Science Rocks! And so, do Jennifer Swanson’s books. She is the award-winning author of over 40 nonfiction books for children, mostly about science and technology. Jennifer’s love of STEM began when she started a science club in her garage at the age of 7. While no longer working from the garage, Jennifer’s passion for science and technology resonates in all her books but especially, BRAIN GAMES (NGKids) and SUPER GEAR: Nanotechnology and Sports Team Up (Charlesbridge), Astronaut-Aquanaut, and Save the Crash-test Dummies. Her books have received many accolades including the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, Green Earth Book Honor Award, a Florida Book Award, and multiple California Reading Association awards, and National Science Teaching (NSTA) BEST STEM awards.

An accomplished and exciting speaker, Jennifer has presented at National NSTA conferences, the Highlights Foundation, the Atlanta Science Festival, the World Science Festival in NYC and the Library of Congress’ National Book Festival. Jennifer encourages kids (of all ages) to engage their curiosity and DISCOVER the Science all around them! Learn more about her and book her for speaking engagements and school visits.

Crash Test Dummies Presentation 2019

Engaging Speaker & Presenter

Let award-winning author Jennifer Swanson engage and inspire your audience. She’ll help them to become creative writers, independent thinkers, and will encourage their imaginations to discover how Science ROCKS through her interactive programs. All programs can be tailored to fit audience level.
Jennifer Swanson is a regular Speaker / Presenter at the following:
National Science Teachers Assoc
Atlantic Science Festival
World Science Festival
Literacy Festival at Florida Gulf coast University
Nuts & Bolts Nonfiction workshop Highlights Foundation

What People Are Saying

Jennifer visited Atlanta for the Atlanta Science Festival and captivated us all. Her presentation on her book Astronaut or Aquanaut sparked excitement and curiosity from everyone in the room – kids and adults alike! We can’t wait to have her back for future Festivals!

Meisa Salaita, PhD
Executive Co-Director & Co-Founder, Science ATL – engineers of Atlanta Science Festival

Innovative Science. Awe-Inspiring Stories. Infectious Laughter. Jennifer Swanson blows away World Science Festival audiences every time.

Caroline Gelb
Senior Producer, World Science Festival

Jennifer Swanson I wanted to let you know that the Workshop: Nuts and Bolts of Science Writing  you presented at Highlights Foundation was THE BEST WRITING WORKSHOP EVER !!!!!!!!!!

Jeanette Koscheski

Jennifer Swanson captures her audience in engaging inquiry discussions and hands-on, exploratory activities. She inspires critical thinking and new learning experiences.

Dr.Cynthia Dawn Martelli
Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Florida Gulf Coast University


  • Beastly Bionics - Jennifer Swanson
    Beastly Bionics: Rad Robots, Brilliant Biomimicry, and Incredible Inventions Inspired by Nature
    Featured in Disney’s Summer Reading List! Discover how the natural world inspires innovation in science and technology to create the latest and greatest breakthroughs and discoveries in this exciting book. Did you know that scientists have developed a bionic tool shaped like an elephant’s trunk that helps lift heavy objects? Or that the needle-like pointed beak of the kingfisher bird encouraged engineers in Japan to change the design of the Shinkansen “bullet trains” to reduce noise? Across multiple fields of study and methods of problem-solving, scientists are turning to biomimicry, or engineering inspired by biology or nature, to make all...


Parents' Choice Gold Award Save the Crash-test Dummies
Gold Standard Award Astronaut Aquanaut by Jennifer Swanson
American Girl Books - Pearl Harbor
Brain Games - Nat Geo Kids - Jennifer Swanson
Science Rocks - Jennifer Swanson
Visiting the ALICE detector at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland, to learn how scientists are working to discover how our universe was formed.