Selected Works

Science, Nature, Intermediate school readers
They live in the most extreme places on earth. How do they survive?
Memoirs and Biographies
An inspirational memoir of the highest ranking woman in the martial art of Kuk Sool Won. (teens and up)
Science, Medicine, Health
Learn the possible causes of autism and Asperger Syndrome, new treatments and diagnostic tools, and more in this insightful overview. (teens and up)
Science, Intermediate school readers
Pinguins puke (their chicks love it!), chameleons have a super tongue, alligators have good "feelings," a master of disguise, and how to catch a rainbow! Five fascinating animal secrets and how scientists uncovered them.
What is the secret of the sleepless whales?Join the scientists and their animal partners in a amazing adventure that will reveal the secrets of these amazing aquatic mammals! Find out... (middle-school and up)
It doesn't look cool and it doesn't feel pleasant, but it rules everything you do. The brain is the most intriguing and still mysterious organ in the body. Follow fellow classmate Mark through a regular day and see how his brain makes it possible for him to learn, feel pain, get stressed, and have fun. (middle school and up)
The fascinating life of the 19th Century British doctor who discovered the first safe vaccine against smallpox, the most deadly disease of his time.
Periodicals: Fiction
A short fictional story of a young girl who does not want to dive. Inspired in "The Iron Butterfly."
Periodicals: Nonfiction
The story of how 19th century Spanish orphans carried a life-saving vaccine in their bodies to America.
Periodicals: Nonfiction
“I found it cool that lion’s health can be determined by its looks.”
--Keegan, age 12

Ana's nonfiction blog is about science, nature, cultures, and inspiring people.

Visiting Fuentes Elementary School, Kyle, Texas

January 28, 2010

When I arrived in Fuentes elementary, Ms. Alma Medina, the librarian, had everything set up for my presentation in the library. Tables and chairs had been move aside to make room for the projector and the laptop, and her students were already waiting sitting in rows. I remember the students' faces fixed on the slides of my presentation. They were as fascinated as I am with nature! At the end of my presentation, they had lots of questions (which I love to have). Meeting the teachers at lunch afterwards was also very satisfying. I also learned that Ms. Medina had introduced the students to my books by organizing hands-on activities based on the experiments described in the Animal Secrets Revealed! series, which is the one I talked about. This worked very well because my presentations matched topics the students were reviewing at the momnet. During my visit, Jim Cullen was present. He writes about school activities for the district and the local press. Mr. Cullen was very kind to write a report about my visit. See the article in the link located on the right side column. Thank you, Jim! Weeks after my visit, Ms. Medina dropped me a note telling me that her students were still checking my books out. There is no better news than that!