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Patty Born Selly


Patty Born is  the author of three books for those who work with young children, including Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth and Connecting Animals and Young Children—both from Redleaf Press.  She currently teaches environmental and STEM education for preservice and practicing educators. Patty has worked in the science and nature education field for over 20 years in classrooms, museums, nature centers, and parks. She has worked with students in preschool through adulthood, with a particular focus on early learning. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Environmental and STEM education at Hamline University in St Paul MN. She  is the former Director of the National Center for STEM Elementary Education.

Her passion is connecting teachers and children to nature. Patty lives in Minneapolis with her family. 

Patty Born Selly's Books

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  • Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth

    Author: Patty Born Selly
    Product Code: 541198
    ISBN: 978-1-60554-119-8

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    Published by Redleaf Press

    Help children explore the environment and develop a sense of wonder, curiosity, and joy for nature. Each chapter focuses on a common and important environmental topic, such as waste reduction and recycling, air quality, weather and climate change, and energy reduction, as well as activities that provide a foundation to educate children about our world through experience and play. Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth is filled with information to excite children, engage families, and encourage your community to be green.

    224 pages

  • Connecting Animals and Children in Early Childhood

    Author: Patty Born Selly
    Product Code: 541563
    ISBN: 978-1-60554-156-3

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    Published by Redleaf Press Free sample chapter

    Animals appeal to children's curiosity, bring enthusiasm to their learning, and enrich their daily experiences. This book emphasizes the reasons why children's interactions and connections with animals are important, and it describes the valuable social-emotional development that results. It combines research, anecdotes, and a number of creative ideas that you can use to create authentic experiences for children. These ideas incorporate all kinds of animals in a variety of ways—including adaptations if live animals are not permitted in your setting.

    184 pages

  • Teaching STEM Outdoors: Activities for Young Children

    Author: Patty Born Selly
    Product Code: 545028
    ISBN: 978-1-60554-502-8

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    Published by Redleaf Press Free sample chapter

    Nurture young children’s innate tendencies toward exploration, sensory stimulation, and STEM learning when you connect outdoor learning with STEM curriculum. Discover the developmental benefits of outdoor learning and how the rich diversity of settings and materials in nature gives rise to questions and inquiry for deeper learning.

    Age focus: 2–8.

    Softbound, 200 pgs.