Full Biography

Amy S. Hansen

Writer/Editor

Books include:

Where Does the Sun Go At Night? Capstone Press, 2011 (non-fiction graphic novel, early elementary)

How Do I Stay on Earth?, Capstone Press, 2011 (non-fiction graphic novel, early elementary)

My Science Library, Rourke, 2011 (six book series on material science, early elementary)

Hermit Crabs, Reading A-Z, 2011 (early elementary)

Bugs and Bugsicles: Insects in the Winter, Boyds Mills Press, 2010 (non-fiction picture book)

Powering Our World, Rosen Publishing, 2010 (six-book series on energy sources, early elementary)

Hubble, An Out-of-this-World Telescope, Reading A-Z, 2010 (early elementary)

Touch the Earth, NASA, 2009 (A tactile book of Earth’s biomes, middle-school)

Wild Animals, Publications International, Dec. 2007 (early elementary)

How Things Work, Publications International, Sept. 2006 (mid-grade)

KidSource: Science Experiments for Kids, Lowell House Juvenile, Feb. 2000 (mid-grade)

Eastern Himalayas, A Region at Risk, World Wildlife Fund. Nov. 2001.

America’s Investment in the Future, National Science Foundation’s 50th Anniversary book, 2000.

Other selected jobs:

Editor: Gifted & Talented Experiment series, Lowell House Juvenile, 2000 (mid-grade)

Book Reviewer: Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database, 2002-present

Senior Writer/Editor: Frontiers, the National Science Foundation’s monthly, 1994-98

Editor/Writer: Earth Explorer: An Environmental Encyclopedia, Sonic Images, 1995 (mid-grade)

Staff reporter: Science Update, AAAS’ radio show, 1992-93

Staff reporter: The Milwaukee Journal, The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, and The Amherst News-Times

Hundreds of articles for various publications including: Highlights for Children, Cricket, CLICK, NSF’s Discoveries, The Washington Post, Children’s Writer, HowTo.com, Words & Numbers, Harcourt School, CTB/McGraw-Hill, Pearson Learning, America’s Choice, WeeOnes E-magazine, Stories for Children, WWF Online, Wild Grace!, Partnership for Learning,Viatouch for Teachers, New Leaders New Schools, Writing for DOLLAR$, TheWritingShow.com, Culture11.com.

Education:
MS and MA, University of Michigan, 1991 (School of Natural Resources and Journalism).
BA. Oberlin College, 1987 (Majors in English and Economics).

Awards:
Prince George’s County Arts Council Work-in-Progress Grant Star Scouts, a graphic novel, 2011
John Burroughs Young Readers List of Outstanding Nature Writing. Bugs and Bugsicles 2011
Skipping Stones Honor Award for Outstanding Books. Bugs and Bugsicles 2011
SCBWI Work-In-Progress Grant Letter of Merit. Science Sleuths. 2008.
Blue Pencil Award: Frontiers, Nov. 1997.
Omni Cool Science Winner. Frontiers Online, April 1997.
Apex Award: Excellence in Feature Writing, Frontiers, Amy Hansen, 1997.
Parents Choice Award: Earth Explorer, Spring 1996.

Invited Speaker/Panelist: Maryland Association of Library Specialists (Fall, 2011), Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge Winter Birthday Bash (2010), American Library Association National Meeting (Summer 2009), National Association of Science Writers (Spring 2010)

Member: Children’s Book Guild, SCBWI, and National Association of Science Writers.

Samples: Highlights How Bats See at Night
NSF NSF Discoveries