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Illinois Center for the Book


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

E-Mail: -- donnamlatham@comcast.net


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.


Awards

ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award for

Fire Dogs

2006

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Selected Titles At Your Library

Amazing Biome Projects :
ISBN: 9781619301221. OCLC Number: 945772878

Nomad Press,. .

Amazing Biome Projects You Can Build Yourself takes kids ages 9 and up on a circumnavigation of the globe to learn about Earth's terrestrial and aquatic biomes. Kid's will wander through forests, sizzle in deserts, shiver in the tundra, plunge beneath the seas to explore coral reefs, and slog through marshy waters. Along the way, kids will encounter flora and fauna adapted for survival in each unique climate zone. They'll learn about gnarly krumholz trees, bioluminescent sea creatures, camouflage, carnivorous plants, and blubbery marine critters. In each biome, people who use science in their jobs are highlighted, whether at the site of a disastrous oil spill or an oh-so-cool mastodon dig.

Amazing biome projects you can build yourself /
ISBN: 1934670391. OCLC Number: 604986821

Nomad Press,. .

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

Backyard Biology :
ISBN: 9781619301542. OCLC Number: 826854638

Nomad Press,. .

This introduction to the basic concepts of biology removes any fears associated with the subject and reveals exciting discoveries about microorganism, plant, and animal life using the backyard as a laboratory. Kids in both the city and the country will engage in the scientific process as they watch yeast blow up a balloon, make predictions about and test seed growth in different soils, grow microbes in a Winogradsky Column, observe the effects of geotropism, prepare and nurture a habitat for bugs, and make an edible coral reef. As readers engage.

Backyard biology :
ISBN: 1619301512. OCLC Number: 793573828

Nomad Press,. .

" ... 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.

Bridges And Tunnels :
ISBN: 9781936749546. OCLC Number: 945773144

Nomad Press,. .

Bridges and tunnels are lifelines. People have tackled seemingly insurmountable obstacles, including vast canyons and mountain ranges, to design and construct these amazing passageways. Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering invites children ages 9 and up to explore the innovation and physical science behind structures our world depends on. Trivia and fun facts illustrate engineering ingenuity and achievements. Activities and projects encourage children to learn about the engineering process and to embrace trial and error.

Bridges and tunnels :
ISBN: 1936749513. OCLC Number: 797830534

Nomad Press,. .

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.

Canals and dams :
ISBN: 9781619301672. OCLC Number: 831680243

Nomad Press,. .

Inviting children to explore the innovation and physical science behind structures the world depends on, this interactive book contains trivia and fun facts that illustrate engineering ingenuity and achievements from ancient aqueducts to the Suez Canal and the Hoover Dam. Readers will discover that engineers and builders alike put their lives on the line to advance civilization, experiencing triumphs and tragedies in building big. Through dazzling success and heartbreaking failure, they developed increasingly sophisticated tools and building methods. Activities and projects encourage children to explore the engineering process and to try, try again through trial and error. They will engage in hands-on explorations of buoyancy, Newton's Third Law of Motion, and forces that push and pull structures. Projects include creating a paper-cup zip line, building an arch, and simulating a tsunami while experimenting with gravity, hydroponics, and velocity. Through this book, children will gain an appreciation for the important field of engineering as they develop their own building skills.

Canals and dams :
ISBN: 1619301652. OCLC Number: 812068094

Nomad Press,. .

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.

Cells, tissues, and organs
ISBN: 9781406210613. OCLC Number: 426120731

Heinemann Library,. .

Coniferous forests /
ISBN: 1936313553. OCLC Number: 756867303

Nomad Press,. .

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.

Deciduous Forests
ISBN: 9781619300453. OCLC Number: 945773518

Nomad Press,. .

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. The diverse woodland of deciduous 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.

Deciduous forests /
ISBN: 1934670545. OCLC Number: 690906147

Nomad Press,. .

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

Deserts
ISBN: 9781619300477. OCLC Number: 945773539

Nomad Press,. .

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.

Deserts /
ISBN: 1934670863. OCLC Number: 688185142

Nomad Press,. .

"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.

Earth's biomes
ISBN: 9781406211597. OCLC Number: 528410955

Heinemann Library,. .

Ecology
ISBN: 9781406211627. OCLC Number: 528410958

Heinemann Library,. .

Ellen Ochoa :
ISBN: 1597160768. OCLC Number: 60589970

Bearport Pub.,. .

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

Fire dogs /
ISBN: 1597161411. OCLC Number: 60589984

Bearport Pub.,. .

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

Garbage :
ISBN: 9781936313464. OCLC Number: 690087061

Nomad Press,. .

Introduces waste and recycling, examines the effectiveness of recycling, and uses projects to investigate the world of trash.

Ghosts of Interstate 90 :
ISBN: 9781571664747. OCLC Number: 670108988

Quixote Press,. .

These are accounts of folks on, under, and along I-90 east of the Mississippi River who just won't seem to go away ... even after they've gone away.--Cover.

Ghosts of the Fox River Valley /
ISBN: 1571664343. OCLC Number: 170988926

Quixote Press,. .

Grasslands and savannas /
ISBN: 1936313510. OCLC Number: 769188988

Nomad Press,. .

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.

Hurricane! :
ISBN: 1597160717. OCLC Number: 60589965

Bearport Pub.,. .

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

Mountains
ISBN: 9781619300040. OCLC Number: 945775080

Nomad Press,. .

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. 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.

Mountains /
ISBN: 1936313529. OCLC Number: 756867274

Nomad Press,. .

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.

Music :
ISBN: 9781619302020. OCLC Number: 880825403

Nomad Press,. .

The United States boasts a rich musical diversity. Colonial Americans integrated European traditions with new cultural influences to compose a unique musical identity. African traditions influenced hymns and folk songs that connected people to religion and to the trials and tribulations of everyday life. Patriotic tunes created unity in wartime. America's jazz, blues, rock, and hip-hop continue to evolve from their African-American origins. Music: Investigate the Evolution of American Sound invites kids ages 12 and up to explore the roots of American music genres as they investigat.

Music :
ISBN: 1619302039. OCLC Number: 862147627

. .

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.

Oceans
ISBN: 9781934670842. OCLC Number: 690912195

Nomad Press,. .

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

Rain forests /
ISBN: 1936313499. OCLC Number: 758696357

Nomad Press,. .

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.

Respiration and photosynthesis /
ISBN: 1410932567. OCLC Number: 232536704

Raintree,. .

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.

Space :
ISBN: 1597160903. OCLC Number: 60589976

Bearport Pub.,. .

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: 60589977

Bearport Pub. Co.,. .

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.

Superfast trucks
ISBN: 9781597162531. OCLC Number: 67840125

Bearport Pub.,. .

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

The classification of animals /
ISBN: 1406211583. OCLC Number: 528410954

Heinemann Library,. .

Tundra
ISBN: 9781619300514. OCLC Number: 946155108

Nomad Press,. .

Investigating the planet's biomes and examining the modern threats to each ecosystem, this interactive series challenges young readers to look at how their own actions influence the planet's health. With compare-and-contrast facts and vocabulary-building sidebars, each engaging guide reveals how environmental threats-both human and natural-affect plants and animals. Evaluating the coldest biome, this resource examines how the living things found in the tundra coexist harmoniously with the harsh landscape. Explaining how environmental change threatens life in this biome, this instructive guide leaves readers with a greater understanding of the importance of conservation and preservation efforts.

Tundra /
ISBN: 1934670561. OCLC Number: 665840098

Nomad Press,. .

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.