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A BRIEF HISTORY OF UNDERPANTS
Funny nonfiction STEAM picture book for ages 4-8
Published June 1, 2021
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STEAM info includes the Industrial Revolution, technological innovations and advances, inventions, and archaeology
The wheel on the cover spins to four different styles of underwear
We've named the cute guy on the book cover Buttley Breeches
National Underpants Day is August 5th
“Meet Christine Van Zandt, Literary Editor and Writer,” interview by Mike Bhand at ShoutoutLA. Christine talks about work-life balance and how it has evolved over time.
Winner of the prestigious SCBWI 2021 Sue Alexander Grant for her narrative nonfiction STEM picture book manuscript, Butterfly Dreams: A Monarch’s Life Cycle.
First-place win at the SCBWI Los Angeles Writer Day conference for her narrative nonfiction STEM picture book manuscript.
WINNER: Christine Van Zandt, Butterfly Dreams: A Monarch’s Life Cycle: “In this lyrical and well-researched nonfiction picture book, a monarch butterfly’s life cycle is described in detail. While butterfly metamorphosis is not a story new to picture books, the author breathes fresh life into the subject with a manuscript that excels on dual levels of narrative poetry and explanatory science. Page turns reveal developments, with the final lines of original short rhyming poems and accompanying detailed scientific insights. Never dull or obligatory, the explanatory material is insightful and vital to the work—and often fascinating. This brief but thorough book will likely enchant and enlighten both kids and adults and help spark meaningful conversation about the natural world." —SCBWI LA contest judge
Published on June 1, 2021: Funny nonfiction STEM picture book, A Brief History of Underpants (becker&mayer!kids, Quarto), illustrated by Harry Briggs. Available from Quarto Kids, Bookshop, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble. Member of STEAM Team Books and Twenty-One for the Books.
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Christine won the Most Promising Work award at the SCBWI San Diego MayFest for her narrative nonfiction STEM picture book manuscript.
Two-page spread in Highlights High Five magazine, “Buzz Like a Bee” action rhyme. Illustrated by Daniel Wiseman.
Four-page spread in Highlights High Five magazine, “Happy Noon Year!” short story. Illustrated by Larissa Marantz.
Honorable Mention for her fractured fairy tale picture book in the 89th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition.
Fourth-place winner for her graphic style picture book (book two in series) in the 89th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition.
First-place winner at the 2020 San Francisco Writer’s Conference in the Children's and YA category for her picture book.
Honorable Mention for her graphic-style picture book (book one in series) in the 88th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition.
Highlights magazine for ages 6-12 - “Optical Illusion Art.”
Highlights High Five magazine for ages 2-6 - “Half Birthday.” Art by Natali Sejuro Aliaga.
Honorable Mention for her picture book in the 86th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition.
Highlights High Five magazine for ages 2-6 - “Shoebox Guitar.” Art by Mitch Mortimer.
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