Mari Schuh is the author of more than 300 nonfiction books for beginning readers, covering topics from tomatoes to tornadoes. She lives with her husband in her hometown of Fairmont, Minnesota.
What was your favorite book when you were a child?
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
What’s your favorite line from a book?
“Our habits shape our existence, and our future. If we change our habits, we change our lives.” Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
Michael Pollan, Naoko Stoop, Molly Idle.
Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
I love learning and sharing information. I have also worked as a journalist, which gave me the opportunity to research new topics and explain complex ideas in a simpler way. Those skills have transferred well to writing children’s books.
Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
Read and write as much as you can. Practice leads to improvement. Be curious about the world. There are so many exciting things to learn!
- Hauling a Pumpkin: Wheels and Axles vs. Lever
- Raising a Bag of Toys: Pulley vs. Inclined Plane
- Holding a Door Open: Wedge vs. Wheels and Axles
- Going Ice Fishing: Lever vs. Screw
- Meet a Baby Chimpanzee
- Playing a Game: Inclined Plane vs. Lever
- Let's Find Ads on Signs
- Let's Find Ads on TV
- Let's Find Ads in Magazines
- Making a Salad: Wedge vs. Inclined Plane