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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dorothy Haas  

Pen Name: Dan McCune, Dee Francis

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: 1935 in Racine, Wisconsin

Died: 2007 in Chicago, Illinois

-- Dorothy Haas on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Haas lived in Chicago and many of her books are set in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dorothy Haas was an editor and author who specialized in books for children and young adults. After graduating from Marquette in 1955, she took a summer job with Whitman Publishing Division of Western Publishing Company in Racine. Soon after, she became a senior editor and worked there until 1968 then started working as the senior editor for Worldbook Childcraft in Chicago.

At Whitman, Haas developed and supervised several series of books for young children. In addition to editing these books, Ms. Haas published her first book ''Little Joe's Puppy'' and also authored over twenty picture books for Whitman. In 1970, Haas started working with Rand-McNally as the editor of books for children and young adults. As an Editor, she shephered more than 600 books for children across a wide spectrum. After her retirement in 1983, she devoted herself to writing on a full-time basis. She wrote more than 50 titles, ranging from picture books for toddlers through novels and books on science, sports, and biography for teenaged readers. Titles include, "The Bears Upstairs," and "The Secret Life of Dilly McBean." Many of her books are set in Chicago where she lives. Her books have won awards based on votes by children in many states.

Published Works

  • Corky and White Shadow, Whitman Publishing, 1956
  • Rinty and Pals for Rusty, Whitman Publishing, 1957 - under the Pen Name: Dee Francis
  • Little Joe's Puppy, Whitman Publishing, 1957
  • Sir Lancelot, Whitman Publishing, 1958
  • Fury, Whitman Publishing, 1958
  • Captain Kangaroo and the Too-Small House, Whitman Publishing, 1958
  • Mimi: The Merry-Go-Round Cat, Whitman Publishing, 1958
  • Chrstopher John's Fuzzy Blanket, Whitman Publishing, 1959
  • Men of Science, Whitman Publishing, 1959
  • Quick Draw McGraw: Badment Beware, Whitman Publishing, 1960
  • That Puppy!, Whitman Publishing, 1960
  • Soda Pop, Whitman Publishing, 1960
  • Pinocchio, Whitman Publishing, 1961
  • Babes in Toyland, Whitman Publishing, 1961 - under the Pen Name: Dee Francis
  • Oh! Look!, Whitman Publishing, 1961
  • National Velvet, Whitman Publishing, 1962
  • A Penny for Whiffles, Whitman Publishing, 1962
  • Patrick and the Duckling, Whitman Publishing, 1962
  • The Sword in the Stone, Whitman Publishing, 1963 - under the Pen Name: Dee Francis
  • Especially from Thomas, Whitman Publishing, 1965
  • Grandpapa and Me, Whitman Publishing, 1966
  • A Special Place for Jonny, Whitman Publishing, 1966
  • Maria, Everybody Has a Name, Whitman Publishing, 1966
  • Tom and Jerry: Goody Go Round, Whitman Publishing, 1967 - under the Pen Name: Dee Francis
  • This Little Pony, Whitman Publishing, 1967
  • The Night Before Christmas, 1975
  • A Time to Keep, 1977
  • The Bears Upstairs, Greenwillow, 1978
  • The Springs of Joy, 1979
  • Poppy and the Outdoors Cat, Albert Whitman, 1981
  • Poppy and the Lost Cat, Albert Whitman, 1981
  • A Child's Garden of Verses, 1981
  • Tink in a Tangle, Albert Whitman, 1984
  • Care Bears: The Baby Hugs Bear and Baby Tugs Bear Counting Book, Parker Brothers, 1984
  • Sand in Your Shoes: Fun at the Beach, 1984 - Disney Things To Do series
  • Sticks and Stones: Nature Crafts, 1984 - Disney Things To Do series
  • Splatter and Dash: Paint and Color Fun, 1984 - Disney Things To Do series
  • Dorothy and the Seven-Leaf Clover, Random House, 1985
  • Dorothy and Old King Crow, Random House, 1986
  • The Secret Life of Dilly McBean, Bradbury, 1986
  • Donald Learns a Lesson, 1986 - Disney character book
  • Dumbo at Bat, 1986 - Disney character book
  • Goofy's Big Race, 1986 - Disney character book
  • Mickey Finds a Kitten, 1986 - Disney character book
  • My First Communion, Albert Whitman, 1987
  • Burton's Zoom Zoom Va-ROOM Machine, 1988
  • To Catch a Crook, Clarion Books, 1988
  • New Friends, Scholastic, 1988 - Peanut Butter and Jelly Series
  • Peanut and Jilly Forever, Scholastic, 1988 - Peanut Butter and Jelly Series
  • The Haunted House, Scholastic, 1988 - Peanut Butter and Jelly Series
  • Michael Jordan: A Biography of the Basketball Star, (Under Pen Name: Dan McCune) Crestwood , 1988
  • Trouble at Alcott School, Scholastic, 1989 - Peanut Butter and Jelly Series
  • Not Starring Jilly, Scholastic, 1989 - Peanut Butter and Jelly Series
  • Peanut in Charge, Scholastic, 1989 - Peanut Butter and Jelly Series
  • The Friendship Test, Scholastic, 1990 - Peanut Butter and Jelly Series
  • Two Friends Too Many, Scholastic, 1990 - Peanut Butter and Jelly Series
  • Burton's Zoom Zoom Va-ROOOM Machine, Bradbury, 1990
  • Alcott Library is Falling Down, Scholastic, 1991 - Peanut Butter and Jelly Series
  • Burton and the Giggle Machine, Bradbury, 1992
  • Tubs Ahoy!, - Disney Things To Do series
  • Countdown! Capers in Space, - Disney Things To Do series

