Lauri Berkenkamp is the author of six books for kids. Writing under the pen name Maxine Anderson she has written Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself, which was excerpted in the New York Times Book Review and Christian Science Monitor, chosen as the #7 BookSense Children's Pick for Summer 2006 and named Book of the Year by the Society for School Librarians International in 2006; Great Civil War Projects You Can Build Yourself, which was excerpted in Boys' Life magazine and called "a fascinating gem of a book" by the New York Times Book Review; Explore Spring, and Explore Winter, which were chosen as Parents' Choice Recommended Books for 2007, Discover the Amazon, as well as Discover the Oceans.
The New York Times Book Review "... a fascinating gem of a book." - James McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom "An interesting and creative book that should give pleasure as well as knowledge to many children." Cobblestone Magazine "Great Civil War Projects You Can Build Yourself does something unique." Children's Literature Review "An engaging means for children to learn about the Civil War." School Library Journal "Includes little-known facts that will interest children unfamiliar with the conflict and Civil War buffs alike ... A useful resource for any Civil War Curriculum."