Losure, Mary

Contact Info:

Lives in: St. Paul, MN

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.marylosure.com

Author of: Children’s Non-Fiction

Age Group: Middle grade (age 8-12)


Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal’d. Candlewick Press, 2017 https://marylosure.com/books/isaacthealchemist/

Backwards Moon. Holiday House, 2014 https://marylosure.com/books/backwards-moon/ 

Wild Boy: The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron. Candlewick Press, 2013 https://marylosure.com/books/wild-boy/

The Fairy Ring, or Elsie and Frances Fool the World. Candlewick Press, 2012 https://marylosure.com/books/the-fairy-ring/

Book Awards:

Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal’d.

*Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews  (Read it here!)

*Starred Review, The Horn Book

*Starred Review, School Library Journal

Kirkus Review Best Books of 2017, School Library Journal Best Books of 2017

101 Great Books for Kids List

NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children Recommended Title

Minnesota Book Award nomination


Backwards Moon

Bank Street Best Children’s Books, 2015


Wild Boy: The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron

A Junior Library Guild Selection

Five Stars from Ritchie’s Picks

Minnesota Book Award nomination


The Fairy Ring, or Elsie and Frances Fool the World

Booklist Editors’ Choice, Best Children’s Non-fiction 2012

Horn Book Fanfare 2012

Betsy Bird’s 100 Magnificent Children’s Books of 2012

Society of Midland Authors Award 2013, Best Children’s Non-Fiction

A Junior Library Guild selection


Mary Losure writes innovative nonfiction (and the occasional fantasy) for kids.

Her books have been praised in The Wall Street Journal, Kirkus, Booklist, School Library Journal, and other publications and have been selected for several “best of” lists for children’s literature.

Her most recent book, Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal’d (Candlewick, February 2017), has received three starred reviews.

Before she began writing for children, she was an award-winning reporter for Minnesota Public Radio. A long-time contributor to National Public Radio, she also reported from Mexico and South America for the independent production company Round Earth Media.

As well as writing books for kids, she also makes occasional appearances in the guise of a travelling alchemist.  Most recently, she was honored to be invited to the amazing Gravity Fields Festival, a celebration of the life of Isaac Newton held every two years in Grantham, England.

Presentation Title & Description:

Mary enjoys giving classroom presentations about science, magic, and more. To set up an online session, please visit her website here:  https://marylosure.com/contact/


At this time, no charge for online classroom visits