Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Speaker Profile - Mary Morton Cowan


Region: New England
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: < 500 miles
Skype Visit: Yes
SCBWI Profile: Member Profile
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Mary Morton Cowan’s most recent book is a historical biography, CYRUS FIELD'S BIG DREAM: THE DARING EFFORT TO LAY THE FIRST TRANSATLANTIC TELEGRAPH CABLE, (Calkins Creek, 2018). Her earlier biography, 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, stories and activities 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.  She lives in Maine and visits schools and community groups throughout the northeast.

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.