Selected Titles At Your Library

The haunted house /
ISBN: 0590415085. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York :. 1988.

Jilly isn't having an ordinary birthday party this year, instead she and Peanut throw a haunted house party. They invite their whole class, but a few mysterious guests turn up, too. Who are they and where are they from?

Michael Jordan /
ISBN: 0896863646. OCLC Number:

Crestwood House,. Mankato, Minn., U.S.A. :. 1988.

A career biography of high-scoring Michael Jordan, basketball player with the Chicago Bulls.

Trouble at Alcott School /
ISBN: 0590415093. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York :. ©1989.

Miss Kraft's class is in an uproar because not only does Elvis's mice escape, but Erin loses her gold locket.

Not starring Jilly! /
ISBN: 0590423924. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York :. 1989.

Peanut and Jilly write a play as their project, and when it turns out well, the teacher decides the class will put it on. The only problem is that everyone wants to be in it except Jilly--who doesn't have the nerve to talk in front of a crowd.

Peanut in charge /
ISBN: 0590423916. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York, NY :. ©1989.

Peanut has her first baby-sitting job.

The friendship test /
ISBN: 0590435566. OCLC Number:

Scholastic Inc.,. New York, NY :. ©1990.

Peanut and Jilly invent a new game--the ladybug test, you get a ladybug if you're good and a spider when you're bad.

Two friends too many /
ISBN: 0590435574. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York :. 1990.

A story about two girls, Peanut and Jilly, who became best friends when Peanut moved to town. Now, Peanut's old best friend, Regan, has come to town. Jilly feels left out. Then Jilly's cat gets lost, and Jilly needs Peanut's help.

Alcott Library is falling down /
ISBN: 0590435582. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York :. ©1991.

First the Alcott School Library springs a leak, then the roof caves in. And there is no money for a new roof. Peanut and Jilly are determined to raise money to fix it up.


Children's Reading Round Table Award

for Distinguished Service in the Field of Children's Literature in 1979 Deutscher Jugendbuchpreise in 1980 for

The Bears Upstairs

Lifetime of Literary Achievement

from the Society of Midland Authors in 1995

Speaking Engagements