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More about Liz’s Kidlit

I have spent the last several years honing my craft as a fiction writer, studying children's literature and the field of children's publishing. While my undergraduate and graduate degrees are in creative writing, writing for children has opened up a whole new world to me. I wanted to learn how to best tell the stories I'm excited about for a new audience. I'm a member of SCBWI and participate in NY Metro area events as well as a writing group for middle grade fiction writers. 

My first non-fiction piece for kids, "Diving in to Save our Underwater Cities" appeared in Appleseeds Magazine in the summer of 2013. Since then, I have published several pieces for Spigot Science.  Two of my recent favorite pieces are "Oyster Gardens: Good for You, Good for our Water, Good for the Planet" about the work to reestablish oyster reefs in New York Harbor and a piece about geographer Marie Tharp who created the first comprehensive map of the ocean floor. 

I am currently revising my first full-length fiction project, a middle grade novel that merges my love of the ocean and technology. I'm very excited about this project and I can't wait to tell you more when the time is right. 

Because this work is so markedly different from my scholarly writing about HIV/AIDS, ePortfolios, and writing and technology, I decided to write for kids under the pen name Liz Summit.

I invite you to follow my adventures in writing for kids at where I am blogging and sharing my kid lit work for kids of all ages.

My very first kidlit piece on coral restoration in Appleseeds magazine!

My very first kidlit piece on coral restoration in Appleseeds magazine!

2019-2020 Sabbatical Reading

Preliminary Working Bibliography

Middle Grade Books Featuring Girl Scientists / Scientific World

Atkins, Jeannine. Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science. Atheneum, 2017.

---. Girls Who Looked Under Rocks: The Lives of Six Pioneering Naturalists. Dawn Publications, 2000.

Brown, Peter. Wild Robot. Piccadilly Press, 2018.

Ehrlich, Esther. Nest. Wend Lamb Books, 2014.

Foxlee, Karen. Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy. Yearling, 2015.

Helget, Nicole. The End of the Wild. Little, Brown Books, 2018.

---. Wonder at the Edge of the World. Little, Brown Books, 2017.

Holm, Jennifer. The Third Mushroom. Random House, 2018.

Kay, Edward. STAR Academy. Doubleday Canada, 2009.

Keller, Tae. The Science of Unbreakable Things. Random House, 2018.

Kelly, Jacqueline. The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate. Square Fish, 2017.

L’Engle, Madeline. A Wrinkle in Time. 1963. Square Fish, 2007.

McAnulty, Stacy. Miscalculations of Lightning Girl. Random House, 2018.

Patron, Susan. Higher Power of Lucky. Atheneum, 2008.

Pérez, Celia C. The First Rule of Punk. Puffin, 2018.

Rivers, Karen. A Possibility of Whales. Algonquin, 2018.

Sloan, Holly Goldberg. Counting by 7s. Puffin, 2014.

Stratford, Jordan. The Case of the Missing Moonstone. Yearling, 2016.

Whelan, Gloria. Listening for Lions. Harper Collins, 2006.

New Middle Grade & Young Adult Fiction—State of the Field Reading

Acevedo, Elizabeth. The Poet X. Harper Teen, 2019.

Adeyemi, Tomi. Children of Blood and Bone. Square Fish, 2019.

Benjamin, Ali. The Thing About Jellyfish. Little, Brown Books, 2017.

Brown, Skila. Caminar. Candlewick, 2016.

Cartaya, Pablo. The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora. Puffin, 2018.

Cervantes, Jennifer. Tortilla Sun. Chronicle, 2014.

Cheng, Jack. See You in the Cosmos. Puffin, 2018.

Connor, Leslie. The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle. Katherine Tegen Books, 2018.

Cruz, Marie Miranda. Everlasting Nora. Starscape Books, 2018.

Dowd, Siobhan. The London Eye Mystery. Yearling, 2009.

Dumas, Firoozeh. It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel. HMH Books, 2017.

Fairstein, Linda. Into the Lion’s Den. Puffin, 2017.

Fraillon, Zana. The Bone Sparrow. Disney-Hyperion, 2017.

Glaser, Karina Yan. The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden. HMH Books, 2018.

Hiranandani, Veera. The Night Diary. Puffin, 2019.

Johnson, Varian. The Parker Inheritance. Arthur A. Levine Books, 2019.

Kelly, Erin Entrada. The Land of Forgotten Girls. Greenwillow Books, 2017.

Krosoczka, Jarrett J. Hey, Kiddo. Graphix, 2018.

Lai, Thanhha. Listen Slowly. Harper Collins, 2016.

Lubner, Susan. Lizzy and the Good Luck Girl. Running Press Kids, 2018.

Maldonado, Torrey. Tight. Nancy Paulsen, 2018.

Marsh, Katherine. Nowhere Boy. Roaring Brook Press, 2018.

Medina, Meg. Merci Suárez Changes Gears. Candlewick, 2018.

Middleton, Dana. The Infinity Year of Avalon James. Square Fish, 2017.

Moore, David Barclay. The Stars Beneath Our Feet. Yearling, 2019.

Ngan, Natasha. Girls of Paper and Fire, Hodder and Stoughton Limited, 2018.

Okorafor, Nnedi. Akata Witch. Speak, 2017.

Older, Daniel José. Dactyl Hill Squad. Arthur A. Levine Books, 2018.

Patterson, James and Chris Grabenstein. Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment. Jimmy Patterson Books, 2018.

Pérez, Celia C. The First Rule of Punk. Puffin, 2018.

Respicio, Mae. The House that Lou Built. Yearling, 2019.

Reynolds, Jason. As Brave As You. Atheneum, 2017.

Rose, Judith Robbins. Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco. Candlewick, 2015.

Saeed, Aisha. Amal Unbound. Text Publishing, 2018.

Smith, Sandra. Seed Savers Treasure. Flying House Books, 2018.

Stevens, Robin. The Guggenheim Mystery. Knopf Books, 2018.

Stone, Nic. Dear Martin. Ember, 2018.

Thomas, Angie. On the Come Up. Balzer and Bray, 2019.

Varnes, Allison. Property of the Rebel Librarian. Random House, 2018.

Walters, Eric. Walking Home. Doubleday Canada, 2014.

Watson, Renée. Piecing Me Together. Bloomsbury, 2018.

Williams-Garcia, Rita. One Crazy Summer. Amistad, 2011.

Winston, Sherri. President of the Whole Fifth Grade. Little, Brown Books, 2012.

Woodson, Jacqueline. Harbor Me. Nancy Paulsen Books, 2018.

Yang, Kelly. Front Desk. Arthur A. Levine Books, 2019.