Patricia Newman’s books show young readers how their actions can ripple around the world. Using social and environmental injustices as inspiration, she empowers young readers to seek connections to the real world and to use their imaginations to act on behalf of their communities. A Robert F. Sibert Honor recipient, Patricia’s books have received starred reviews, ALA Notable recognition, Green Earth Book Awards, an Outstanding Science Trade Book Award, a Parents’ Choice Award; been honored as Junior Library Guild selections; and been included on Bank Street College’s Best Books lists.
Patricia’s nonfiction is part biography, part science adventure. “Just as fiction authors write about themes that resonate with them, so too do nonfiction authors,” Patricia says. “My themes first have to light my fire with a personal connection, a narrative, and a Wow! factor.”
Translating complicated scientific research into something the average fourth grader can understand is one of Patricia’s gifts. Every Newman title includes hours of research, location travel (if possible), and authentic voices sharing the latest scientific discoveries.
One Texas librarian recently wrote, “Patricia is one of THE BEST nonfiction authors writing for our students in today's market, and one of our MUST HAVE AUTHORS for every collection.”
Patricia frequently speaks at schools and conferences to share how children of any age can affect change. Her presentations are described as “phenomenal,” “fantastic,” “mesmerizing,” “passionate,” and “inspirational.”