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



Illinois Connection

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

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
  • Faith and Fury: The Temple Mount and the Noble Sanctuary—The Story of Jerusalem’s Most Sacred Space, Roaring Book Press, 2017

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Literary Awards

Body of Work: Prairie State Award for Excellence in Writing for Children, Illinois Reading Council, 2007

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
  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2018

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

  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2015

A Woman in the House (And Senate)

  • Starred Review, Kirkus

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (No)

External Links

Ilene Cooper on WorldCat


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