John Micklos
John Micklos, Jr. is an award-winning education journalist and the author of more than 35 books for children and young adult readers. Poetry picture books he has compiled include Daddy Poems, Mommy Poems, Grandparent Poems, and No Boys Allowed: Poems About Brothers and Sisters, all published by Boyds Mills Press. Nonfiction books include a series about the Revolutionary War for elementary students published by Enslow as well as high school-level biographies of Muhammad Ali, Elvis Presley, Jennifer Hudson, Amelia Earhart, and Jerry Spinelli (all published by Enslow), an elementary-level biography of Alexander Graham Bell (published by HarperCollins/Time for Kids), and a middle-level biography of Leonard Nimoy (published by Dillon Press). Additionally, he has written numerous books for Capstone, including books about the Lewis & Clark expedition, the 1918 flu pandemic, the Challenger disaster, and the Civil War.  In 2015 he established the publishing imprint First State Press.
John does K-12 school visits in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Texas, New Jersey, Indiana, and Maine, speaking on topics ranging from poetry writing to crafting nonfiction to principles of journalism. Visit the Presentation or Contact page at his website to find out how to bring John to your school or conference.
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One Leaf, two leaves
This playful counting book shares the colorful highlights of the four seasons in charming illustrations.
Count your way through the seasons! In spring, the tree’s leaves appear, one by one. By summer, there’s a glorious canopy. And when autumn winds blow, leaves fly from the tree, one after another, leading us into winter. There’s a world of activity to spy in and around this beautiful tree as the wild creatures, and one little boy, celebrate the cycles of nature. As little ones count leaves, look for animals, and enjoy the changing seasonal landscape, bouncy rhymes and bold illustrations make learning to count easy—corresponding numerals reinforcing the learning fun.
“A counting book that doubles as an introduction to the seasons. . . . Micklos’s punchy rhymes and McFarland’s bold artwork create a breezy counting tale that encourages readers to observe subtle changes in the world around them.”—Publishers Weekly
“Micklos’ bouncy rhyming verses keep the pages turning as the seasons change and leaves unfurl or fall, numerals sharing the pages with the text to reinforce the counting. . . . A solid look at both counting and seasonal changes.”—Kirkus Reviews
“This concept book effectively combines both counting and the seasons, and will be well received by young children.”—School Library Journal
One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me! by John Micklos. Illustrated by Clive McFarland
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