A common comment from adult readers about the topics of Elaine's books
is, "I really thought I had no interest in the subject, but once
I started reading it was all so fascinating and engaging that I was drawn
Many of Elaine's books are available through Recorded Books. Class sets
include 10 copies of the book, a recorded book, and teacher guides. Read-along
and print copies of some titles are also available through Recorded
Amazon and out-of-print book services like Alibris
have new and used copies of Elaine's books available. Close Encounters
is also available in Braille through the Library
of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically
lively reporting is packed with fascinating details; ...certainly has
insight into what will appeal to young readers.”—The Horn Book
here for links to teacher guides, articles, and other resources to
use with Elaine's books.
Buried Alive!: How 33 Miners Survived 69 Days Deep Under the Chilean Desert
978-0547707785; $17.99 (Grades 4-8)
"An engaging, suspenseful look at a tragedy averted that also provides a glimpse of a challenging way of life."
2013 IRA Teacher's Choice Award
Stars, and the Beginning of Time
Clarion, 2011. 978-0547241890; $17.99 (Grades 3-6)
Institue of Letters Award Finalist
Notable Children's Book
"When kids begin to find books on the solar system a bit too parochial, it’s
time to ramp up space study with some bigger, more controversial, truly
mind-boggling ideas. ...gasp-worthy photographs should fire up the most sluggish imaginations."
--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Book
Space, Stars and the Beginning of Time: What the
Hubble Telescope Saw is a straight out masterpiece. Its
amazing captioned space photographs and easily explained
concepts make it a wonderful and informative book. Some
(and unfortunately, most) nonfiction books may become
boring after awhile, but not this one! Whether you're
interested in space or not, this book will have you hooked!
Mars and the Search
Clarion, 2008. 978-0618766956; $17.00 (Grades 3-7)
well-researched examination of our fascinating relationship with
the Red Planet, and of the possibility of life (intelligent or otherwise)
existing (or having existed) in its stark, rugged landscapes.
...this clearly written, carefully constructed book
will shine like the Red Planet seen on a clear, moonless night."–Starred
Review SLJ, February 2009.
Additional attention is focused on the technological
challenges of designing and launching spacecraft capable of making
it to Mars intact. Abundant color, color-enhanced, and black-and-white
images give readers a real feel for the Martian surface, and artistic
renderings illustrate current and future technologies that get
spacecraft to Mars—and someday, hopefully, back to Earth again.
-- The Horn Book
“Scott, who so ably handled Pluto’s recent identity
crisis, now turns to Earth’s mysterious next-door neighbor to
discuss the Mars Exploration Rover and tantalizing findings that
suggest that conditions on the red planet may once have been hospitable
to life. . . . Sidebar information ranges from the predictably
useful (Martian gravity and time) to the outright quirky (Pieces
of World Trade Center wreckage were incorporated into the Rock
Abrasion Tool).” -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
All About Sleep From
A to Zzzz
Viking, 2008. 978-0670061884; $17.99 (Grades 3-6)
"This excellent overview is packed with interesting
tidbits, such as the fact that most people are paralyzed during
sleep. Scott is careful to point out which information is factual
and which is theory, an important distinction. Chapters include
the history of what we know about sleep, what happens while you
sleep, theories about dreams, and sleep disorders." --School
"In ten brief chapters dotted with the occasional
black-and-white cartoon illustration and inset factlet, Scott relates
a great deal of interesting information about the nature of sleep."
"Though historical figures such as Aristotle
and Freud come up in the discussion, Scott makes clear that scientists
today are continually learning more about the nature and significance
of sleep." -- Booklist
Named an Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2009 by The
Miss Rumphius Effect.
Junior Literary Guild Selection, January 2009
Secrets of the Cirque
Charlesbridge, 2008. ISBN 978-1-57091-712-7; $15.95
Elaine Scott vividly recreates the drama and excitement
that charged the intellectual world of avant-garde artists and writers
in Paris at the turn of the twentieth century.
"Great art often seems to have a story behind
it, and Scott has imagined a suspenseful one about the circus acrobats
featured in Picasso’s Family of Saltambiques." -- Booklist
"Scott ties the story of the circus (the source
of Picasso's Family of Saltimbanques), the growth of the Russian
Secret Police in Paris and the change in Montmartre from village
to a vibrant part of the city to Brigitte's adjustment to her new
life." -- Kirkus
Secrets of the Cirque Medrano has been named one of Bank
Street College's Best Children's Books of the Year!
Cynsations! Read the updated interview with Cynthia Leitich
"Young readers will follow Brigitte’s coming
of age with great interest as she becomes involved in international
espionage, aids her new friends who are mistreated by a corrupt
circus owner, and touches the lives of artists who changed the world."
"...mixes history, mystery, and art into an
interesting story of amazing adventures that will keep pages turning."
"those who enjoy fiction built up with history
and biography will be interested in this window into Picasso's famous
painting.--School Library Journal
For a free teacher's guide, click
Is a Planet Not a Planet?: The Story of Pluto
Clarion, 2007. ISBN-13
Texas State Reading Association
selected When is a Planet Not a Planet? as the 2008 winner
of their Golden Spur Award for Children's Literature. It was also
selected for the
Librarians Choices list by Texas Woman's University.
The International Reading Association
has named When is a Planet Not a Planet? as a 2008 Teacher's
Choice book. When is a Planet Not a Planet?: The Story of
Pluto has been named to the Maine
Student Book Awards list.
