Curiosity Facilitator – Mary M. Cerullo

Exploring the ocean through children’s literature…from microscopic plankton to giant squidFriends of Casco Bay

Imagine dancing with an octopus, looking into the jaws of a great white shark, accidentally annoying an aggressive Humboldt squid, or tracking Adelie penguins across the Antarctic landscape.

Mary shares the challenges (and fun) of writing, using PowerPoint slides with amazing images by underwater photographer collaborators, props, samples of books in progress, and lots of anecdotes.

Learn about Author visits that combine science and literacy. I am happy to work with educators on designing virtual visits. I welcome your suggestions for making virtual education work–after all, you have been doing it for months successfully. I am in awe.

That said, I am really looking forward to when I can resume in-person visits!

2021 is already looking up!

I am excited that two new books will be coming out in 2021:

Sharks at Your Service

A visit to an aquarium teaches a young girl about the important jobs that sharks do in the ocean. Tumblehome Learning, Boston, MA

Volcano, Where Fire and Water Meet

My field trip to Kilauea in Hawaii inspired me to examine how volcanoes, on land and beneath the sea, impact our oceans. To be released August 2021. Capstone Press, Mankato, MN, and Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Email me at and I will let you know when they are released!