Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mary C Kerr  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1942 in Macomb, Illinois

-- Website --
-- Mary C Kerr on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Kerr was born and raised in Macomb. She graduated from Western Illinois University and taught school in Peru, Peoria, and Washington. After receiving a Masters degree from Bradley University she became a school principal in Canton. Now retired, she splits her time living in Macomb and Washington.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mary C. Kerr grew up in the family newspaper business and learned both the printing and writing trades at a young age. Her adult professional life was devoted to K-12 education. After teaching middle school in Peru, she married and moved to Peoria where she taught social studies. After taking time off to be with young sons, she took a position as a reading aide in Washington. This is where she fell in love with teaching reading and went on to get her reading specialist degree and was Title l Director for a number of years. Her last position was as Principal of Westview School in Canton where we were able to raise the lowest test scores in the district to the highest by having the teachers buy into the process and believing they could. After retirement, she became a consultant.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Mary Lincoln's Journey
ISBN: 0615912974

C.R. Crabb Publications, LLC. 2013

The right gift for a student of history, women's studies, or lover of Lincoln. Mary Lincoln's Journey provides young adult readers an interesting and objective narrative about one of the most fascinating ladies in American history. The 100-page book is filled with pictures, maps, and an extensive 18 pages notes and bibliography. Primary sources were used whenever possible. Mary Lincoln scholar, Jason Emerson, wrote that it is one of the best young adult Mary Lincoln books he has ever read. It was also well received by Lincoln scholar Wayne Temple as well as teachers, students, and parents. Be sure to check out Mary Kerr's second book, Washington's Homefront and the POWs, which describes a small Illinois town during World War ll and the impact of having 243 German soldiers quartered at the local canning plant. It includes pictures from the camp and an interview with a former German POW.

Washington's Homefront and the POWs
ISBN: 0692642331

. 2016

Washington's Homefront and the POWs is a well-illustrated narrative about small-town America during World War ll. It includes descriptions of rationing, liberty bonds, local businesses, leisure time activities, and much, much more. In addition, it provides information about the 243 German POWs who were quartered at the town's major employer, Libby's Cannery. Those who were children at the time, shared their recollections and perceptions of the POW camp and of the town during the War. A former prisoner at Camp Washington also provided a narrative and pictures. There are several Q-R readers, which give supplemental film information about local and national happenings during the War. The book captures a unique time in Washington, Illinois' history. Be sure to check out Mary Lincoln's Journey also by Mary Kerr. The Young Adult objective book has been well received by Mary Lincoln scholar Jason Emerson and Lincoln scholar Wayne Temple as well as students, teachers, and parents.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

The author will speak about both books ''Mary Lincoln's Journey'' and ''Washington's Homefront and the POWs'' as well as the newest book on Central Illinois and the POWs. She requires travel expenses and is open to speaking anywhere. She can be contacted at 309-264-2598 or