2010 Children's Science News


In an entry of three unrelated stories, Cody Crane tackled an admirable breadth of subject matter in stories that took her young readers into the field to show how scientists think and work. She followed a Minnesota research biologist who checked in with hibernating bears for clues on how they manage their winter-long slumber. She also told her readers about vampire bats and other animal bloodsuckers that play an important role in nature. Catherine Hughes, science editor for National Geographic Kids, said that Crane’s writing is “clear, straightforward, kid-friendly.” Lauran Neergaard, a science reporter for The Associated Press, said the entry consisted of “fun and engaging stories that keep you hooked to the end — and teach you an enormous amount of science along the way.” About her writing, Crane said, “I not only wanted to do justice to the science being covered in each story but also keep kids reading to the end. To do that, I tried to pepper interesting facts into all three pieces. How weird is it to learn that vampire bats consume half their weight in blood each night or that hibernating bears don’t go to the bathroom for months? Together these stories show that scientific research can be gross, exciting, and inspiring.”