Marion Dane Bauer

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General Information

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Name: Marion Dane Bauer

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction & Non-Fiction

Born: 1938 in Oglesby, Illinois






Illinois Connection

Bauer was born and raised in Oglesby.

Biographical and Professional Information

Since 1976, Marion Dane Bauer is the author of more than seventy books for young people from novelty books, picture books and early readers through writing guides and novels. She has won numerous awards, including a Newbery Honor in 1987 for her book On My Honor and the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for the body of her work. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen different languages and she edited the award-winning book, Am I Blue? Coming Out From the Silence.

Bauer was educated at LaSalle-Peru-Oglesby Junior College, the University of Missouri and the University of Oklahoma, where she graduated in 1962. She has taught English at a Wisconsin high school and classes in creative writing in Minnesota.

Marion has long been a writing teacher as well as a writer. Her book What's Your Story? A Young Person's Guide to Writing Fiction is used by adults wanting to write for children as well as by young writers. She was the first Faculty Chair at Vermont College, developing the first Master of Fine Arts in Writing program devoted exclusively to writing for children and young adults.

Bauer now lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

Published Works

  • Shelter from the Wind, Clarion, 1976
  • Foster Child, Clarion, 1977
  • Tangled Butterfly, Simon & Schuster, 1980
  • Rain of Fire, Haughton Mifflin, 1983
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter, Clarion, 1985
  • A Taste of Smoke, Clarion, 1987
  • Touch the Moon, Clarion, 1987
  • On My Honor, Houghton Mifflin, 1987
  • A Dream of Queens and Castles, Clarion, 1990
  • Face to Face, Clarion, 1991
  • What's Your Story? A Young Person's Guide to Writing Fiction Clarion, 1992
  • Ghost Eye, Scholastic, 1992
  • A Question of Trust, Scholastic, 1994
  • When I go Camping With Grandma, Bridgewater Books, 1995
  • A Writer's Story: From Life to Fiction, Clarion, 1995
  • Our Stories: A Fiction Workshop for Young Authors, Clarion, 1996
  • Alison's Puppy, Hyperion, 1997
  • Alison's Wings, Hyperion, 1997
  • Turtle Dreams, Holiday House, 1997
  • If You Were Born a Kitten, Little Simon, 1997
  • Alison's Fierce and Ugly Halloween, Hyperion, 1997
  • Bear Hiccups, Holiday House, 1998
  • Christmas in the Forest, Holiday House, 1998
  • Sleep, Little One, Sleep, Simon & Schuster, 1999
  • An Early Winter, Clarion Books, 1999
  • Jason's Bears, Hyperion Press, 2000
  • Grandmother's Song, Simon & Schuster, 2000
  • My Mother is Mine, Simon & Schuster, 2001
  • If You Had a Nose Like an Elephant, Holiday House, 2001
