Label: Seymour Simon

April 22, 2011


Kidsmomo, the great book blog for middle schoolers, has done a terrific interview with Seymour Simon for Earth Day. Click here to check it out - you’ll find answers to questions that Seymour has not answered before, and it’s also very funny!


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April 13, 2011


Did you know that Seymour Simon launched this website exactly one year ago? And, to make our birthday even better, we won a big award! has been selected as an Official Honoree for the Personal Blog/Website category in The 15th Annual Webby Awards! Only seven websites were selected in our category, and we are the only one designed for both kids and adults to use and enjoy. The Webbys are like the Academy Awards of the Internet - they recognize the best websites from all over the world.

The truth is, a website is only as good as its readers. When you send us your ideas, upload photos and videos, and comment on the blog, you help us to understand what you enjoy, and what you want to see more of.

So thank you, to all our loyal readers. We share this honor with all of you!

Posted by: Liz Nealon

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April 10, 2011





This is our Chipmunk.

He lives in the screened-in porch on the ground floor of our house. He gets in and out through a tear in the screen. Cute, isn’t he?

I haven’t named him. Do you have any ideas?



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September 30, 2010

This is something that I have been meaning to post for awhile. When Seymour spoke at the Literacy Conference at  San Angelo State University earlier this year, he was introduced by district education specialist Dedra Carter. Dedra had been up very late the night before making this wonderful "animoto" slide show - complete with text and music - to introduce Seymour. It is very touching, and the emotion reflects the way we felt about our week there. Lots of love right back at you, San Angelo! 

CLICK HERE to view Dedra Carter’s animoto video introduction to Seymour Simon’s speech. 

Posted by: Liz Nealon

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August 26, 2010

Dear Neil DeGrasse Tyson,
I’ve been wanting to write to you for sometime now after I read your autobiography a number of years ago, and finally decided to do so. (My autobiography, From Paper Airplanes to Outer Space, is published by Richard C. Owen.)First of all, I’d like to tell you some of the common background we share. I’m also a graduate of Bronx HS of Science and was an amateur astronomer all through my HS years and beyond. During HS years, the AMNH hosted an office (in the basement) for the Junior Astronomy Club. I was at different times,  Editor of their magazine (JAC NEWS), Vice President and then President. We used to have observation meetings in Central Park and some of us (including me) had passes to get into the Museum at off hours to use our office and to work on the magazine. After graduating HS, most members went on to become members of the adult group, The Amateur Astronomy Association. It was a very good time to be a Junior Astronomer in NYC.
I went on to become a writer of science books for children. I’ve written over 250 books, currently they are copublished by Collins/Smithsonian. My website is
Here are of my current blogs about astronomy.  Please come by and take a look. I’d love for you to grant me permission to post one of your pieces about Pluto on my site. Is that at all possible?
In any event, I wanted to say hi and to also say that I’m very proud that we’re both graduates of Bronx Science (despite the fact that I’m sentimental about Pluto)!
P.S. I can’t find your current email address anywhere! If you get this post, please write to me. Seymour Simon

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August 25, 2010

In many ways, my year begins with the school year which for me as a student and then a teacher began the first week in September. All the rhythms of my year are tied in with school. I recall how excited I was to meet with the students in my new classes (I usually taught science to either 9th or 7th graders and also had a class with seniors in what the school called “creative writing.”) I remember that by the end of the first week, my voice was hoarse and it would take the weekend to recover. By the second week of school I had learned how to modulate my speaking enough to last through the five teaching periods a day and the teacher interaction that took place during lunch period and my “free” periods. (Teachers know that there is no such thing as a “free” period; you just do things other than direct teaching.}

So as the summer is winding down and as school approaches or has already begun in some places, I want to reach out to teachers and say hi and good luck. I’ll be writing on my blog during the school year about all kinds of things including my speaking in schools across the country. I hope you’ll drop me a note from time to time, telling me about something interesting that is happening in your class in science or in nature or just about using my books with kids (and be sure to look at the free teacher guides for my books which you can easily download). From time to time, I’ll be awarding a free Skype session with a teacher and the class that is working with my books. Be sure to be in touch!

Photo: Seymour speaking in San Angelo, Texas, Spring 2010




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March 5, 2010

I posted yesterday about a Barnes & Noble clerk who insisted to my sister that Seymour Simon is "not a real person." Thanks to the many friends (some fellow authors or illustrators) who weighed in on my behalf. Here are some of the funny things they wrote.

Jerry Schwarz
Need a new PR person?

Michael Hague
Speaking as one of the walking dead myself…You are very real…Welcome to the Zombie World of Publishing and Bookstores.

Diane deGroat
My brother lives in Boynton Beach. I’ll send him in.

Eric Kimmel
I know they forget all about you after you’re dead, but this is ridiculous!

Lee Bennett Hopkins
Is this the same Simon whose LUNGS—THE MUSICAL might
be a future Broadway production? Or was it GUTs—the musical?

Kate Nealon Slawta
He looked and acted real when he stayed with us in DC this week! And we had a wonderful time, by the way. I vote Yes, he’s real.

Fran Manushkin
Seymour, are you sure you’re not a figment of your imagination?

Diane Stanley
Well it’s good you finally found this out after all these years.

Laura Grosvenor
I was reminded of this quote from the Velveteen Rabbit.
"Real isn’t how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you,  then you become Real."

Well, children love you and so do many of us, so you must be real! 

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March 4, 2010

My sister, Miriam, went into a B&N bookstore in Boynton Beach, Fl,  the other day and went to see the display of my books in the children’s book section. The salesperson saw her looking at the books and assured her that there was no such person as "Seymour Simon." She said that all the books were written by different people and "Seymour Simon" was just the name they used. Miriam sputtered indignantly and said, "Of course there’s a Seymour Simon! He’s my brother and he wrote all these books."  The B&N salesperson was unconvinced. So let me assure her and everyone else reading my blog: I’m real, really really real. Lots of you reading this blog have met me in person either at your school or at reading conventions and other places. Anyone I know care to cast a voice in my behalf that I’m real???? Drop a note to my blog and I’ll post it!

Signed:  The real Seymour Simon (honestly!) 

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November 11, 2009

Dear Seymour,

Thank you for the spider book!!! I like the cover. I think the book is molting, look at the picture. I love tarantulas. What do black widow’s fangs look like?




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March 31, 2009

Meet the Author -  Seymour Simon 

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