Conrad J. Storad is the award-winning author or editor of more than 50 science and nature books for children and young adults. Storad also writes a monthly science/nature column called “Conrad’s Classroom” in a national E-zine launched in 2014 called Story Monsters Ink. Storad’s new picture books for 2015 include Gator, Gator, Second Grader and The Bat Book. New in 2014 were Monster in the Rocks, which was selected by the National Center for the Book to represent Arizona as part of the “52 Great Reads” program at the National Book Festival, and Story Monster and Friends. Books published in 2013 included USA Book News Best Book Winner Fang and Stinger (An Arachnid Story), My Circulatory System, and Uncovering Earth’s Crust.
Other national award winners include Arizona Way Out West & Wacky, and Arizona Way Out West & Witty – Library Edition, fun history and activity books for young readers co-authored with Linda Exley. AZ Witty was named One Book Arizona for Kids in 2012 by the Arizona State Library. AZ Wacky earned many honors in 2012. It was the 2012 Benjamin Franklin Silver Medal winner for children’s nonfiction; the 2012 Moonbeam Children Book Award winner for children’s nonfiction; and was named Best New Children’s Nonfiction Book for 2012 by USA Book News. In 2006, Storad’s Don’t Call Me Pig! (A Javelina Story) was selected by Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as part of her program to promote reading. More than 93,000 Arizona first-graders received a special edition copy. In 2001, Libraries Limited and the Arizona Library Association honored him with the Judy Goddard Award as “Arizona Children’s Author of the Year.”