About Nancy

Publishing History Bio

Books were always a part of my life and I loved to keep journals. In fact, I still have the journals.  Sometimes I use them to remember exactly the way it was when I was young. When I was in tenth grade I was blessed with the first of many great English teachers, Miss Gilmartin, who encouraged me to submit my work to magazines and contests. My first publishing credit was a poem published in Seventeen Magazine that year.

I took my love of the outdoors to college with me where I studied biology and chemistry. My passion for writing, photography and the outdoors all came together senior year as I served as editor of the college’s literary magazine and an intern at Audubon Magazine. After college, I worked as a contributing editor and freelance writer for several magazines and newspapers. After writing many pieces for FamilyFun magazine my editor suggested I submit a book proposal to her publisher. I did and the result was my first book, Sunny Days and Starry Nights.



Bio for Schools and Media:

Nancy Castaldo has written books about our planet for over 20 years.

Her 2016 title THE STORY OF SEEDS: From Mendel’s Garden to Your Plate, and How There’s More of Less To Eat Around The World introduces older readers to the importance of seeds, farming, and the crisis we currently face. 

Her latest BEASTLY BRAINS: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel Is being released this month. Other books include Crystal Kite Award winner SNIFFER DOGS: How Dogs (and Their Noses) Save the World and MISSION POLAR BEAR RESCUE.  

Her research has taken her all over the world from the Galapagos to Russia and she loves sharing her adventures with her readers. She has conducted programs at the Boston Children’s Museum, Atlanta Zoo, Tennessee Aquarium, among others and has spoken at the Science Teachers Association of New York State and New England Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Nancy is a recipient of the New York State Outdoor Education Association’s Art and Literature award.


Many of my books have received recognitions, including an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, a Smithsonian Notable Book For Children, a NSTA Outstanding Science Trade title, a Crystal Kite Award and a Junior Library Guild Selection. In addition to these accolades, I was honored to be the recipient of the 2007 New York State Outdoor Education Association’s Art and Literature Award for my body of work. As a long-time environmental educator, I treasure this honor and hope to empower more children with my books about the Earth.



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