Dr. Michael Sampson is a New York Times best selling author of 26 books for young children, including Chicka, Chicka, 1, 2, 3 and The Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry. He has also written books on emergent literacy (The Pursuit of Literacy) and on literacy acquisition (Total Literacy: Reading, Writing, and Learning). His latest books have featured the adventures of a curious cat; the latest is Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going to School?
After teaching in the public schools, Sampson earned his Ph.D. in Reading at the University of Arizona, where he met and established a lifelong friendship and professional relationship with the late children’s author and fellow literacy expert, Bill Martin, Jr. Together they wrote many popular books, including Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? and Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? His newest two books, Listen to our World and Spunky Little Monkey were published in 2016 and 2017.
Sampson travels the US and the world, speaking at schools, book festivals, and conferences, where he is known for his high energy, entertaining performances. Now in New York City, Sampson makes one author visit at schools each week.
Sampson is dean of the School of Education at St.John’s University in New York City, and lives with his family on Long Island. As dean, he continues to teach writing courses at the St. John’s campuses in New York, Paris, and Rome.
Spunky Little Monkey
“Using a rhythm that’s a “modified variation” of the clapping game “Down Down Baby”…motivates kids to get off their duffs and get moving… The call-and-response text, peppered with silly interjections…will make any fan of the Martin and Sampson books fell at home. – Publishers Weekly
Listen to Our World
“…Martin and Sampson’s spare text emphasizes the sounds each of these lively creatures makes: the lion goes “ROAR”, of course, but the eagle says “weee-aaa!”…There is so much of interest here that lucky listeners will want to experience it again and again before sleep.” – Starred Review, Booklist
“On the title page of this simple and thoroughly inviting picture book, the universe appears vast and quiet, but zoom down to Earth and there are a great many habitats and inhabitants that make up our world. …”Around the giant kapok tree, bright parrots fly. The rain forest is their world. Squawk! Squawk! Squawk!”… A delightful introduction to the variety of environments that make up the world we live in. Highly recommended.” – Starred Review, School Library Journal
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