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.

I share 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. Check out my new and updated Presentations.

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!

I am excited to have two new books coming out this summer:

Sharks at Your Service

What if the services that sharks provide to the ocean ecosystem looked like the jobs that humans do on land? A visit to an aquarium helps a young girl imagine the important jobs that sharks do in the ocean. Tumblehome Learning, Boston, MA. Release date is August 5, 2021. Pre-orders are now being taken at

Join me for a FREE virtual book launch of Sharks At Your Service on Thursday, August 5th at 5 pm EDT. I will present a 30-minute slide/video presentation on SHARKS, with a Q&A to follow.

You can sign up now at  

Discovery Channel’s Shark Week 2021 runs from Monday, August 9th – Sunday, August 15th. Consider this an invitation to your own personal preview of Shark Week!

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. Capstone Press, Mankato, MN, and Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Release date is August 1, 2021.

Retail price is $18.99. It will be posted in Capstone’s Fall 2021 catalog: