Mary Morton Cowan, Children's Author






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Mary Morton Cowan My name is Mary Morton Cowan, and I write for young readers. I have a lot to share with you – about being a children's author, about my writing, and about me. Feel free to browse through my site.

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Are you ready for the Arctic?
Captain Mac is real COOL!!!
Cold, actually!
One reader said, " feel like you are sledging alongside Captain Mac as he explores the Arctic."
Captain Mac book cover

“It reads like a novel!”
                Kirsten Cappy, Children's Book Consultant, Curious City

This beautifully designed book packs a punch—

lots of fascinating anecdotes—

A fabulous class/team read

Stuffed polar bears reading CAPTAIN MAC

CALLING ALL READERS, ages 10 and older! 

Captain Mac: The Life of Donald Baxter MacMillan, Arctic Explorer is the adventurous life story of a man who explored and researched the eastern Arctic and Subarctic and its peoples for nearly 50 years. 

(Calkins Creek, Imprint of Boyds Mills Press, March 2010)

NOBA medal Winner, 2010 National Outdoor Book Award, Children's category.
2010 John Burroughs Association Outstanding Nature Book for Young Readers John Burroughs Association Seal

Winner of a 2010 Honor Book Award from the Society of School Librarians International (SSLI), Social Studies—Grades 7-12 category.

Bank Street College, Best Children's Books of the Year, 2011 Edition. Special Interests: Biography. 

Recommended by the National Science Teachers Association.

Events Nanook, my stuffed polar bear puppetPraise for Captain Mac

My two earlier books are:
Timberrr book cover
Timberrr...A History of Logging in New England (Millbrook Press, 2003)
Winner of  Lupine Honor Award
Ice Country book cover
Ice Country: One Boy's Adventure in the Arctic with Commander Donald MacMillan (Cricketfield Press, Imprint of Picton Press, 1995. Softcover, 1997)

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