Patricia Brennan Demuth

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General Information

Name: Patricia Brennan Demuth

Pen Name: None

Born: 1948 in Souix City, Iowa


Email: The author can be emailed through the Contact Page on her website.

Illinois Connection

Brennan Demuth lived in Chicago for thirty-five years.

Biographical and Professional Information

Patricia Brennan Demuth is the author of many award-winning children's fiction and non-fiction books. She grew up in a little Iowa town with a big family and imagination. After college, she moved to New York. From midtown Manhattan, Patricia moved with her family to an Illinois farm where resided for thirty-five years. She now lives in Wisconsin.

Published Works

Picture Books

  • Max, the Bad-Talking Parrot, Dodd, 1986
  • The Ornery Morning, Dutton, 1991
  • Pick Up Your Ears, Henry, Macmillan, 1992
  • Busy at Day Care Head to Toe, Dutton, 1996

Who was…? What was…? Series

  • Who is Bill Gates?, Grosset & Dunlap, 2013
  • Who was Laura Ingalls Wilder?, Grosset & Dunlap, 2013
  • What was Pearl Harbor?, Grosset & Dunlap, 2013
  • What was Ellis Island?, Grosset & Dunlap, 2014
  • What was D-Day?, Grosset & Dunlap, 2015
  • Who was Charlie Chapman?, Grosset & Dunlap, 2016


  • Johnny Appleseed, Grosset & Dunlap, 1996

Early Chapter Book

  • In Trouble with Teacher, Dutton, 1995


  • Joel: Growing Up a Farm Man, Dodd, 1982
  • City Horse, Dodd, 1979 - written with Jack Demuth


  • Inside Your Busy Body, Grosset & Dunlap, 1993
  • Snakes, Penguin Putnam for Children, 1993
  • Gorillas, Grosset & Dunlap, 1994
  • Those Amazing Ants, Macmillan, 1994
  • Cradles in the Trees, The Story of Birds` Nests, Macmillan, 1994
  • Way Down Deep, Strange Ocean Creatures, Grosset & Dunlap, 1995
  • Achoo! All About Colds, Grosset & Dunlap, 1997
  • Mars: The Red Planet, Grosset & Dunlap, 1998
  • Look! My Tooth Is Loose!,

Titles at Your Library

Max the Bad-talking Parrot

ISBN: 1312350326
Release Date: 2014-08-11

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The Ornery Morning

ISBN: 0525446885
Release Date: 1991-09-05

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Pick Up Your Ears, Henry

ISBN: 0027284654
Release Date: 1992-09

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Busy at Daycare Head to Toe

ISBN: 0525456031
Release Date: 1996-06-01

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Who Is Bill Gates? (Who Was?)

ISBN: 0448463326
Release Date: 2013-03-21

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Who Was Laura Ingalls Wilder?

ISBN: 0448467062
Release Date: 2013-12-26

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What Was Pearl Harbor?

ISBN: 0448464624
Release Date: 2013-06-27

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What Was Ellis Island?

ISBN: 044847915X
Release Date: 2014-03-13

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What Was D-Day?

ISBN: 0448484072
Release Date: 2015-04-21

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Who Was Charlie Chaplin?

ISBN: 0448490161
Release Date: 2016-12-06

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Johnny Appleseed (Penguin Young Readers, Level 3)

ISBN: 044841130X
Release Date: 1996-08-08

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Joel: Growing Up a Farm Man

ISBN: 0396079970
Release Date: 1982-02-01

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Inside Your Busy Body (All Aboard Books)

ISBN: 0448401894
Release Date: 1993-09-15

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Snakes (Penguin Young Readers, Level 3)

ISBN: 044840513X
Release Date: 1993-03-24

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Gorillas (Penguin Young Readers, Level 3)

ISBN: 0448402173
Release Date: 1994-05-25

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Those Amazing Ants

ISBN: 0027284670
Release Date: 1994-10-01

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Cradles in the Trees: The Story of Bird Nests

ISBN: 0027284662
Release Date: 1994-09

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Way Down Deep (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (All Aboard Reading: Level 2)

ISBN: 0785792198
Release Date: 1995-10-17

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Achoo! All about Colds (All Abroad Reading)

ISBN: 0448413477
Release Date: 1997-04-14

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Mars (All Aboard Science Reader)

ISBN: 0448418436
Release Date: 1998-10-26

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Look! My Tooth Is Loose!

ISBN: 0448426854
Release Date: 2002-07-08

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Literary Awards

The Ornery Morning

  • Best Summer Reading for Kids, CBS “This Morning”

Max, The Bad Talking Parrot

  • Georgia Children's Storybook Award
  • Children's Choice, International Reading Assoc., 1987
  • Children's Choice, Children's Book Council, 1987

In Trouble with Teacher

  • Children’s Book of the Year, Bank Street College Child Study Children’s Book Committee

Those Amazing Ants

  • Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children, National Science Teachers Association and the Children’s Books Council, 1995
  • 100 Best Nonfiction Books for Children, selected by Judy Freeman
  • Nonfiction 71 Top Books of the Century, Instructor Magazine, March 2001

Joel Growing Up a Farm Man

  • Best Children’s Book, Society of Midland Authors
  • Outstanding Book in Social Sciences, National Council for the Social Studies & Children’s Book Council
  • CCBC Choice, Cooperative Children’s Book Center, School of Education
  • The Best In Children’s Books, The University of Chicago’s Guide

City Horse

  • Junior Literary Guild Selection
  • Sequoyah’s Children’s Books Masterlist, Oklahoma Library Association
  • The Best In Children’s Books, The University of Chicago’s Guide

Way Down Deep

  • Children’s Books of the Year, Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College

Cradles in the Trees

  • Winner, WINNERS! Handbook: A Closer Look at Judy Freeman’s Top-Rated Children’s Books

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

The author's presentations are interactive, filled with visuals, informative, and fun. The material is tailored to fit the age group, K–8. Each session ends with a Q & A.

School Visit Presentation Topics include:

  • Becoming a Writer: From Small Town to Big Apple
  • Behind the Scenes of the Who Was…? Series
  • On the Reporter’s Beat

She will also make Skype visits.

For additional information, visit the Speaking Page of her website.

External Links

Patricia Brennan Demuth on WorldCat


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