SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Melissa Stewart

Melissa Stewart is the award-winning author of more than 180 science books for children. She has always been fascinated by the natural world and is passionate about sharing its beauty and wonder with readers of all ages.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in biology from Union College in Schenectady, NY, and a master’s degree in science journalism from New York University, Melissa worked as a children’s book editor for nine years before becoming a full time writer in 2000. She has written everything from board books for preschoolers to resources guides for educators.

Melissa believes that nothing brings nonfiction writing to life like first hand research. While gathering information for her books, she has explored tropical rainforests in Costa Rica, gone on safari in East Africa, and swum with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands.

When Melissa isn’t writing or exploring the natural world, she spends time speaking at schools, libraries, and conferences for educators. She can’t imagine any job she’d rather have.

Bonus Seminar! 

Sat 4/17 at 11 AM EST

Nonfiction 101: Answers to Your Burning Questions
Nonfiction for children has changed dramatically in recent years, evolving in exciting new directions, and publishers are increasingly interested in publishing this new breed of books that delight as well as inform. Whether you’re new to the world of informational writing or looking to fill in gaps in your nonfiction knowledge, this session is for you. Attendees submit up to three questions when they register, and veteran nonfiction author and SCBWI Board member Melissa Stewart will share PowerPoint slides that address as many as possible in 60 minutes. A handout with additional resources will also be available.