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    Lerner Publishing Group > Author-Illustrator-Details
    About our Author
    Sara Levine
    Sara Levine is an assistant professor of Biology at Wheelock College and a veterinarian. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Lesley University and has taught writing and literature courses there as well. Her publications include mostly science-related essays for adults, one of which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2007. Her writing has appeared in the Health and Science section of the Boston Globe, The Massachusetts Review, Bayou, and in an anthology titled And Baby Makes More. In addition to teaching college level students, she has also been teaching children's environmental education classes for the Massachusetts Audubon Society and other nature centers in Massachusetts and Connecticut for over 15 years. Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons is her first book for children.
    ACL Distinguished Book
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices
    Missouri State Teacher's Association Reading Circle selection
    NYC Reads 365 Recommended Reading List
    The Cook Prize Finalist
    Utah Beehive Award
    AAAS/Subaru SB&
    F Prize for Excellence in Science Books
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    Illinois Monarch Award
    Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List
    5 questions for Sara Levine
    What was your favorite book when you were a child?
    I had different favorites at different ages. Here are some of them: Christina Katerina & Her Box by Patricia Lee Gauch, Lizard Music by Daniel Pinkwater and Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume. As an adult, here are some of my current favorite children's books: Bark, George by Jules Feiffer, Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, Tuesday by David Wiesner, Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster and Charlotte's Web by E.B. White.
    What’s your favorite line from a book?
    "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye." From The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
    Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
    How can I pick only three? Okay, here are the first three that come to mind today: Amy Hemple, David Sedaris and JD Salinger.
    Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
    I wanted to write Bone by Bone because I teach comparative anatomy of animal bones in a way that seems unique, and I wanted to share my way of viewing this with others. I thought the idea would translate well into a fun book. I write in general because in those rare moments when it's going well, it feels like flying, like there's nothing I'd rather be doing.
    Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
    Read a lot and write a lot and don't listen to anyone who says you can't do it. Here's a quote from Annie Dillard that inspires me: "Why do you never find anything written about that idiosyncratic thought you advert to, about your fascination with something no one else understands? Because it is up to you. There is something you find interesting for a reason hard to explain. It is hard to explain because you have never read it on any page; there you begin. You were made and set here to give voice to this, your own astonishment."