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Melissa Stewart has written more than 180 science books for children, including the ALA Notable Feathers: Not Just for Flying, illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen, the SCBWI Golden Kite Honor title Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs, illustrated by Stephanie Laberis; and Can an Aardvark Bark?, illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Steve Jenkins. She co-wrote (with Nancy Chesley) Perfect Pairs: Using Fiction & Nonfiction Picture Books to Teach Life Science; K-2 and Perfect Pairs: Using Fiction & Nonfiction Picture Books to Teach Life Science, Grades 3-5 and edited the anthology Nonfiction Writers Dig Deep: 50 Award-winning Authors Share the Secret of Engaging Writing.
Melissa contributed chapters to Informational Texts in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade-three Classroom by Elaine M. Bukowiecki and Marlene P. Correia and (with Terrell Young) to Does Nonfiction Equate Truth? Rethinking Disciplinary Boundaries through Critical Literacy, edited by Vivian Yenika-Agbaw, Laura Anne Huddock, and Ruth McKoy Lowery, andcontributed articles to Book Links, Booklist, The Reading Teacher, Reading Today, School Library Connection, School Library Journal, and Science Books & Films. She served as a guest lecturer at Bridgewater State College, Columbia University, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Framingham State University, Harvard University, The Highlights Foundation, Lesley University, Olin College, Pine Manor College, Rhode Island College, Rutgers University, Salisbury University, Salve Regina University, Shenandoah University, Simmons College, Southern Connecticut State University, TEDxWomen, Union College, University of Maine at Orono, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Worcester State College.
Melissa earned a BS in biology from Union College in Schenectady, NY, and a master’s degree in science and environmental journalism from New Your University. She maintains the award-winning blog Celebrate Science and serves on the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators board of advisors. Her highly-regarded website features a rich array of nonfiction writing resources.