Raymond Bial

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General Information

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Name: Raymond Bial

Pen Name: None

Born: 1948 in Danville, Illinois

Website: www.raybial.com

Email: ray@raybial.com

Illinois Connection

Bial was born in Danville, Illinois and currently resides in Urbana, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Raymond Bial is an acclaimed photoessayist for children. He has published over eighty books for children and adults. Four of his books were chosen as Notable Books in the Field of Social Studies by the NCSS.

Published Works

Photo Essays for Children

  • County Fair, Houghton Mifflin, 1992
  • Shaker Home, Houghton Mifflin, 1994
  • Amish Home, Houghton Mifflin, 1995
  • Portrait of a Farm Family, Houghton Mifflin, 1995
  • With Needle and Thread, A Book About Quilts, Houghton Mifflin, 1996
  • Visit to Amish Country, University of Illinois Press, 1997
  • Corn Belt Harvest, Houghton Mifflin, 1997
  • Mist Over the Mountains: Appalachia and Its People, Houghton Mifflin, 1997
  • The Strength of These Arms, Life in the Slave Quarters, Houghton Mifflin, 1997
  • Cajun Home, Houghton Mifflin, 1998
  • The Underground Railroad, Houghton Mifflin, 1999
  • One-Room School, Houghton Mifflin, 1999
  • A Handful of Dirt, Walker Publishing, 2000
  • Frontier Home, Houghton Mifflin, 2001
  • Ghost Towns of the American West, Houghton, 2001
  • Building America, Benchmark Books, 2001
  • A Book Comes Together, Bound to Stay Bound Books, 2001
  • Tenement: Immigrant Life on the Lower East Side, Houghton Mifflin, 2002
  • The Long Walk: The Story of Navajo Captivity, Benchmark Books, 2002
  • Where Washington Walked, Walker Publishing, 2004
  • Navoo: Mormon City on The Mississippi River, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2006
  • The Super Soybean, Albert Whitman & Co,' 2007
  • Where Lincoln Walked, Walker Publishing, 2008
  • Ellis Island: Coming to The Land of Liberty, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2009
  • Rescuing Rover: Saving America's Dogs, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2011

Ghost Stories and Mysteries

  • The Fresh Grave and Other Ghostly Stories, Face to Face Books, 1997 - written with Anna Bial
  • The Ghost of Honeymoon Creek, Face to Face Books, 1999 - written with Anna Bial
  • Shadow Island: A Story of Lake Superior, Blue Horse Books, 2006
  • Dripping Blood Cave and Other Ghostly Stories, Crickhollow Books, 2010

Native American Books

  • The Iroquois, Marshall Cavendish, 1998
  • The Cherokee, Marshall Cavendish, 1998
  • The Navajo, Marshall Cavendish, 1998
  • The Sioux, Marshall Cavendish, 1998
  • The Comanche, Benchmark Books, 2000
  • The Seminole, Marshall Cavendish, 2000
  • The Pueblo, Benchmark Books, 2000
  • The Powhatan, Benchmark Books, 2000
  • The Ojibwe, Benchmark Books, 2000
  • The Apache, Benchmark Books, 2000
  • The Huron, Marshall Cavendish, 2000
  • The Haida, Benchmark Books, 2000
  • The Cheyenne, Benchmark Books, 2000
  • The Shoshone, Marshall Cavendish, 2001
  • The Inuit, Benchmark Books, 2001
  • The Nez Perce, Benchmark Books, 2002
  • The Mandan, Benchmark Books, 2002
  • The Choctow, Benchmark Books, 2002
  • The Tlingit, Benchmark Books, 2002
  • The Blackfeet, Benchmark Books, 2002
  • The Chumash, Benchmark Books, 2003
  • The Wampanoag, Benchmark Books, 2003
  • The Arapaho, Benchmark Books, 2003
  • The Shawnee, Benchmark Books, 2004
  • The Delaware, Marshall Cavendish, 2005
  • The Crow, Marshall Cavendish, 2005
  • The Menominee, Benchmark Books, 2006
  • The Cree, Benchmark Books, 2006

Building America

  • The Houses, Benchmark Books, 2001
  • The Forts, Marshall Cavendish, 2001
  • The Mills, Marshall Cavendish, 2001
  • The Farms, Marshall Cavendish, 2001
  • The Canals, Benchmark Books, 2001

American Community

  • Missions and Presidios, Children's Press, 2005
  • Longhouses, Children's Press, 2005
  • Frontier Settlements, Children's Press, 2005
  • Early American Villages, Children's Press, 2005
  • Cow Towns, Children's Press, 2005

