Seymour Simon (author)
Simon was born August 9, 1931 in New York City. He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and the City College of New York. A science teacher for 23 years, he began writing for children in the early 1960s
Simon is the world's most prolific writer of science books for younger children (up to fifth grade), with more than 250 published titles listed in Books in Print and more than a dozen original eBooks. He also writes fiction, and created Einstein Anderson, Science Geek. He is a founder and director of the digital publishing company StarWalk Kids Media.
His books encourage children to engage in activities to discover scientific principles, using household materials. For example, Let's Try It Out With Towers and Bridges, asks, "What keeps trees from falling over? How do skyscrapers stand so tall? What makes a bridge strong? Let's try it out!" and shows children how to build a sturdy tower of blocks, create a solid foundation with clay, and make a paper bridge span short and long distances without falling down.
His books are frequent selections in the Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students lists of the National Science Teachers Association.
Simon visits schools and talks to students and teachers, because it is this important contact with children, teachers, and librarians that has made him one of their favorite writers. "I haven't really given up teaching," says Simon, "and I suppose I never will, not as long as I keep writing." 
He has two children, and four grandchildren and resides in Hudson Valley, New York. He is currently married to Liz Nealon, the CEO of StarWalk Kids Media, an award-winning producer and former creative director of Sesame Street.
Partial list of awards
Seymour Simon has been honored by many awards for his work including:
- The New York State Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature
- The Hope S. Dean Memorial Award from the Boston Public Library
- The Eva L. Gordon Award, presented by the American Nature Society, for his contribution to children's science literature
- The Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award for Non-fiction for the body of his work
- Lifetime Achievement Award in Science Literature from Children from American Association for the Advancement of Science
- Kansas Reading Association 2001 Picture Book Award
- The 2002 Jeremiah Ludington Memorial Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Educational Book and Media Association
- 1992 National Forum on Children's Science Books Lifetime Achievement Commendation
- New York Time's One of the Years Best Illustrated Children's Books, Certificate of Excellence
- The New Jersey Reading Association 2003 Book Award for 'Out Of Sight'
June 29, 1999 was Seymour Simon day in Houston, Texas, in recognition of his "outstanding contributions and accomplishments."
August 2, 1999 was a day of recognition for Seymour Simon in Green Bay, Wisconsin, "who has engaged the mind of countless school children, with clear, thoughtful, thorough explanations, from crocodiles to the cosmos. We proclaim that Seymour Simon has done more than any other author to help us understand and appreciate the beauty of our planet and universe." 
- Chip Rogers, Computer Whiz. William Morrow & Company, 1984 ISBN 0-688-03855-7
- Big Cats. HarperCollins, 1991. ISBN 0-06-021647-6.
- The Dinosaur Is the Biggest Animal That Ever Lived and Other Wrong Ideas You Thought Were True. HarperCollins, 1984. ISBN 0-06-446053-3.
- Earthquakes. Morrow, 1991 ISBN 0-688-09633-6.
- How to Be an Ocean Scientist in Your Own Home. HarperCollins, 1988. ISBN 0-397-32292-5.
- Mars. Morrow, 1987. ISBN 0-688-06584-8.
- Neptune. Morrow, 1991. ISBN 0-688-09631-X.
- Oceans textbook
- Science Dictionary, 1994. ISBN 0-06-025629-X.
- Snakes. HarperCollins, 1992. ISBN 0-06-022529-7.
- Uranus. Morrow, 1987. ISBN 0-688-06582-1.
- Whales. HarperCollins, 1989. ISBN 0-06-446095-9.
- Wolves. HarperCollins, 1993 ISBN 0-06-022531-9.
- Seymour Simon on Carol Hurst's Children's Literature site - quoting from Open Books: Literature in the Curriculum Kindergarten through Grade Two by Carol Hurst. Published by Linworth ISBN 0-938865-77-3
- "Writing Science for Children in an Age of Discovery," Eric Nagourney, New York Times, 16 December 2003 
- "Exploring Space: Using Seymour Simon's Books in the Classroom" Bourne and Saul, Morrow, 1994. ISBN 0-688-13643-5.
- Vardell, Sylvia (2008). Children's Literature in Action: A Librarian's Guide. Libraries Unlimited. ISBN 978-1-59158-557-2.
- Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 National Science Teachers Association
- Seymour Simon: Award-Winning Children's Science Author
- seymour simon made more than 500 books and 9 in spanish.