Schy, Yael

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Schy, Yael


Married David M. Schwartz (a children's book author). Education: University of California at Santa Cruz, bach-

elor's degree (psychology and theatre arts); M.S.W. (community organization/social work); certifications in organizational psychology and human resource development).


Home—Oakland, CA. E-mail—[email protected]


Speaker, coach, and business consultant; also dance teacher and improvisational theatre/dance performer. Dramatic Strides Consulting, Oakland, CA, founder and principal. Formerly worked as a social worker and nonprofit manager. Member of faculty, American Management Association, and City College of San Francisco Contract education; CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, instructor.

Awards, Honors

American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Science Book and Films Prize for Excellence in Science Books, Animal Behavior Society Outstanding Children's Book Award, and Outstanding Science Trade Book designation, National Science Teachers Association/Children's Book Council, all 2008, and Cybils Award finalist, all for Where in the Wild?


(With husband, David M. Schwartz) Where in the Wild?: Camouflaged Animals Concealed—and Revealed: Eartickling Poems, photography by Dwight Kuhn, Tricycle Press (Berkeley, CA), 2007.

(With Wendy C. Horikoshi) Teamwork Tools: A Revolutionary Approach for Managers and Trainers, Kagan Publishing 2008.


I have always loved writing poems and songs, ever since I was a child," Yael Schy told SATA. "Writing Where in the Wild?: Camouflaged Animals Concealed—and Revealed: Ear-tickling Poems, with my husband, children's author David M. Schwartz, gave me the opportunity to mix my love of poetry with his background in writing children's science and math books. We have just finished writing a sequel, called Where Else in the Wild?: More Camouflaged Creatures Concealed … and Revealed, which will be published by Tricycle Press in 2009. We will also be writing a third book in the series, called What in the Wild?, to be published in 2010.

"The other thing that I love most in life is dancing, which I use to teach teamwork."

Biographical and Critical Sources


Booklist, November 1, 2007, Carolyn Phelan, review of Where in the Wild?: Camouflaged Animals Concealed—and Revealed: Ear-tickling Poems, p. 50.

New York Times Book Review, April 13, 2008, review of Where in the Wild?, p. 19.

School Library Journal, August, 2007, Margaret Bush, review of Where in the Wild?, p. 105.


Dramatic Strides Web site, (January 15, 2009).