Mary Batten is an award-winning writer for television, film and publishing. Her many writing projects have taken her into tropical rainforests, astronomical observatories, scientific laboratories, and medical research centers.
Her forthcoming book Life in a Frozen World: Wildlife of Antarctica, will be published by Peachtree fall 2020. This is the first book in the series, Life in the Extreme, that she created about life in extreme environments.
Mary is the author of Spit: What’s Cool About Drool (Firefly Books, 2019): Baby Orca (Grosset & Dunlap/Penguin Random House 2016), Rattler (Grosset/Penguin 2016), Aliens From Earth, revised edition (Peachtree 2016), Baby Wolf (Troll & Scholastic Book Club selection; Grosset and Dunlap, 1998;) (Penguin 2015; Scholastic Reading Club 2016); Please Don’t Wake The Animals: A Book About Sleep (Peachtree 2008); Who Has A Belly Button (Peachtree 2004); Hey, Daddy! Animal Fathers and Their Babies (Peachtree 2002) – Named Outstanding Science Read Aloud 2003 by the National Association for the Advancement of Science; Wild Cats(Scholastic Book Club selection; Random House 2004); Anthropologist: Scientist of the People -- Named Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children by the National Science Teachers Association and the Childrens Book Council (Houghton Mifflin 2001); Hungry Plants (Random House, 2000); Sexual Strategies: How Females Choose Their Mates, (Tarcher/Putnam, 1994; reprinted iUniverse 2008; Reviewed in The New York Times). Other books include: The Winking, Blinking Sea -- Named one of the Best Children’s Books for 2001 (Millbrook Press, 2000);; Natures Tricksters (Sierra Club Books/Little Brown, 1992), Discovery By Chance (Funk and Wagnalls) and The Tropical Forest: Ants, Ants, Animals and Plants (T.Y. Crowell). She has appeared on OPRAH and various other TV and radio shows.
Her magazine articles are published in a variety of publications, including Cosmopolitan, Ladies Home Journal, Modern Maturity, Shape, International Wildlife, National Geographic World, ZooNooz, ASK, MUSE, Science Digest, Calypso Log, and Dolphin Log. Her magazine article for Science Digest, Sexual Choice: The Females Newly Discovered Role, won The Newswomens Club of New Yorks Front Page Award for best feature story.
Mary Batten was nominated for an Emmy for her work on the Children's Television Workshop's science series 3-2-1-CONTACT, and she has written some 50 nature documentaries for television series, including the syndicated WILD WILD WORLD OF ANIMALS (Time-Life Films) and others for National Geographic and Disney Educational Films.
She was editor of The Cousteau Societys award-winning membership magazine, Calypso Log, for six years.