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The Big One is a middle grade children’s picture book, which unpacks the potentially catastrophic earthquake zone just off the coast of the entire Pacific Northwest. To bring this project to fruition, I coached the photographers in the field, and culled photos which documented the current activities around this hotbed subject. In addition, I researched historic photos of other earthquakes and tsunamis around the globe. We used images of Japanese paintings as far as the 1800s which depicted great tsumani waves. With highly technical or scientific children’s books, it’s critical to find visual materials, which illustrate the subject matter in a dynamic way to keep kids’ attention.

Role: Photo Editor, Visuals Researcher, Visual Strategy, Photo Coach


NSTA Outstanding Science Tradebook

CCBC Best Book of the Year

Junior Library Guild selection



"[T]he information flow across chapters is exceptionally smooth and well organized. [T]he snapshot vibe of the generous photo illustration lends immediacy to the highlighted research."

— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 


“The book is elaborately illustrated, often with full-page color photos of scientists and students at work, along with relevant and clearly presented maps and diagrams…….. VERDICT A first-rate resource. Highly recommended for elementary and middle schools, particularly those with a STEM focus.”  — School Library Journal (*starred review*)