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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Donna Latham  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Audience: Children;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois


-- Website -- http://usaplays4kids.drury.edu/playwrights/latham/index.html
-- Donna Latham on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=donna+latham


Illinois Connection

Latham was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Donna holds a B.A. in Communication Arts and an M.A. in Library Science. As a high school drama teacher and director, an elementary school librarian, and a storyteller, she has explored theatre and literature with kids of all ages.


Published Works

  • Hurricane; The 1900 Galveston Night of Terror, Bearport Publishing, 2005
  • Fire Dogs, Bearport Publishing, 2005
  • Ellen Ochoa; Reaching For The Stars, Bearport Publishing, 2005
  • Superfast Trucks, Bearport, 2006
  • Space; Surviving in Zero-Gravity, Bearport, 2006
  • Superfast Rockets, Bearport, 2006
  • Resparation and Photosynthesis, Heinemann-raintree, 2007
  • Cells, Tissues and Organs, Nomad, 2011
  • Ecology, Heinemann-Raintree, 2008
  • Earth's Biomes, Raintree, 2008
  • Classification of Animals, Nomad Press, 2010
  • Deserts, Endangered Biomes, 2010
  • Deciduous Forests, Nomad Press, 2010
  • Oceans, Nomad Press, 2010
  • Tundra, Nomad Press, 2010
  • Ghosts of Interstate 90, Quixote Press, 2010
  • Ghosts of the Fox River Valley , Quixote Press, 2010
  • Garbage: Investigate What Happens When You Throw It out, Nomad Press, 2011
  • Rainforests, Nomad Press, 2011
  • Mountains, Nomad Press, 2011
  • Savannas and Grasslands, Nomad Press, 2011
  • Confireous Forests, Nomad Press, 2011
  • Amazing Biome Projects You Can Build Yourself,Nomad Press, 2011
  • Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering with 25 Projects, Nomad Press, 2012
  • Backyard Biology: Investigate Habitats Outside Your Door with 25 Projects, Nomad Press, 2013
  • Canals and Dams: Investigate Feats of Engineering with 25 Projects, Nomad Press, 2013
  • Music: Investigate the Evolution of American Sound, Nomad Press, 2013


Selected Titles At Your Library

Hurricane! :
ISBN: 1597160717. OCLC Number:

Bearport Pub.,. New York, N.Y. :. ©2006.

Tells of the hurricane that hit Galveston, Texas on Sept. 8, 1900, and still remains the worst natural disaster in U.S. hisotry.

Fire dogs /
ISBN: 1597161411. OCLC Number:

Bearport Pub.,. New York, N.Y. :. ©2006.

Discusses the breed, selection, and training of fire dogs.

Ellen Ochoa :
ISBN: 1597160768. OCLC Number:

Bearport Pub.,. New York, N.Y. :. ©2006.

Explore the life and career that made astronaut Ellen Ochoa reach for the stars.

Superfast trucks /
ISBN: 1597162531. OCLC Number:

Bearport Pub.,. New York :. ©2007.

Examines these super fast trucks, their history and the people who race them.

Space :
ISBN: 1597160903. OCLC Number:

Bearport Pub.,. New York, N.Y. :. ©2006.

Float into space and take a journey with astronauts Linda Godwin and Dan Tani as they work in one of the most extreme places.

Superfast rockets /
ISBN: 1597160830. OCLC Number:

Bearport Pub. Co.,. New York, N.Y. :. ©2006.

Explains how rockets work, and describes the history of how they were built and used and the historic flight of John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth.

Respiration and photosynthesis /
ISBN: 1410932567. OCLC Number:

Raintree,. Chicago, Illlinois :. 2009.

A discussion of plants' ability to change sunlight into energy, with illustrations, charts, graphs, and a timeline, covering terms and concepts associated with photosynthesis, food chains, and ecosystems.

Earth's biomes /
ISBN: 1406211591. OCLC Number:

Heinemann Library,. Oxford :. 2010.

The classification of animals /
ISBN: 1406211583. OCLC Number:

Heinemann Library,. Oxford :. 2010.

Deserts /
ISBN: 1934670863. OCLC Number:

Nomad Press,. White River Junction, Vt. :. 2010.

"How have plants and animals adapted to the harsh climate of the desert? What eats what in the desert? Is the desert always hot? Why is the desert important? Find out the answers to these questions and more. Endangered biomes: deserts investigates the cycle of life in our planet's desrt biome. See how environmental threats endanger the balance of life in this dry, fragile place, and why this matters. Learn what you can do to protect the desert!"--Page 4 of cover.

Deciduous forests /
ISBN: 1934670545. OCLC Number:

Nomad Press,. White River Junction, VT. :. ©2010.

Describes the cycle of life in a deciduous forest and how environmental changes threaten the forest.

Oceans /
ISBN: 1934670847. OCLC Number:

Nomad Press,. White River Junction, VT :. ©2010.

Describes the cycle of life in a marine environment and how climate change threatens it.

