Scott Magoon

Children’s Author & Illustrator
Graphic Novelist
Travels from: Boston, MA

“At the end of the day, I took your sketch, had it framed at Michaels and presented it to the principal.” — Erika Makesyn, Authorfest Enrichment Coordinator

Scott Magoon is a native New Englandah who’s been designing, writing and illustrating books for young readers since 2003. He loves putting words and pictures together for kids. Scott is a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). He has published children’s books, including Linus the Little Yellow Pencil, and has recently published a graphic novel, The Extincts.

Scott has two teenaged sons, and his wife is a school librarian. In his spare time, Scott likes running, skiing, tennis and snorkeling. He loves music. He sings, and plays flute and harmonica. Scott is a proud Northeastern University alumnus where he received a Bachelor’s degree in English literature—and his first paying drawing gig. The Northeastern News published Duct Tape Man, his weekly comic strip! He studied drawing at NU and Mass Art but for the most part is self-taught.

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The Extincts: Quest for the Unicorn Horn (The Extincts #1)

Amulet Books |
Graphic Novel
A team of genetically enhanced extinct animals embark on top-secret missions around the world in this new graphic novel seriesMeet Scratch, Martie, Lug, and Quito, members of a secret organization called R.O.A.R., or the Rescue Ops Acquisition Rangers. When their boss, Dr. Z, finally calls on them for their first big mission, the team heads to Siberia to retrieve an ancient unicorn horn from the thawing permafrost. Scratch is thrilled at the chance to prove his worth to Dr. Z—but as soon as they land, the team runs into a mysterious enemy determined to take them down.

With exciting missions, plenty of humor, and an environmental angle, this series starter from New York Times bestselling illustrator Scott Magoon is an action-packed adventure from start to finish. The book will also include nonfiction back matter about extinct animals, climate change, and what kids can do to help!

Chirp! Chipmunk Sings for a Friend

Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books |

“This gentle, simply told story addresses the importance and enjoyment of friendship and collaboration.” —Kirkus Reviews

A chipmunk searches for someone to sing along with her in this sweet and funny celebration of true friendship, featuring art by New York Times bestselling illustrator Scott Magoon.

Chipmunk spends her days sitting on her rock and chirping her song—sometimes it’s happy, sometimes it’s bittersweet, and sometimes it’s very sad indeed. When Chipmunk goes off to find a companion that will sing along with her, she encounters some bumps (and pine cones) along the way, and finds friends (and harmonies) in unexpected places.

Rover Throws a Party: Inspired by NASA’s Curiosity on Mars

Knopf Books for Young Readers |

Inspired by NASA’s Curiosity rover, this is the story of a lonely Mars rover who plans the best birthday party in the solar system.

It’s Rover’s anniversary on Mars! Time to celebrate by throwing the best party this planet has ever seen. Rover hands out invitations all over town, but it seems like he’s the only one around. Will anyone come to the party, or will Rover be all alone on his big day?

In 2013, NASA programmed their Curiosity rover to hum “Happy Birthday to You” in honor of its first year on Mars. Inspired by this anecdote, this is the tale of a lonely rover and his party, accompanied by fascinating Mars rover facts that help explain the real science behind the story. This fun birthday tale provides an accessible, kid-friendly look at one of NASA’s coolest programs.

Straw (The Spoon Series #3)

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers |

First there was Spoon. Then came Chopsticks. Now the last… Straw! The final entry in a trio of favorite “punny” tales reminds readers to savor life’s little pleasures, from beloved bestselling and award-winning author Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Straw has always had a great thirst for being first, slurping up anything in sight and rushing straight to the finish in every situation. But when his speedy streak gets the best of him, it takes a friend to show Straw how to take his time and drink in the amazing world around him.

A companion to Spoon and Chopsticks, this warm and wise story–packed with the clever puns synonymous with this popular series–celebrates the joys of slowing down. Don’t miss these other titles in the Spoon series: Spoon and Chopsticks

Linus The Little Yellow Pencil

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers |

A kid-friendly tale of two ends of the same pencil learning to get along!

Linus and his eraser, Ernie, don’t always see eye to eye. But with the family art show drawing near, these two will have to sharpen their collaboration to make something neither one could do on their own!

This cheerful ode to art points out the power of sharing the creative process and sticking with it.

I Love to Draw & Write But We Want YOUR Stories & Art Too

General talk about Scott’s origin story, books, process and the unexpected joys of teaming up with others. Includes segment focusing on encouraging student reading, writing & drawing. Includes digital draw-along and Q&A.

More Than Words Picture Book Workshop

Takes students through ways words and pictures can work together using a simple story and examples from one of Scott’s books. Examples include using motion lines, place, suggest passage of time and how words can tell a different story that the pictures do. Includes digital draw-along and Q&A.

Graphic Novel Workshop

Highlights the making of process, and tips, tricks to making your own graphic novel. Includes digital draw-along and Q&A.

Process Makes It Personal: Creativity From Real Life

This presentation features Scott’s four steps to bringing books from life to the page: Preparation, Simmer, A-Ha Moments & Pen to Page. Includes digital draw-along and Q&A.

Digital Drawing with iPad and Procreate

Samples of Scott’s varied digital art drawing styles and how he got there. Includes digital draw-along and Q&A.

All Along the Line: The Making of a Picture Book

Features the making of Linus The Little Yellow Pencil. Includes digital draw-along and Q&A.

You Rescued Me: The Healing Power of Picture Books

Scott discusses his decision-making path to illustrating books for authors. What does he look for in another author’s manuscript? In short, he looks to emotionally connect via characters, hooks, twists, music, humor and more. Includes digital draw-along and Q&A.

Making a Connection

Scott talks about his journey from his experience in the Boston Marathon bombing to the making and reception of Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship. Includes digital draw-along and Q&A.

Honors, Awards & Recognition

Schneider Family Book Award
Irma & James Black Award
Christopher Award

Media clips

Publishers Weekly | Q & A with Scott Magoon

Publishers Weekly | Four Questions for Scott Magoon

Media Kit

By clicking the link below your will be directed to a Google Docs Folder
where you can download author photos and cover images.

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