  • Frog's Best Friend, Holiday House, 2002
  • The Kissing Monster, Little Simon, 2002
  • Love Song for a Baby, Simon & Schuster, 2002 - Boardbook, 2011
  • Uh-Oh!, Little Simon, 2002
  • Runt, Clarion Books, 2002
  • Toes, Ears and Nose, Simon & Schuster, 2003
  • Snow, Simon & Schuster, 2003
  • Wind, Simon & Schuster, 2003
  • Why Do Kittens Purr, Simon & Schuster, 2003
  • Land of The Buffalo Bones: The Diary of Eliezabeth Rodgers, an English Girl in New Yeovil, 1873, Scholastic, 2003
  • Baby Box of Fun, Simon & Schuster, 2004
  • Clouds, Simon & Schuster, 2004
  • Rain, Simon & Schuster, 2004
  • The Very Best Daddy of All, Simon & Schuster, 2004 - Boardbook, 2011
  • The Double-Digit Club, Holiday House, 2004
  • The Blue Ghost, Random House, 2005
  • A Bear Named Trouble, Clarion Books, 2005
  • If Frogs Made Weather, Holiday House, 2005
  • A Recipe for Valentine's Day, Simon & Schuster, 2005
  • Easter is Coming, Simon & Schuster, 2005
  • The Blue Ghost, Random House, 2005
  • Waiting for Christmas, Little Simon, 2006
  • The Rocky Mountains, Simon & Schuster, 2006
  • Niagra Falls, Simon & Schuster, 2006
  • The Grand Canyon, Simon & Schuster, 2006
  • Christmas Lights, Simon & Schuster, 2006
  • I'm Not Afraid of Halloween, Simon & Schuster, 2006
  • Mount Rushmore, Simon & Schuster, 2007
  • Baby Bear Discovers the World, Adventure Publications, 2007
  • A Mama for Owen, Simon & Schuster, 2007
  • Killing Miss Kitty and Other Sins, Clarion, 2007
  • The Very Best Daddy of All, 2007
  • The Mighty Mississippi, Simon & Schuster, 2007
  • The Secret of the Painted House, Random House, 2007
  • The Statue of Liberty, Aladdin, 2007
  • Yellowstone, Simon & Schuster, 2008
  • Flood!, Simon & Schuster, 2008
  • Volcano!, Simon & Schuster, 2008
  • The Green Ghost, Random House, 2008
  • The Red Ghost, Random House, 2008
  • How Do I Love You?, Cartwheel Books, 2009
  • One Brown Bunny, Orchard Books, 2009
  • Earthquake!, Simons & Schuster, 2009
  • Longest Night, Holiday House, 2009
  • The Christmas Baby, Simon & Schuster, 2009
  • Martin Luther King Jr., Scholastic, 2009
  • Thank You for Me!, Simon & Schuster, 2010
  • The Very Little Princess, Random House, 2010
  • The Cutest Critter, Adventure Publications, 2010
  • My First Biography: Harriet Tubman, Scholastic, 2010
  • Dinosaur Thunder, Scholastic, 2012
  • Halloween Forest, Holiday House, 2012
  • Little Dog, Lost, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2012
  • Celebrating California, Houghton Mifflin, 2013
  • Celebrating Florida, Houghton Mifflin, 2013
  • Celebrating New York, Houghton Mifflin, 2013
  • Celebrating Texas, Houghton Mifflin, 2013
  • Celebrating Massachusetts, Houghton Mifflin, 2014
  • Celebrating Illinois, Houghton Mifflin, 2014
  • The Christmas Baby, Little Simon, 2015
  • Little Cat's Luck, Simon & Schuster, 2016
  • Jump, Little Wood Ducks, Adventure Publications, 2017

