Heather Lang: Thank you so much for having me, Mr. Schu! I can’t think of a better place to launch my Swimming with Sharks book trailer and introduce readers to the amazing “Shark Lady,” Eugenie Clark. Genie was a daring trailblazer who literally dove in and followed her passion at a time when few women became scientists or explorers.
When you watch this trailer, consider your own perceptions of sharks. Are you afraid of them? If so, why? Personally, I came from the Jaws generation and was terrified of sharks before I began researching this book. Now I would be thrilled to swim with a shark!
What I loved most about Genie was her open-mindedness. She never judged sharks or others based on rumors or appearance. She worked her entire life to replace fear with facts. Genie is a terrific role model for us all.
Working on this book with Genie and meeting with her back in 2014 are among the highlights of my writing life. At the age of 91, Genie hadn’t lost an ounce of enthusiasm for her work and was still swimming with sharks!
I hope this trailer, with Jordi Solano’s incredible illustrations, will connect you to Genie and her world. And for readers, I hope the book ignites an interest in these magnificent fish and our ocean. Nothing would make me happier than if my book made kids want to dive deeper and read more.
Heather Lang is the author of the new picture book biography Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark, coming out December 1, 2016. Heather loves to research and write about real women who overcame extraordinary obstacles and never gave up on their dreams. Her most recent picture book biography, Fearless Flyer: Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine, earned two starred reviews and is a 2016 Booklist Top Ten Biographies for Youth.
Go to www.heatherlangbooks.com for the Swimming with Sharks Teacher’s Guide and lots more information about Eugenie Clark and sharks. You can follow Heather on Twitter @hblang.