Mary Cerullo

Mary Cerullo is the award-winning author of 16 non-fiction children’s books on the ocean, as well as a handbook for teachers on using children’s literature in the science classroom. Her latest book, City Fish, Country Fish (2012) received the Skipping Stones Honor Award, 2013 and is a Society of School Librarians International Honor Book, Science K-6.

Mary is the Associate Director of Friends of Casco Bay and has over 40 years experience as a “science translator.” As such, she has interpreted marine issues for the general public and for marine user groups through the New England Aquarium, the Maine/New Hampshire Sea Grant College Program, the Great Bay (NH) National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the Gulf of Maine Aquarium.

For more information on Mary, visit her website at:

Past Visits:

October 2018: Vinalhaven School

April 10, 2018: Islesboro Central School

March 1-3, 2017: Beals Elementary School, Jonesport Elementary School, and Pemetic Elementary School (Southwest Harbor)

May 24, 2016: Mary visits students at Outer Islands TLC with Sea Secrets

Spring 2015: Mary visited Vinalhaven School with two of her books, “Shipwrecks” and “City Fish, Country Fish,” then hopped on a ferry over to North Haven Community School and presented on “City Fish, Country Fish” to their students!

In November 2014, IRW brought Mary to the Teaching and Learning Collaborative in Rockland, where she presented to excited students from five of Maine’s outer islands. Click here to read more and for access to a video featuring two educators talking about their love of the “City Fish, Country Fish” experience.

In May 2014, IRW teamed up with Mary as well as the New England Aquarium, Lubec Public Library and Lubec Elementary School for two weeks of fun-filled fishy events for Lubec kids (grades K-8), their parents and the wider community.

Immerse Yourself in Mary’s Books

IRW creates worksheets to supplement the books we bring to life in the classroom, and provide these worksheets to teachers and students to use in preparation for their school visit. Here are some worksheet links for Mary’s books:

Sea Secrets worksheets
Shipwrecks worksheets
City Fish, Country Fish worksheets