Buried Alive was named a 2013 IRA Teacher's Choice Award book.

Learn how Buried Alive fits in with STEM lesson plans.

Elaine was a featured author at the 2012 Texas Book Festival in Austin, TX.

The American Library Association named Space, Stars, and the Beginning of Time: What the Hubble Telescope Saw to its 2012 Notables List. It also won the prestigious Texas Institute of Letters writing award!

 NASA Lunar and Planetary Institute explores Mars. Click here for lesson plans and activities to use with Mars and the Search for Life.

Elaine is named as the Featured Sweetheart by the Texas Sweethearts and Scoundrels writers group. Learn why at the blog.

Read Cynthia Leitich Smith's interview with Elaine at Cynsations.

Now available in audiobook! When is a Planet Not a Planet?: The Story of Pluto is now available as an audiobook from Random House Audio. Listen to a sample clip by clicking here.

Library Sparks featured When is a Planet Not a Planet? and Elaine Scott in the March 2008 issue.

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 Hello, and thanks for visiting my website.

 You should find everything youíve ever wanted to know about me (and probably a lot you donít care about) right here.  However, if you canít find what youíre looking for, just e-mail me at Elaine@elainescott.com and Iíll get back to you immediately.  I mean that.  I pride myself on personally answering every single e-mail that comes through this site.

 Itís hard to believe that 2013 is drawing to a close.  Itís been another busy year for me, as Iíve finished two books that will publish in 2015.  One is a comprehensive look at the moon, detailing the latest scientific discoveries about Earthís closest neighbor.  I just loved writing it, since the research produced a lot of those ďI didnít know that!Ē moments that make writing nonfiction such a joy.  Look for Our Moon, published by Clarion, in 2015.  The second book is Dollars and Sense, and it will be published by Charlesbridge, also in 2015.  As the title implies, this one has everything to do with moneyóits history, and the care and handling of it, including earning it, borrowing it, lending it, and budgeting it.  The subject may seem heavy, but Iíve tried to keep the tone light and kid-friendly.

 Meanwhile, Iíve been delighted to note that Buried Alive (Clarion, 2012), the story of the 33 miners who survived for an incredible 69 days buried beneath the Chilean desert, has appeared on countless summer reading lists from schools literally across the country, and even American schools in foreign lands.  I hope many young people have been able to learn something about problem-solving, courage, and leadership from reading and discussing this book, as they returned to school this year.  For teachers and librarians, thereís a great educatorís guide to use with the text elsewhere on the website.  Speaking of teachers, school visits for spring, 2014 are booking up, so if youíre interested in inviting me to visit with your students, now is the time to schedule a date. 

An authorís work is only ďdoneĒ when the author runs out of ideas.  Fortunately that hasnít happened to me, so I am hard at work developing other projects for the future.  Stay tuned to see what they might be!  With the implementation of the core curriculum standards across the country, the demand for carefully researched-and-written nonfiction has increased.  Iím delighted, since Iíve always believed that good nonfiction is as exciting and rewarding to read as any piece of fictionóand it has the added bonus of being true!  Nothing beats having fun while youíre learning something.

 Never, ever stop reading!




  Honors and Events

Space, Stars, and the Beginning of Time: What the Hubble Telescope Saw was named a 2012 Notable Book by the American Library Association. It has has also been named one of four finalists for the prestigious Texas Institute of Letters writing awards.


When Is a Planet Not a Planet? is named to the 2010-2011 Young Hoosier Book Award Nomination List!

Secrets of the Cirque Medrano has been named one of Bank Street College's Best Children's Books of the Year!

The Texas State Reading Association awarded When is a Planet Not a Planet? the 2008 Golden Spur Award for Children's Literature (now called TSRA Literature Award for Children, Young Adult and Illustrator).

When is a Planet Not a Planet? won the 2008 Texas Reading Association's Literature Award. It was also named as a PBS Recommended Book, a 2008 Teacher's Choice book, and was also named to the Maine Student Book Awards list for 2008-2009.

Elaine was a featured author at the International Reading Association Conference in Phoenix, AZ, February 21-25, 2009.

Poles Apart was named a finalist for the prestigious Teddy Children's Book Award in 2005. The Pennsylvania Library Association named Poles Apart to its YA Top 40 list! Chicago Public Library names Poles Apart one of its Best of the Best.

Elaine was one of a select group of children's authors invited to participate in Laura Bush Celebrates America's Authors, part of the extended Inaugural Activities on January 19, 2001. Read about her experience in the Special Events section of the site.


Then-Governor George W. Bush welcomes Elaine Scott to the 1999 Texas Book

Festival in Austin, Texas.





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