Photography Books

  • Ivesdale: A Photographic Essay, Urbana Free Library, 2002
  • Upon a Quiet Landscape: The Photographs of Frank Sadorus,Champaign County Historical, 1983
  • There is a Season, Champaign County Nursing Home, 1984
  • First Frost, Stormline Press, 1985
  • In All My Years: Portraits of Older Blacks in Champaign-Urbana, Champaign County, 1986
  • Common Ground: Photographs of Rural and Small Town Life, Stormline Press, 1986
  • Stopping By: Portraits from Small Towns, University of Illinois Press, 1988
  • The Carnegie Library in Illinois, University of Illinois Press, 1991
  • Looking Good: A Guide to Photographing Your Library, ALA, 1991
  • From the Heart of the Country, Sangamore Pub LLC, 1991
  • Townships, University of Iowa Press, 1992
  • Champaign: A Pictorial History, GBradley Publishing, 1994
  • Marcia Adams' Heirloom Recipes: Yesterday's Favorites Tomorrow's Treasures, Clarkson Potter, 1994
  • Zoom Lens Photography, Amherst Media, Inc., 1996
  • Champaign, Arcadia Publishing, 2008
  • The Shaker Village, The University Press of Kentucky, 2008


  • Chigger, MOTES, 2012 - written with Ann Bial

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Corn Belt Harvest (Paperback Plus Series)

ISBN: 0395811465
Release Date: 1997

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Mist Over the Mountains: Appalachia and Its People

ISBN: 0395735696
Release Date: 1997-03-31

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The Inuit (Lifeways)

ISBN: 0761412123
Release Date: 2001-12-01

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A Handful of Dirt

ISBN: 0802786987
Release Date: 2000-05-15

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One-Room School

ISBN: 0395905141
Release Date: 1999-09-27

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Cajun Home

ISBN: 0395860954
Release Date: 1998-03-30

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Where Lincoln Walked

ISBN: 0802786316
Release Date: 2008-08-19

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The Strength of These Arms: Life in the Slave Quarters

ISBN: 0395773946
Release Date: 1997-09-09

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With Needle and Thread : A Book about Quilts

ISBN: 0395735688
Release Date: 1996-01-01

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The Pueblo (Lifeways)

ISBN: 0761408614
Release Date: 2000-01-01

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Amish Home

ISBN: 0395595045
Release Date: 1993-03-29

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First Frost: Poems

ISBN: 0935153004
Release Date: 1985-12-01

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The Fresh Grave And Other Ghostly Stories

ISBN: 1883953227
Release Date: 1997-10-30

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The Ghost Of Honeymoon Creek

ISBN: 1883953278
Release Date: 1999-08-01

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Where Washington Walked

ISBN: 0802788998
Release Date: 2004-01-01

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Shadow Island: A Tale of Lake Superior

ISBN: 1883953375
Release Date: 2006-09-01

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Nauvoo: Mormon City on the Mississippi River

ISBN: 0618396853
Release Date: 2006-10-30

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Ellis Island: Coming to the Land of Liberty

ISBN: 0618999434
Release Date: 2009-05-18

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Rescuing Rover: Saving America's Dogs

ISBN: 0547341253
Release Date: 2011-05-23

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Literary Awards

Rescuing Rover: Saving America's Dogs

  • Selected for the Junior Literary Guild Book Club

Where Lincoln Walked

  • 2014 ILLINOIS READS Book

Tenement: Immigrant Life on the Lower East Side

  • Orbis Pictus Honor Book as one of the best nonfiction books for children

With Needle and Thread

  • Orbis Pictus Honor Book as one of the best nonfiction books for children

A Handful of Dirt

  • John Burroughs Award as one of the best environmental books for children

Ghost Towns of the American West

  • Spur awards by Western Writers of America as best children’s books about the American West

The Pueblo

  • Spur awards by Western Writers of America as best children’s books about the American West

The Underground Railroad

  • One of the “25 Top Picks” for Black History Month in 1996

Portrait of a Farm Family

  • Booklist “Editor’s Choice” as one of the best children’s books of 1995.
  • Ohio Farm Bureau’s Children’s Literature Award as the most outstanding children’s book with an agricultural theme

Amish Home

  • “Parents’ Choice” book by the Parents’ Choice Foundation as the best nonfiction paperback book for children
  • American Library Association Notable Children’s Book in 1994

First Frost

  • “Writer's Choice” selection, National Endowment for the Arts and the Pushcart Foundation, as one of the finest books published by independent literary presses, 1986

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes, contact author:

Raymond Bial

P. O. Box 593

Urbana, IL 61803

External Links

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