Seymour Simon: I know that science instruction has changed to include a more hands-on approach. Teachers are also using good science books to teach reading as well as science. I just spoke last year at the National Science Teachers’ Association because one of my books won a best book award (in fact, it was the book on global warming). So I’m keeping up with many of the changes. I think everyone knows that it’s not so much the technique, but that good science education mostly depends upon the quality of the teacher. A good teacher can teach in almost any way imaginable. A good teacher makes learning come alive, and I think that when learning comes alive, you really can teach. Of course, in science, any kind of hands-on exploration is an advantage.
Seymour Simon: My twin sisters taught me how to read by reading to me every night before I went to sleep—either one or the other or both. We didn’t have a lot of children’s books, but we had a couple. And I remember being read to me every single night. I learned how to read simply by listening, by looking at the page of a book, and by hearing those same words read night after night.
Seymour Simon was born on August 3, 1931 in New York City, the son of David and Clara Simon. His love for writing became more pronounced during his years as a high school student at the Bronx High School of Science. One of his projects there was the grinding of his own telescope lens. After graduating from the City College of New York City, Seymour Simon taught school for more than twenty years before becoming a full-time nonfiction writer for children in 1979. By that time he had written fifty science books for young people. His first book was Animals in Field and Laboratory. He and his wife, Joyce, a travel agent, live in Great Neck, Long Island, New York and are the parents of two grown sons, Robert and Michael.