Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Speaker Profile - Mary Morton Cowan


Region: New England (CT, RI, MA, VT, NH, ME)
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: < 500 miles
Skype Visit: Yes
SCBWI Profile: Member Profile
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My 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. My earlier 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.  
     I 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 nearly 100 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, I won a NESCBWI Critique Scholarship Award for a picture book manuscript.  I live in Maine.

Presentation Description:

I enjoy presenting book talks to schools and community groups. My book talks include visuals, reading, and time for discussion.

I also offer seven workshops for students in grades 4 and up, and a few for students in grades 2-3. I am happy to adapt workshop content to meet teachers' individual requests.