About the Author
Mark Weakland wears many hats. As an author, he's written books for teachers, including Super Core!: Turbocharging Your Basal Reading Program with More Reading, Writing, and Word Work, published by the International Reading Association. His book topics for children include sports, bacteria, comets, and poetry. Mark's also a reading specialist. He teaches kindergarten children, third graders, parents, and teachers. As a musician and songwriter, Mark sings, plays percussion, and strums the guitar. Many of his songs, including "I Sure Love Pancakes" and "The Dooflicky Machine," have won national awards and contests. Mark lives in Western Pennsylvania.
Series provides a way for kids to connect to famous historical figures and inspires readers to achieve greatness. Discussion questions connected to the Common Core Standards encourage reflection and analysis. Learning about famous historical figures as children provides additional information that readers don't often get through traditional text about these figures as adults.