The coming elections provide a good opportunity to teach your children how the government works. North Potomac author Syl Sobel specializes in these kinds of books. He has written Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts, How the U.S. Government Works and four other books about politics.
Sobel recently retired after working for over 30 years as the Director of Publications at the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, DC. When his older daughter was in first grade, she asked him to write a book explaining how the government works. Then, his younger daughter asked him to write another book about the presidents.
Four more books followed: The U.S. Constitution and You, The Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights, and Our Pledge of Allegiance. Sobel also has a blog called "Civics & Civility."
Growing up, Dr. Seuss was Sobel’s favorite children's book author. At an early age, he read books about U.S. History, especially World War II since his father was a WWII veteran. He also enjoyed biographies about the Founding Fathers.
Syl Sobel feels that the Noyes Library for Young Children is so important because "A child can go anywhere and learn about anything by reading. And reading improves writing." Read more about Sobel on his website http://www.sylsobel.com/. Check out his books at Montgomery County Public Libraries.
By Beth Meyer for the November/December issue of the Make.More.Noyes Community Update
Priscilla Cummings' picture books about the Chesapeake Bay make perfect beach reads for the younger set. They include Beddy Bye in the Bay, Chesapeake 1-2-3 and Chesapeake ABC. Her fiction series about Chadwick the Crab celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. She has also written a number of books for preteens and teens.
Cummings grew up on a dairy farm in Massachusetts. Her first stories were about the barn cats that lived there. Her pets included two horses, cats, white rabbits, hamsters, and goldfish. Her favorite children's book is Charlotte's Web. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire, where she majored in English Literature. She was a journalist before she was an author. Her first book was Chadwick the Crab about a crab who wanted to be a star at the Baltimore aquarium. Over the years she wrote several other picture books about animals found in the Chesapeake Bay. She lives in Annapolis with her husband and two cats.
Cummings believes the Noyes Library is an important place. “Libraries are a gateway to knowledge and exploring the world,” she says. “Through reading books we load up on information. Through reading we learn how to think and make good decisions that help us all to have better, happier lives. Best of all, reading can be a wonderful escape—and a lot of fun!"
Read more about Cummings at www.priscillacummings.com. Check out her books at the Noyes Library for Young Children and other Montgomery County Public Libraries.
by Beth Meyer for the SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2016 EDITION OF THE MAKE.MORE.NOYES COMMUNITY UPDATE
(getting to know our local authors and illustrators)