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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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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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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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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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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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