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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Site updated August 31, 2015.



Hi!  Iím writing this letter for teachers, librarians, writers, want-to-be writers, but most of all, for my readers.  Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

Iím ashamed that itís taken me so long to create this updateómy last letter mentioned that it was 2013! Thatís not good, but I do have a good excuse.  (Sound familiar?)  The truth is, Iíve been busyóvery, very busy.  Iíve written a couple of books, and am working on two more.  Someone I loved very much was  sick, and I needed to take care of him.  The cat (one of them) ran away.  Then the other one died.  I said I had a good excuseómaybe more than one.  But now the 2015-2016 school year has begun, and Iíve got to get going, too.

If youíve stumbled upon the site by accident, or know little about me, I should state up front that Iím a writer who loves to tell stories.  Iíve written two novels, but most of my books are nonfiction.  Why nonfiction?  Iíve thought about it and decided I love writing nonfiction because in my heart of hearts, Iím a frustrated teacher.  I love explaining how things work to young readers. Iím not talking about a can opener.  Iím talking about a space mission, or a solar system, or an entire economy.  That sounds like it could be boring, doesnít it?  But I told you, I love to tell stories, and my nonfiction books tell stories, with people in them--people who say things, feel things, and wonder and worry about whatís going to happen nextójust like the characters in a piece of fiction.  It makes me happy when reviewers make comments like, ďEven though I knew what the ending was, I kept turning the pages.Ē  And of course it makes me very happy when there is a ďstarĒ by the review.  Who doesnít like to get starsóright?

There will be two new books in 2016.  Our Moon: New Discoveries About Earthís Closest Companion (Clarion, February 16)  and Dollars and Sense: A Kidís Guide to UsingóNot LosingóMoney (Charlesbridge, Spring 2016.)

And then there are two more that I am working on right now.  One is about the New Horizons mission that whizzed past Pluto on July 14, 2016.  Itís called To Pluto and Beyond: The Amazing Voyage of New Horizons.  Weíre waiting for all the science to be analyzed, but I imagine its publisher, Viking, could publish as early as Fall, 2016.  And there is another book coming from Vikingóone that will be very different for meóthat I am eager to begin working on.  But its subject is still a secret, so youíll just have to come back here in a few months and see what it is!

There has been sadness over the past two years for me and my family, but Iíve learned something important that I want to share.  Sadness can be bearable, if you take the time to remember everything that you are grateful for.  I am grateful to be able to write books that boys and girls like to read, and I am grateful that you read this letter.  Come back soon! 




  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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