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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Janis Herbert  

Pen Name: None

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Born: 1956 in Chicago, Illinois

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Herbert was born in Chicago and grew up on the south side of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

In addition to beging the author of six books Janis has worked in bookstores, libraries, offices, restaurants, in grade schools, and on college campuses.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Leonardo da Vinci for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 21 Activities (For Kids series)
ISBN: 1556522983

Chicago Review Press. 1998

The marriage of art and science is celebrated in this beautifully illustrated four-color biography and activity book. Kids will begin to understand the important discoveries that da Vinci made through inspiring activities like determining the launch angle of a catapult, sketching birds and other animals, creating a map, learning to look at a painting, and much more. Includes a glossary, bibliography, listing of pertinent museums and Web sites, a timeline, and many interesting sidebars.

The Civil War for Kids: A History with 21 Activities (For Kids series)
ISBN: 1556523556

Chicago Review Press. 1999

History explodes in this activity guide spanning the turmoil preceding secession, the first shots fired at Fort Sumter, the fierce battles on land and sea, and finally the Confederate surrender at Appomattox. Making butternut dye for a Rebel uniform, learning drills and signals with flags, decoding wigwag, baking hardtack, reenacting battles, and making a medicine kit bring this pivotal period in our nation’s history to life. Fascinating sidebars tell of slaves escaping on the Underground Railroad, the adventures of nine-year-old drummer boy Johnny Clem, animal mascots who traveled with the troops, and friendships between enemies. The resource section includes short biographies of important figures from both sides of the war, listings of Civil War sites across the country, pertinent websites, glossary, and an index.

Lewis and Clark for Kids: Their Journey of Discovery with 21 Activities (For Kids series)
ISBN: 1556523742

Chicago Review Press. 2000

Following

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s Corps of Discovery as they navigate the muddy Missouri River and begin a great adventure, this activity book is

set against the background of the vast North American continent. It takes children from President Jefferson’s vision of an exploratory mission across a continent full of unique plants and animals through their dangerous and challenging journey into the unknown to the expedition’s triumphant return to the frontier town of St. Louis. Twenty-one activities bring to life the Native American tribes they encountered, the plants and animals they discovered, and the camping and navigating techniques they used. A glossary of terms and listings of Lewis and Clark sites, museums, and related websites round out this comprehensive activity book.

Marco Polo for Kids: His Marvelous Journey to China, 21 Activities (For Kids series)
ISBN: 1556523777

Chicago Review Press. 2001

The Far East comes alive in this activity book centered on Marco Polo’s journey to China from Venice along the 13th-century Silk Road. Kids will join Marco as he travels by caravan through vast deserts and over steep mountain ranges, stopping in exotic cities and humble villages, until at last he arrives at the palace of the Kublai Khan. Woven throughout the tale are 21 activities that highlight the diverse cultures Marco encountered along the way. Activities include making a mythical map, creating a mosaic, fun with Feng Shui, making paper, and putting on a wayang-kulit (shadow-puppet play). Just for fun, kids will learn a few words of Turkish, Persian, Mongol, Hindi, and Chinese. A complete resource section with magnificent museums and their Web sites invites kids to embark on their own expedition of discovery.

The American Revolution for Kids: A History with 21 Activities (For Kids series)
ISBN: 1556524560

Chicago Review Press. 2002

Heroes, traitors, and great thinkers come to life in this activity book, and the concepts of freedom and democracy are celebrated in true accounts of the distinguished officers, wise delegates, rugged riflemen, and hardworking farm wives and children who created the new nation. This collection tells the story of the Revolution, from the hated Stamp Act and the Boston Tea Party to the British surrender at Yorktown and the creation of the United States Constitution. All American students are required to study the Revolution and the Constitution, and these 21 activities make it fun and memorable. Kids create a fringed hunting shirt and a tricorn hat and reenact the Battle of Cowpens. They will learn how to make their voices heard in “I Protest” and how Congress works in “There Ought to Be a Law.” A final selection including the Declaration of Independence, a glossary, biographies, and pertinent Web sites makes this book a valuable resource for both students and teachers.

Abraham Lincoln for Kids: His Life and Times with 21 Activities (For Kids series)
ISBN: 1556526563

Chicago Review Press. 2007

2008 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Honors Award winner.

Providing a fresh perspective on one of the most beloved presidents of all time, this illuminating activity book tells the rich story of Abraham Lincoln’s life and details the events of his era. Highlighting Lincoln’s warm, generous spirit and

impressive intellect, the guide teaches children about his fascinating life story, his

struggles at the onset of the

Civil War, and his relevance in today’s world. Activities include

delivering a speech, holding a debate, drawing political cartoons, and making a stovepipe hat

or miniature Mississippi River flatboat. Lively sidebars, abundant photographs and illustrations, and fun

projects help to kick the dust off

old Honest

Abe.

Selections from some of Lincoln’s most famous

speeches and documents, as well as a resource section of websites

to explore

and

sites to visit, are also included, making this a comprehensive Lincoln biography for young readers.


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