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Cultivating Curiosity

As a former teacher, I enjoy visiting schools, libraries, and nature centers. I have taught at preschool, elementary, and college levels, and I hold an MS in education and an MFA in creative writing.

Author visits focus on creativity and curiosity, and on STEM and literacy topics. Visits affirm children's (and adults') connection to nature. All visits are informed by a growth-mindset philosophy that acknowledges and encourages bravery in both science and the arts!


Visits range from workshops to storytimes to whole school assemblies, and can be held in person or online. Custom events are available.

A Stone Is a Story

One Day This Tree Will Fall

Our kids LOVED your visit and immediately started analyzing rocks. And our teachers commented on it being our best author presentation ever!

Katrina Hall, school librarian

What an authentic, curiosity-filled experience for our 3rd graders! I could see their wheels turning the entire time you were presenting. This will be one of those school experiences they remember.

Lisa Collins, teacher

You have a tremendous gift, and we were honored to receive it this week! We will ride this wave of curiosity as we write our own books this month!

April Johnston, teacher


Modeling a Growth Mindset

Sample Q & A with elementary students

How do you think of ideas for books?

I get ideas by talking to my kids and spending time in nature. I have two daughters and whenever we're outdoors together, they have great questions and observations. One day my daughter asked me, "Where do rocks come from?" That's why I wrote this book. I thought her question was so great because it seems simple, but it's not. Every rock has a fascinating story, and because rocks are shaped by what happens to them, if we look closely, sometimes we can figure out what that story is.

I love reading, talking to scientists, and going out in nature and seeing rocks for myself. I use all these methods to do research for my books. I get so hungry for knowledge when I'm researching a topic. The more I learn, the more questions I have, and the more I want to know. I know about rocks because I studied them, and I plan to continue studying them, because I still have more to learn!

What is your favorite rock?

I think my favorite rock is fossiliferous limestone because it is made of the shells and skeletons of ancient sea creatures, and those fossils are often visible. Looking at fossils transports me back in time and shows me how much Earth and its creatures have changed. I also just love the fact that rocks can be made of the remains of living things. And that living things are made (in part) of minerals that were once part of rocks! This type of rock reminds me that all of nature is connected, and that we are a part of nature too.

How do you know so much about rocks?

What's your advice for someone who wants to be a writer?

To be a writer, you've got to do four things: read, write, revise, and not give up! Revising can be hard; it takes a lot of patience. But it's also freeing. I love that you can change your mind in writing. You can erase and start again, and you can always learn, grow, and imagine something new.

Leslie Barnard Booth outside writing with mountains and sunset in background
Ammonite fossil in fossiliferous limestone
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