Titles at Your Library

On My Honor

ISBN: 0440466334
Release Date: 1987-09-01

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Land of the Buffalo Bones: The Diary of Mary Ann Elizabeth Rodgers, An English Girl in Minnesota, New Yeovil, Minnesota 1873 (Dear America Series)

ISBN: 0439220270
Release Date: 2003-04-01

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ISBN: 0440419786
Release Date: 2004-09-14

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An Early Winter

ISBN: 0440416949
Release Date: 2001-01-09

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If Frogs Made Weather

ISBN: 0823416224
Release Date: 2005-03-01

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A Recipe for Valentine's Day: A Rebus Lift-the-Flap Story

ISBN: 0689858957
Release Date: 2004-12-28

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A Bear Named Trouble

ISBN: 0440421322
Release Date: 2006-05-09

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Grandmother's Song

ISBN: 1416968490
Release Date: 2007-11-08

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Why Do Kittens Purr?

ISBN: 1416968504
Release Date: 2007-11-28

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The Statue of Liberty (Wonders of America)

ISBN: 1416934790
Release Date: 2007-09-25

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Mount Rushmore (Wonders of America)

ISBN: 1416934782
Release Date: 2007-05-08

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The Mighty Mississippi (Wonders of America)

ISBN: 0689869517
Release Date: 2007-03-06

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Clouds (Ready to Read Level 1)

ISBN: 1590549236
Release Date: 2007-01

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The Grand Canyon (Ready to Read Level 1: Wonders of America)

ISBN: 1424215579
Release Date: 2007-01

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Niagara Falls (Ready to Read Level 1)

ISBN: 1424215528
Release Date: 2007-01

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Killing Miss Kitty and Other Sins

ISBN: 0547076142
Release Date: 2008-11-10

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The Green Ghost (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))

ISBN: 0375840834
Release Date: 2008-09-23

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Volcano! (Natural Disasters)

ISBN: 141692549X
Release Date: 2008-09-23

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Some Babies Are Wild (Wildlife Picture Books)

ISBN: 1591930847
Release Date: 2008-09-10

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The Secret of the Painted House (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))

ISBN: 037584080X
Release Date: 2008-07-22

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Am I Blue?: Coming Out from the Silence

ISBN: 1439505926
Release Date: 2008-06-26

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The Red Ghost (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))

ISBN: 0375840818
Release Date: 2008-04-22

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Yellowstone (Wonders of America)

ISBN: 1416954058
Release Date: 2008-04-22

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Thank You for Me!

ISBN: 0689857888
Release Date: 2010-03-23

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My First Biography: Harriet Tubman

ISBN: 9780545232579
Release Date: 2010-12-01

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Earthquake! (Rise and Shine) (Natural Disasters)

ISBN: 1416925511
Release Date: 2009-04-07

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My Mother Is Mine (Classic Board Books)

ISBN: 1416960902
Release Date: 2009-03-24

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One Brown Bunny

ISBN: 0439680107
Release Date: 2009-02-01

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How Do I Love You?

ISBN: 0545072700
Release Date: 2009-01-01

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Dinosaur Thunder

ISBN: 0590452967
Release Date: 2012-05-01

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Halloween Forest

ISBN: 0823423247
Release Date: 2012-07-01

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Celebrating Massachusetts: 50 States to Celebrate (Green Light Readers Level 3)

ISBN: 054411972X
Release Date: 2014-06-10

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Little Cat's Luck

ISBN: 1481424882
Release Date: 2016-02-09

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Literary Awards

Body of Work:

  • The Kerlan Award for her body of work in the creation of children's literature, University of Minnesota, 1986
  • Author's Award, Southern Utah University Reading Conference, 1994

Rain of Fire

  • Jane Addams Peace Association Award, 1984

On My Honor

  • Newbery Honor Book, American Library Association, 1987
  • Notable Children's Book, American Library Association, 1987
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 1986
  • Editors' Choice, Booklist
  • The Year's Best Books, Publishers Weekly
  • Runner-up, Children's Book Award, Great Britain, 1988
  • Flicker Tale Children's Book Award, North Dakota, 1989
  • William Allen White Award, Kansas, 1989
  • Golden Archer Award, Wisconsin, 1989
  • BBY, IRA selection for 1990
  • Janusc Korczak Literary Competition, Poland
  • Teachers' Choices, NCTE, 1984
  • Reviewers' Choice, Booklist
  • Children's Book Award, Jane Addams Peace Association, 1984

What's Your Story? A Young Person's Guide to Writing Fiction

  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 1993

Am I Blue

  • Lambda Literary Award for Children and Young Adults, 1995
  • Stonewall Book Award for literature, 1995
  • ALA Best Books for Young Adults
  • ALA Recommended Book for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
  • ALA Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual Book Award for Literature, 1995
  • Minnesota Book Award for older children, 1995

My Mother is Mine

  • New York Times best seller

The Longest Night

  • Golden Kite Award for picture-book text, 2009

Toes, Ears & Nose

  • 2015 ILLINOIS READS Book

Little Cat's Luck

  • Starred Review, Kirkus

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Bauer is primarily interested in presenting for adult groups - librarians, teachers and writers.

External Links

Marion Dane Bauer on WorldCat


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