About Me

I spent much of my childhood in a canoe or sailboat, exploring the creek behind my house in Virginia. When the tide was right and a thunderstorm wasn’t brewing, I could follow that creek to the James River and glimpse the Chesapeake Bay.

When I wasn’t on the water, I was often climbing trees, playing piano, or reading and acting out Nancy Drew mysteries with friends.

Today, I am a children’s book author and journalist living in Indiana. I love to discover amazing true stories and share them with readers. Most often, I write about science, technology, and people involved in those fields. My book for grades 4-8 on a popular computer issue will be released later this year, and my first picture book will be released in 2021. I have written many articles for national children’s magazines on topics including bionic limbs, cell phone addiction, and the physics of snowflakes.

Between my childhood in Virginia and my current life in the Midwest, I worked on an archaeological dig in France, earned degrees in English and environmental science, and moved to the mountains of Vermont. I studied environmental law at Vermont Law School and wrote a book about the state’s controversial land-use law (Act 250). When I graduated, I worked as an environmental consultant, helping companies comply with laws that protect the land and water around us.

Eventually, my husband and I moved to a historic town in Indiana and began raising three children. I spent many hours reading with them, delighting in the  adventures of Henry and Mudge, Frog and Toad, Hank the Cowdog, the Cobblestone Cousins, and characters from classics like Rabbit Hill, Soup, and The Saturdays. As I rediscovered the joy of children’s literature, I decided to write for children.

I’m curious about lots of things, from music and art to botany and history. I like to explore the abstract and the analytical, to link the poetic and the precise. When those things overlap, I find magical moments of wonder.

 

When I’m not writing, I give piano lessons, take walks with friends, and volunteer at church and school. I still love to paddle a canoe when I get the chance.

Media Bio

Cynthia Argentine is an author who focuses on creative nonfiction for children and teens. In 2019, her middle-grade book on a popular technology subject will be released. Her debut picture book—a nonfiction title for grades K-3—is scheduled for release in 2021. She has written numerous articles for young people on science and technology. Her work has been featured in national magazines published by Cricket Media, the American Chemical Society, and Focus on the Family.

Cynthia earned degrees in English and environmental science from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. After that, she worked for the Chesapeake Research Consortium to help restore the Chesapeake Bay. That experience led her to pursue a master’s degree in environmental law from Vermont Law School.

While attending school in Vermont, Cynthia wrote her first book, Vermont Act 250 Handbook. It explains the state’s innovative land use law, which is designed to protect Vermont’s natural resources. The book received excellent reviews and was updated and reprinted twice.

After completing her environmental law degree, Cynthia worked as an environmental and regulatory affairs consultant. She paused that career when she began to raise her three children. As she read to them each day, she rediscovered the joy of children’s books—and decided to pursue writing for children. She believes there is something interesting about nearly every topic, and she enjoys the challenge of discovering and sharing that with her readers.

Occasionally Asked Questions

What were your favorite books as a child?

  • Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
  • Nancy Drew mysteries by Carolyn Keene
  • The Snowstorm by Beryl Netherclift

My grandmother lived across the country on a rural ranch, and she used to send me books with her letters. The Snowstorm was a book she sent about a magical snow globe that allowed children on an old English estate to travel into the past.

  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Mythic fantasies by Lloyd Alexander and Susan Cooper

I can distinctly remember finishing these books and wishing I could speak with the authors. I wanted to ask them what other plans they had for their characters and what had lead them to write their books. I was fascinated by their ability to create something vivid that only existed in our imaginations.

What are some of your best childhood memories?

  • Being on the water—canoeing, sailing, waterskiing, fishing
  • Going to the beach in North Carolina for vacations
  • Camping with my family in the mountains of Virginia—sleeping in a tent, cooking by a campfire, and crossing a swirling stream on stepping stones
  • Playing board games like Monopoly, Risk, and Stratego
  • Playing piano and singing in choirs

Do you have any pets?

Yes!

  • My family has a dog named Apollo. When my daughter was in third grade, she made a little book about why we should get a dog. My husband and I decided she made a lot of good points, so we got her a puppy for her next birthday. Now, we can’t imagine not having him.
  • Before Apollo, we had fish. When my son won a few goldfish at the town carnival, we put them into the little pond in our front yard. A few of them lived there for years—surviving harsh winters and growing much larger than the ones inside in the fishbowl!
  • When I was a child, my family had cats. Fluffy (a calico), then Benjamin (tiger-striped), and then Ashley (who had long, gray fur).

Apollo