Come Spend a Day on the Mountain

If you’ve already spent “A Day in the Salt Marsh” with award-winning author Kevin Kurtz, then you will love his follow-up book A Day on the Mountain, which hits bookshelves nationwide this month. With the help of beautifully realistic illustrations by Erin Hunter, Kurtz takes readers on a journey up a diversely inhabited mountain.

 To celebrate his new release, Kurtz has scheduled many events throughout August and September.  The Science Factory Children’s Museum in Eugene, Ore. will host his official launch party on Aug. 13 beginning at 10:30 a.m. Kurtz will be reading from a projection off of the new full-dome digital theater, the Exploration Dome. For more information about his other events visit: http://www.sylvandellpublishing.com/events.htm

Erin Hunter will celebrate the new release at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History in Pacific Grove, CA. The museum will host and co-sponsor a launch party on Saturday, Aug. 14 at 2 p.m.

Told in rhyming verse, A Day on the Mountain takes readers up a mountain, from the forested bottom to the snow-covered top. While climbing, they witness the changing habitats, and meet the plants and animals that live there. With the help of Hunter’s vibrant illustrations, Kurtz invites children to explore in nature while learning about the diverse habitats and wildlife as they travel higher and higher up the mountain.

Like all other Sylvan Dell titles, A Day on the Mountain features a special “For Creative Minds” section at the end of each story. This section provides fun activities and information to enhance the book’s educational value. Additionally, the Sylvan Dell Web site offers an abundant amount of supporting material including a 30-40 page “Teaching Activities” packet, interactive reading and math Quizzes, the most technologically advanced eBooks in the world today, and much more.

 Kevin Kurtz has loved books and nature since he was a kid growing up in upstate New York. He holds a degree in English literature and elementary education . Kurtz started his professional career assisting with lab and fieldwork at a marine biology research center. For over a decade, Kevin has combined all of these experiences by working as an educator, program developer and curriculum writer for organizations such as the South Carolina Aquarium, the Center for Birds of Prey in South Carolina and the Science Factory Children’s Museum in Eugene, Oregon. He has written and edited the South Carolina Aquarium’s award-winning K-8 curriculum, as well as curriculum activities for NOAA, the College of Charleston’s COASTeam project, the Center for Birds of Prey and the Science Factory Children’s Museum. He also helped develop and was the first coordinator of the South Carolina Aquarium’s High School Intern Program, which won AZA’s.

Erin Hunter received a B.A. in graphic design with a minor in Spanish at California State University, Chico, and went on to take classes at the Art Students’ League (New York City) and complete the Science Illustration program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Erin interned as an illustrator at the California Academy of Sciences and the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of Natural History. In addition to illustrating books for young students, she has taught botanical illustration and field sketching at UC Santa Cruz. Her portfolio includes print and online design projects for clients ranging from marketing firms to culinary groups to educational organizations. Erin lives with her husband on California’s Monterey Peninsula. For additional information, visit her website

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