Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Nonfiction Series Webinar: Science Writing Panel

Date(s) - 04/19/2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Join us Monday, April 19, 2021, at 7:00 PM Pacific!

Panelists Mary Boone, Curtis Manley, and Ellie Peterson join SCBWI WWA’s nonfiction coordinator, Lisa L. Owens, for a conversation about the many dimensions of creating science books for young readers. We’ll take a look at each guest’s featured book (all three fall under the broader topic of the solar system/planets) and examine different approaches to homing in on a specific concept and crafting form, tone, point of view, and more.

This FREE virtual meetup using the Zoom platform requires registration. Please note that registration will close on Friday, April 16, 2021 — or once it fills up. Attendees will receive an SCBWI Western Washington email containing access information sometime on April 18. Gmail users may find that emails like these land in their Promotions or Social tab. This Nonfiction Series event will be recorded, and all confirmed registrants will receive a link to view the replay once it’s available.


Meet the Panel!

Mary Boone has written 50+ nonfiction books for young readers, including Clean It Up! in the Pebble Books Saving the Planet series. She’s ridden an elephant, hung out backstage with a boy band, and eaten grasshopper kabobs — all in the name of research. Her forthcoming book, Bugs for Breakfast (Chicago Review Press, Fall 2021), focuses on entomophagy, the practice of eating insects for nourishment. Learn more at


Curtis Manley is the author of two fiction picture books, one folktale adaptation, and the nonfiction picture book Just Right: Searching for the Goldilocks Planet. Curtis grew up building model rockets and reading science fiction about aliens and long trips to other star systems. Later, he studied volcanoes and the geology of other planets and moons. In the high desert of Idaho, he mapped huge lava flows similar to ones on Venus. Curtis lives near Seattle with his wife and their daughter, who was born in the year that the first exoplanet orbiting a Sun-like star was discovered. Visit him at


Ellie Peterson is the author-illustrator of It’s a Round, Round World! and The Reason for the Seasons. Her nonfiction work is inspired by 20 years of teaching STEM, and her books actively encourage kids to question HOW they know what they know. When she’s not in the lab, Ellie enjoys experimenting with art supplies in her home studio. Look out for her next book, How to Hug a Pufferfish, from Roaring Brook Press in 2022. Visit for more information.


This event is fully booked.