Marta Magellan Author
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Represented by Kortney Price of Raven Quill Literary
FLYING JEWELS A HUMMINGBIRD STORY
Publishing Date, August, 2021.
Fourth book in the Pollinators and Garden Helpers Series
DRAGONFLIES: WATER ANGELS AND BRILLIANT BIOINDICATORS, 2020
Purple Dragonfly Honor Award
Bronze Medal Florida Book Award
Green Earth Award Long list
AMAZING, MISUNDERSTOOD BATS 2019
2020 Bronze Medal Award for older children's books from the Florida Book Award, Florida State University.
ANOLE INVASION, 2018
Eureka! Silver Medal, 2020, California Reading Association
Nautilus Silver Medal, 2018
Nonfiction Informational Picture Book
The Nutty Little Vulture
Nautilus Silver Medal, 2018
Python Catchers Saving the Everglades,
Green Earth Award, 2021, Long list
This blog has an interview about the writing of PYTHON CATCHERS
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, I am an #ownvoices author, who immigrated to the U.S. at the age of seven. I fell in love with English by reading children's novels and made a career out of the language (B.A. in English, M.A. in Theoretical Linguistics).
A former full professor at Miami Dade College, I taught Creative Writing, English Composition, Survey of Children’s Literature, and Issues in Literature and Culture. I advised the college’s award-winning literary magazine and received three Endowed Teaching Chairs in the Humanities while at the college.
I now lead a Miami, Florida SCBWI critique group and am a nonfiction judge for Rate Your Stories. Besides SCBWI, I am a member of many other children's writing groups, such as STEAMTeamBooks, 12X12 Challenge, NFFest, and more.
My brother, Mauro Magellan, is the illustrator of several of my books as well as many of his own.
I have two remarkable children, a precious grandson, still living, one living in my heart, and a husband who takes photographs of all the animals we see.
FLYING JEWELS A HUMMINGBIRD STORY, August, 2021, Illustrated by Mauro Magellan, Eifrig Publishing
PYTHON CATCHERS SAVING THE EVERGLADES. April 2020, a book on the very damaging python invasion in the Everglades, Rowman and Littlefield/ Pineapple.
DRAGONFLIES WATER ANGELS AND BRILLIANT BIOINDICATORS, July 2020, Purple Dragonfly Award Honor Winner
AMAZING, MISUNDERSTOOD BATS, May, 2019, 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.
ANOLE INVASION, May, 2018,on the non-native backyard lizards displacing the native Carolina anole for grades 3-5.
THE NUTTY LITTLE VULTURE, January, 2018,fiction picture book for ages 3-5 charming fictional story based on facts of the different services vultures provide for our environment.
Other 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
Dragonflies: Water Angels and Brilliant Bioindicators
School Library Journal
Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elem. Sch., San Antonio
Gr 1–3—Readers will learn some fascinating facts about these docile insects. The griffinfly, the precursor to the dragonfly, existed 100 million years before the dinosaurs. According to scientists who study ancient animals, they were the largest insects of all time. Today, dragonflies are much smaller. A dragonfly nymph lives one to four years underwater. It breathes through its gills, which are inside its butt. The text includes a full-size, vivid photo on the left side, and a comically illustrated version of the insect on the right. The text explains that dragonflies are called "water angels" and are related to the damselfly. As a bioindicator, it only seeks out fresh water. Dragonflies found in folklore are briefly discussed. Readers are encouraged to save water and help eliminate waste to provide more freshwater sources for animals and insects. Additional facts and a glossary round out this title. VERDICT This kid-friendly science resource will fill a niche in the 595.7 section of your library.
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, https://www.eifrigpublishing.com/products/the-nutty-little-vulture
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: 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, Florida
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
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
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 presentation...it is quite a memory." -Cathy Snyder Nature Detective Series Director, July, 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
I love your books on lizards! I have read “Anole Invasion” and “Those Lively Lizards” and they were really cool! I remember when I was in Florida I caught a brown anole. Thank you for autographing the two books! -- Benjamin,
April 18, 2020
My book, PYTHON CATCHERS SAVING THE EVERGLADES about the python invasion in Florida, has been published and is available for sale. The launch at Books and Books has been postponed due to the virus.
I love presenting my books to children because they love animals as much as I do. Contact me at email@example.com or by clicking CONTACT above.
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
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!
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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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