I delight in sharing my love of language and curiosity about the world with readers and writers of all ages. Lucky for me, what I always thought was incurable geekiness is described by others as infectious enthusiasm! My award-winning books offer a unique opportunity to combine hands-on science and writing activities. In all my programs, I emphasize the joy in writing with creativity and clarity and the idea that writing can be a meaningful part of everyone’s life.
Examples of previous programs for K-12: 5-day residency about science and writing with 5th graders; interactive classroom programs for K-2 about writing fairy tales; workshop with high school juniors about using feedback to revise; auditorium presentations about the writer’s journey.
“Ms. Bardoe expertly integrated important science, math, and nonfiction writing concepts. With her gentle and inviting style, Cheryl quickly established an effective rapport with her young audience.” –Deborah Dempsey, Gov. John Carter Elementary School in Carver, Massachusetts
My professional development programs focus on the use of children’s literature and the writing process to enhance scientific literacy. We’ll have the most fun if there’s opportunity for educators to try out hands-on writing or science activities to take back to their classrooms!
“I love the idea of making nonfiction more connected to students. I will definitely do the writing exercises with my students.” - 5th grade educator
With an MFA from Hamline University specifically in writing for children and young adults, I also enjoy leading workshops and speaking about the craft of writing.
GREGOR MENDEL: THE FRIAR WHO GREW PEAS (Orbis Pictus Honor Book)
The world’s first geneticist, Gregor Mendel discovered the basics of heredity—how parents pass on traits to their children.
MAMMOTHS AND MASTODONS: TITANS OF THE ICE AGE (Junior Library Guild Selection)
Features the recent discovery of a fully frozen, 40,000-year-old baby mammoth and presents the latest scientific theories about these colossal creatures—and how studying them may help us save the elephants that are struggling to survive today.
THE UGLY DUCKLING DINOSAUR (May 2011)
A retelling of the classic fairy tale with a prehistoric twist!
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