEAM-aligned)

An overview of mazes and labyrinths throughout history and world cultures. Uses for mazes and labyrinths. Examples of real life contemporary mazes. How Roxie Munro's maze ideas developed, and a sampling of the editorial decisions and research, ...

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MOVING HEAVY THINGS – STEM and CCSS Aligned

Moving big things has been a challenge forever, and the challenge has been met by clever people in thousands of surprising, creative ways. Author-Illustrator Jan Adkins will intrigue students with his knowledge of basic physics applied to human...

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MUMMIES EXPOSED! The Scoop on Sleeping Beauties, Masked Men & Tattooed Tourists, Traders,& Tribesmen

Mummies Exposed! goes beyond Egypt’s mummies to uncover mummy secrets everywhere. New technologies expose new facts about old favorites, such as Ötzi the Ice Man. Doctors study Hungary’s Orlovits family, entombed in a forgotten crypt. Others...

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NAME THAT BUG: Looking Closely at Insects and Spiders (STEM and CCSS aligned)

"NAME THAT BUG" is an interactive program for grades 1-8 based on the award-winning books by Alexandra Siy, which include BUG SHOTS: The Good, the Bad, and the Bugly; MOSQUITO BITE; and SPIDERMANIA: Friends on the Web.

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RODENT RASCALS by author/illustrator ROXIE MUNRO (STEM-aligned)

Roxie Munro discusses and shows illustrations of the fascinating creatures in her new award-winning book, RODENT RASCALS: From Tiny to Tremendous - 21 Clever Creatures at their Actual Size. She also talks about the process of creating the book...

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Shrieking with Excitement Over the Solar System by Vicki Cobb (STEM and NGSS aligned)

This fresh, new approach to a unit on the solar system combines the excitement of an author visit with Vicki Cobb with the advantages of having her as author-in-residence to produce real student learning and achievement. It meets all CCSS, STEM...

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Slavery and George Washington

George Washington owned human beings.  This program shares the true-life stories of six specific enslaved men and women who served him at Mount Vernon.  They will step out of the shadows of history in this program.  Based on McClafferty’s book...

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Snakes! Bugs! Rats and Raptors! with Roxie Munro (STEM- aligned)

“Snakes! Bugs! Rats and Raptors!” Fascinating fun facts and dynamic full-screen realistic visuals about birds, bugs, snakes, and rodents by award-winning author/illustrator Roxie Munro. Find out about creepy crawly (and sometimes flying...

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Swim, Sea Turtle Swim!

Steve takes students into the heart of a sea turtle adventure. We'll meet a scientist who is hoping to save the endangered leatherback and we'll look at the 21st century dangers a sea turtle faces. The program is action packed and full of great...

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The "We Dare You!" Video Project by Vicki Cobb (STEM and NGSS aligned)

Vicki Cobb, a well-known author of science books for kids (Science Experiments You Can Eat) is creating an unprecedented multi-media approach to kids' science education that you and your students can participate in. Your kids can simultaneously...

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The Courageous Chemistry of Dr. Percy Julian -- Author Kerrie Hollihan (STEM and NGSS aligned)

Percy Lavon Julian (1899-1975) wanted to study chemistry so badly he left home in segregated Alabama to go to college in the North. All his life, he fought racism, even as he conducted a brilliant career in plant chemistry. Dr. Julian was George...

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The Lewis&Clark Expedition: Dorothy Patent Tells The Story of Hardship and Discovery (CCSS aligned)

The Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804 to 1806 offers something for everyone—adventure, danger, wild animals, fascinating Indian cultures, and more.  Follow award-winning author Dorothy Hinshaw Patent along on this amazing journey of discovery...

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The Orphan Trains: Finding Families for Homeless Children--by Andrea Warren--CCSS Aligned

Author Andrea Warren takes students along for the journey to study the orphan trains and their impact on homeless children in the 19th and early 20th centuries. In a program both compelling and educational, she'll discuss what happened and why to...

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The Science Fair Coach, Vicki Cobb (STEM and CCSS aligned)

A science fair is an opportunity for kids to discover why scientists love science. Noted children's hands-on science author, Vicki Cobb helps kids start their projects with enthusiasm. Her new book See for Yourself! offers more than 100 amazing...

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The Skeleton Inside You: What X-rays Reveal with Author Carla Killough McClafferty

First through third grade students are familiar with skeletons they see around Halloween. This program is an introduction to the science behind X-rays. In this live interactive program Carla Killough McClafferty, Radiologic Technologist and...

