ABOUT MARY MORTON COWAN

  • Mary Morton Cowan’s biography, CYRUS FIELD’S BIG DREAM: THE DARING EFFORT TO LAY THE FIRST TRANSATLANTIC TELEGRAPH CABLE, is a NSTA Best STEM Book and a Junior Library Guild selection. Her biography, CAPTAIN MAC: THE LIFE OF DONALD BAXTER MACMILLAN, ARCTIC EXPLORER, won a National Outdoor Book Award and other honors, and was a finalist in the 2011 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, New England Region.  
         Mary was awarded an SCBWI work-in-progress grant to write TIMBERRR…A HISTORY OF LOGGING IN NEW ENGLAND, which won Maine Library Association’s Lupine Honor Award. Other published works include a historical novel, ICE COUNTRY, and more than 80 articles, stories and activities in children’s magazines. Several have been reprinted in textbooks, anthologies, reading comprehension programs, and a few are online. Two are published as Readers’ Theater books by Rosen Publishing.
         In 2015, Mary won a NESCBWI Critique Scholarship Award for a picture book manuscript.  She lives in Maine.

PUBLICATIONS - View in Bookstore


  • Magazine Articles
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    Two Articles: Young John Muir; John and Louie

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    Cobblestone

    2018

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    Three articles: Famous Physician; Free Medical Advice; Father of American Psychiatry

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    Cobblestone

    2018

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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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    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