Nancy Castaldo

award-winning author

Upstate, NY USA

nancy castaldo

SCHOOL VISITS: Elementary - Middle
Nancy's school programs can be geared around any of her books. Students can get excited about the ocean making Jazzy Jellies from Oceans, or imagine themselves standing on Neptune while creating Neptune's Moons from Leap Into Space, or they can listen to Pizza for the Queen and have a pizza party! Nancy does multimedia presentations about Keeping Our Earth Green and gives students their own challenges continue the learning. Nancy also gives programs on writing and encourages children to "catch" their own story. Assemblies and/or classroom visits can be arranged. Nancy is an Eco-Book of the Month Co-Director for Authors for Earth Day.

Year(s) of participation: 2010, 2017

A4ED school visit photos & blurbs:

2017 at MARY E. DARDESS ELEMENTARY, Chatham, New York, USA


nancy with kids
Can any more students squeeze into the MED library? We'll see!

I had the opportunity to visit the Mary E Dardess Elementary in New York's Hudson Valley for an Authors for Earth Day visit at the end of April. What a terrific day! Not only did I give presentations to Pre-K through 5th graders, but enjoyed sharing lunch with a group of 4th and 5th grade readers. Presentations delved into research in and out of the field for my nonfiction science titles and also my biography of fearless real-life reporter, Nellie Bly. Students voted to give THE TURTLE HOSPITAL in the Florida Keyes my donation. Having visited there a few months ago, I was ecstatic to be able to contribute to turtle rescue!

2010 at ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST SCHOOL, Schenectady, New York, USA


nancy with kids

The day went well! I gave a multimedia presentation about Keeping Our Earth Green, highlighting the Catholic Church's tradition of reverence for the Earth. We had one newspaper show up and take photos – The Evangelist (Catholic newspaper for the Diocese). I hope to see a story and photos in there soon! There was a tie in the vote, so the donation was split between two organizations - The National Audubon Society and The Nature Conservancy - and the kids were very enthusiastic!