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The Statue of Liberty's Secrets: How it was Built & Became a Symbol of Immigration-Carla McClafferty

Today the Statue of Liberty has become a symbol of the United States of America and of immigration.  But it didn’t start out that way. Find out the original reason why and how Frenchmen devoted many years of their lives to create the colossal...

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This Place Is Wet:Amazon Rain Forest by Vicki Cobb (CCSS and STEM aligned)

What's the BIG idea about the Amazon rain forest? Why is it important for the planet? What are some of its most unusual plants and animals? What hands-on science can you do with two main rain forest products, rubber and Brazil nuts?  Award...

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Tips on Biographies and Nonfiction Features with Nonfiction Author Carla Killough McClafferty

What better way to reinforce what you’ve taught your students about nonfiction features and reading biographies, than having an author that writes nonfiction books in your classroom? In this live interactive program award-winning nonfiction...

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Vietnam War Orphan: One Boy's Journey to America--by Andrea Warren--CCSS Aligned

This program, based on the author's book Escape From Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy, introduces students to America's participation in the Vietnam War and to the story of one Amerasian orphan caught up in the war's...

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Was George Washington a Scientist? with Peggy Thomas

Peggy Thomas, author of the nonfiction book Farmer George Plants a Nation, will lead students in an hour of inquiry-based learning about the scientific method and what it means to be a scientist.

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What Children Experienced in the Civil War: The Siege of Vicksburg by Andrea Warren

Author Andrea Warren shares the stories of children caught inside Vicksburg during the 47-day siege that helped determine the course of the war, and also follows Ulysses Grant's son, who was with him at Vicksburg. Based on the award-winning book...

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What Would You Have Done?: Andrea Warren's Books About Brave Children--CCSS Aligned

Introduce students to the works of award-winning author Andrea Warren, who writes about ordinary children caught up in challenging historical events, calling upon them to find the extraordinary within themselves.

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Women War Reporters: How They Wrote World “Herstory” with Author Kerrie Holllihan

When US reporters crowded into battle zones 100 years ago, women were forbidden. Young Peggy Hull took a train to Washington to plea with a general to win her press pass, the first American “girl” to report from the trenches in World War I. But...

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Writing Creatively About the Real World--the CCSS in Action-- by Vicki Cobb

Want your students to learn how to read for knowledge and write powerfully about the real world? Why not learn from Vicki Cobb who wears many hats as a writer? Among them, she is a contributor to the Huffington Post where she writes with a stong...

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X-rays: Not Just for Superman Anymore with Author Carla Killough McClafferty

X-rays are commonplace today, but when they were discovered the idea of seeing the bones of a living person was frightening. In this live interactive program Carla Killough McClafferty, Radiologic Technologist and author of THE HEAD BONE’S...

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Contact

Vicki Cobb   email@vickicobb.com
302 Pondside Drive
White Plains NY 10607
9149491104
United States

http://www.inkthinktank.org, www.nonfictionminute.org

Primary Disciplines

The programs of Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank cover:

Social Studies/History
Language Arts/English
Mathematics
Performing Arts
Professional Development/Continuing Education
Sciences
Character Education
Literacy
Writing
Reading
Problem Solving
Title I
Gifted & Talented
Standards

Awards, Quotes, Testimonials

Recently, six authors attended the Chappaqua Children's book fair.  Here's what some teachers said about us: 

- When I first clicked on the link for www.nonfictionminute.org, I felt
like I found gold. In our district we do the Lucy Calkin's writing program. In
this program there is a large unit of nonfiction. I often struggle with unit
because I struggle finding mentor texts! Listening to the nonfiction stories is genius! I listened to several of them, all with the different authors and voices. Really helpful. I love this link and will be browsing throughout the year. 

- This is how I describe nonfiction to my kids- "not a fairytale, not fake."
This website will come in handy. Additionally, I was happy to explore the I.N.K website. First, the acronym is wonderful (INK-interesting nonfiction for kids) because it is true! It is imperative that students have access to nonfiction texts. I like how INK is getting educators and parents excited about nonfiction. Also, they have interesting books that teachers can use in their classrooms and they have writers who blog about up to date topics regarding Common Core State Standards and nonfiction texts. 

- I liked explored the “Nonfiction Minutes” section. They had a variety of podcasts about different nonfiction concepts. I found one that was about a small jet fighter plane that wore a “costume” during World War II.  This book would be great to reference when teaching students about World War II.