38 WEEKS TILL SUMMER VACATION. New York: Viking, 1989. -- Fourth grader Nora Jean Sampson experiences a snake confrontation, a soap-dog thief, and a pizza party in the library. Extra Stuff.

REVIEWS: "Kerby has a keenly observant eye, and her characters have a Cleary-like veracity. A first-rate school story." Booklist. " ..."Vigorous and funny..a promising new author for the middle grades." Kirkus Reviews.

AWARDS: Winner of the 1994 Minnesota Maud Hart Lovelace Award; 1993 nominee by the South Dakota Prairie Pasque Awards; 1992 Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Master List of books for Young Readers.

Iincluded in Scholastic Whole Language Series Readers Choice,Grade 4, 1994.

AMELIA EARHART: COURAGE IN THE SKY. New York: Viking, 1990. Extra Stuff.

Amelia Earhart was one of the most famous pilots of all time. As a child, she read adventure stories where boys were the heroes. Just once, she wished for a girl heroine. When she grew up, Amelia's own life became an adventure story—and a mystery, too. In 1937, on an around-the-world flight, Amelia disappeared forever.

ASTHMA. NEW YORK: Franklin Watts, 1989. Outstanding Science Trade Book, 1989.  


REVIEW: "a fascinating story...short, lively, and easy to read. It covers a remarkable amount of ground...", Ann Stell, The Smithtown Library, NY. (School Library Journal, July 1989)

COCKROACHES. New York: Franklin Watts, 1989. Extra Stuff.

REVIEW:"...well-organized text describes the structure and behavior of various species of cockroaches. Includes suggestions for experimentation and observation." Science Child. Outstanding Science Trade Book, 1989.

FREDERICK DOUGLASS. New York: Franklin Watts, 1994.

Born a slave in Talbot County, Maryland, Frederick Douglass made a daring escape to freedom. Eventually, he became one of the most famous abolitionists in the world. During the Civil War, Douglass met with President Lincoln at the White House and helped change history.

REVIEW: “Written with dramatic immediacy, this illustrated biography in the fine First Books series brings to a middle-grade audience a strong sense of the great abolitionist and writer…” Hazel Rochman (Booklist, Feb 15, 1995 ;Vol. 91, No. 12)

FRIENDLY BEES, FEROCIOUS BEES. New York: Franklin Watts, 1987.

The first book I wrote for children; the first time I realized how exciting it is to study science.

OWNEY, THE MAIL-POUCH POOCH. New York: Frances Foster Books, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008. Extra Stuff. Starred Review in School Library Journal, April 2008.

On a rainy night in 1888, a stray dog wandered into the U.S. Post Office in Albany, New York. Workers found him the next morning asleep on a pile of mail pouches. The dog seemed to like the post office and the smell of the mailbags and the men’s wool uniforms. When no one came to claim him, they named him Owney and made him their pet. However, Owney’s loyalty and sense of adventure soon made it clear he wasn’t just an average mutt. Over the course of nine years, Owney guarded the mail on mail trains that traveled all over the United States.

"Sure to develop a loyal following among lovers of dog stories." ~ School Library Journal Starred Review, April 2008.
"Dog lovers will lap up this latest iteration." ~ Kirkus Reviews, April 2008.
"This book breathes new life into the story of a dog who, though front-page news in the 1880s and 1890s, is not so well known now." ~ Horn Book. July 2008.
"The amazing, mostly true story of a dog the postal workers named Owney...Kudos to Kerby." ~ Booklist, April 2008.
"This is a versatile little doggy number: it could also serve as a read aloud...or it could serve as an offbeat springboard to explorations of travel or even the postal system." ~ Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books, June 2008.

2008 Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award--The Parents' Choice Awards recognize books that "meet and
exceed standards set by educators, scientists, performing artists, librarians, parents, and kids themselves."

"Top Five" in Economic Role of Government Choice--for acclaimed children’s books that use enjoyable stories to teach an economics lesson. The selection of books is based on objective research criteria and on direct experience in teaching with the books. The award is given by the Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children.

"This appealing and informative story, based on historical records, offers teachers and parents an excellent vehicle for teaching... Motivating children to learn about public sector workers and services doesn’t get much better than this." ~ Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children.

Korean Edition of Owney, the Mail-Pouch Pooch Korean verso page of Owney, the Mail-Pouch Pooch


Robert E. Lee's sense of honor, duty and military expertise earned him success and failure. His former opponent, Union General Ulysses S. Grant, once said about Lee, "There was not a man in the Confederacy whose influence with the whole people was as great as his."

REVIEW: “This objective and personal biography examines the man behind the heroic image. Kerby shows readers how Lee's love of honor, reverence for his Virginia heritage, and sense of duty influenced his character and the decisions he made. She uses primary sources to detail his childhood, education, marriage and family life, and long military career.” Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO. (School Library Journal, September 1997).

SAMUEL MORSE. New York: Franklin Watts, 1991.

REVIEW:"An appealing biography and an introduction to the telegraph and Morse code... Clearly written instructions for the construction of a simple telegraph follow the narrative. Bright, interesting illustrations are enhanced by descriptive captions. Barbara Lattimer, Yucca Valley Branch Library, CA. (School Library Journal, July 1991)

Yearbooks in Science, 1950-1959. New York: Twenty-First Century Books, 1995.

So what was happening in science during the 1950s? Lots of things! There was the world's first satellite--Sputnik. It was about the size of a beach ball. Then there were the polio volunteers--little kids all over the United States who volunteered to get shots and test the vaccine.

And then there were scientists making predictions about the twenty-first century. One said that there we wouldn't have dishwashers; our dishes would melt under hot water. And we wouldn't wash many clothes--candy factories would buy our dirty underwear and turn it into candy.




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