Author of Children's Non-Fiction, Including
and Other Cool Facts
I'm a writer, attorney, newspaper reporter, and retired director of publications for a federal government agency. I started writing books about US government when my oldest daughter—then in first grade--asked me if I could “make a book on how the government works.” So I did, and I sent it to a bunch of publishers, and was fortunate to get it published.
Shortly after it came out, my younger daughter, predictably, asked me to write a book for her, too. So I asked her what to write about, and she said "cool things about presidents." That’s how my second book came to be.
When my editor asked me if I had any more book ideas, I told her that my older daughter suggested the first book, and my younger daughter suggested the second book, but now I was out of ideas. So my editor said: "You know, Mr. Sobel, you should have had more kids." That was in 2000. Both girls are now out of college, I've had five books published, and self-published one. I love telling stories and helping kids learn about our country's history, its system of government, and their responsibilities as citizens.
SYL'S BLOG AND BYLINES
SYL'S BLOG: CIVICS AND CIVILITY
View more of Syl's writings, including his award-winning high school sports reporting in The Town Courier, a local newspaper in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts is both interesting and easy to understand.For a simple, straightforward explanation of the election process, this book is hard to beat.
JENNIFER GALVIN, THE BOSTON HERALD
Direct and easy to understand as branches, checks and balances, and rights are defined and explored. It's a useful addition to the study of U.S. history and government.
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
Just in time for this year's presidential election, this book offers clear, concise explanations of the constitutional rules for electing a president and lots of interesting tidbits of historical information about the presidents. The book serves well as a supplement to social studies texts in elementary and middle school.