Katherine Roy’s (’10) latest book How to Be an Elephant is out and she is on tour. Traipsing through California in October, she is headed to Arizona and Oregon for November. Looks like she likes warm weather!
Katherine Roy in Kenya with an elephant
In Phoenix, Arizona, she has a couple events. She is signing at 2017 American Association of School Librarians (November 9–11) and on November 11, she is speaking on the “Connecting to STEM: Science Books for Kids” panel from 2–3.
Alum Spotlight: Another Starred Review for Katherine Roy’s latest Elephant book
September 20, 2017
How to Be an Elephant from KatherineRoy (’10) in September 2017 and is getting starred reviews from Library Journal and more! In this children’s picture book, she explores the childhood of an African elephant. As with her previous book, Neighborhood Sharks, she did massive amounts of research. She even traveled to Kenya where she was able to talk to elephant experts and see real elephants in the wild.
First sharks, then elephants. How do you pick your topics?
The idea to do a book about great white sharks initially came from my editor, Simon Boughton. During our introductory meeting, I told him that I’d spent a season teaching environmental education aboard a schooner on the Puget Sound, and one year later he asked if I’d be interested in doing a book on great white sharks, given my love of marine biology. There was no contract at the outset—it was just a prompt—but I ran home and got to work on a rough draft of what would become Neighborhood Sharks, which Simon bought about six months later. After turning in the final art for Sharks, he asked me what I’d like to work on next, and I told him that I’d always been fascinated by the social proximity between humans and elephants. A few months later, he bought the rough draft for How to Be an Elephant. So my topics all come from my personal interests, and I’m thankful to have an editor who listens and trusts me to follow those interests. Of course, he’s said “no” to a number of other topics I’ve pitched him, but always for good reasons!
DartmouthX Digital Learning Iniative Teams Up With The Center for Cartoon Studies
The DartmouthX Digital Learning Initiative teams up with the inventive The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) to use cartoons to convey engineering principles in its new edX course, The Engineering of Structures Around Us. When Dartmouth Professor Vicki May saw artwork by CCS graduate Katherine Roy, she knew the material would click into place like a keystone in an arch through the magic of words and pictures. Roy’s original drawings create a foundation throughout the six-week course, driving Professor May’s creative vision, and adding a distinct level of clarity and inquiry, and overall course visual engagement. We cannot wait to tell you more! You’ll see the world in a whole new light whether you are driving your car over a bridge to noticing the subtle and nuanced differences in downtown buildings.
This introductory course promises hands-on and interactive learning of structural engineering concepts. Learn how engineers design bridges and buildings in our communities and iconic structures around the world. The free online course starts May 5th and runs for 6 weeks, sign-up here: edx.org.
What’s the best way to prevent the “brain drain” that can happen to kids over summer vacation? The Today Show says keep ’em reading– and highlights The Expeditioners by CCS faculty member Sarah Stewart Taylor (with illustrations by alumna Katherine Roy) as one of their top picks for engaging summer books.