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    About our Author
    Rebecca Johnson
    Rebecca L. Johnson has written dozens of national award-winning books that highlight why science is such an exciting endeavor: there are no shortages of new species, remarkable adaptations, and fresh insights into life on earth. She believes that scientists have the world's best jobs, and has been fortunate to work with many of them in far-flung corners of the planet, including Antarctica’s frozen interior and the ocean's abyss. 

    "Through my writing, I hope to show young people that the world is full of wonders, and that science is the path that leads to them."
     
    Awards
    Missouri State Teacher's Association Reading Circle selection
    Junior Library Guild Selection
    Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards
    South Carolina Book Award
    VOYA's Perfect Tens List
    Benjamin Franklin Award
    Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    Junior Library Guild Selection
    Orbis Pictus Award
    SSLI Book Award
    VOYA Nonfiction Honor List
    Cybils
    Junior Library Guild Selection
    SSLI Book Award
    Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    Cybils
    Junior Library Guild Selection
    Maine Student Book Award
    ALA Notable Children's Books
    Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books
    Junior Library Guild Selection
    Kirkus Best Children's Books
    Maine Student Book Award
    Missouri State Teacher's Association Reading Circle selection
    New York Public Library's Children's Books: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
    NYC Reads 365 Recommended Reading List
    Society of Midland Authors Award
    5 questions for Rebecca L. Johnson
    1.
    What was your favorite book when you were a child?
    It’s nearly impossible to choose just one. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll would be in my top ten. I was completely taken with the idea of a girl being able to discover bizarre worlds populated by strange creatures (hmmm, now that I think about it, that’s exactly what it feels like traveling down into the deep sea) and Alice seemed quite brave and slightly irreverent—she certainly wasn’t what I expected when I first started reading the book. I loved Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White—I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve read them. And one summer I think I read the entire Freddy the Pig series by Walter R. Brooks, all 26 books.
    2.
    What’s your favorite line from a book?
    One might be this, from Gary Schmidt’s Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy: "The world turns and the world spins, the tide runs in and the tide runs out, and there is nothing in the world more beautiful and more wonderful in all its evolved forms than two souls who look at each other straight on."
    3.
    Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
    Roald Dahl, Chris Van Allsburg, Jane Yolen
    4.
    Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
    In a nutshell, I like learning about new things and then sharing what I’ve learned with other people.
    5.
    Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
    Read, read, and read some more. Don’t be afraid to take risks or make mistakes.