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Melissa Stewart - Author

About the Author

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 fulltime 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 firsthand research. While gathering information for her books, she has explored tropical rain forests 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.

Featured books by Melissa Stewart

Other books by Melissa Stewart

Seashells More Than a Home

Seashells More Than a Home

Author: Melissa Stewart, Sarah Brannen Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/03/2019

Robots Level 4

Robots Level 4

Author: Melissa Stewart, National Geographic Kids Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2018

National Geographic Primary Readers is a high-interest series of beginning reading books that have been developed in consultation with education experts. The books pair magnificent National Geographic photographs with lively text by skilled children's book authors across four reading levels. Discover the coolest robots of today and tomorrow in this colourful, photo-packed book. In this inviting and entertaining format, kids will learn about the science behind these amazing machines. This Level 4 reader is written in an easy-to-grasp style to encourage the scientists of tomorrow! Level 4: Independent reader Perfect for kids who are reading on their own with ease and are ready for more challenging vocabulary with varied sentence structures. They are ideal for readers of White and Lime books

No Monkeys, No Chocolate

No Monkeys, No Chocolate

Author: Melissa Stewart, Allen Young Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/06/2018

Dolphins

Dolphins

Author: Melissa Stewart Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2018

This book looks at dolphins as wild mammals and discusses the need to preserve their natural environment.

Pinocchio Rex and Other Tyrannosaurs

Pinocchio Rex and Other Tyrannosaurs

Author: Melissa Stewart, Steve Brusatte Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/12/2017

Everyone knows that Tyrannosaurus rex is the huge dinosaur with sharp claws and tiny arms. But in this Level Two LRFO from acclaimed science writer Melissa Stewart, you'll learn that T. rex is not the only tyrannosaur that existed in prehistoric times. In the last fifteen years, scientists have found many tyrannosaurs, including one with a really long pointy nose. The coauthor of this book, Dr. Steve Brusatte, went to China in order to help ID the dinosaur that he would give the nickname Pinocchio Rex! This book is the perfect overview of the exciting new discoveries in the land of tyrannosaurs. Read and find out how tyrannosaurs evolved-from the tiny Dilong to the enormous T. rex. The book also includes an infographic, activity, and glossary, as well as Dr. Steve Says sidebars that give readers insight into what it felt like for Dr. Steve to be involved with the discovery of P. Rex! This is a Level 2 Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science title, which means the book explores more challenging concepts for children in the primary grades and supports the Common Core Learning Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) standards. Let's-Read-and-Find-Out is the winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Science Books & Films Prize for Outstanding Science Series.

Deadliest Animals Level 4

Deadliest Animals Level 4

Author: Melissa Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2017

National Geographic Primary Readers pair magnificent National Geographic photographs with engaging text by skilled authors to help your child learn to read. Developed by education experts, this series of books for beginner readers is spread across four levels: Early Reader, Becoming Fluent, Becoming Independent and Independent Reader. Did you know that a tiny golf ball-sized creature called the blue-ringed octopus contains enough venom to kill 26 adult humans? Or why the Sydney funnel web spider is one of the most dangerous creatures in the world? In this National Geographic Kids Level 4 Reader, children will be fascinated by 12 species that you hope you'll never come across! Sharks, snakes, jellyfish and more - these creatures are among the most threatening - and interesting - in the world! Level 4: Independent Reader books are perfect for kids who are reading on their own with ease and are ready for more challenging vocabulary with varied sentence structures. They are ideal for readers of White and Lime book bands for guided reading. For another National Geographic Level 4 Reader, try Elephants (9780008266813).

