Bio for Shirley Duke
I am a children’s writer, science content editor, and presenter. I taught science and ESL in elementary, middle school, and high school for twenty-five years and then began to write for children.
I’ve written 39 books for the trade and educational market and 8 books for an individual. I’ve written freelance for publishers, book packagers, and individuals. This work includes books, magazines, Booklinks, tests, teacher guides, flashcards, workbooks, ghostwriting, my college alumni bulletin, and blogs.
I began writing about fourteen years ago. My first book, No Bows!, was published in 2006. I have most recently been writing science books for the school and library markets. My new series of eight books about Biomes and the Seasons for young children is out, along with STEM Jobs in Music, STEM Jobs with Animals, Erosion, Waves of Light and Sound, and Hypothesis, Theory, and Law from Rourke Educational Media.
I also have done science content editing for Blue Door Publishing and Red Line Editorial and written test passages and items for Jump Start Press. In Poetry Friday Anthology for Science, by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, I edited the science content and contributed five poems to the book.
With Anastasia Suen, I wrote a book on STEM and the Common Core for ABC-Clio. It contains 44 lessons for librarians to incorporate more STEM subjects into their lessons while covering the Common Core standards: Teaching STEM and Common Core: Collaborative Lesson Plans, Grades K-5 by Anastasia Suen and Shirley Duke ( ABC-Clio, 2014) . I also correlated the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core for Kingfisher’s Basher series and six books for Tanya Lee Stone. Look for the Growing STEM column in LibrarySparks that Anastasia Suen and I write. I”ve correlated the CCSS for Tanya Lee Stone’s and wrote teacher guides for several authors.
I’ve spoken at schools, ALA, TLA, TSRA, ALA, NAEYC, NMLA, universities, libraries, and book fairs and festivals. Visit my website at www.shirleysmithduke.com to see more about me. I also do a few library and school visits.
My photo is by Cherie Callaway, who managed to capture both my spirit and the little bit of messiness that is part of me and who is a terrific wedding photographer.