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 34 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.
I also have done science content editing for Blue Door Publishing and Red Line Editorial.
With Anastasia Suen, I wrote a book on STEM and the Commmon Core for ABC-Clio. It contains 44 lessons for librarians to incorporate more STEM subjects into their lessons while covering the Common Core standards. I also correlated the Next Generation Science Standards and Common core for Kingfisher’s Basher series. Look for the Growing STEM column in LibrarySparks that Anastasia Suen and I write.
I’ve spoken at schools, ALA, TLA, TSRA, ALA, NAEYC, 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.