About Shirley

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  webmaster is Aimee Suen. Yes, she’s also the daughter of Anastasia Suen.

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.

5 Responses to About Shirley

  1. Joan Budai says:

    This is such a great idea for a blog! I also have written a children’s science book, meant for 4-8 year olds. It answer the question “Where do babies come from?” but through guiding the little ones through the development of a duck egg rather than listening to their parents stammer. I’ll look forward to more from you!

  2. [...] Shirley Duke, author/educator/speaker/writer of the Simply Science blog, shared with me these extension activities for Rah, Rah, Radishes. See her site for more goodies, about many books! [...]

  3. Kara says:

    Hi Shirley,

    I’m hoping I have tracked down the correct Shirley who left a comment on my blog. We love “No Bows” at our house! I’m thrilled to find your blog, because I think science books have such appeal to young readers, and I anticipate many good recommendations here!

  4. Tricia says:

    Hi Shirley,
    It’s great to have you in the kidlitosphere. I have two blogs that my be of interest to you. The Miss Rumphius Effect has a number of nonfiction books reviews (lots of science) and thematic book lists. for science you will find things like camouflage, migration, frogs, science poetry, and more. My second blog is one I write with my students. Last semester they reviewed science books in the categories of process skills, earth science, life science, and physical science. As you can imagine, there was a lot of variety. Their reviews included ideas for use in the classroom as well as links to resources. That blog is Open Wide, Look Inside.
    I can’t wait to read more! I’ll also be sending my students to visit.

    • slduke says:

      I love both blogs and have followed them closely on my reader regularly. I’m hoping I’ll settle into a more regular pattern eventually, but right now I’m being general with the categories. I appreciate your comments and I’ll look forward to hearing from your students. I miss my students but it’s nice to be able to have time to write, too!

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