For Teachers and Librarians

Teacher’s Guide to Night Becomes Day (click here!)

  • Aligned to NGSS and Common Core Standards for grades 2-3
  • Discussion questions, printable games, and activities–FREE to download or print

Glossary for Night Becomes Day (click here!)

  • Includes 46 scientific terms with explanations
  • Use this FREE resource to expand the book’s age range, or build a classroom activity around it.

Flower Fruit & Seed Matching Games (click here!)

  • Includes printable sheets to use at home or in the classroom
  • Draw lines to connect the fruit to its seeds and to the flowers they come from!

Handout for IAG Conference 12/6/21 “Science: A Door to Creativity”(click here!)

  • Includes nonfiction books for kids, professional resources, articles, and more.

Video: Author Introducing Night Becomes Day

Video: Editor Introducing Night Becomes Day

Video: Neil Bromhall’s Time-Lapse Recording of an Acorn Growing

  • This is a YouTube link to an amazing 2-minute video. Bromhall filmed the acorn for 8 months!

Outdoor Explorer Bin Ideas

In the Media

Check out these blog posts, interviews, and book reviews involving Night Becomes Day!

Patricia Newman’s LitLinks Blog (“8 Easy Ways to Connect Snowflakes and Language Arts”) (December 20, 2023)

Toucan Talks with Cynthia Argentine (Indiana State Library, YouTube interview) (Sept. 11, 2023)

Cynthia Argentine Author Spotlight on KidLit411  (May 13, 2022)

Patricia Newman’s LitLinks Blog (“Nature–The Ultimate Transformer”) (February 9, 2022)

Goodreads with Ronna (Book Review of Night Becomes Day) (Jan. 25, 2022)

Buffy Silverman’s Poetry Friday Blog (“The Almost-Solstice Edition”) (Dec. 16, 2021)

Kathy Halsey’s GROG Blog (“Craft Chat and Book Review”) (Dec. 1, 2021)

Connie Wooldridge’s Blog (Book Review of Night Becomes Day)  (Oct. 26, 2021)

The Lerner Blog (“Creativity, STEM, and Cynthia Argentine”) (Oct. 2021)

Growing with Science Blog with Roberta Gibson features Night Becomes Day (Oct. 16, 2021)

STEM Friday Blog features Night Becomes Day (Oct. 15, 2021)

Archimedes Notebook Blog by Sue Heavenrich features Night Becomes Day (Oct. 15, 2021)

STEAMTeam Books October 2021 author interviews (Oct. 12, 2021)

The Picture Book Buzz with Maria Marshall–STEAM Team October Interviews (Oct. 12, 2021)

Simply 7 Blog by Jena Benton features Night Becomes Day (Oct. 8, 2021)

Vermont Law School Alumni Highlights features Cynthia Argentine (Oct. 8, 2021)

Andrew Hacket’s The BackStory blog features Cynthia Argentine (Oct. 6, 2021)

Indiana SCBWI “IN KidLit” Newsletter features Cindy Argentine on pages 1, 5-6 (Oct. 1, 2021)

Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog post Tuesday Debuts–Introducing Cynthia Argentine! (Sept. 28, 2021)

ZWIN blogpost about Cynthia’s “Cybersecurity 101” presentation at the library (Feb. 2020)

Author Interview on Mindy Baker’s blog (Sept. 2019) We talk about where I get ideas, organizing research, writing-for-hire, and three joys that make the work worthwhile.

Book Flyer

Interested in asking your school or library to purchase a copy of NIGHT BECOMES DAY? Share this flyer with them! You may download it, print it, or email them a link. Thank you!


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For Writers

Here are some of the conferences, courses, and blogs I recommend. Clicking the titles will take you to websites for more information.

  • Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI): This professional organization helps writers improve their craft and build community. It sponsors local, regional, and national conferences. I have been an active member since 2011.
  • Institute of Children’s Literature: When I began writing for children, I enrolled in a mentoring program with the Institute of Children’s Literature. The course provided a valuable introduction to the business of children’s publishing. They also offer a convivial podcast!
  • Highlights Foundation Workshops: I attended a Highlights workshop on crafting picture-book biographies. I met friends there who have enriched my literary life. The setting is idyllic, and the food is phenomenal.
  • Nonfiction Fest: A group of writers called the “Nonfiction Chicks” hosted Nonfiction Fest in February 2020. Throughout the month, they posted a new article each day by a nonfiction author, agent, or editor. These posts are a wealth of inspiration and information!
  • The Writing Barn: I attended a weekend intensive at The Writing Barn. During the class, I enjoyed meeting other authors and publishing professionals. The talks were meaningful, and the setting was unique and convivial.
  • 12 x 12 Writing Challenge: This online program challenges authors to write 12 manuscripts in 12 months. Each month, there are webinars and discussions to encourage and support writers.
  • Beachside Nonfiction Retreat: Authors Candace Fleming and Jennifer Swanson teamed up to offer this new writing conference in May 2019. We enjoyed focused presentations and inspiring speakers.
  • Midwest Writers Workshop: This conference includes lectures and workshops on all types of publishing. I met several friends there who became trusted critique partners.

For Kids

  • Video links related to NIGHT BECOMES DAY (coming soon)

Blogs About Nonfiction

  • Celebrate Science: Melissa Stewart writes and celebrates nonfiction for kids. She knows that many young readers gravitate to true stories and enjoy fun facts. Her award-winning blog helps teachers and parents find books these kids will love.
  • Archimedes Notebook: Sue Heavenrich blogs about science and science-themed books for kids. On Fridays, she reviews nonfiction titles she’s discovered. On Wednesdays, she blogs about details she notices in nature.