Scott is the first to put the answer to the title
question into terms simple enough for a very young audience to understand,
based upon the new definitions determined by the International Astronomical
Union. Check out the article and teacher resources in the March
2008 issue of Library
"Beautifully designed from cover to cover and including numerous
captioned color photos and other illustrations from a variety of
sources, this book entices browsers to look closely. Serious readers
will find plenty of detail and well-chosen references for further
research. A great resource." --School Library Journal (starred
"Sometimes it's good to go back to basics in
order to make sense of things, and that's exactly what Elaine Scott
has done with When Is a Planet Not a Planet: The Story of Pluto.
It's a thin volume (only 48 pages in hardcover, and only a single
CD in audiobook) aimed at school-age kids, but still perfectly enjoyable
and educational for adults." -- SciFi
"She laces her crystal-clear prose with analogies
that make it easy for youngsters to grasp how the astronomers decided
to boot Pluto from the majors." -- Sacramento
"But how did this heavenly body [Pluto] get
the job in the first place? And why the scientific pink slip? Scott
connects these two questions with the certainty that future discussions
will change, because scientific knowledge is not static." --
The Horn Book
"Elaine Scott brings together ancient and modern
astronomy to make that decision understandable." -- Chicago
"Through easy-to-understand text and often
breathtaking photographs, we learn what makes a planet a planet".
Also now available in audio format from Listening
Library or it's trade division, Random Audio.
Why Penguins and Polar Bears Will Never Be Neighbors
(Viking, October 2004)
Poles Apart was named to the CBC-NCSS
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People list for
2005. It has also been named to Chicago Public Library's Best of
the Best list and The Cooperative Children's Book Center at the
University of Wisconsin named it to their CCBC
Choices 2005 list.
by Columbus (OH) Metropolitan Library and the Pennsylvania
The perfect book to supplement the blockbuster films,
of the Penguins or Happy Feet!
of Poles Apart
Mid-level readers still a bit hazy on what our planet's poles, both
geographic and magnetic, are all about will benefit from Scott's
painstaking review of their nature, origins, differences, and human
discovery. Along with explanations of rotation, orbits, seasons,
magnetism, auroras, continental drift, and a plethora of related
topics, she contrasts the climates and wildlife of the Arctic and
Antarctic, chronicles the arrival of Inuit and Norse settlers, as
well as the exploits of explorers from Captain Cook to Roald Amundsen.
She closes with a glimpse of modern research and a discussion of
the likely effects of global warming.
School Library Journal:
Gr 5-7-This slender, handsome book presents the literal ends of
the Earth (if a globular mass can be said to have ends). From the
peregrinations of Antarctica as it drifted away from Gondwanaland
to descriptions of the magnetic poles, from penguins to polar bears,
Scott provides an attractive window on the disparities of two cold
places. (December 2004)
Photographs by Margaret
well-executed concept book ... explores the joys and dilemmas
of friendship and encourages children to think about what they
do in similar situations." School Library Journal
Encounters: Exploring the Universe with the Hubble Space Telescope
(Hyperion Books for Children, 1998)
1999 Science Writing Award from the American Institute
of Physics; 1999
Outstanding Trade Book for Children National Science
"Scott follows up her Adventure in Space: The Flight to Fix the
Hubble with this equally outstanding explanation of why the effort
to repair the orbiting telescope's faulty components was worthwhile....a
meaty, cogent report." School Library Journal (starred review.)
is available from Recorded
(Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1998)
by Margaret Miller
colorful photographs of twins in action will draw children to this
appealing photo-essay...With the increasing frequency of multiple
births, many children know or see twins in their schools and communities,
so this well-designed book is an excellent resource for parents
and teachers to have on hand." ALA Booklist
in Space: The Flight to Fix the Hubble (Hyperion Books for Children,
by NASA and Margaret Miller
rare look behind the scenes at NASA.... The exceptionally clear,
full-color photographs, some from NASA, and others taken by Margaret
Miller, work seamlessly with the text. An excellent presentation.
Booklist (starred review) *
Choices, 1996 Choice
Library Journal Best Book of the Year for 1995; Booklist
Editor's Choice for 1995; VOYA
Nonfiction Honor List for 1995; Nominee,
The Beehive Award,
title is available from Recorded
loves children. He has narrated several books for kids including
the fascinating "Adventures in Space: The Flight to Fix the Hubble"
by Elaine Scott, which will keep the little ones and their parents
on the edge of their seats." -- Excerpt from audiobookstoday.com,
December 2, 2002.
teacher's curriculum guide for Adventure in Space
is available by clicking here.
A research project for use with Adventure in Space is
available online by clicking here.
Magic: Behind the Scenes with Special Effects (Morrow Junior Books,
"From the imploding house in Poltergeist to the ultrarealistic T.
Rex in Jurassic Park, the fascinating world of special effects comes
to life in this ... addition to Elaine Scott's popular behind-the-scenes
title is available from Recorded
for these out-of-print books at your local library or through Amazon.com's
out-of-print search service. Some titles are also available through Recorded
The Treasure Hunt For Oil (1982)
Papers: Behind the Scenes of the Comics (1993)--This title is available
from Recorded Books, Inc.
Could It Happen To You? (1989)
Alive: Behind the Scenes of an Animated Film (1992)
Getting It, Shipping It, Selling It (1984)
Behind the Scenes of a Television Show (1988) A
Reading Rainbow Book (Bionic Bunny Episode)
in the Spotlight: The Dawn Animal Agency and the Sanctuary for Animals
(1991)--This title is available from Recorded
And Bonds, Profits and Losses (1985)
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