Sarah Campbell, Children's Author/Illustrator
Creator of award-winning STEM titles illustrated with stunning photography
Sarah C. Campbell creates picture books with facts and photographs. Her latest book, Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature (Boyds Mills Press, 2014), is her second book that explains an interesting mathematical pattern and explores the ways it shows up in nature. It follows Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature (Boyds Mills Press, 2010). Her first book, Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator (Boyds Mills Press, 2008), tells the story of a snail that eats other snails and slugs.
Kids, teachers, librarians, parents, and grandparents have embraced Campbell’s books for their simple, compelling texts and stunning up-close photographs. All three are ALSC Notable Children's Books, Wolfsnail is a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book, and Mysterious Patterns is a Cook Prize Honor Book.
The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her books:
An explanation of mathematics concepts connected to nature and a sense of wonder about such connections.
Why the author is an authority on the subject of her books:
In addition to creating books, Campbell also teaches. She conducts short-term arts integrated residencies featuring photography in elementary schools, presents professional development for teachers and librarians who want to infuse their lessons with nature, photography, and book-making, and teaches nonfiction writing and photography to other writers.
Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:
Sarah has developed several multidisciplinary projects as companions to her books, which guide students in writing and illustrating non-fiction texts. She teaches these projects in professional development sessions for teachers and in residencies with students.
- Love a Critter? Make a Book (Wolfsnail)
- Writing From Nature: Growing Patterns
- Writing From Nature: Mysterious Patterns
- Photographs + Stories = Winning Nonfiction
- Taking Photographs That Sell
- You Mean I'm Not Finished? Creating Marketing and Educational Materials
Professional Development for Teachers:
- Read a Book, Make a Book
- Visualizing Math Stories
- Fibonacci Folding Book Project
- Fractal Pop-Up
- Drawing on Photographs
Willing to Travel