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I love developing ideas from a random nugget of information to a book or article—the research is half the fun! Stay tuned for updates on current projects. . . 

"Where Did the Bison Go?" Spider, March 2016:

Have you ever moved to a new home? Sometimes animals move, too. One day in March 2007, sixteen bison trotted onto a trailer in Montana and moved to Colorado, just outside of Denver. Find out why by reading my article. 

Recipient of SCBWI Letter of Merit for Nonfiction for the 2017 Magazine Merit Competition.

"An Owl In Your Pocket" Fun for Kidz, November 2014

Learn about the rare "Long-whiskered Owlet," an owl so small, it could fit in your pocket! 

By Brian Gratwicke [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons 

"A Tale of Two Races" Boys' Quest, Feb/March 2016:

What if you attended the first Indianapolis 500 race on May 30, 1911? How different would the race have been compared to a race today? 

"Eavesdropping Iguanas" Spider, July/August 2011:

Did you know that marine iguanas on the Galapagos Islands can't alert each other when they are in danger because they are non-vocal? However, scientists discovered that they can listen to other species to find out when they are in danger. Find out more by reading my article. 

Courtesy of USFWS Mountain Prairie.

Debra Shumaker

Children's Writer

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I was a March Madness Poetry contestant in 2014, 2015, 2017, & 2018.

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I write picture books and magazine articles for children, both fiction and non-fiction.