Sample Reviews

Roald Hoffmann, 1981 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry - for Amazing Kitchen Chemistry Projects
“Chemistry experiments in the kitchen! From mysterious oobleck to soda rockets, this book is the greatest fun. I can't wait to try some of these experiments. The grandchildren? They will have to wait.”

Spencer G. Lucas, PhD, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Museum of Paleontology - for Explore Fossils
Explore Fossils! provides young readers with a remarkable introduction to paleontology. It covers many topics not seen in similar books. The concise and up-to-date text, the clear and instructive illustrations, and the end-of-chapter projects make Explore Fossils! the best introduction to paleontology that I have ever seen.”

Marc L. Wilson, Curator for Minerals, Carnegie Museum of Natural History - for Explore Rocks and Minerals
“I recommend this fun and educational introduction to the science of Geology."

R.A. (Bud) Wobus, Williams College Professor of Geology - for Explore Rocks and Minerals
"This is a terrific introduction to an exciting science, one that appeals to kids at an early age!”

Dr. Ian Muehlenhaus, Department of Geography and Earth Science, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse - for Mapping and Navigation
“Mapping and Navigation is written in an exciting manner that children will immediately gravitate toward. I highly recommend this book for any child that is curious about geography, maps, and exploring the world around them. My daughters will certainly be reading it in the near future!” (August 5, 2011) - for Geology of the Pacific Northwest
"This excellent little book about the geology of the Pacific Northwest makes learning Earth science both fun and practical." — - for Geology of the Pacific Northwest
"Let me start by saying that any activity book that uses candy bars to demonstrate plate tectonics is going to be a hit at our house, without question, and Geology of the Pacific Northwest does just that. Fifteen hands-on projects are interspersed through the lessons on geology and geography in general, plate tectonics, and geographical features found in the Pacific Northwest." - for Geology of the Eastern Coast
"Another fine addition to Nomad Press' Build It Yourself series. . . . It starts with a beautifully lucid explanation of plate tectonics, and then moves into the formation of the Appalachian mountains, touching on earthquakes, and fossil fuels. . . . It is really the best geology book for 8-10 year old kids I've read." 

Dig magazine (November 2012) - for Geology of the Great Plains and Mountain West
"Another in the really informative and engaging Build It Yourself non-fiction activity series. Interesting 'did you know' boxes, sidebars, and illustrations complement the 15 thought-provoking activities. Enjoy!" (December 2011) - for Geology of the Southwest
"Geography is addressed from the standpoint of climate influences, natural resources, and the unique relationship that people have with the southwest desert. The focus on a specific geologic area lends an intimate view of geology, creating a strong sense of place. . . . A student with a keen interest in geology or geography will find that it yields refreshing detail that general texts do not cover."

Hazel Rochman - for Discover National Monuments and National Parks
"The informal talk does away with intimidating jargon (“Slug slime is one of the best natural glues”), and the science will excite readers, with detailed explanations of tectonic plates, radiometric dating, and dendrochronology (the science of dating using tree rings)."

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Cynthia Light Brown is the author of multiple non-fiction books for children, among them, Amazing Kitchen Chemistry Projects You Can Build Yourself , Explore Fossils!: 25 Great Projects, and Explore Rocks and Minerals!: 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments, all from Nomad Press. Her books are consistently ranked in Amazon's top 100 in their category and have received multiple 5-star reviews. 

Cynthia holds a Master’s degree in Earth and Planetary Science from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor's degree in Geology from Williams College. She's worked for twenty-five years as an environmental consultant specializing in pollution prevention, toxicology, and risk assessment. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband, any of their three children who happen to be visiting, their adorable cat, Mika, and about 70,000 bees.