ABOUT MARY MORTON COWAN

  • Mary Morton Cowan’s biography for young readers, CAPTAIN MAC: THE LIFE OF DONALD BAXTER MACMILLAN, ARCTIC EXPLORER (Calkins Creek, 2010), won a National Outdoor Book Award and other honors, was a finalist in the 2011 SCBWI Crystal Kite Members Choice Award, New England Region, and is recommended by the National Science Teachers Association.

    Mary was awarded an SCBWI Anna Cross Giblin nonfiction work-in-progress grant to write TIMBERRR… A HISTORY OF LOGGING IN NEW ENGLAND (2003), which won Maine Library Association’s Lupine Honor Award. Other published works include a historical novel, ICE COUNTRY, and more than 80 articles and stories in children’s magazines. Several have been reprinted in textbooks and anthologies, some are included in reading comprehension programs for standardized tests, and a few are online.

    In 2015, Mary won a New England SCBWI Marguerite Davol Critique Scholarship Award for a picture book manuscript. Currently, she is writing another historical biography for Calkins Creek. She lives in Maine and visits schools and community groups throughout the northeast.

PUBLICATIONS - View in Bookstore


  • Magazine Articles
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    Two articles: Let's Visit an Amphitheater; Apollo and the Laurel Tree

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    Faces

    2017

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    Ransom for a King

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    Dig Into History

    2016

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    Two articles: A Symbol of Power; White Horse Hill

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    Dig Into History

    2015

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    Make Your Own Talking Drum

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    Faces

    2013

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    Seeing Is Believing

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    Cobblestone

    2011

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    The Ninth Door: a retold tale

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    Faces

    2010

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    Legend of the Moccasin Flower: an Ojibwe Tale

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    Faces

    2010

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    Four articles: Call of the Arctic; Peary vs Cook; Field Day on the Ice; Forward, MARCH!

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    Cobblestone

    2009

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    Fetching Summer: A Mi'kmaq Folktale

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    Faces

    2009

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    Women Will Vote! (a play in 4 scenes)

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    Faces

    2008

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    Navigating by the Stars: Make a Cross-Staff and Find Your Latitude

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    Calliope

    2007

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    A Passion for Horses

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    Cobblestone

    2006

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    It’s a Big, BIG World

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    Faces

    2005

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    To Show the World

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    Cobblestone

    2005

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    Wilderness War Time Line

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    Cobblestone

    2005

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    Destination: the Arctic

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    Highlights for Children

    2004

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    Two articles: A Walk in the Woods; Make A Suncatcher

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    AppleSeeds

    2003

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    Bringin’ In the Drive

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    Highlights for Children

    2003

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    Two articles: Legacy of a Queen; Christmas, Victorian Style

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    Calliope

    2003

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    Zohra and the Gazelles: a Moroccan folktale

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    Faces

    2001

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    Minoan Art: An Ancient Triumph

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    Calliope

    2000

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    An Ancient Disk’s Secret Message

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    Highlights for Children

    2000

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    Spring Camp at Grise Fiord

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    Faces

    1999

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    I Will Become A Monk

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    Calliope

    1999

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    Let’s Take A Hike

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    AppleSeeds

    1999

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    What Animal Year Is It? Fun with a Chinese Calendar

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    Faces

    1998

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    Two articles: The Prince and the Bird Maiden, A Serbian Folktale; Decorate Clothing with Embroidery

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    Faces

    1998

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    High-Flying Facts: Landmark Moments in the History of the American Flag

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    Cobblestone

    1997

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    Climbing Jacob’s Ladder

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    Cobblestone

    1996

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    Can You Write the Gettysburg Address?

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    Cobblestone

    1994

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    Shopping in Senegal

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    Faces

    1994

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    A ‘Cool’ Inventor: A Play in Three Scenes

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    Cobblestone

    1992