Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Teachers, Librarians And Moms Now Have Access To Science Books That Are Fun, Easy To Read And Highly Entertaining

Jennifer Swanson, award-winning author of the Penny and Rio early chapter book series, has expanded her offerings to include science books that children will adore. In a recent review, Booklist noted that ‘ . . . the main event is Swanson’s gift for making complicated subjects crystalline’.

Many children believe that science is boring. It is a real challenge for teachers, librarians and moms to make the subject interesting enough to strongly appeal to young people. Nonetheless, Jennifer Swanson has managed to accomplish this. In a recent review of one of her books, Booklist stated ‘this is a model of how to make science appeal to young readers.’

"With these books," stated Ms. Swanson, "I am thrilled to be able to combine my two favorite things: writing and science. My goal is to make science come alive for kids. When science is exciting, kids are interested and engaged. If my books can inspire even one child to learn more about the world we live in or ask questions about why things happen, then I have achieved a great deal."

Swanson’s new nonfiction books include:

Uninvited Guests: Invisible Creatures Lurking in Your Home

Body Bugs: Invisible Creatures Lurking Inside You

Both by Capstone Press (August 2011)

And the following published by The Child’s World (September 2011)

How Electricity Works

How Hybrid Cars Work

How Solar Energy Works

How Submarines Work

How the Internet Works


Jennifer Swanson has a B.S. in chemistry and an M.S. Ed in K-8 science. In addition to being an award-winning author, she is also a middle school science instructor for John Hopkin's University's Center for Talented Youth.

Jennifer's first published fiction series, Penny and Rio Mysteries, set the stage for her rediscovered love of writing. Setting out to combine her love of science with her love of writing, she has now embarked upon the nonfiction path. An active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Jennifer regularly attends the Florida branch of SCBWI's conferences in Orlando and Miami.

Ms. Swanson’s books have won numerous industry awards. All of her previous books, Penny and Rio: The Mysterious Backyard Meeting, and Penny and Rio: The Locked Doghouse Mystery,and Penny and Rio: The Diamond Collar Adventure have won a Mom’s Choice Silver Awards for Juvenile Fiction – Early Reader. The Mom’s Choice Awards esteemed panel of judges includes educators, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. In addition they have all been awarded The Dove Foundation’s Family-Approved Seal. For more information visit

Ms. Swanson is available for interview and can be reached using the information below or by email at Her books are available, Barnes and Noble, IndiePendent Books, Capstone Press, The Child’s World and at her website.


Jennifer Swanson
13780 Harbor Creek Place
Jacksonville, FL 32224
Phone 904 992-6955