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Kindergarten #tbt Show and Tell –part 17

September 21, 2017

Our final #tbt Show & Tell is from

Nancy Castaldo.

This adorable kindergartner grew up to be an educator, SCBWI Regional Advisor, and #kidlit author of nonfiction books for children, including TWO 2017 releases:

SNIFFER DOGS: How Dogs (and Their Noses) Save the World

(HMH Books for Young Readers)

“An exemplary presentation of information in a lively, engaging way—readers will be left feeling awe for their canine companions and enthusiasm for their abilities.”
Kirkus, STARRED review

BEASTLY BRAINS: How Animals think, Talk, and Feel

(HMH Books for Young Readers)

“This eye-opening, cogent, and well-structured volume will enlighten students to both the richness of the animal kingdom and the nature of intelligence itself.”
 Booklist, STARRED review

It’s no wonder Nancy’s kindergarten memory is about nature walks!

“This is me getting off the school bus on my very first day of kindergarten. The best thing about kindergarten for me was not mandatory nap time (Nap? There’s too much to see, learn, and do!) , but going on the nature walks outside with my teacher. I can remember filing down the long path into the woods near my elementary school and loving every minute – even when we reached the old, abandoned house and all took off running back to the school. If it was up to me we would have stayed and explored!”

As parents and teachers, sometimes we forget that there are lessons to be learned everywhere and time spent exploring the outdoors is never wasted. 

Who knows?

Maybe the young explorer in your backyard will grow up to write non-fiction picture books for the next generation.

To learn more about Nancy Castaldo and her books go to NancyCastaldo.com or follow her on Twitter at @NCastaldoAuthor.

And look what’s coming next:


(Release date: April 2018/ HMH Books for Young Readers)

Castaldo details the successful efforts of scientists to bring threatened animals back from the brink of extinction. This book is sure to interest animal lovers and reluctant nonfiction readers alike.


My sincere thanks to Nancy for sharing her Show & Tell and her wonderful books!

 Thank you, Thank you

to all who have hopped aboard our #Kindergarten blog series bus.

( CLICK THIS LINK to meet the other kindergartners.)

And thanks to all for your kind words about K IS FOR KINDERGARTEN!

Here’s a new review:

“The alphabet frames this collection of activities for kindergarten, highlighting 26 (and more) words and challenges for youngsters anticipating the highlights of a school day. As rhyming verse introduces each activity, a sidebar lists Countdown and Challenge activities for more adventurous readers and their parents. ..VERDICT: …this well-organized book will encourage readers to practice new words, learn through hands-on creativity, and face new challenges.” —School Library Journal 

Happy Reading–and exploring!



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