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Katherine Bassett wrote the activities for grades 3-7. Katherine has enjoyed a 26 year career as a library media specialist at the middle school level. She was the first library media specialist ever hired in the Ocean City, NJ School District and had the opportunity to build the library program and collection from the bottom up. Recipient of two NJ Best Practices Awards for whole school reading motivation programs and four NJ PRIDE Awards for diversity programs, Bassett specializes in programs that reach every student in the school. Bassett was named Cape May County Teacher of the Year 2000 and went on to be chosen as New Jersey's State Teacher of the Year 2000, the first library media specialist to be so honored. Currently, Bassett is on loan to the Educational Testing Service, where she is developing the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certificate for library media and is revising the Praxis for library media.

Sue Purcell wrote the activities for grades 7-12. Sue is a recently retired teacher of geography and United States history at The Potomac School in McLean VA. She was also active for many years on the state steering committee of the Virginia Geographic Alliance. The Alliance offered summer institutes at Virginia colleges and universities for classroom teachers interested in bringing a geographic perspective back to their classrooms. Sue served on the faculty of those institutes. She has also served as an educational consultant on several publications and projects for the National Geographic Society.