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The Renaissance Thinkers


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Introduction: The Renaissance Era

Make a Cultural Collage

Chapter 1: Filippo Brunelleschi: The Goldsmith-Architect-Engineer

Activity: Sugar cube arches

Activity: Design a hoist

Chapter 2: Niccolo Machiavelli: The Prince of Politics

Activity: Power Play Game

Activity: If I Were a Prince

Chapter 3: Nicolaus Copernicus: Revolving Around the Sun

Activity: Making models of the universe, both old and new

Activity: Geometry games

Chapter 4: Thomas More: Real Politics and an Imaginary World

Activity: Create a Perfect World

Activity: Create and Define a New Word

Chapter 5: Francis Bacon: The Father of Science

Activity: Recording observations

Activity: Citizen scientists




Promotional Information

  • $40,000 marketing and publicity budget (for series)
  • Exhibiting at national and regional conferences including:
    American Library Association (ALA: 60,000 members)
    National Science Teacher Association/STEM (NSTA: 60,000 members)
    American Association of School Librarians (AASL: 10,000 members)
    Public Library Association (PLA: 11,000 members)
    Texas Library Association (TLA: 7,000 members)
    National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS: 25,000 members)
    International Literacy Association (ILA: 60,000 members)
    Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE: 40,000 members)
  • Advertising in the following publications:
    SLJ display ads (3-4 times for series)
    Booklist/Booklinks display ads (3-4 times)
    Booklist/Booklinks online ads
    Follett Library
    Ingram (Children's Advance 2 times)
    Baker & Taylor (Growing Minds)
  • Publicity and promotion in conjunction with the author's speaking engagements at bookstores, libraries, schools, museums, events, and conferences
  • Extensive social media outreach via author website (weebly.com) author blog (dianecaroltaylor.weebly.com/blogs.html), Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest. Instagram, Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17157335.Diane_C_Taylor), LinkedIn, and YouTube

About the Author

Diane C. Taylor is a freelance writer whose published works include both fiction and nonfiction. She is the author of World War II: From the Rise of the Nazi Party to the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb from Nomad Press. She has written educational material for a nonprofit arts program in Dallas, Texas, and has been an English instructor for students in middle school, high school, and college. Diane lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky.


Praise for other titles in the series: Renaissance Artists:

Kirkus Reviews

Five famous artists of the Renaissance--Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian--are introduced in a format aimed at getting young readers to think. The tone is conversational and provokes curiosity over fact mastery and passive consumption. A conscientious examination of the subject that encourages critical thinking, application, and broad perspective.

Archimedes Notebook
STEAM into the Renaissance with this series
Nomad Press has a fun new series out called Renaissance for Kids. The books in this series invite readers to dive into the Renaissance period and learn about inventors, thinkers, explorers, and artists. The series includes plenty of hands-on STEAM activities... Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Each volume is 112 pages; ages 10 - 15
Titles include: The Renaissance Artists, The Renaissance Explorers, The Renaissance Inventors, The Renaissance Thinkers

What I like about these books: They include timelines for each person, provide great biographical details, and mention other scientists, inventors, artists, and explorers living at the same time. Sidebars present quick facts, additional information about the culture, and raise questions for curious readers.

Praise for Amazing Leonardo Inventions You Can Build Yourself

The New York Times Book Review

"Anderson regales us with tales of Leonardo's brilliant, often mischievous nature, and the nearly unfathomable range of his inventions."

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