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Mary Boone

Mary Boone has written 60+ nonfiction books for kids ages 5 to 14 on topics ranging from entomophagy to great inventors to recycling.


How Does an Idea Become a Book?

How do you make the cover? How did you get the pictures? How many revisions did you have to do? Young readers always have so many questions about the book publishing process. I'll give a quick overview with lots of time for participants to ask their own questions.

Mary Boone

30 Minute Program

SAVE THE PLANET

The average person in the United States makes 1,642 pounds of garbage each year! But, did you know that much of that trash doesn't need to end up in the landfill? There are many things we can use again. Or we can use less. Or we can recycle... Let's talk about what we can all do to help our planet.

Mary Boone

30 Minute Program

WHAT DO YOU WONDER?

What do clouds feel like? How fast does the world's fastest train go? Wonder has always driven my book ideas and writing and it's help me develop a love of research. During this program, I'll talk with participants about the types of research I do and how they could be doing the same sort of investigating.

Mary Boone

30 Minute Program

INSPIRED BY NATURE

Where do inventors get some of their best ideas? They look outside. From kingfishers to trains and orcas to submarines, many inventions come from studying nature. It's a process called biomimicry.

Mary Boone

30 Minute Program

BUGS FOR BREAKFAST

More than 2 billion people around the world eat insects on a regular basis. It's a practice called entomophagy. This program may not completely remove the yuck-factor from the notion of eating bugs, but it will open young readers’ minds to what is happening in the world around them and how eating insects could help save the planet.

Mary Boone

45 Minute Program

Mary Boone has ridden an elephant, solved puzzles on 'Wheel of Fortune,' and eaten bug kabobs -- all in the name of research for her nonfiction books. Five fun facts about Mary:

1. She lives in a 120-year-old house in Washington state.

2. She studied journalism at the University of Iowa and worked for newspapers in Iowa and Illinois.

3. She's run nine marathons.

4. She has a husband, two kids, and an Airedale terrier named Ruthie Bader.

5. She can't remember a time when she didn't want to be a writer.

Check out Mary online:

SAVE THE ANIMALS

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CLEAN IT UP!

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TRANSPORTATION INSPIRED BY NATURE

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CONSERVE IT!

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Reuse It!

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BUGS FOR BREAKFAST: How Eating Insects Could Help Save the Planet

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BUILDINGS INSPIRED BY NATURE

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GROW IT!

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Recycle It!

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