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The Story of Seeds

    Something as small as a seed can have a worldwide impact. Did you know there are top-secret seed vaults hidden throughout the world? And once a seed disappears, that’s it—it’s gone forever? With the growth of genetically modified foods, the use of many seeds is dwindling—of 80,000 edible plants, only about 150 are […]

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Green Earth Book Award Winner!

So happy to share the news that THE STORY OF SEEDS has been selected by The Nature Generation the Green Earth Book Award winner in the Young Adult Nonfiction category!  My thanks to HMH and all of the scientists, farmers, and activists who let me share their stories in this important book!        […]

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Beastly Brains: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel

In BEASTLY BRAINS, Castaldo delves into the minds of animals and explores animal empathy, communication, tool use, and social societies through interviews and historical anecdotes. Researchers from Charles Darwin to Jane Goodall have spent years analyzing the minds of animals, and today’s science is revolutionizing old theories and uncovering surprising similarities to our own minds. […]

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* “This eye-opening, cogent, and well-structured volume will enlighten students to both the richness of the animal kingdom and the nature of intelligence itself.”— Booklist, STARRED review “Castaldo (The Story of Seeds) presents a thought-provoking look at the minds and perceptions of animals, as well as the way human understanding of the subject has evolved…”—Publishers […]

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On The Stage at Helsinki

What fun to stand on the stage at Helsinki in Hudson, NY and chat about THE STORY OF SEEDS this week!  No, I was not doing some weird literary, science stand-up. I was speaking at the Columbia County Agricultural Brunch.  My thanks to the Chamber for hosting a wonderful event and to Kelly from Spotty […]

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A Star from Booklist!

* The Story of Seeds: From Mendel’s Garden to Your Plate, and How There’s More of Less to Eat around the World.Description: Feb 2016. 144 p. HMH, hardcover, $17.99. (9780544320239 Just like a seed, this deceptively small book is packed with potent life. While the requisite overview of seed biology is included, Castaldo’s discussion of how […]

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What Shall I Put In The Hole That I Dig?

It’s funny how passions have a way of coming around full circle. Some start very early and find their way back into your life.   I’m pleased to announce that my THE STORY OF SEEDS, an investigative call to action that invites young readers to understand where their food comes from, why seeds are in […]

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About Nancy

About Me:  Books and writing have always been a part of my life. Like so many authors, I kept diaries and journals. In fact, I still have them. Sometimes I read them to remember exactly how I felt when I was younger. When I was in tenth grade I THE MOST WONDERFUL  English teacher, Miss […]


             Author Visits and Presentations I’d love to visit your school or library!  For Schools: In-person school  author visits can be geared around any of my books. Older students can learn about biodiversity and get excited about planning their own eco-action project  or school garden with help from my Green Earth […]

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Curriculum/Readers Guides (aligned with NGSS and CCSS) : BEASTLY BRAINS  THE STORY OF SEEDS BACK FROM THE BRINK  ADA LOVELACE teacher’s guide !  Resource chart shown at TxLA of fiction pairings, themes, and social/environmental justice actions for your classroom!       Check out the STEM Tuesday blog each week for middle grade STEM titles, activities, book give-aways, and interviews. […]


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