Sally Walker

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Name: Sally Walker

Pen Name: Sally M. Walker, Sally Fleming

Born: 1954 in New Jersey

Website: sallymwalker.com

Email: SALLYMACWALKER@hotmail.com


Photo Credit: J. Womack

Illinois Connection

Sally Walker lives in DeKalb, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sally Walker has written more than 50 nonfiction books for young readers. She enjoys finding and sharing odd snippets of information to interest them in history and science. Her books are packed with personal anecdotes and humor, as she searches out true tales in graveyards, zoos, the Shedd Aquarium, back rooms of museums, and in dusty archives.

Published Works

Picture Books:

  • The Vowel Family: A Tale of Lost Letters, Carolrhoda Books, 2008
  • Druscilla's Halloween, Carolrhoda, 2009
  • Freedom Song: The Story of Henry "Box" Brown, Harper Collins, 2012
  • Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh, Henry Holt, 2015


Early Readers:

  • The 18 Penny Goose, Harper-Collins, 1998
  • Mary Anning: Fossil Hunter, Scholastic, 2000
  • Bessie Coleman: Daring to Fly, Carolrhoda, 2003
  • Jackie Robinson, Lerner, 2002
  • The Search for Antarctic Dinosaurs, Millbrook Press, 2007
  • SuperCroc Found, Millbrook Press, 2006
  • Shipwreck Search: Discovery of the H. L. Hunley, First Avenue Editions, 2006


Nonfiction for older readers:

  • Ghost Walls: The Story of a 17th-Century Colonial Homestead, Carolrhoda, 2014
  • Boundaries: How the Mason-Dixon Line Settled a Family Feud and Divided a Nation, Candlewick, 2014
  • Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917, Square Glass, 2014
  • Their Skeletons Speak: Kennewick Man and the Paleoamerican World, Carolrhoda, 2012
  • Frozen Secrets: Antarctica Revealed, Carolrhoda Books, 2010
  • Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland, Carolrhoda Books, 2009
  • Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley, Carolrhoda, 2005
  • We are the Weather Makers: The History of Climate Change, Candlewick, 2010
  • Fossil Fish Found Alive, Discovering the Coelacanth, Carolrhoda Books, 2002


Written under the name of Sally Fleming:

  • Ferocious Fangs, Northword Press, 2001


Series Books:

Searchlight Earth Science

  • Figuring Out Fossils, 2006
  • Marveling at Minerals, 2006
  • Researching Rocks, 2006
  • Studying Soil, 2006

Searchlight Simple Machines

  • Put Inclined Planes to the Test, 2001
  • Put Levers to the Test, 2001
  • Put Pulleys to the Test, 2001
  • Put Screws to the Test, 2001
  • Put Wedges to the Test, 2001
  • Put Wheels and Axles to the Test, 2001

Searchlight Physics

  • Investigating Electricity, 2005
  • Investigating Heat, 2006
  • Investigating Light, 2006
  • Investigating Magnetism, 2006
  • Investigating Matter, 2005
  • Investigating Sound, 2006

Early Bird Earth Science

  • Soil, Lerner, 2006
  • Caves, Lerner, 2007
  • Earthquakes, Lerner, 2007
  • Reefs, Lerner, 2007
  • Glaciers, Lerner, 2007
  • Volcanos, Lerner, 2007
  • Minerals, Lerner 2008
  • Fossils, Lerner, 2008

Early Bird Physics

  • Pulleys, Lerner, 2001 - written with Roseann Feldmann
  • Levers, Lerner, 2001 - written with Roseann Feldmann
  • Screws, Lerner, 2001 - written with Roseann Feldmann
  • Wheels and Axels, Lerner, 2001 - written with Roseann Feldmann
  • Sound, Lerner, 2001
  • Electricity, Lerner, 2001
  • Inclined Plane and Wedges, Lerner, 2001 - written with Roseann Feldmann
  • Work, Lerner, 2001 - written with Roseann Feldmann

Early Bird Nature

  • Fireflies, Lerner, 2001
  • Sea Horses, Lerner, 2003
  • Opossums, Lerner, 2007
  • Mosquitoes Lerner, 2008

