Today I had the pleasure of speaking to the students at Mary, Seat of Wisdom School in Park Ridge, IL. They were a terrific audience! I plan to post photos from the visit later. Meanwhile, if you're a student at MSW and you have any follow-up questions about my presentation, you can post them here (with your parent's consent). Read More
Many of us in the children's literature community were disappointed when NBC's Today Show failed to interview this year's Newbery and Caldecott winners, as has been their custom for the last 11 years. I was quoted in a School Library Journal article about the Facebook campaign to get the interviews reinstated. You can read the article here: "Facebook Users Demand Caldecott, Newbery Winners Appear On Today Show" Read More
I have been working on a biography of Maria Gaetana Agnesi, a little-known eighteenth-century child prodigy. Maria was a linguist, mathematician, and humanitarian, and a celebrity in her day. Unfortunately, there have been many myths published about her, both in print and on the Internet. I have created the blog as a place to separate the facts from the myth.
Among her many accomplishments, Maria published an acclaimed math textbook that featured illustrations by a noted Italian artist. Here is one of the illustrations from the book: