I edited five books in a series called Complete and Explained for Scholastic Book Clubs' Storia e-book app. We selected documents that were on the Common Core exemplars list. These included the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights, The New Colossus (poem on the Statue of Liberty), the Gettysburg Address, and the Emancipation Proclamation. These are docs recommended be read—and understood—by eleven- and twelve-year-olds. Even the briefest of these docs, however, are pretty dense and use archaic English, so we “translated” them. First, we included the text verbatim, then section by section, we re-wrote it, using modern language. Then we explained the context of the document and the reason the words were chosen. As an example, we explained what “we hold these truths to be self-evident” means using words today’s students understand, then we gave some background about why the writers of those words felt it was necessary to say so—that they wanted to make it clear that the rights they were claiming weren’t up for debate, but were inherent to the human race, no matter your country.
I've edited across nearly all ages, in both fiction and nonficton. Some highlights include:
- Princess Lessons (Sofia the First Smart Pad)
- Animal Travel (Mickey Mouse Club Smart Pad)
- Like the Red Sky at Morning, by Brielle Skye
- A Season of Doubt, by Jeannie Burt
- The Genetics of Health, by Sharad P. Paul
But that's just the professional stuff. I have other interests as well.