Author Archives: Nancy

Cover Reveal!

I’m so excited to share the cover for my upcoming book, BACK FROM THE BRINK: Saving Animals From Extinction. Read more about the cover at the Nerdy Book Club.  Preorder is now available.   

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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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In Stores Now!

* “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 Weekly“The […]

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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 Dog Books […]

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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. (9780544320239Just 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 seeds—and […]

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News and Notes

What a week!  I had a fantastic time at our annual Eastern NY SCBWI Falling Leaves retreat. We hosted five top notch editors who really brought their A-game! It was inspiring, creative, and relaxing. We wrapped up the weekend with a group book signing at the wonderful Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs. I spent Monday and Tuesday […]

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The Story of Seeds : from Mendel’s garden to your plate and how there’s more of less to eat in the world

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 being cultivated. […]

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The Race Around the World

Do you have what it takes to race around the world? When Nellie Bly read Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne, she had an amazing idea. What if she traveled around the world in real life, and did it in less than eighty days? In 1889, people doubted it could be done […]

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This or That 3

Would you rather… Be careful what you pick. This book is full of silly scenarios and gross choices.

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Mission Polar Bear Rescue

Meet the awesome wild polar bear. Mission: Polar Bear Rescue is full of fun facts, field reports, and hands-on rescue activities and challenges.

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Race Around The World

I’m so happy to share with you the cover of my new book on Nellie Bly. It will be released early in August – perfect for the start of the new school year. Race Around the World is part of The Totally True Adventure Series and is written for 2nd and 3rd grade readers. I […]

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Authors for Earth Day School Visit

  Calling All Librarians, Media Specialists and Teachers: Would you like to host a special author event at your school? To promote the importance of our Earth, I’m offering one unique author visit this year. As a participant in Authors for Earth Day , I will be donating 50% of my day’s speaking fee to […]

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Sniffer Dogs…Coming In One Week !!!!

Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs (and Their Noses) Save the World will be out in just under a month. I’m so excited! Kirkus has given it a starred review. Check out the trailer. …and a guide for teachers  in implementing Common Core State Standards with Sniffer Dogs   Come celebrate with me at Oblong Books & Music […]

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Recycle This Book

Recycle This Book 100 Top Children’s Authors Tell You How to Go Green With essays from renowned children’s book authors, including Nancy Castaldo, each piece is an informative and inspiring call to kids of all ages to understand what’s happening to the environment, and to take action in saving our world. Helpful tips and facts […]

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Research in Russia

I love research!  Having the opportunity to immerse myself in something that interests me is a gift.  It’s also fun when research takes you to places you would never see otherwise. My latest book project took me to St. Petersburg, Russia in the dead of winter.  Talk about exciting!  Having grown up during the Cold […]

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Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs (And Their Noses) Save the World

 Anyone who has ever spent time with a dog knows that dogs love sniffing!They sniff out hidden food, dirty socks, and the visitor who comes to the door.  But some dogs work with police officers, soldiers and even scientists to put their “sniffers” to work.  Sniffer dogs make use of the amazing biology behind their […]

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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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Teachers Write Q&A Wednesday

I’ve been having fun today as a guest author, along with David Lubar and Phil Bildner,  at Kate Messner’s Teachers Write.  It’s wonderful to connect with writers.  There have been some fun conversations. The day isn’t over yet, so please stop by and join in the discussion!

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