Songju Ma Daemicke
an Award-Winning Children's Author
      Songju Ma Daemicke grew up in Jilin, China and came to the United States in 1996.  Songju lives in Glenview, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, with her husband and their daughters.



National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Children Book Council's (CBC) 

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Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant is on School Library Journal's 31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Ten – 2017 Math Picture Books

Elizabeth Bird says: "If you need a fable to explain how to demo nstrate buoyancy and, better still, calculate it, look ye no further."     
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National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Children Book Council's (CBC)  

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Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant
A Best STEM BOOK of 2018

  Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant
  An Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2018


Songju was featured in the Chinese of Chicago

    旅美作家马松桔 ( Songju Ma Daemicke) 第二本英文幼儿教育读物《曹冲称象》已正式出版,并于日前在芝加哥北郊隆重举办新书发布会。中国驻芝加哥总领事馆副总领事刘军,以及众多社区友好人士出席。刘军副总领事赞扬马松桔女士笔耕不辍,以出版英文幼教读物方式,弘扬中国传统文化,并希望这样儿童读物出版得越多越好,让美国的孩子们从小了解中国故事,为中美的世代友好打下坚实基础。


Songju Ma Daemicke was featured in the China Daily

Songju grew up in the northeastern province of Jilin in a small town that had no library. How she got from there to becoming a published author in America and her second language is something of a remarkable story in itself.

As she put it: "My road to be an author was long, winding, and bumpy, crossing over two continents."

The slogan of the school she went to was: "If you master math, physics and chemistry, you can conquer the world." Her PhD thesis was a comprehensive study of earthquake tremors before she switched to computer science, picking up a master's at DePaul University and going to work as a software engineer for Motorola.

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Book Launch
Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant
by Songju Ma Daemicke, illustrated by Christina Wald

Saturday, October 7, 2017    2:00pm-3:30pm
Glenview Public Library, E. Community Room
(1930 Glenview Rd, Glenview, IL 60025) (not sponsored by the Glenview Public Library)
Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome.

"Nicely produced and balanced in its instructive approach. "

KIRKUS Reviews

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Read A Case of Sense for free this summer

If you haven't read my book A Case of Sense, here is a wonderful opportunity to read it for free, along with 24 other fabulous fun and educational books from the Creative Minds series, Abordale Publishing. Receive a free book as a reward if you read twenty-five books!

Travel around the world in books this summer and learn something new along the way!
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     A wonderful start to 2017
     A Case of Sense,  was just selected by the Kansas NEA Reading Circle for their 2017 catalog. School library-media specialists across the state use this catalog to buy great books for their school libraries.

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A Case of Sense is on the "Holiday reading for the little ones and their middle-school siblings" recommended book list. See East Bay Times and San Jose Mercury News (California Newspapers)

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"A folktale retelling that's well-suited to a new generation of young readers." KIRKUS Reviews

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Book Signing
2016 ISLMA Conference

Friday, Nov. 4 , 2016 2:00-4:00pm
SCBWI-IL Booth,  2016 ISLMA Conference 

Tinley Park Convention Center Holiday Inn.
18451 Convention Center Drive,
Tinley Park, IL. 60477

Songju was featured in the Chinese of Chicago


    马松桔计划在未来出版儿童教育类系列丛书,《闻香案》(The Case of Sense)是第一本,此系列的第二本(Chong Cao Weighs an Elephant),则预期将在明年面世。《闻香案》也在亚马逊书城和Barnes & Nobles正式发行。


Songju Ma Daemicke was featured in the China Daily

      Songju Ma Daemicke was born in Jilin, one of China's northeastern provinces, and came to the United States in 1996 to advance her education, eventually earning a master's in computer science. She married and moved to the northern Chicago suburb of Glenview, working as a software engineer for Motorola until her twin daughters were born.

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 Chong Cao Weighs an Elephant 
           By Songju Ma Daemicke,illustrated by Christina Wald , published by   Arbordale Publishing          
Sept. 10, 2017 
     How does one weigh a huge elephant in ancient China without the use of a modern day scale? This question confused all the most learned advisers, but not seven year old Chong Cao, who cleverly uses a science principle to solve the problem of determining the weight of an elephant.
Picture book 
A Case of Sense  
              By Songju Ma Daemicke, illustrated by Shennen Bersani , published by    Arbordale Publishing , 2016 
     The greedy and calculating Fu Wang cooks a feast in his yard and then demands that his neighbors pay for the delicious smells.  How will the judge rule in this unusual case?  Should the neighbors have to pay?
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