Award-winning author Sandra Markle is best known for her books about science and nature that make discovery learning fun. She has written more than 200 books for children, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science Prize for Excellence book The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs, the Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of the Year List and Parent's Choice Recommended book What If You Had Animal Teeth!?, Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Honor Book A Mother’s Journey, and numerous National Science Teachers Association Outstanding Science Trade Books, such as The Great Penguin Rescue and Waiting for Ice, and American Library Association and Junior Library Guild Selection books, such as Hip Pocket Papa.

Sandra Markle has also developed science specials for CNN and PBS. Through her work with the National Science Foundation, she traveled extensively in Antarctica providing remote reporting to schools even during the winter when temperatures dropped to -129 degrees Fahrenheit. She appeared as “Ms. Whiz” on local television in Atlanta, Georgia, and continues to share the magic of discovery-learning during her in-person and virtual school visits.




Sandra Markle's Books Are Real Adventures

Grades K-6
30-45 minutes

This presentation is guaranteed to grab children (teachers, too) and hold their attention with interactive fun till the exciting conclusion. Markle performs safe-to-view and totally fun science magic. She also shares behind-her-book adventures, including: camping out with more than 160,000 Adelie penguins, being up close and personal with lots of amazing animals, such as Rosie the boa constrictor, Mike the baby Asian elephant, a giant weta (the world’s largest insect), and lots more. Shealways reads a bit from one of her newest books and allows time for children to ask her questions.

Conference and Festival Appearances


Hands-On/Minds-On Stem Starters

60 minutes

Teachers and librarians/media specialists will receive ready-to-go STEM activities with book connections. Activities focus on developing investigative skills: observing, communicating, inferring and predictingSandra will share books for both launching learning and enriching the experience to help children assimilate those skills. Those attending each receive a workbook of original activities Markle created for K-6 teachers. They will have an opportunity to perform the activities, explore the book connections and be ready to put them into action with their students. Permission to reproduce the workbook activities is supplied to all those attending the workshop.

Virtual Visits

Sandra also presents a 30-minute Skype Visit version of Sandra Markle's Books are Read Adventures.

This presentation includes science magic and, since she is at home, it includes some WOW chemical experiments she doesn’t bring to schools. She also tells behind-her-book stories and allows time for children to ask her questions.

Because she is inviting children into her home, Sandra Markle’s Skype visits also include a special extra that’s always a big hit — a look inside her Book Closet. This is a large closet displaying her 200 published titles plus surprising souvenirs from her worldwide explorations. Sandra Markle supplies “Before I Visit” materials.

AV and Tech Needs for In-Person Visits

Markle brings her own computer and presentation materials except for some things that can be obtained at a local grocery including water, quart jars, and vinegar and ammonia. She needs access to an electrical outlet. She requires a clip-on microphone for large group/auditorium presentations.


  • In-person visits: $2,000 per day plus travel and lodging (no charges for meals);
  • Conferences, workshops, festivals: negotiable;
  • Skype visits: $300 per 30-minute visit; $450 for 45-minute visits

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Ordering Books

Schools and libraries may order books at a discounted rate by visiting The Scholastic Teacher Store or by calling 1-800-SCHOLASTIC.