Nature Watch series

  • Sea Horses, Carolrhoda Books, 1998
  • Manatees, Carolrhoda Books, 1999
  • Rays, Carolrhoda Books, 2002
  • Crocodiles, Carolrhoda Books, 2003
  • Rhinos, Carolrhoda Books, 2006
  • Dolphins, Carolrhoda Books, 2007
  • Jaguars, Carolrhoda Books, 2008
  • Hippos, Carolrhoda Books, 2008

Titles at Your Library

Bessie Coleman: Daring to Fly (On My Own Biography)

ISBN: 0876141033
Release Date: 2003-03-01

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The Search for Antarctic Dinosaurs (On My Own Science)

ISBN: 0822567520
Release Date: 2008-08-01

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Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland (Exceptional Social Studies Titles for Intermediate Grades)

ISBN: 0822571358
Release Date: 2009-02-01

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We Are the Weather Makers: The History of Climate Change

ISBN: 0763646563
Release Date: 2010-03-09

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Ferocious Fangs

ISBN: 0613558286
Release Date: 2003-07

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Studying Soil (Searchlight Books)

ISBN: 1467707945
Release Date: 2013-02-01

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Put Inclined Planes to the Test (Searchlight Books: How Do Simple Machines Work?)

ISBN: 0761353240
Release Date: 2011-08-01

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Put Levers to the Test (Searchlight Books)

ISBN: 0761378669
Release Date: 2011-08-01

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Put Pulleys to the Test (Searchlight Books: How Do Simple Machines Work?)

ISBN: 0761353224
Release Date: 2011-08-01

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Put Screws to the Test (Searchlight Books)

ISBN: 0761378685
Release Date: 2011-08-01

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Put Wedges to the Test (Searchlight Books)

ISBN: 0761378693
Release Date: 2011-08-01

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Investigating Electricity (Searchlight Books)

ISBN: 0761378715
Release Date: 2011-08-01

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Investigating Heat (Searchlight Books)

ISBN: 0761378723
Release Date: 2011-08-01

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Investigating Sound (Searchlight Books)

ISBN: 0761378766
Release Date: 2011-08-01

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Reefs (Early Bird Earth Science)

ISBN: 0822567385
Release Date: 2007-10-01

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Glaciers (Early Bird Earth Science)

ISBN: 0822567377
Release Date: 2007-10-01

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Volcanoes: Earth's Inner Fire : A Carolrhoda Earth Watch Book

ISBN: 0876148127
Release Date: 1994-07-01

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Fossils (Early Bird Earth Science)

ISBN: 0822559455
Release Date: 2006-07-01

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Pulleys (Early Bird Physics) (Early Bird Physics Series)

ISBN: 0822522144
Release Date: 2002-01-01

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Levers (Early Bird Physics Books)

ISBN: 0822522128
Release Date: 2002

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Screws (Early Bird Physics) (Early Bird Physics Series)

ISBN: 0822522160
Release Date: 2002-01-01

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Inclined Planes and Wedges (Early Bird Physics) (Early Bird Physics Series)

ISBN: 0822522152
Release Date: 2002-01-01

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Work (Early Bird Physics Series)

ISBN: 082252211X
Release Date: 2001-11-01

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Sea Horses (Nature Watch)

ISBN: 1575053179
Release Date: 1998-11-01

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Rays (Nature Watch)

ISBN: 1575051729
Release Date: 2002-09-01

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Crocodiles (Nature Watch)

