Visionary author Seymour Simon (@SeymourSimon), whom the New York Times called "the dean of the [children’s science] field," is the author of nearly 300 highly acclaimed science books, more than seventy-five of which have been named Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). He has introduced tens of millions of children to a staggering array of subjects, and says: "I’m more interested in arousing enthusiasm in kids than I am in teaching the facts. The facts may change, but that enthusiasm for exploring the world will remain with them for the rest of their lives."
Seymour Simon has long been a leader with respect to educational technology for children. He wrote five early books on computer science, including Meet The Computer and How To Talk to Your Computer (an early book on coding, explaining LOGO and Basic to children), which were published by Harper & Row in 1985. In 2012, Simon founded StarWalk Kids Media, a streaming eBook platform designed to provide high quality digital literature from top quality authors to Schools and Libraries. Now, with the integration of StarWalk Kids Media into Fable Learning, his vision for utilizing the power of technology to drive engaged learning for today’s children—- digital natives—- takes a big step forward in his role as Senior Advisor to Fable Learning.
Seymour Simon’s website is a Webby Honoree online destination designed to engage children in science, reading and writing, as well as to provide families and educators with a rich array of free, downloadable resources designed to enhance their children’s reading experience. The website has been recognized with awards from the Parents Choice® Foundation in 2011 and 2013, was declared an Official Honoree in the Personal Blog/Website category in The 15th Annual Webby Awards, was named one of twelve "2012 Great Websites for Kids" by the American Library Association, and in 2013 won the QED (Quality-Excellence-Design) Seal of Approval from Digital Book World’s Publishing Innovation Awards.
Seymour Simon has been honored with many awards for his work, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children’s science literature; the New York State Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature; the Hope S. Dean Memorial Award from the Boston Public Library for his contribution to children’s science literature; The Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Award for Nonfiction; the Jeremiah Ludington Award for his outstanding contribution to children’s nonfiction; the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people; and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Forum on Children’s Science Books.
Seymour Simon writes and photographs nature from his hilltop home in Columbia County in upstate New York. You can follow his daily nature walks and see his photographs from the field on Twitter (@seymoursimon) or on his Facebook Author page.