September 2015 in Missoula, Montana: A Celebration of the Written Word
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Dorothy Patent

Missoula resident Dorothy Hinshaw Patent has been writing nonfiction books for young readers for more than 40 years, with almost 140 published titles. She was recently featured as the Monday Montanan in the Missoulian newspaper.
Her Saturday morning 10:30 panel, "Writing for the Ages," will explore, along with scientist/author Doug Emlen and English Chair/book reviewer Beverly Chin, how authors can work successfully to present complex information to young readers. At 11am on Sunday, she will talk about my 2 latest books, At Home with the Beaver and Saving the Tasmanian Devil and tell some fun stories about their creation.
As a PhD zoologist, Dorothy has deep knowledge about the living world and is passionate about communicating her enthusiasm for nature and human interactions with nature to children. Dorothy is passionate about inspiring the curiosity of young people about the living world we inhabit. She contributes to the free online blog The Nonfiction Minute which consists of short tidbits of fascinating information by award-winning authors. Anyone can learn "cool" information about a variety of nonfiction topics, and each post is accompanied by the author reading her/his post. Thousands of teachers around the world use the Nonfiction Minute in their classrooms, and each minute is accompanied by 2T2 suggestions on how to use the Minute in a classroom setting.
Dorothy has received several awards for the body of her work, including the Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Award for Nonfiction and the Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Writing Award. Her individual books have also received awards, including the Orbis Pictus Honor Book for When the Wolves Returned: Restoring Nature's Balance in Yellowstone. Many of her books, including 2014 Super Sniffers: Dog Detectives on the Job, have been chosen as Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers’ Association.

My Speakers Sessions

Saturday, September 12

2:30pm MDT