All The Resources!

For Girl Versus Squirrel:

 The wonderful people at Holiday House, publishers of GIRL VERSUS SQUIRREL, have gathered lots of information and activities and created a free Lesson Plan for young readers, parents, and educators. You’ll find everything right HERE

Pearl and Squirrel’s intrepid illustrator Renée Andriani also created this free printable coloring page:


For What Miss Mitchell Saw:

Enjoy this free printable coloring page with a quote from Maria Mitchell:

Links for What Miss Mitchell Saw:

Maria Mitchell Association

Nantucket Atheneum

Nantucket Historical Association and Whaling Museum

National Women’s History Museum

Vassar Encyclopedia—The Maria Mitchell Observatory

National Museum Of American History—Maria Mitchell’s Vassar telescope.

Bibliography for What Miss Mitchell Saw:

Albers, Henry. Maria Mitchell: a Life in Journals and Letters. College Avenue Press, 2001.

Albertson, Alice Owen. Maria Mitchell, 1818-1889. Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association.

Bergland, Renée L. Maria Mitchell and the Sexing of Science: an Astronomer among the American Romantics. Beacon Press, 2008.

Booker, Margaret Moore. Among the Stars: the Life of Maria Mitchell: Astronomer, Educator, Women’s Rights Activist. Mill Hill Press, 2007.

Everett, Edward, editor. Correspondence Relative to the Award of the King of Denmark’s Comet Medal to Miss Maria Mitchell, of Nantucket: for the Discovery of a Telescopic Comet, on the 1st of October, 1847. Metcalf and Co., 1849.

Finger, Jascin Nolan Leonardo. The Daring Daughters of Nantucket Island: How Island Women from the Seventeenth through the Nineteenth Centuries Lived a Life Contrary to Other American Women. Jack’s Shack Press, 2014.

Ford, John, publisher. The Comet Medal. The Cambridge Chronicle, 5 Apr. 1849, pp. 1?1.

Gormley, Beatrice. Maria Mitchell: the Soul of an Astronomer. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2004.

Leonardo Finger, Jascin. Maria Mitchell Association,

Maffeo, Sabino. The Vatican Observatory: in the Service of Nine Popes. Vatican Observatory Publications, 2001.

Mitchell, Maria, and Phebe Mitchell Kendall. Maria Mitchell: Life, Letters, and Journals. Forgotten Books, 2012.

Mitchell, Maria. Miss Mitchell’s Comet. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 8, no. 3, 1848, p. 130.

Norling, Lisa. Captain Ahab Had a Wife: New England Women & the Whalefishery, 1720-1870. University of North Carolina Press, 2000.

Wright, Helen. Sweeper in the Sky: the Life of Maria Mitchell. College Avenue Press, 1997.

For My Fellow Writers and Illustrators:

The Society For Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is the international, professional organization for—you guessed it!—children’s writers and illustrators. If you think you might like to write or illustrate for young people, I encourage you to join. Regional conferences and other SCBWI events happen all over the US and all over the world, and they’re a great place to get started.

The Writers’ Loft in Sherborn, MA is my primary writing community. They maintain a large, sunny writing space, and they offer critique groups, free Craft Chats, plus tons of events and classes. You do not have to be a member to attend or participate in The Loft.  

A Room To Write in Wakefield, MA is another wonderful, local writing community, as is Grub Street in Boston.