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Marta Magellan's Children's Books


 Coming out end of April, 2020, Python Catchers Saving the Everglades about the eco-destruction caused by invasive Burmese pythons. Proud to have been the writer of this environmentally important but friendly children's book.

Children's picture books The Nutty Little Vulture (2018), Anole Invasion (2018), have won Silver Nautilus Awards. Amazing, Misunderstood Bats (2019) is a perfect Halloween book .

Older books by writer Marta Magellan still in print: Those Lively Lizards, Those Colossal Cats, and Those Voracious Vultures. 

A full list of my writing can be found under Publications

Scroll down to "Contact Me" if you're interested in entering a lottery to win one of my children's books. 

Upcoming Events/Awards


May 16, 2020, Saturday 11 a.m. Announcing the launch of  PYTHON CATCHERS SAVING THE EVERGLADES at Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida. There will be a drawing for a free copy of the book as well as an original illustration from the book.

January 5, 2020, Sunday, 12:30-1:30 PM

Reading of THE NUTTY LITTLE VULTURE for very young children followed by crafts at Flamingo Gardens, 3750 South Flamingo Road, Davie

Halloweensie Contest

 Honorable Mention In The Competition As A Whole: (all-around well-written stories we loved that just missed the finals for one small reason or another!)

Marta Magellan for Scary Things well written, great job showing the spookiness of Halloween and the back-to-normal morning after – good kid appeal--Susanna Hill


Both environmentally-focused children's books, The Nutty Little Vulture (Silver for Picture Books) and Anole Invasion  (Silver for Nonficiton Informational Book) have been selected as 2018 Nautilus Award Medal Winners. Both are illustrated by Mauro Magellan. Nautilus is a respected award with the motto "Better Books for a Better World."



Writer of children's books with a focus on nonfiction. Most of my publications have been picture books about wildlife. I am also  a lover of travel, music, birding, and nature, but most of all, children. 

I was born in Brazil, and immigrated at the age of seven, taking to books in English almost immediately. I taught English and Creative Writing during my entire working life, most of that at Miami Dade College.

 I have two  children, a precious grandson, still living, one living in my heart, and a husband who takes photographs of all the animals we see.

Marta MagellaN: News, Reviews



To be published March, 2020: Presently in production, a book on the very damaging python invasion in the Everglades, titled PYTHON CATCHERS SAVING THE EVERGLADES. Publisher: Rowman and Littlefield/ Pineapple.

Published May, 2019, AMAZING, MISUNDERSTOOD BATS, nonfiction for grades 3-5. My latest book on this very special mammal was launched in July, 2019 at the Nature Detectives workshop in Ponte Vedra, Florida.

Published May, 2018, ANOLE INVASION, on the non-native backyard lizards displacing the native Carolina anole for grades 3-5. 

Published January, 2018, THE NUTTY LITTLE VULTURE, fiction picture book for ages 3-5 based on facts of the different services vultures provide for our environment.



Children's Book Watch/ Pets,Wildlife Shelf /Midwest Book Review, August, 2019
Anole Invasion is a book about the green anole, a lizard whose territory is being invaded by another species of lizard called the Cuban brown anole...This fascinating story of the Carolina or green anole's adaptation to invasive species of anole is educational and beautifully enhanced by expert color photographs of each anole species. The end of the book has two pages of excellent portraits of the crested anole, the Cuban anole, the green anole, and the knight anole, plus a full glossary of terms. Anole Invasion is an excellent resource for students of life sciences in grades 2 and up.
The Nutty Little Vulture 9781632330802, 32pp,
Review: Family Magazine, by Meribeth Shank, January, 2018: Animals are Amazing:  Little Vulture’s mom offers to teach him how to get his own food. But he’s already off, finding it for himself ...The importance of what vultures contribute by eating carrion is  emphasized by the repetitive comments in large easy to read text,  following each of Little Vulture’s food inspections. Expressive  illustrations draw readers into the story. The sister/brother author/illustrator team have combined their talents to share this  engaging, environmentally thoughtful picture book. Back matter includes  facts about vultures, a glossary, and references.
Children's Book Watch/ Pets,Wildlife Shelf /Midwest Book Review, August, 2019
It is time for Little Vulture to start finding his own meals. But when he ventures out on his own, he discovers that none of the food the other vultures are sharing with him is tasty. On his journey, he discovers that not all vultures are carnivores which seems just a little bit nutty to him, too. A scrumptious book introducing the amazing world of vultures to kids, "The Nutty Little Vulture" is enhanced with the inclusion of a listing of Facts About Palm-Nut Vultures and a listing of Facts About Other Vultures. While especially and highly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library wildlife picture book collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Nutty Little Vulture" is also available in a paperback edition (9781632330796, $9.99).
Excerpt of Review by Micaela Amateau Amato,  Illustrator
Marta Magellan’s charming, intelligently written book THE NUTTY LITTLE  VULTURE, beautifully illustrated by Mauro Magellan, takes on the  symbiotic cycle of life ...Great message! It’s a short book with a brilliant educational and social message, perfectly illustrated to attract and keep total attention and  fascination on message. I love this book for adults and kids of all ages.