Meteors Level 4

Meteors Level 4

Author: Melissa Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2017

National Geographic Primary Readers is a high-interest series of beginning reading books that have been developed in consultation with education experts. The books pair magnificent National Geographic photographs with lively text by skilled children's book authors across four reading levels. Blast off on a trip to discover the fascinating world of meteors. In this image-packed book, kids will learn all about these objects hurtling through space - and into our atmosphere. This level 4 reader is written in an easy-to-grasp style to encourage the scientists and explorers of tomorrow! Level 4: Independent reader Perfect for kids who are reading on their own with ease and are ready for more challenging vocabulary with varied sentence structures. They are ideal for readers of White and Lime books.

Deadly Predators Level 3

Deadly Predators Level 3

Author: Melissa Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2017

National Geographic Primary Readers pair magnificent National Geographic photographs with engaging text by skilled authors to help your child learn to read. Developed by education experts, this series of books for beginner readers is spread across four levels: Early Reader, Becoming Fluent, Becoming Independent and Independent Reader. Come face-to-face with sharks, wolves, tigers, and many more predators in this gripping Nat Geo Kids Level 3 Reader. Spectacular National Geographic photographs will amaze kids as they discover how predators hunt, raise their young and contribute to the food chain. Written in easy-to-comprehend text, this book for young readers will help children understand who rules in the wild! Level 3: Becoming Independent books are best suited for kids who are ready for complex sentences and more challenging vocabulary, but still draw on occasional support from adults. They are ideal for readers of Purple and Gold book bands for guided reading. For another National Geographic Level 3 Reader, try Weird Sea Creatures (9780008266721).

Water Level 4

Water Level 4

Author: Melissa Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2017

National Geographic Primary Readers is a high-interest series of beginning reading books that have been developed in consultation with education experts. The books pair magnificent National Geographic photographs with lively text by skilled children's book authors across four reading levels. Water is all around us; we drink it every day. In this level 4 reader, kids will learn about the water cycle, discovering how rain and snow flow into our lakes, rivers, and oceans, and later evaporate into the sky again. Vivid photography and accessible text make this book an ideal introduction to the science of water. Level 4: Independent reader Perfect for kids who are reading on their own with ease and are ready for more challenging vocabulary with varied sentence structures. They are ideal for readers of White and Lime books.

National Geographic Kids Readers: Predator face-Off

National Geographic Kids Readers: Predator face-Off

Author: Melissa Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/08/2017

Find out what happens when predator is pitted against predator in this exciting, informative reader. The Level 1 text provides accessible, yet wide-ranging, information about some of the world's most amazing creatures for beginning readers.

Droughts

Droughts

Author: Melissa Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/07/2017

The earth-and everything on it-needs water. But lately, it's been unusually sunny, warm, and dry. The weather anchor announces that your area is experiencing a drought! Where do droughts happen? How do we know that we are in a drought? Why is rainfall important? Do droughts just affect people? Can scientists keep track of rainfall? Read and find out! This book is full of activities, like how to measure rainfall, how to visualize how much of the world's water is freshwater, and how to create a cloud in a jar. It's also full of graphic features perfect for visual learners, like a diagram of the water cycle, and rich vocabulary bolded throughout the text, with a glossary. This is a Level 2 Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science title, which means the book explores more challenging concepts for children in the primary grades and supports the Common Core Learning Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) standards. Let's-Read-and-Find-Out is the winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Science Books & Films Prize for Outstanding Science Series.

Caterpillar to Butterfly

Caterpillar to Butterfly

Author: Melissa Stewart Format: Board book Release Date: 14/06/2016

A caterpillar hatches. 'It eats and eats...and grows into a butterfly that flits and floats across the sky. Follow the life cycle of one of nature's most beautiful creatures in simple text and stunning photos. This unique book features graduated flaps that display each stage of metamorphosis at a glance. Turn each flap to reveal engaging facts that kids will love.

Feathers

Feathers

Author: Melissa Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2014

No Monkeys, No Chocolate

No Monkeys, No Chocolate

Author: Melissa Stewart, Allen Young Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/08/2013

National Geographic Kids Readers: Snakes

National Geographic Kids Readers: Snakes

Author: Melissa Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/06/2013

They're SSSSLITHERY! SLIPPERY! They creep us out! But get to know them and you'll find snakes private, quiet types who just want a cool, shady place to call home. From the tip of their forked tongues, to skin that sheds, to the rattles on certain tails, these creatures have secrets all kids will love. Cool photos and fun facts slip us inside their surprising world.

