More About the Author
Pamela Waterman is a professional writer, electrical engineer and mother of three daughters ages 21, 18 and 16, all of whom have had braces. She delights in helping children discover the fun and accomplishment of hands-on activities, and has conducted dozens of science and engineering workshops for teachers, guidance counselors and youth in kindergarten through college. Not only does she commiserate with those wearing brackets, elastics, headgear and expanders, she also draws upon her own full-metal experiences back in the days when a typical orthodonture treatment took five long years, and a recent year in adult braces. Always interested in cooking, Ms. Waterman has also been collecting recipes for tender teeth since 1967, when necessity drove her to reinvent forbidden foods in cleverly favorable forms.
Her parenting book The Absolute Best Play Days: From Airplanes to Zoos (and Everything In Between) (Sourcebooks 1999) has been acclaimed by parents and caregivers alike for its creative ideas detailing themed, multi-age play-activities including craft projects, inside/outside play, read-aloud book recommendations and child-friendly recipes. Deborah Reid, Corporate Education and Materials Specialist for the nationwide childcare chain, La Petite Academy, noted, "(the) book is wonderful and very comprehensive. It has become a resource for our Education Department," and used it as the basis for the company's entire preschool summer-camp program in 2001. Though currently out of print, sales reached 8,000 copies across the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Contributing as co-author to the educational summer-review book JumpStart 5th Grade Activities (Knowledge Adventure Software/EPI 1999) also confirmed her ability to present information in a readable yet entertaining style. This book, one of a series of seven JumpStart books that sold over 100,000 copies as of 2003, helps parents prevent summer brain-drain for their 9-to-11-year-olds via challenging hands-on projects.
Most recently, Ms. Waterman has published The Braces Cookbook: Recipes You (and Your Orthodontist) Will Love (the Discovery Box 2006) and The Braces Cookbook 2: Comfort Food with a Gourmet Touch (the Discovery Box 2009). Written to help children, teens, adults and parents solve the problem of what to eat when their teeth hurt, both books offer 50 recipes each, plus tips, trivia and tasty solutions, based on more than thirty years of recipe development targeted specifically to this issue. The first book has been awarded the Good Parenting Award from Parental Wisdom, a web-based parenting community in Nutley NJ (www.parentalwisdom.com) and the 2007 Best Cookbook Glyph Award from the Arizona Book Publishing Association (www.AZBookPub.com). The second title was honored with a 2009 Best Cookbook Next Generation Finalist Award from the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (www.IBPPG.com).
Ms. Waterman's more than 90 articles on parenting, small business, home renovation and engineering design have appeared in such publications as Family Fun, Highlights, the East Valley (Phoenix) Tribune, Better Homes and Gardens Kids' Rooms, the Chicago Tribune, Cricket, and dozens of technical magazines. She has been a speaker at national parenting and engineering conferences, including the International Nanny Association 2001 Conference, and has been featured in television news segments, more than 50 radio interviews, national publications, and in the book The Entrepreneurial Parent by self-employment gurus Paul and Sarah Edwards with Lisa Roberts (Tarcher Putnam 2002.)
At elementary schools as well as at universities, the author has presented and coordinated hands-on workshops ranging from two-hour meetings to month-long camps. She has arranged book promotion workshops at Borders and Barnes & Nobles bookstores around the country, successfully promoting The Absolute Best Play Days with minimal publisher guidance. Seven years as a Girl Scout Leader and twenty years of volunteer teaching about science, engineering and the editing process have also served as testing opportunities for the development of many of her projects, from recipes to rockets.
Always interested in technical fields as well as in writing, Ms. Waterman earned a B.S. degree in Astronomy at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and an M.S. in Radio Astronomy at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Ms. Waterman has served on the national Editorial Board of the Society of Women Engineers since 1996, and has been a Contributing Editor to Desktop Engineering magazine since 1997.