From: Susanna Leonard Hill, Author and founder of Halloweensie contest: Writing is a tough business - we all need a little sparkle and encouragement from time to time 🙂 I'm glad if you enjoyed the contest!  We  certainly enjoyed your very well-written entry and the way it so  beautifully showed how a kid's imagination can get the better of him in  the spookiness of a dark Halloween night only to dissolve into  a perfectly normal day in the light of morning. 11/22/2019

From: Merlin Tuttle, Founder and Executive Director, Merlin Tuttle Bat Conservation. I received the copy of your book, Amazing, Misunderstood Bats...[T]he photos look great in print.  Your book will help a new generation of youngsters to learn all the ways  bats are helpful, not scary. I look forward to sharing it! May 30, 2019
 From: Carolyn Smith, President of the Las Adelfas Garden Circle in St. Augustine,  It  is exciting when a non-profit group; the Garden Club of St. Augustine,  is able to work with such a talented writer and illustrator to achieve  such a wonderful product.  We hope the book will extend out to many  other groups around the state and beyond who want to educate our youth  about the importance of our environment and the animals and creatures  who inhabit our planet...
your book could be used to stimulate interest as well as conservation  for some of our most important creatures; our pollinators! April 19, 2019

We LOVE this program and the positive,  important impact it has on countless young people. We are so pleased and  proud to partner with you!       --Bryanne Hamilton (and all of us at Southern Horticulture!), August 1, 2019

   Children's author, Marta Magellan, fascinated Pinecrest Library patrons while discussing her latest book, Anole Invasion. She informed the group about local invasive lizards and how to help the disappearing Anole creatures. Ms. Magellan had her huge crowd intrigued and eager to participate; her very informative presentation was a grand success!
--Jennifer Hernandez, Pinecrest Branch Miami-Dade Public Library, March, 2019.

The  children were listening, enthusiastic, and engaged the whole time. I  love your book, ANOLE INVASION and will be sharing it with some nature  lovers I know!"
              -- Lori Dubbin, Teacher/Author, 2019

You were such a dynamic part of our Nature Detective Series in Ponte  Vedra ... You have such knowledge of the subject and  have such a flair for is quite a memory." -Cathy Snyder Nature Detective Series Director, 2016

What an amazing author visit, Marta! Thank you so much for traveling up to us. The families were thrilled! Thank  you again for all you did for us – we’re so glad so many came and had a  great time! I hope we can work with you again in the future.  -- Anne Crawford, Youth Services Coordinator for St. Johns County Public Library System, August 15, 2013

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Anole Invasion

Anole Invasion


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Anole lizards from other lands are taking the territories that once belonged to the native Carolina (or green) anole. Is it possible to stop the invasion? This is nonfiction about the important topic of invasive lizards for children 6-12.  Beautiful illustrations by Mauro Magellan


The Nutty Little Vulture


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It's time for Little Vulture to start finding his own meals. But when he ventures out on his own, he discovers that none of the food the other vultures are sharing with him is tasty. On his journey, he discovers that some vultures are vegetarians -- which seems just a little bit nutty to him, too!


Those Lively Lizards

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Twenty questions about lizards answered with pictures and cartoons. Activities include a lizard crossword puzzle and a lizard puppet that sticks out his dewlap. What's a dewlap? You'll find out!

Sammy Joseph Schnall Scholarship Fund

In memory of my beloved grandson, who died two weeks after his first birthday, a scholarship fund has been established in his name for students working toward a BS in Early Childhood Education. Please click the Donate button if you'd like to contribute to the fund or call the Miami Dade Foundation care of Ana Martinez 786-395-0033. 

If you are a Miami Dade College student, who is majoring in Early Childhood Education, and interested in the scholarship, contact Dr. Susan Neimand in the School of Education:  

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