Meteorologist Josh Judge to Release Children's Book on Weather for NH Kids

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WMUR TV-9's Josh Judge, voted NH's favorite weatherman for four years running by NH Magazine, is releasing a new children's book on weather on November 7th, co-written with NH school teacher Kathe Cussen. The book will feature experiments, activities and full-color-pictures of NH weather. It also includes pictures and questions submitted by NH school children. This book is a fun look at the weather in the Granite State, by one of NH's most prestigious personalities.

WMUR TV-9 meteorologist Josh Judge is well-known to people around northern New England as the familiar face on the television giving them the weather report. Now, in conjunction with NH's 2002 Environmental Educator of the year, Kathe Cussen, the pair are releasing a new children's science book, Weather Facts and Fun, due out November 7th.

Josh Judge spends much of his free time teaching weather to children, in schools and libraries around the state. After one such lesson early this year, he was approached by a teacher who explained to him that although the state requires schools to teach about the weather, there was no book available which met NH teaching standards for the subject and age group. This sparked an idea in the meteorologist's mind.

Kathe Cussen, a science teacher at Hampstead Middle School, describes what happened next: "I received a phone call from Josh asking, 'You want to write a weather book with me?'" Soon after, the pair had a meeting with James Maynard, whose company, SciArt Media, had previously published "Black Ice," on the 2008 ice storm and blackout in New Hampshire, for which Josh had written the foreword. The publisher was quickly aboard. After collecting all the information on state requirements and suggestions for such a book, the two authors started writing.

"It's very different, but offers new challenges and rewards," adds Judge, talking about the writing process. "I loved that I got to take time to think about ways to say the point I was trying to get across, as opposed to TV where I ad-lib everything live!"

Weather Facts and Fun is geared toward 7-11 year-olds in the Granite State and surrounding areas. It combines both unusual facts (for instance, the Empire State Building gets hit an average of twenty-five times a year by lightning), along with fun activities (like building a wind gauge out of household materials). The book also has lots of pictures from around the Granite State (many in full-color), two foldout activity maps for students, plus chapter challenges after each section to help learners teach themselves by doing activities. NH children contributed to the book with pictures and questions.

Former PBS host and nationally-syndicated columnist Richard Lederer wrote the foreword. The book has been reviewed by Fritz Wetherbee, John Clayton, Harvey Leonard, Bruce Schwoegler, Mike Haddad and others.

Judge and Cussen will be holding a benefit book signing for the non-profit SEE Children's Science Center in Manchester, NH on Saturday, November 14th at 1pm.

The book retails at $19.95, and it will be available at selected bookstores around the state, including all Toadstool Bookshop locations, Borders in Keene and Concord and other smaller locations. The book is also available at: http://www.weatherfactsandfun.com, on pre-sale through the end of October.

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