Visiting Author for Schools: Nancy Castaldo

Nancy Castaldo

Friday, October 4. (Please indicate whether your school would prefer a morning or afternoon author visit.)

Nancy Castaldo


Nancy Castaldo has written books about our planet for over 20 years. Her 2016 title, The Story of Seeds: From Mendel’s Garden to Your Plate, and How There’s More of Less To Eat Around The World,  earned the 2017 Green Earth Book Award and was a Junior Library Guild Selection. Her 2018 title, Back from the Brink: Saving Animals from Extinction, has garnered starred reviews, a Eureka Award for Nonfiction honor, Sigurd Olsen Nature Writing honor, and is on state lists. Her latest, DK Lifestories: Ada Lovelace, releases October 2019. Nancy believes that we all have the ability to make a difference and always instills that theme in her books. Her research has taken her all over the world from the Galapagos to Russia and she loves sharing her adventures with her readers. 

ABOUT THE BOOKDK Life Stories: Ada Lovelace In this kids' biography, discover the inspiring story of Ada Lovelace, who wrote the world's first computer program. In 1833, Ada Lovelace met mathematician Charles Babbage, inventor of calculating machines. She went on to devise a way of inputting data into Babbage's Analytical Machine, and in doing so became the first ever computer programmer. In this biography book for 8-11 year olds, learn all about Ada Lovelace's fascinating life, including her famous father (celebrated poet Lord Byron), her talent for languages and mathematics, and her predictions for how computers could change our lives.

Baking a Book: 1 hour assembly

Nancy Castaldo will speak about her books as examples during a presentation about how a book is created by comparing it to following a cake recipe.

Elementary School; middle school. Grades 3-7.

Flexible for an assembly.

Projector, projector screen, microphone. And a water bottle.

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Tattered Cover will design an order form that the school should distribute in advance of the author visit, and again on the day of the event to all student attendees. 

Link to share with students and their fa-milies to order Nancy's books: Please make sure anyone ordering online includes the name of your school in the Notes section of the order and if they'd like to pick up the book from you at the school. Please DO NOT give a book to someone who says they ordered online unless they have the printed confirmation. PLEASE KEEP THIS! You'll need to include these confirmations when returning the leftover books so you won't be charged for them! If they do ask you for a book without a confirmation, just email us the name of the student and parent's name and we can check. DEADLINE: Online orders with SCHOOL PICK UP will only be available for one week after the school visit. Orders placed after that time will need to be picked up at one of our locations, or shipped.

DK Life Stories: Ada Lovelace Cover Image
ISBN: 9781465485403
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: DK Children - October 2019

Back from the Brink: Saving Animals from Extinction Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544953437
Availability: Available to Order - Usually Arrives in Our Store in 4 to 7 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 24th, 2018

Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs (and Their Noses) Save the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544932593
Availability: Available to Order - Usually Arrives in Our Store in 4 to 7 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - July 11th, 2017

Beastly Brains: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544633353
Availability: Available to Order - Usually Arrives in Our Store in 4 to 7 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - February 7th, 2017