Cindy Kane Trumbore never stopped reading children's books and has dedicated her career to books and reading. She spent the first half of her career as a children's books editor; the last book she put into production was A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck, winner of the 2001 Newbery Medal. After beginning to write for the educational publishing market, she became fascinated with how children learn to read and write and moved into that field as an English and Language Arts specialist. She went on to publish six trade children's books before retiring to write and teach writing full-time. Cindy lives in Delaware with her husband and their rescue dog, Percy, a 67-pound lapdog. She has two grown children and especially enjoys projects that allow her to collaborate with her daughter the composer Dale Trumbore.
Cindy's books include four acclaimed nonfiction science picture books co-written with and illustrated by collage artist Susan L. Roth, all published by Lee & Low:
The Mangrove Tree (2011) celebrates the work of Dr. Gordon Sato, a scientist who was dedicated to ending world hunger by planting mangrove trees in impoverished nations.
Available in Spanish as El Mangle, Paperback ISBN: 9781643795355
Parrots Over Puerto Rico (2013) tells two intertwined stories: the history of Puerto Rico and that of the island's iconic, highly endangered Puerto Rican Parrot—and the human heroes who are saving them.
Winner, 2014 Robert F. Sibert Medal for Most Distinguished Informational Book for Children, American Library Association
Winner, 2014 Américas Award, Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs
Prairie Dog Song (2016) is a cumulative song plus factual text that celebrates North America's beautiful grasslands, their keystone-species prairie dogs, and the scientists who work to make the grasslands healthy again. The book includes reproducible sheet music for "The Prairie Dog Song" arranged by Dale Trumbore. A recording of the song featuring the All Children's Chorus of Annapolis appears as a free download on the Lee & Low Website.
Winner, 2017 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature
A selection of the Junior Library Guild
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Butterfly for a King (2021) is the captivating story of Hawai'i's beautiful Kamehameha butterfly; the children who worked to make it the state insect; and the scientists who work with ordinary citizens to restore the butterfly's habitate and reintroduce them in places where they once thrived.
Silver Medalist, 2022 Cook Prize for best STEM picture book, Ban Street College of Education
National Council of Teachers of English Recommended Book, Orbis Pictus Award
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Presentation: My presentation for children in grades 2-5, "Finding the Stories in History," uses my book Butterfly for a King to show how researching a subject from a variety of sources—interviews, emails, on-site visits, and every print and online source imaginable—can unearth the details that make a nonfiction story one of a kind.