National Geographic Kids Readers: Ants

National Geographic Kids Readers: Ants

Author: Melissa Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/06/2013

Ants are all over. They come in different sizes, different colours, and have different ways of thriving where they are This high-interest, educationally vetted series of beginning readers features the images of National Geographic accompanied by texts written by experienced, skilled children's book authors.

National Geographic Kids Readers: Deadly Predators

National Geographic Kids Readers: Deadly Predators

Author: Melissa Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/06/2013

Come face-to-face with sharks, wolves, tigers, and many more predators in this gripping new addition to the National Geographic Kids Reader series. Amazing animal photos will wow kids as they discover how predators hunt, raise their young, and contribute to the food chain. This Level 2 reader is written in easy-to-grasp text and will help kids understand who rules in the wild!

National Geographic Kids Readers: Titanic

National Geographic Kids Readers: Titanic

Author: Melissa Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2012

Get kids reading with cool information about the subjects that interest them the most. National Geographic Readers are high-interest, exciting, and easy to read. The latest in the series, Titanic is no exception. Just in time for the 100th anniversary of the Olympic-class passenger liner's ill-fated journey, this title is replete with brilliant photographs and exclusive in-depth coverage including Bob Ballard's 1985 discovery. Brought to you only as National Geographic can, the industrial feat of the powerful ship, the tragedy of the wreckage, and the fascinating stories of survival bring the historical significance of the Titanic to a new audience in this level 3 reader.

Inside Volcanoes

Inside Volcanoes

Author: Melissa Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2011

This title helps you find out what causes a volcano to blow its top, whether or not they exist in space and much more. It includes ten spectacular gatefolds, plus incredible photos, graphs, maps, diagrams and first-person stories. It is suitable for children aged 8 to 12 years old. What causes scorching hot lava to spike through Earth's crust and make a volcano blow its top? Do volcanoes exist in space? What do brave volcanologists learn by climbing right into a volcano's mouth? In the wake of the eruptions by Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull, everyone wants to know! Ten spectacular gatefolds, plus incredible photos, graphs, maps, diagrams and first-person stories, take intrepid young explorers right to the source to find out.

National Geographic Kids Readers: Deadliest Animals

National Geographic Kids Readers: Deadliest Animals

Author: Melissa Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2011

Did you know that a tiny golf ball-sized creature called the blue-ringed octopus contains enough venom to kill 26 adult humans? Or why the Sydney funnel web spider is one of the most dangerous creatures in the world? In this Level 3 book, kids will be fascinated by 12 species that you hope you'll never come across! Sharks, snakes, jellyfish and more-these creatures are among the most threatening-and interesting-in the world! National Geographic supports K-12 educators with ELA Common Core Resources. Visit www.natgeoed.org/commoncore for more information.

National Geographic Kids Readers: Dolphins

National Geographic Kids Readers: Dolphins

Author: Melissa Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/04/2010

Everyone loves the smile on a dolphin's face. Though smart enough to become theme park tricksters, dolphins are first and foremost wild mammals. Melissa Stewart's lively text outlines our responsibility to conserve their natural environment. This high-interest book also offers an interactive experience to boost awareness of these adorable creatures.

A Daddy Longlegs Isn't a Spider

A Daddy Longlegs Isn't a Spider

Author: Melissa Stewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2009

Rachel Carson Biologist and Writer

Rachel Carson Biologist and Writer

Author: Melissa Stewart Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2001

Ferguson's Career Biographies tell the stories of some of the world's most influential and admired people. This book focuses on Rachel Carson, looking at her early education and training, the challenges she faced on the job, important mentors and her career achievement.

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