Known for his ability to make science subjects accessible and interesting to kids, Seymour Simon credits his 23 years as a science teacher as the source for his direct, conversational writing style and keen sense for appealing subjects. Since the publication of his first book in 1968, he has written more than 200 books, including both nonfiction and fiction. Among many awards he has received is a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Commendation from the National Forum on Children's Science Books. Commenting on his remarkable contributions to children's literature on space, Kirkus Reviews said, “Seymour Simon may have done more than any other living author to help us to understand and appreciate our planet and our universe.” Simon graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and the City College of New York City, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in comparative psychology. He went on to do graduate work in science, literature, psychology, and history, a varied background which has served him well in his writing. Though Simon gave up teaching to devote himself to his books, he maintains contact with children, teachers, and librarians through school visits. He appreciates the questions students ask, often using them as jumping-off points for new books. Simon enjoys doing research for his books all over the world, but returns home to write. He lives in Great Neck, New York, with his wife, Joyce. They have two grown sons. Visit Seymour Simon's Web site at www.seymoursimon.com.