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Marybeth Lorbiecki

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The majority of Marybeth Lorbiecki’s books are award-winners, and she was Wisconsin Children's Book Author of the Year 2008, selected by the Wisconsin Library Association. With more than twenty titles, Marybeth brings to her writing her experiences as a children’s book editor, mom, teacher, marketing copywriter, journalist, youth worker, international Rotarian ambassador, graduate student in literature, and post graduate student in philosophy. (Someday she’ll find a way to work in something about being a lens grinder, factory worker, bakery clerk, waitress, park landscape assistant, museum receptionist, etc.) Her themes often center on people's relationships—to each other and to the land.

Many of her books bring history alive for younger readers, tackling difficult topics: racism, guns, war, environmental challenges—yet they have a lighter side and a drama that allow younger readers to look at these issues with hope and courage.

She has a compatriot in the arts in her husband, David Mataya—a designer, artist, and musician. They have three great kids—Nadja, Mirjana, and Dmitri.They live in Hudson, Wisconsin, where they enjoy the nearby rivers and woods.

Escaping Titanic Escaping Titanic:
A Young Girl’s True Story of Survival

Picture Window Books, 2012

ISBN 1404871438

Just in time for the anniversary of the 100th year of the Titanic disaster comes this real life story of twelve-year-old Ruth Becker, who was aboard the ship on its voyage and who just barely escaped the sinking. Come with her on the excitement of being part of the first voyage of this luxury ship and then experience what happened that night when it hit the iceberg.

Things Natural, Wild, and Free

Things Natural, Wild, and Free:
The Life of Aldo Leopold

Fulcrum Books, 2011
grades 4 to young adult, ISBN

Adventure—as a child Aldo Leopold was always looking for it as he wandered over the bluffs along the Mississippi with his dog, Spud. This led Leopold to become a forester, wildlife scientist, author, and one of the most important conservationists in history. This book features historic black and white photographs, a timeline, resource and activity sections, a time line, and a bibliography.

Paul Bunyan's Sweetheart

Paul Bunyan's Sweetheart
illustrated by Renee Graef
Sleeping Bear Press, 2007

That giant of a lumberjack, Paul Bunyan, has finally met his match in the tall and lovely Lucette Diana Kensack of Hackensack. But can Paul win her love? She gives him three tasks to see if he is worthy—Paul does his best, to comical results. Will she take him?

Teaching Guide

Here's a peek at Renee Graef's wonderful art!

Bank Street College's Best Children's Books of the Year List 2008

Jackie's Bat

Jackie's Bat
illustrated by J. Brian Pinkney
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2006
ages 4 and up, ISBN978-0-689-84102-6

Joey is the Brooklyn Dodger's bat boy. It's his first season, and he finds out that it’s Jackie Robinson's first season too. Joey doesn't want to serve a black man, but what Joey learns in this exciting baseball season of 1947 he'll remember all his life. Approved by Rachel Robinson, Jackie’s widow.

Teaching Guide

Storytellers World Award for 2006; Manhattan Country School "Living the Dream" Award 2008

Planet Patrol

Planet Patrol:a Kids'Action Guide to Earth Care
Two-CanChildren's Publishing, 2005
hardcover ISBN978-1-58728-514-1
paperback ISBN978-1-58728-518-9

This guide combines ecological concepts with fun facts, examples of what kids are doing worldwide, and action tips. Illustrated with cartoons and photos.

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