Tundra /
ISBN: 1934670561. OCLC Number:

Nomad Press,. White River Junction, VT :. ©2010.

Offers an introduction on the tundra landscape, describing the physical features, plant and animal life, and environmental risks that threaten the survival of both the area and its inhabitants.

Rain forests /
ISBN: 1936313499. OCLC Number:

Nomad Press,. White River Junction, VT :. ©2011.

Investigating a variety of biomes and today's natural and human threats to their preservation, this interactive series challenges young readers to look at how their own actions influence the planet's health. Four distinct environments are explored in detail, showcasing the assortment of plants and animals that inhabit these outdoor communities as well as how they have adapted to their surroundings. Offering fascinating facts on each ecosystem along with vocabulary-building sidebars, these guides show budding scientists how they can contribute towards ongoing conservation efforts. Showcasing one of the environment's most valuable biomes, this overview centers on the planet's rain forests, reviewing the greenhouse gases and the accelerating extinction of species that jeopardize this vital ecosystem's future.

Mountains /
ISBN: 1936313529. OCLC Number:

Nomad Press,. White River Junction, VT :. ©2011.

The majesty of the earth's alpine biome is captured in this guide that discusses threats such as acid rain, climate change, and habitat destruction, clearly depicting how these factors affect the world's mountains. Discusses the landscape and climate of mountains, how mountains are formed, and the animals and plants that live in them.

Grasslands and savannas /
ISBN: 1936313510. OCLC Number:

Nomad Press,. White River Junction, Vt. :. 2011.

Investigating a variety of biomes and today's natural and human threats to their preservation, this interactive series challenges young readers to look at how their own actions influence the planet's health. Four distinct environments are explored in detail, showcasing the assortment of plants and animals that inhabit these outdoor communities as well as how they have adapted to their surroundings. Offering fascinating facts on each ecosystem along with vocabulary-building sidebars, these guides show budding scientists how they can contribute towards ongoing conservation efforts. Exploring the vast biome of the savannas and grasslands, this reference highlights the problems of disease and invasive species, outlining how this beautiful setting across the world can be saved.

Coniferous forests /
ISBN: 1936313553. OCLC Number:

Nomad Press,. White River Junction, VT :. ©2011.

Discusses the landscape and climate of taigas, the types of taigas found around the world, and the animals and plants that live in them. The diverse woodland of coniferous forests is revealed in this detailed resource, covering topics such as the dangers of deforestation, overhunting, and forest fires, illustrating the rapid decline of this ecosystem's biodiversity.

Amazing biome projects you can build yourself /
ISBN: 1934670391. OCLC Number:

Nomad Press,. White River Junction, VT :. ©2009.

Projects and activities for children ages 9-12 to learn about the Earth's major biomes.

Ghosts of the Fox River Valley /
ISBN: 1571664343. OCLC Number:

Quixote Press,. Wever, IA :. ©2007.

Bridges and tunnels :
ISBN: 1936749513. OCLC Number:

Nomad Press,. White River Junction, Vt. :. 2012.

Exploring the innovation and physical science behind bridges and tunnels, the activities and projects in this book encourage children to learn about the design and construction of these amazing passageways. This fun and educational reference uses hands-on projects to explain complex concepts, such as Newton's Third Law of Motion, while trivia and fun facts illustrate engineering ingenuity and achievements. The activities engage kids in the important skills involved in engineering, including designing, building, and modeling, and teach the value of trial and error as they create several bridge models. Activities include making an egg bungee jump, a soda pop can engine, and a triangular toothpick dome, as well as experiments with liquefaction and corrosion.

Backyard biology :
ISBN: 1619301512. OCLC Number:

Nomad Press,. White River Junction, VT :. ©2013.

" ... Invites children ages 9 and up to investigate living things, especially in yards, parks, nature areas, and playgrounds. Trivia and fun facts bring animals, plants, and microorganisms to life, in all their wonder."--Back cover.

Canals and dams :
ISBN: 1619301652. OCLC Number:

Nomad Press,. White River Junction, VT :. ©2013.

Trivia and fun facts illustrate engineering ingenuity and achievements from ancient aqueducts to the Suez Canal and the Hoover Dam. Includes activities and projects to encourage children to explore the engineering process.

Music :
ISBN: 1619302039. OCLC Number:

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Kids ages 12 and up are invited to explore the roots of American music genres with this book as they investigate the social, political, and religious influences that have inspired and continue to inspire musicians. Activities and projects take it a step further engaging kids in hands-on explorations of the physics of sound vibrations, decibel levels, and acoustics. They can kick up their heels to the sound of the Charleston to explore torque or build their own djembe, fife, and bugle. Kids can also learn how to use vocal styling to improvise and use the rhythm of their bodies to create a beatbox. Encouraging readers to analyze lyrics' meanings and rhythms, the book also demonstrates how to use that analysis to write their own songs. From early Americans weaving in European traditions to African traditions influencing hymns and fold songs, the history of music in the United States is brought to life through projects and inquiry-based investigations.


Awards

ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award for "Fire Dogs" 2006

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)