PD Webinar

Women and Science in Children’s Literature
Join our panelists  Annette Whipple, Jennifer Swanson, and Carolyn Bennett Fraiser.

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In this roundtable discussion, Annette Whipple, Jennifer Swanson, and Carolyn Bennett Fraiser share their experiences as Reycraft Books authors of science and STEM trade books. They will discuss how science can support literacy and offer ways to embed science into classroom and library selections.

This webinar will cover:

  • Integration of science into early literacy instruction
  • Effects of literature selections beyond classrooms and libraries
  • How science topics spark curiosity in early learners


60 minutes

About Our Panelists

Annette Whipple

Annette Whipple loves to learn about the world around her through hands-on research. That’s how she met Quincy, a Eurasian Eagle Owl. When she’s not reading or writing, you might find her snacking on warm chocolate chip cookies with her family in Pennsylvania.

Barbara Andrews

Jennifer Swanson

Jennifer Swanson is the award-winning author of over 45 books for children. She is also a teacher, podcast host, and STEM/STEAM advocate. When not writing, Jennifer likes to walk on the beach with her husband and her dogs. Her goal is to help people notice the science all around them! 

Barbara Andrews

Carolyn Bennett Fraiser

Carolyn Bennett Fraiser grew up just south of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and was fascinated with the moon. A former journalist, she loves to write about nature and hidden stories buried in history. She currently lives in Brevard, NC, where she stumbled across a local moon tree and knew it was a story that begged to be told. When she is not writing, she enjoys playing the piano or photographing one of the region's many waterfalls. 

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Reycraft Books  

Connect children to the world around them through books that inform, inspire, and reflect their experiences.  

  • Authentic stories by authors and illustrators from underrepresented communities  
  • Award-winning picture books, early chapter books, middle grade books, and graphic novels that call out to be read again and again  
  • Curated collections and teacher support for every book that empower educators to affirm the unique identities of their students and build bridges to the world  
  • Teacher support for every title! 


Spot On  

Enrich and expand instruction with small-group resources that build content knowledge. 

  • High-interest texts feature ten key content strands. 
  • Students learn about key topics by reading informational, opinion, fiction, and other texts. 
  • Fiction and nonfiction texts support social-emotional learning.


Enfoque en  

Authentic Spanish texts are designed for today's classroom and focused on today's learner. 

  • High-interest texts feature ten key content strands. 
  • Informational, opinion, fiction, and other texts teach students key topics. 
  • Texts support social-emotional learning and reflect the dimensions of the world. 


Celebrate Rich and Diverse Voices and Identities
Represent is an exciting, forward-thinking new collection of 200+ fiction and nonfiction texts that promote multiple perspectives, critical thinking, and knowledge building.

  • Reach and raise every child with responsive teaching lessons.
  • Share authentic texts featuring underrepresented groups.
  • Build knowledge, vocabulary, and perspectives by aligning to science, social studies, and ELA topics.
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