ISBN: 1575053454
Release Date: 2003-07-01

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Literary Awards

Earthquakes

  • NSTA/CBC Best Science Trade Book, 1997

Fossil Fish Found Alive

  • ALA Notable Book, 2003
  • IRA/CBC Children’s Choice Book, 2003
  • School Library Journal: Best Books, 2002
  • The Bulletin: Blue Ribbon Book, 2002
  • NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book, 2003
  • Science Books & Films: Best Books, 2002
  • Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2003
  • New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age, 2005
  • VOYA Nonfiction Honor List, 2002
  • Children’s Literature Choice Book, 2003
  • Benjamin Franklin Award Winner, 2003
  • Booklist Top 10 Science-Technology Books for Youth, 2002
  • Society of School Librarians International Honor Book, 2002
  • New York Public Library Best Books for the Teen Age, 2003
  • Featured book on C-Span’s Book TV
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Finalist, 2003
  • Maine State Student Book Award Finalist, 2004
  • Capitol Choices Children’s Book, 2002
  • Garden State Teen Book Award Finalist, 2005
  • Pennsylvania Young Readers Award Finalist, 2005

Secrets of a Civil War Submarine

  • Book Links Lasting Connections, 2008
  • Robert F. Sibert Medal, 2006
  • ALA Notable Book, 2006
  • BCCB Blue Ribbon Book, 2006
  • Orbis Pictus Recommended Book, 2006
  • Bank Street College Best Childrens Books of the Year
  • Booklist Top 10 Sci-Tech Books, 2005
  • Master List Rebecca Caudill Award, 2007
  • Master List Kentucky Blue Grass Award, 2007
  • New Mexico Battle of the Books, 2007
  • VOYA Nonfiction Honor list, 2006
  • New York Public Library Books for the Teenage, 2006
  • Tayshas Reading List 2006-2007
  • Book Links Lasting Connection, 2005
  • Capitol Choices Children’s Book, 2006
  • Winner Children’s Nonfiction Award, Society of Midland Authors, 2006
  • Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist, 2006

The Vowel Family

  • Book Links Lasting Connections, 2008

Written in Bone

  • American Library Association Notable Book
  • Young Adult Library Services Association Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award Finalist
  • ALA/YALSA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults
  • Benjamin Franklin Award 2010 winner
  • Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book
  • National Council of Teachers of English Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children Recommended Book
  • National Council for the Social Studies/Children's Book Council Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
  • National Science Teachers Association Outstanding Science Trade Books
  • Society of School Librarians International Social Studies Honor Book, 2009
  • School Library Journal Best Book
  • Science Books & Films Best Books - Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices list, 2010
  • Cybils Finalist
  • Moonbeam Children's Book Award - Bronze Medal
  • Texas Library Association Lone Star Reading List
  • Tayshas Reading List

We are the Weather Makers

  • Santa Monica Public Library’s Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, 2010

Frozen Secrets

  • Chicago Public Library Best of the Best List, 2011
  • Nominee for YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award, 2011
  • VOYA Nonfiction Honor List 2010
  • Moonbeam Award – Bronze medal, 2010
  • ForeWord Book of the Year-Bronze medal, 2011
  • Science Books & Films 2011 Summer Reading Guide

Their Skeletons Speak

  • School Library Journal Best Children’s Books, 2012
  • Chicago Public Library Best Books, 2012
  • NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
  • Bank Street College Best Children’s Book award
  • Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices
  • Benjamin Franklin Award
  • Independent Publishers Book Award

Freedom Song

  • Chicago Public Library Best Books, 2012
  • Irma Black Award 2013 Semifinalist
  • Indiana Young Hoosier Award Reading List

Blizzard of Glass

  • ALA Notable Book
  • Kirkus Best Children’s Books, 2011
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Parents’ Choice Recommended
  • Rebecca Caudill Award Nominee, 2014
  • Michigan Great Lakes Great Books Award, 2013-2014
  • Young Hoosier Award Master List, 2013-2014
  • Maine Cream of the Crop Master List, 2013
  • VOYA Nonfiction Honor List, 2011

Shipwreck Search: Discovery of the HL Hunley

  • ILLINOIS READS Book, 2013

Boundaries

  • ILLINOIS READS Book, 2015


Investigating Magnetism

  • SSLI Book Award

Hippos

  • A Science Books and Films Best Book for Children

Rhinos

  • Starred review School Library Journal

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

  • 2016 ILLINOIS READS Book

Body of Work

  • Prairie State Award for Excellence in Writing for Children from the Illinois Reading Council, 2008

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

External Links

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