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I’m award-winning children’s author Dr. Alison Pearce Stevens. Thanks for stopping by my site!

As a writer for kids, I wear two hats—I’m a science writer by day and a spinner of tall nature and science tales by night (actually, in the wee hours of the morning—I’m an early bird). I’ve got lots of fun stuff here for kids, parents, and teachers. Click on any of the links above to find out more.

Represented by Alexandra Weiss, Azantian Literary Agency.



Latest News


September 22, 2022

Nebraska Book Awards!

Today the Nebraska Center for the Book announced the winners of the 2022 Nebraska Book Award–and Rhinos in Nebraska took home the top prize in THREE categories: Youth Book, Illustration, and Nonfiction: Natural History. I am so honored that my book, illustrated by Matt Huynh (congratulations, Matt!), did so well.


August 15, 2022

I’m going to teach a class!

So You  Want to Write a Children’s Book will be offered online through Larksong Writer’s Place in October.

Writing for kids seems easy, but is it? What does it take to write one of these tiny tomes for young readers and their parents? And what do we mean by the term “children’s book,” anyway? Join me to learn about the world of children’s literature. Four online class sessions will provide an introduction to the various types of children’s literature. Homework and discussions will expand on information presented. You will leave with a solid understanding of kidlit, what it takes to write for this audience, important resources, and some leads on how to break into the industry.


January 27, 2022

NPR Interview

I was interviewed by Lincoln City Libraries head librarian, Pat Leach, for the All About Books podcast on Nebraska Public Media (NPR). You can listen to the full interview here!


January 25, 2022

My next book!

It’s official, my next book, Animal Climate Heroes: Critters Combating Climate Change will be available early next year! I am over the moon to be doing another book with Laura Godwin at Godwin Books/Henry Holt.


August 24, 2021

Rhinos Hits the Airwaves

Today, I’m featured on the Solve It for Kids podcast (complete with book giveaway)!

If that’s not enough, the audiobook for Rhinos in Nebraska, narrated by Mark Sanderlin, also came out today. It’s perfect for a road trip to visit the Ashfall Fossil Beds! Available anywhere audiobooks are sold.


August 9, 2021

Reading/Language Arts Activities for Teachers

Did you know Rhinos in Nebraska is the perfect complement to the fourth grade curriculum, tying in with social studies, science, and language arts standards? I teamed up with reading specialist Jenny Heithoff to create reading and language arts activities for use in the classroom. You can find the full suite of activities at Jen’s Literacy Spot, and you can download one for free right now: just click here!


July 9, 2021

Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection!

Rhinos in Nebraska with JLG sealI am honored to have Rhinos in Nebraska included as a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard book! These books are chosen by merit and are considered some of the best books available for children, with 95% of them going on to win awards and starred reviews.

Learn more about Rhinos in Nebraska and order your copy on the Books page.