Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Episode #8: Non-Fiction Books and Literacy Learning

Featuring Host, Mark Gura’s Interview with Young Person’s Author, Vicki Cobb

Click arrow above to listen to the podcast (please be patient, the audio play may take a few seconds to start) - The interview starts at 9:50

This episode features a unique look at non-fiction books for kids from the viewpoint of Vicki Cobb, author of many popular science books that are used widely in classrooms. Vicki offers her fascinating and insightful perspective that reflects her own long term experience writing non-fiction books. She also shares about her recent efforts to transform author school visits using online video conferencing technology.

 Vicki’s  Links

Vicki’s website:

 Ink Think Tank:

Wikis that showcase Vicki’s  work with schools

Articles recommend by Vicki
Authors on Call: Videoconferencing in Class

Good Writing Is Memorable: Scientific Proof

Vicki’s instructional videos  are available at:

Host Mark Gura’s links: + +



  1. As one of the authors represented by Ink Think Tank, as well as participating as one of the Authors On Call, I've witnessed firsthand Vicki's passion for writing nonfiction books and for supporting other nonfiction authors and their books. She is always thinking ahead to anticipate how we as authors can be a help to educators. The database on the Ink Think Tank web site is an excellent help for busy teachers who are searching for books to use in the classroom. I hope many teachers will find and use the site through this interview.
    Carla Killough McClafferty

  2. Terrific interview with Vicki Cobb—and the value of nonfiction books as part of a school's reading program, not just to meet those Common Core standards, but because the books can open whole new worlds for kids, spark new interests, that can lead them to want to read more.
    Amy Nathan