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HHEF Sponsors Author/Illustrator/Song writer Stephen Swinburne
HHEF sponsored author/photographer/environmentalist/poet/song writer Stephen Swinburne
on November 29-30, 2016
Students in 4th and 5th Grades heard Steve describe his books
along with information about his experiences exploring nature.
Popular Swinburne books for younger readers
Safe in a Storm by
Publication Date: 2016-04-26
"When the clouds grow darker and the rain pelts and stings, I'm here, my little duck. Keep warm beside my wings." In this comforting read-aloud story, all the animals find cozy places to keep them safe and warm, no matter how loud the storm rumbles or how dark the night gets. Next to their mothers, the baby animals are able to let go of their fears and fall asleep despite the storm.
Whose Shoes? by
Publication Date: 2011-01-01
What do you want to be when you grow up? People work in various jobs. Very often, clothes fit the job. The right shoes, for example, can make a job easier or safer. A nurse wouldn't wear construction boots, and a construction worker wouldn't wear ballet slippers. There is the right shoe for every job. Steve Swinburne explores various occupations through a simple, lively text and bright, colorful photographs.
Turtle Tide by
Publication Date: 2010-08-01
A mother turtle swims to shore. She digs a hole in a dune where she lays one hundred eggs. Following her instinct, she covers the eggs with sand and slowly makes her way back to sea. What happens next, from eggs to hatchlings, is one of the most extraordinary occurrences in nature. For the eggs provide food for other animals, and the eggs that survive produce hatchlings that, again, provide food for birds and crabs. Even those hatchlings that make it to the ocean face an uncertain future.
Popular Swinburne books for older readers
Black Bear by
Publication Date: 2003-09-01
Stephen R. Swinburne takes young readers to where black bears live. He joins biologists in search of bears in the Pennsylvania woods, where a mother bear is examined and her cubs tagged. He visits a "schoolteacher" for orphaned cubs, who teaches them how to survive in the wild.
In Good Hands by
Publication Date: 1998-05-01
Children get a peek at the workings of the Vermont Raptor Center, where orphaned or injured birds of prey, ranging from owls to eagles, are nurtured back to health and, if able, are released back into the wild. Hannah, a capable, conscientious 16-year-old, leads a behind-the-scenes tour, fielding questions from a school group and demonstrating the feeding and care of the birds. Informative sidebars fill in the blanks in this accessible and enjoyable resource, which is full of color photos picturing the birds and their caretakers.
Once a Wolf by
Publication Date: 1999-03-26
The book traces the persecution of the wolf throughout history and also reveals the role scientists have played in wolf preservation. The work of scientists can often seem mysterious and intimidating to the nonscientist. No longer! Introducing an exciting perspective on the important work of scientists in all areas of research and study.
Armadillo Trail by
Publication Date: 2009-02-01
Stephen Swinburne and Bruce Hiscock follow the trail of one armadillo in Texas that gives birth to four female pups. When her babies are ready, the mother leads them out of their burrow. Soon they learn how to dig for worms and beetles to eat. The young armadillos keep growing and keep moving, staying alert for dogs and other predators. They wander ever northward on a journey of survival fraught with danger.
Ocean Soup by
Publication Date: 2010-02-01
Dive in for a taste of tide pool soup! When the tide goes out, a briny soup is trapped among the rocks. Playful poems introduce readers to ten salty tide-pool creatures--from a self-satisfied anemone that brags about its home to barnacles that perform a rap about their feeding technique. The poems are brought to life by Mary Peterson's lighthearted illustrations. A secondary layer of factual text introduces children to the creatures that inhabit North American tide pools.
Saving Manatees by
Publication Date: 2009-12-01
What has the whiskers of a walrus, the eyes of a mole, the wrinkles of an elephant, the tail of a beaver, and the gentle nature of a sloth? A slow-moving, water-loving, plant-eating, gentle giant called a manatee. The manatee has been swimming the oceans for ages. But today this ancient animal faces an uncertain future. In this Society of School Librarians International Honor Book, Stephen Swinburne takes young readers into the underwater world of manatees as he assists marine biologists who monitor the health of manatees in Homosassa Springs, Florida, and snorkels in the Crystal River with a dozen fourth-graders to observe manatees in the wild.
Sea Turtle Scientist by
Publication Date: 2014-03-04
The Turtle Lady of St. Kitts, also known as Dr. Kimberly Stetwart, is already waiting at midnight when an 800-pound leatherback sea turtle crawls awkwardly out of the Caribbean surf and on to the sandy beach. The mother turtle has a job to do, and it's a vital one: dig a nest where she will lay eggs that will hatch into part of the next generation of leatherbacks. With only one in a thousand of the eggs for this critically endangered species producing an adult sea turtle, the odds are stacked against her and her offspring. Lying in the sand on the dark beach, Kimberly is hard at work, too: taking samples and measurements from mother turtles, counting eggs as they're laid, and even relocating vulnerable nests. Renowned author and photographer Steve Swinburne journeys through history to examine the leatherback and other sea turtles. Learn how they came to be endangered and how they can be saved.
Stephen Swinburne website
Pictures of Steve's visit