Mr. Simon is actually one of my favorite authors of all time. As a child I remember sitting in science class looking over the interesting topics that he covers. Simon is an award winning author for science trade books. He is known for his ability to make science available for students and interesting. His writing is very direct and sensible for anyone to understand the material. Seymour Simon’s books encourage children to enjoy the world around them through learning and discovery, and by making science fun. He has introduced tens of millions of children to a staggering array of subjects; one prominent science education specialist described Simon’s books as "extraordinary examples of expository prose." Simon taught science and creative writing in elementary and secondary schools and was chair of the science department at a junior high school in the New York City public school system before leaving to become a full-time writer. "I haven’t really given up teaching," he says, "and I suppose I never will, not as long as I keep writing and talking to kids around the country and the world."
Through the ages Simon works has stayed consistent with the topics he writes about which is simply science, and the audience has always been for children. I have noticed reading a lot of his books is that he covers a lot of detail. In the Human Body book he describes everything from nerves to ears, and senses to movements.
info obtained at Simon's personal website
Seymour Simon has been honored by many awards for his work including:
August 2, 1999 was a day of recognition for Seymour Simon in Green Bay, Wisconsin, "who has engaged the mind of countless school children, with clear, thoughtful, thorough explanations, from crocodiles to the cosmos. We proclaim that Seymour Simon has done more than any other author to help us understand and appreciate the beauty of our planet and universe."
The reviews are in
When reading or looking for good reading you can never be to sure of what people are posting or writing. This is were reviews come into play, if you see 10 bad reviews on a product you want to buy online, then most of the time you pick a different brand. With the list of awards for Simon I would surely say that he is very trustworthy to read. Reviews on books always list that he is a great choice. His books are frequently selected by NSTA as outstanding trade books.
A few of my favorites by Simon
These are my all time favorite selections of Simons writing.
Earth: Our Planet in Space
This intimate and beautiful study of Earth investigates the relationship between our planet, the sun, and the moon. Why are there seasons on Earth? How does day pass into night? What protects the Earth from the sun's intense heat? Why is the surface of the Earth constantly changing? The informative text reveals how Earth's unique position in relation to the sun makes it the only planet where life is possible. The stunning full-color photographs will mesmerize young readers about the mysteries of space.
*synopsis from the back of the book*
Butterflies are beautiful, inspiring, amazing insects. Did you know that butterflies . . .
Learn where to find butterflies and moths, how to observe them in nature, and how to plant your very own butterfly garden!
The Seymour Simon Science Dictionary includes: over 2,000 entries on all areas of science from Astronomy to Zoology; biographies of 85 prominent scientists; over 2,500 illustrations; charts explaining weather maps, the solar system, star magnitudes, the interior of the earth, layers of the atmosphere, basic taxonomy, and the geological time scale; informative tables: the Periodic Table, units of measurement, basic equations, science symbols, and science suffixes and prefixes.
*Synopsis from back of the book*
Synopsis: Lightning strikes the earth millions of times a day with as much power in each strike as all the US electrical generating capacity. Seymour Simon explores our understanding of lightning and what we still have to learn in this colour illustrated book.