“Great Ancient China Projects” on Indie Next List

“Great Ancient China Projects” was selected to the Indiebound Fall ’08 Kids’ Indie Next List, a collection of “inspired recommendations for kids from Indie Booksellers.”


“Children’s book creators inspire Bethesda Elementary students”

Another story from The Black & White’s Richard Scordato, about the presentation Steven and I did at Bethesda Elementary, our old elementary school from way back when:

Author Lance Kramer and illustrator Steven Weinberg, creators of the children’s story book “Great Ancient China Projects You Can Build Yourself,” visited Bethesda Elementary students to speak about their careers Dec. 2. Continue reading

“Whitman Grads Pen Book”

A story by Richard Scordato about our book, as published in the Oct. 27 edition of my old high school newspaper, The Black & White:

For most young children, ancient China symbolizes nothing but a blur of iconic images: the Great Wall, dragons, porcelain figures and emperors. Determined to give toddlers a proper introduction to the social and cultural importance of China, Whitman graduates Lance Kramer (’02) and Steven Weinberg (’02) recently published “Great Ancient China Projects You Can Build Yourself,” a storybook that teaches children about ancient China through interactive, hands-on activities. The book is one installment of a build-it-yourself series of children’s books printed by Nomad Press. Continue reading

American Booksellers Association (ABA) on “China Projects”

A short review from the ABA’s Bookselling This Week:

Great Ancient China Projects: You Can Build Yourself by Lance Kramer, Steven Weinberg (illus.) (Nomad Press, $14.95, 9781934670026 / 1934670022)
“Vocabulary, timelines, and sidebars are included in a fun, hands-on approach to educating young readers about ancient China. Cook egg noodles, make an instrument, create a kite, learn feng shui …what a fun book! Use it on weekends, holidays, and vacation to keep kids busy and having fun.” –Lori Peters, Wild About Books, Clearlake, CA

“China Projects” in Willamette Week

The very wonderful Whitney Hawke was kind enough to make a cool mention of my book in the latest edition of Willamette Week. If you’re in town this weekend, stop by and check out the reading!

From Willamette Week, 8/6/08:

For kids, learning about ancient China has always been a total snooze…until now! Author and WW freelancer Lance Kramer’s interactive children’s book,Great Ancient China Projects You Can Build Yourself, aims to engage kids in more than 20 hands-on projects that educate youngsters about ancient Chinese society and its influence on contemporary culture. Continue reading

“China Projects” in The Outlook

A short piece on “Great Ancient China Projects,” from my old newspaper, The Gresham Outlook.

“Former Outlook Writer Pens Book,” The Outlook, July 26, 2008:

Former Outlook news clerk and obituary writer Lance Kramer has published a book to introduce children (and adults) to do-it-yourself Chinese projects. The book arrives just in time for the Olympics in China.

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“Great Ancient China Projects” in the news

A profile on myself and Steven Weinberg about our new book, “Great Ancient China Projects,” in this week’s Bethesda Gazette (our hometown newspaper). Give it a read if ya get a sec!

From the Entertainment Section, The Gazette, 7/16/08, by Brooke Kenny:

Bethesda native Steven Weinberg remembers his first day of second grade at Bethesda Elementary, when his teacher showed the class a picture of herself bungee jumping. Classmate Lance Kramer was apparently equally impressed, and when the two bonded over how cool they thought it was, a friendship was born. Continue reading