About Nancy

Publishing History Bio

Photo by Andrew A. Fusco

Books were always a part of my life and I loved keeping journals .

 In fact, I still have them.  Sometimes I read them to remember exactly the way it was and how I felt when I was younger. When I was in tenth grade I had a fantastic English teacher, Miss Gilmartin, who encouraged me to submit my writing to magazines and contests. My first publishing credit was a poem published in Seventeen Magazine that year.

But, as you can see from the photo, I didn’t do all my reading indoors. Sometimes I brought my book outside. And when I wasn’t reading, I searched for frogs and salamanders, and climbed trees.

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. It was an editor at Family Fun Magazine who introduced me to my first book editor. 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. It received the Green Earth Book Award and many other accolades.

Her latest is BEASTLY BRAINS: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel. 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.


Many of Nancy’s 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, Green Earth Book Award, and a Junior Library Guild Selection. In addition to these accolades, she was honored to be the recipient of the 2007 New York State Outdoor Education Association’s Art and Literature Award for the body of her work. As a long-time environmental educator, she treasures this honor and hopes to empower more children with her books about the Earth.



Represented by: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency


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