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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Renee Kreczmer  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: 1964 Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Renee lives and works in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Renee Kreczmer is a social studies teacher for the Chicago Public School District and has assisted in its social studies curriculum development. She has attended educational workshops with the Chicago Architecture Foundation and Chicago History Museum and has completed coursework in Chicago history at Roosevelt University. For 15 years, she has been developing materials and methods for teaching the mandated Chicago curriculum to her third-grade students.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Just Add Water: Making the City of Chicago
ISBN: 189312164X

Lake Claremont Press. 2012

From the Europeans who were first attracted to the area to Daniel Burnham’s solutions to overcrowding and transportation problems, this book walks through the history of Chicago. With 15 “Investigations” that explore creeks, prairies, forts, fires, and the world's fair, the book helps children develop interpretive skills through a range of social studies. It answers questions such as How was the first community in Chicago started? What caused Chicago to boom? and What is meant by “a century of progress”?, prompting deeper research into the stories and landmarks kids hear and see in the Windy City. Written in alignment with state-mandated, local-history curriculum requirements for school-age children, the book is ideal for young Chicagoland residents who want to know more about their city.

Speaking Engagements

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