Maurer, Tracy Nelson

Contact Information

Phone: 651-491-0462
E-mail: [email protected]

Book Category: Children’s Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books
Age Group: 6 and up


Lady Bird Johnson, That’s Who! Henry Holt, forthcoming.

Samuel Morse, That’s Who! Henry Holt, 2019.

Blazers: The World’s Worst… Series(four books in ongoing publisher’s series): Tsunamis, Volcanic Eruptions, Wildfires, and Avalanches. Capstone Publishing, 2019.

Engineering Wonders: Elevators (book in ongoing publisher’s series). Rourke Educational Media, 2018.

First Source to Gymnastics (book in ongoing publisher’s series). Capstone Publishing, 2018.

Fear Fest (three books in publisher’s series): Chilling Ancient Curses, Eerie ESP, and Spooky Haunted Houses. Lerner Publishing, 2018.

John Deere, That’s Who! Henry Holt, 2017.

Using Maps (three books in publisher’s series): Using Road Maps and GPS, Using Economic and Resource Maps, and Using Topographical Maps. Lerner Publishing, 2016.

Noah Webster’s Fighting Words. Millbrook Press, 2017.

Gymnastics (two books in publisher’s series): Vaulting: Tips, Rules, and Legendary Stars and Uneven Bars: Tips, Rules, and Legendary Stars. Capstone Publishing, 2016.

Sports Biographies (four books in publisher’s series): Mike Trout, LeBron James, Aaron Rodgers, and Jonthan Toewes. Capstone Publishing, 2015.

Sports Rivalries (ongoing publisher’s series): The Most Outrageous Car Racing Rivalries of All Time. Capstone Publishing, 2015.

Creepy or Cool: Science Series (two e-books in ongoing publisher’s series): Caterpillars and Bats. Blue Door Education, 2014.

Plants! (e-book in ongoing publisher’s series). Blue Door Education, 2014.

Blazers: Super Speed Series (four books in ongoing publisher’s series): Stock Car Racing, Go-Kart Racing, and Truck Racing. Capstone Publishing, 2013.

My Science Library Series (four books in ongoing publisher’s series): Atoms and Molecules, The Scoop About Measuring Matter, Changing Matter: Understanding Physical and Chemical Changes, and Mix It Up! Solution or Mixture?. Rourke Publishing, 2013.

Sports for Sprouts (four of eight books in series): Playground Games, Basketball, Swimming, and Bicycle Riding. Rourke Publishing, 2011.

The Bully Bystander (e-book in verse). Blue Door Education, 2011.

The Magic of Manners (e-book in verse). Blue Door Education, 2011.

The Squeaky Clean Club (e-book in verse). Blue Door Education, 2011.

What’s In A… (six-book series): What’s in a Cactus?, What’s in a Cave?, What’s in a Hole?, What’s in a Log?, What’s in a Shell?, and What’s in a Tree?. Rourke Publishing, 2011.

Creative Crafts for Kids (six-book series): Cupcakes, Cookies and Cakes; Fingernail Art; Rock Your Room with Crafts; Fabulous Fashion Crafts; Paper Crafts with Pizzazz; and Scrapbook Starters. Rourke Publishing, 2010.

Canada’s Land and People (six of twelve books in series): New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Yukon. Weigl Educational Publishers, 2008.

Storm Codes (historical fiction picture book). Windward Publishing Company, 2007.

Full Throttle (eight-book series): Bugatti, Ford GT, MINI Cooper, PT Cruiser, Thunderbird, Maserati, Tesla Roadster, and Mazda RX-8. Rourke Publishing, 2008.

Full Throttle (eight-book series): Lamborghini, Viper, Land Rover, Jeep, Lotus, Mustang, Hummer, and VW Beetle. Rourke Publishing, 2007.

John Deere. Co-authored with Rod Beemer. MBI Publishing Company, 2006.

Jump & Shout! (six-book series): The Cheerleaders, Cheerleading Skills, School Cheerleading, Competitive Cheerleading, Cheerleading Gear, and Cheerleading Practice. Rourke Publishing, 2005.

Roaring Rides (six-book series): Muscle Cars, Desert Racers, Limousines, Monster Trucks, Lowriders, and Stock Cars. Rourke Publishing, 2004.

RadSports Guides Set II (six-book series): Guide to ATV Riding, Guide to Snocross, Guide to Mountain Biking, Guide to Surfing, Guide to Wakeboarding, and Guide to Watercross. Rourke Publishing, 2003.

RadSports Guides Set I (six-book series): Guide to Snowboarding, Guide to Snow Skiing, Guide to Skateboarding, Guide to BMX Freestyle, Guide to In-Line Skating, and Guide to Freestyle Moto-X. Rourke Publishing, 2001.

A to Z of Seasons (four-book series): A to Z of Spring, A to Z of Summer, A to Z of Autumn, and A to Z of Winter. Rourke Publishing, 2003.

A to Z (four-book series): A to Z of Ps and Qs, A to Z of All of Me, A to Z of Friends and Family, and A to Z of Helping Hands. Rourke Book Co., 2001.

Green Thumb Guides (six-book series): Growing Herbs, Growing Houseplants, Growing Vegetables, Growing Flowers, Growing Trees, and Growing Fruit. Rourke Book Co., 2001.

Bodyworks (six-book series): Digestion, The Brain, The Senses, The Heart and Lungs, The Bones, and The Skin. Rourke Corporation, 1999.

Rourke Guide to State Symbols (ongoing publisher’s series): State Songs, State Capitals, and License Plates. Rourke Press, 1999.

Let’s Dance (four-book series): World Dances, Tap Dancing, Rhythmic Gymnastics, and Ballet. Rourke Press, 1997.


Who loves researching and writing books for children? Tracy Nelson Maurer, that’s who! She has written more than 100 titles for children and adults, earning several awards, starred reviews, and inclusion on several national book lists, such as Jr. Library Guild and The New York Public Library Recommended Reading lists. Tracy loves visiting schools and libraries to share about the writing process. She graduated from Hamline University’s MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults and continues to study the craft of writing. She lives near Minneapolis.


From Tracy:
Audience members, whether they’re children or adults, participate in my school and community programs in a dialogue-based, interactive format. I use some props and tactile examples appropriate for the audience age level. Normally, I focus on describing core elements in the writing process: imagination, research, word choice, sentence structure, grammar, editing, and proofing. Please visit (click: My Visits) for samples of presentation formats. Because I’ve written for all ages, I’m able to adapt my presentation to specific grade levels and audience interest. I also try to integrate classroom projects or current discussion areas so that my presentation is immediately relevant and applicable. I like to tell “the story behind the story” and provide examples during the presentation that complement your classroom curriculum. Every session concludes with an opportunity to ask questions. I adjust the fee according to each program format and setting.


Fees are adjusted according to the format of the engagement; travel expenses extra.