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

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"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.

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

Check it out at www.madnesspoetry.com!

"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! 

"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

By Brian Gratwicke [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons 

I love developing ideas from a random nugget of information to a book or article—and the research is half the fun! These are just some of the projects I've been working on. . . . 

  • A female pilot who accomplished something no other woman had done, yet no one knows her name. . . 
  • An important moment in the history of the women's right to vote movement.
  • A famous American who wanted to change the alphabet.
  • A young girl and her friends grow something magical.
  • A rollicking read-aloud about a band.
  • A kid with a massive temper tantrum.
  • Two terrified goldfish who need to think outside the fishbowl to avoid becoming Kitty's lunch.
  • An animal munching his way through the alphabet in a garden.

Courtesy of Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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