There are many places around the world that I have been lucky to visit. Here are a few pictures for you to see how others in the world live.  


Storm Runners Nominations 2011/2012 Gate City Book Award Wyoming’s 2011-2012 Indian Paintbrush Book Award List Vermont 2012-2013 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award Hawaii 2012 Nene Award      I,Q Book Two: The White House Nominations 2011 Buckeye (Ohio) Children’s Book Award reading list for grades 6-8. Awards       I,Q: Independence Hall – Awards […]
Karen Amster


Curriculum Curriculum is now available for B is for Beaver, THUNDER CAVE, JAGUAR & THE CAPTAIN’S DOG: My Journey with the Lewis & Clark Tribe. Authors & Friends Carol Baldwin Mary Casanova Henry Cole Will Hobbs Gail Karwoski Paul Owen Lewis Donalyn Miller Marc Tyler Nobleman Jerry Pallotta Dorothy Hinshaw Patent Pam Muñoz Ryan Alan Lawrence […]


Hello Marie & Roland, Thank you so much for everything yesterday! It was a great day, and the 6th graders are still talking about it. I wanted to take a minute to send you links to some of the book trailers the kids made. Zach’s Lie by Sumaira IQ: Independence Day by Joseph Storm Runners […]


Storm Runners Word, PDF I,Q I,Q Independence Hall, student questions by Sandy O’Keefe (PDF, .docx) I,Q The White House, student questions by Sandy O’Keefe (PDF, .docx) I,Q Kitty Hawk, student questions by Sandy O’Keefe (PDF, .docx) Elephant Run Appendix (PDF) Teacher Pack (PDF, Word) Student Pack (PDF, Word) National English Language Arts Standard (PDF, Word) Historical Vocabulary (PDF, Word) Point Value […]


When and where were you born?  I was born on November 30, 1951 @ 11:16am in Portland, Oregon. (Mark Twain, one of my favorite authors, was also born on November 30th…not the same year!). Are you married?  Yes, to a wonderful woman named, Marie. What does your wife do for a living?  Marie is an […]
Roland Smith


I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. When I was five years old my parents gave me an old manual typewriter that weighed more than I did! It was my favorite possession. I spent hours in my room clacking away on that old typewriter.