Maine author Mary Morton Cowan has written three books for young readers. Her most recent is a biography, "Captain Mac: the Life of Donald Baxter MacMillan, Arctic explorer" (Calkins Creek, an Imprint of Boyds Mills Press, March 2010), which won the 2010 National Outdoor Book Award (children's category), a John Burroughs Award for an outstanding natural history book, is an Honor Book with the Society of School Librarians International, is on Bank Street College's Best Children's Books of the Year, 2011 edition, and is recommended by the National Science Teachers Association. The book was also a finalist in the 2011 SCBWI Crystal Kite Members Choice Award, New England Region.
Cowan received Maine Library Association’s Lupine Honor Award for "Timberrr… A History of Logging in New England" (Millbrook Press, 2003). Earlier, Mary was awarded an Anna Cross Giblin nonfiction work-in-progress grant by SCBWI to write the logging book.
Earlier published works for children include an historical novel, "Ice Country" (Cricketfield Press 1995, paperback 1997) and 70 articles and stories in magazines, such as AppleSeeds, Calliope, Cobblestone, Faces, and Highlights for Children. Several have been reprinted in textbooks and anthologies, some are included in reading comprehension programs for standardized tests, and a few are online.
In Maine, Cowan has been a career mentor for middle- and high-school students and a local judge for an annual State Essay Contest. She visits schools throughout the northeast, and speaks to a variety of community groups.
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Region: New England: North (Vermont/New Hampshire/Maine)
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