Dianna Hutts Aston is the author of many critically-acclaimed and award-winning books, among them An Egg is Quiet (The American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru award); A Rock is Lively (Junior Library Guild top pick) and A Beetle is Shy (a JLG selection, Parents’ Choice silver honor and a finalist for the AAAS/Subaru award), three of six titles in a science series illustrated by Sylvia Long.
Because of its universal appeal, the science series has been published in Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Russian, German, Danish, and Romanian.
Internationally praised, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama chose to read to second-graders, The Moon Over Star, a Coretta Scott King Honor book illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.
Recently, Dianna Hutts Aston was honored with an invitation to speak about the nature series on NPR’s Science Friday! Host Ira Flatow asked which book is a must-have. The answer: A Beetle is Shy, the one most difficult to research, the one that required the most revision and therefore the most perseverance, and the one that elicited the most groans and hair-pulling.
Dianna Hutts Aston was honored to encourage children to dream and act, and to deliver copies of A Beetle is Shy to students at the Wilson Family School in Camden, NJ alongside Tom Doll, president and COO of Subaru of America. As a cross-country driver and an author, Dianna admires Subarus’ commitment to children and the environment through its philanthropic arm, Subaru Loves Learning and Subaru Loves the Environment.
Dianna’s favorite book isDream Something Big, illustrated by Susan Roth, which is the biography of Simon Rodia, an immigrant who built a better world by recycling, reusing and repurposing trash and found objects. His Watts Towers unintentionally resulted in their designation as a National Landmark. Hailed as a “book [that] beautifully illuminates a little-known story of imagination and perseverance,” it received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus.
In addition to writing and coaching, Dianna Hutts Aston welcomes opportunities speak with—and listen to!–children at elementary schools. She also presents at public libraries, festivals and conferences as well as to serve on panels, especially onthe topic of Non-Fiction Writing.