Ilene Cooper

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General Information

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Name: Ilene Cooper

Pen Name: None

Born: March 10, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois

Website: www.ilenecooper.com

Email: icooper@ala.org


Illinois Connection

Cooper was born in Chicago and currently lives in Highland Park, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ilene Cooper writes across genres and ages groups. She was born in Chicago and grew up in the city's Rogers Park neighborhood. After graduating Sullivan High School, she attended the University of Missouri Journalism School where she majored in Radio and Television. She worked as an editorial researcher at Chicago's WGN TV station for several years. She earned a master's degree in library science from Rosary College.

As a youth librarian, Ilene worked at several branches of the Chicago Public Library and at the Winnetka Public Library District before becoming the children's books editor of Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association. She's a popular speaker at schools and libraries and has written for the New York Times as well as for television. In her twenty year career, Cooper published over thirty books.

Published Works

  • Susan B. Anthony, Franklin Watts, 1984
  • The Winning of Miss Lynn Ryan, Morrow, 1987
  • Queen of the Sixth Grade, Morow, 1988
  • Choosing Sides, Morrow, 1990
  • Frances Takes A Chance, Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1991
  • Frances and Friends, Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1991
  • Frances Dances, Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1991
  • Frances Foureyes, Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1991
  • Mean Streak, Puffin, 1992
  • The New, Improved Gretchen Hubbard, William Morrow & Co, 1992
  • Lights, Camera, Attitude, Puffin, 1993
  • My Co-star, My Enemy, Puffin, 1993
  • Trouble in Paradise, Puffin, 1993
  • Seeing Red, Puffin, 1993
  • Trick or Trouble, Viking, 1994
  • The Worst Noel, Viking, 1994
  • Stupid Cupid, Viking, 1995
  • Star Spangled Summer, Viking, 1996
  • No Thanks Thanksgiving, Viking, 1996
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls, HarperCollins, 1997
  • I'll See You in My Dreams, Viking, 1997
  • Buddy Love--Now on Video, HarperCollins, 1998
  • But What About Me?, Demco Media, 1999
  • Absolutely Lucy, Random House, 1999
  • Jewish Holidays All Year Round, Abrams Inc., 2002
  • Jack: The Early Years of John F. Kennedy, Dutton Juvenile, 2003
  • The Annoying Team, Random House, 2005
  • Sam I Am, Scholastic, 2006
  • Lucy on the Loose, Random House, 2007
  • The Golden Rule, Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2007
  • Jake's Best Thumb, Dutton, 2008
  • Up Close: Oprah Winfrey, Puffin, 2008
  • Look at Lucy!, Random House, 2009
  • Angel in My Pocket, Feiwel and Friends, 2011
  • Little Lucy, Random House, 2011
  • Lucy on the Ball, Random House, 2011
  • Lucy's Tricks and Treats, Random House, 2012
  • Thanks to Lucy, Random House, 2013
  • A Woman in the House (and Senate): How Women Came to the United States Congress, Broke Down Barriers, and Changed the Country, Abrams, 2014

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The Winning of Miss Lynn Ryan

ISBN: 0688072313
Release Date: 1987-10

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Choosing Sides (Kennedy School Kids)

ISBN: 0140360972
Release Date: 1992-07-01

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FRANCES TAKES A CHANCE (Frances in the Fourth Grade)

ISBN: 0679911103
Release Date: 1991-07-20

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Francis & Friends

ISBN: 0517087111
Release Date: 1992-08-24

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Mean Streak (Kennedy School Kids)

ISBN: 0140349782
Release Date: 1992-07-01

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FRANCES FOUREYES (Frances in the fourth grade)

ISBN: 067991112X
Release Date: 1991-11-26

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FRANCES DANCES (Frances in the Fourth Grade)

ISBN: 0679911111
Release Date: 1991-07-20

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The New, Improved Gretchen Hubbard (The Kids from Kennedy Middle School)

ISBN: 068808432X
Release Date: 1992-10

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Lights, Camera, Attitude (Hollywood Wars)

ISBN: 0140361553
Release Date: 1993-03-01

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My Co-star, My Enemy (Hollywood Wars)

ISBN: 0140361561
Release Date: 1993-04-01

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Trouble in Paradise (Hollywood Wars)

ISBN: 0140361588
Release Date: 1993-08-26

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Seeing Red (Hollywood Wars)

ISBN: 014036157X
Release Date: 1993-06-01

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Trick or Trouble? (Holiday Five)

ISBN: 0140365176
Release Date: 1995-09-01

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The Worst Noel (Holiday Five)

ISBN: 0140365184
Release Date: 1995-10-01

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Stupid Cupid (Holiday Five)

ISBN: 0140365192
Release Date: 1996-01-01

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No Thanks Thanksgiving (Holiday Five)

ISBN: 0670856576
Release Date: 1996-09-01

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The Dead Sea Scrolls

ISBN: 0688143008
Release Date: 1997-04-25

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I'll See You in My Dreams

ISBN: 067086322X
Release Date: 1997-08-01

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Buddy Love--Now on Video

ISBN: 0064407241
Release Date: 1998-08-28

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Absolutely Lucy #1: Absolutely Lucy

ISBN: 0307265021
Release Date: 1999-12-17

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Jewish Holidays All Year Round: A Family Treasury

ISBN: 0810905507
Release Date: 2002-09-01

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The Annoying Team (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))

ISBN: 0307265129
Release Date: 2002-04-09

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Sam I Am (Apple Signature)

ISBN: 043943968X
Release Date: 2006-10-01

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The Golden Rule

ISBN: 081090960X
Release Date: 2007-03-01

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Absolutely Lucy #3: Look at Lucy!

ISBN: 0375855580
Release Date: 2009-06-23

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Absolutely Lucy #4: Lucy on the Ball

ISBN: 0375855599
Release Date: 2011-01-11

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Absolutely Lucy #5: Lucy's Tricks and Treats

ISBN: 0375869972
Release Date: 2012-07-24

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Absolutely Lucy #6: Thanks to Lucy

ISBN: 0375869980
Release Date: 2013-08-06

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A Woman in the House (and Senate): How Women Came to the United States Congress, Broke Down Barriers, and Changed the Country

ISBN: 1419710362
Release Date: 2014-03-11

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Literary Awards

2007 Prairie State Award for Excellence in Writing for Children, Illinois Reading Council

The Golden Rule

  • Booklist Editors' Choice Award, 2007
  • National Association Parenting Publications Gold Award, 2007
  • Book Award for Best Children's Literature on Aging for Elementary Readers, 2008

Jack: The Early Years of John F. Kennedy

  • American Library Association's Notable Children's Books, 2003
  • National Council of Social Studies Teachers Notable Book, 2003
  • Book Sense 76 “Top Ten JFK Pick”, 2004
  • Society of Midland Authors Award for Best Youth Nonfiction, 2004
  • Norman Sugarman Honor Book for Children’s Biography

Jewish Holidays

  • All Year Round National Jewish Book Award, 2003

The Dead Sea Scrolls

  • National Council of Social Studies Teachers Notable Book

Little Lucy Goes to School

  • 2015 ILLINOIS READS Book

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

Ilene Cooper on WorldCat

Ilene Cooper on Amazon

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