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Elin KelseyDescribe your latest project.
Scientists are discovering more new species today than at any time in history. Strange New Species: Astonishing Discoveries of Life on Earth is a book for eight- to fourteen-year-olds that highlights dozens of incredible new species discoveries a monkey, a camel, a whale... even a new species of human! All of my books are based on first-person interviews with scientists from around the world which means that kids get the inside scoop on current ideas and scientific debates and a sneak peek at technologies that scientists use to find new species in environments as diverse as the deep ocean, the London Underground, a neighborhood swimming pool, and outer space!
When I spoke with Dr. Bonnie Baxter, a biologist who studies new species of microorganisms, she was so excited about the idea of bringing kids and science together that she gave us a rare and priceless gift the chance for a kid to name a new species. This "extremophile" a life form that thrives in extreme environments was discovered by one of Bonnie's students, Ashlee Allred, in Great Salt Lake, Utah (an environment ten times saltier than the sea). If you'd like to enter the contest to name the new species and leave a permanent mark on science, please visit the Maple Tree Press website for contest details.
For now, I am enjoying visiting schools and doing media interviews that
enable me to talk with kids and their families about science and new species
discoveries. I am also getting ready to travel to Baja, Mexico, for six weeks,
where I will be working with scientists on a book about exciting new whale
research in the Sea of Cortez, the richest place to see the greatest
diversity of whales in the world.
What fictional character would you like to be your friend, and why?
Introduce one other author/illustrator you think people should read, and suggest a good book by him/her.
Describe your most memorable teacher.
What do you do for relaxation?
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Why do you write books for kids?
Make a question of your own, then answer it.