• Maxine Rose Schur is the author of several award-winning picture books, historical novels and biographies for young people. She has worked as a full-time children’s creative writer for Addison Wesley Publishing Company and has written story and play scripts for Scholastic, Houghton Mifflin, The Pleasant Company, Hampton Brown, Radio New Zealand, Cricket, Heinemann, and the BBC television show, PLAYSCHOOL.

       Ms. Schur teaches children’s writing at the San Francisco Writing Salon. Additionally, she was appointed the Baker-Nord Guest Lecturer on Children’s Literature in the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University and she was the Dan Stone Memorial Children’s Book Author.
    Her most recent published work is the picture book, BRAVE WITH BEAUTY, the extraordinary true story of the 14th century Queen Goharshad who reigned over the Timurid Empire from her throne in Herat, Afghanstan and helped establish a cultural, and artistic renaissance that rivaled Florence.  Named a 2020 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People.
    Another recent book is THE WORD DANCER, a suspenseful middle-grade fantasy novel with a courageous heroine and lots of fun wordplay. 

    Also, the picture book MARIELLE IN PARIS tells of an adventurous, fashion designing mouse who must overcome her fear of heights in time to save her lovely Parisian creations. An homage to Paris, filled with wit, whimsy and suspense, Marielle in Paris won the 2017 Northern Lights Award for Picture Book in All Categories.
    Other books by Maxine Rose Schur are the Junior Library Guild Selection, GULLIBLE GUS (Junior Library Guild Selection) published by Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin) and THERE’S A BABIRUSA IN MY BATHTUB! published by Dawn Publications. Also, THE STORY OF RUTH (picture book)
    Lerner Publications (2005)

    THE PEDDLER’S GIFT (picture book)
    Dial Books, Penguin-Putnam USA 1999
    New York Public Library List: “100 Titles for Reading and Sharing”
    Smithsonian Notable Book of the Century
    Winner of the Year 2000 Sydney Taylor Award
    California Year 2000 Book
    2000 Bay Area Book Reviewers Award Nominee
    2000 Storytelling World Award Honor
    2000 National Council of Social Studies Notable Trade Book

    SACRED SHADOWS (historical novel)
    Dial Books, Penguin-Putnam USA 1997
    1997 National Jewish Book Award Finalist
    A 1998 Notable Book in the Field of Social Studies
    A 1998 Notable Book for a Global Society by the International Reading Association
    1998 Society of School Librarians International Book Award, (Honor Book)
    1998 Young Hoosiers Award Nominee

    WHEN I LEFT MY VILLAGE (historical book on Ethiopia)
    Dial Books, Penguin-Putnam USA 1996
    A 1996 American Booksellers Pick of the Lists,”
    A 1996 Notable Book in Field of Social Studies
    Winner of the 1996 Sugarman Family Award
    Winner of the 1996 Sydney Taylor Award.

    THE MARVELOUS MAZE (picture book)
    Stemmer House 1996

    DAY OF DELIGHT (picture book on Ethiopia)
    Dial Books, Penguin-Putnam USA 1994
    A 1994 “American Booksellers Pick of the Lists”
    Winner of the 1994 Parent’s Choice Award
    A Sydney Taylor Award nominee
    A Smithsonian “Best Children’s Book of 1994”
    National Public Radio Selection read by Gregory Hines

    THE CIRCLEMAKER (historical novel)
    Dial Books, Penguin-Putnam USA, 1994
    A 1994 American Booksellers “Pick of the Lists”
    A 1996-97 Mark Twain Award nominee
    Winner of the 1994 Louis B. Dessauer Award
    Winner of the Society of Children’s Book Writers Work-in-Progress Grant.

    HANNAH SZENES: A SONG OF LIGHT (biography of World War II resistance fighter and poet)
    The Jewish Publication Society, 1987 & 1999.
    A 1987 Notable Book in the Field of Social Studies
    A 1987 National Jewish Book Award Finalist.

    SAMANTHA’S SURPRISE (book and audio tape and movie)
    The American Girls Collection, The Pleasant Company, 1986

    THE WITCH AT THE WELLINGTON LIBRARY (picture book and audio tape)
    Viking/Seven Seas, New Zealand 1980

    WEKA WON’T LEARN (picture book)
    Viking/Seven Seas, New Zealand 1979.

    Maxine Rose Schur is a highly-entertaining speaker for both children and adults. More information about Maxine and her award-winning books is available at maxineroseschur.com. 


  • I am in love with writing. I write both children’s books and travel literature. Even when I’m working on one book I dreaming about the next.

    For children, I’ve written picture books, poetry, non-fiction, YA and middle grade novels  I love it all.

    I also teach children’s book writing at The Writing Salon in San Francisco and at colleges and conferences. 

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