Cobb is the well-known author of more than eighty-five highly entertaining
nonfiction books for children. Ever since 1972, when HarperCollins first
published Science Experiments You Can Eat, Cobb's lighthearted
approach to hands-on science has become her trademark for getting kids
involved in experiences that create real learning. It is no surprise that
she is known as the "Julia Child of hands-on science." Currently,
she is becoming increasingly popular as a speaker to children and adults
as educators search out sources for materials and activities that promote
learning. Today's popular buzz words in education--"hands-on-science,"
"experimental learning," "out-come based," "multi-disciplinary"
and critical thinking" are embodied in Vicki Cobb's work.
Vicki Cobb credits her outlook on education to her mother's forward-looking thinking. From kindergarten to sixth grade she attended The Little Red School House in Greenwich Village. Her early education was a joyful experience of hands-on activities, field trips, reading children's literature (not textbooks), creative projects, and a kind of portfolio evaluation that today's educators realize are the most powerful tools for producing individuals who have a lifetime love of learning. According to Cobb her books "allow me to recreate the joy of learning I experienced in elementary school for myself, forever."
Vicki Cobb graduated from Barnard College with a major in zoology and went on to get a Master's degree in Secondary Science Education. After early careers as a laboratory researcher and science teacher, she became a full-time writer of science books for children. Light Action! Amazing Experiments in Optics represents her life as both author and parent. Her coauthor is her son Josh, and optical engineer and the illustrator is her son Theo, an artist and art director.
Vicki is a charter member of the award-winning group blog Interesting Nonfiction for Kids (I.N.K.) and she is the founder and president of Ink Think Tank, LLC, a company of the best nonfiction authors around, in all disciplines K-12, dedicated to bringing the nonfiction literature into the classroom. She is also a regular blogger for Education Update and the Huffington Post where she regularly questions the state of education, literacy, and the strange absence of using nonfiction literature in the classroom.
Vicki's latest titles include: The Body Battles series from Millbrook Press, Your Body Battles a Cold, A Broken Bone, A Skinned Knee, A Cavity, An Earache, and A Stomachache; from DK Books: Marie Curie: A Photographic Story of a Life and from Skyhorse Publishing: We Dare You! Hundreds of Fun Science Bets,Challenges and Experiments You Can Do at Home, What's the BIG Idea? Amazing Science Questions for the Curious Kid, and See for Yourself: More Than 100 Amazing Experiments for Science Fairs and School Projects.