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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Charise Mericle Harper  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Children Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Children; Children;

Born: in Vancouver, Canada

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Illinois Connection

Charise lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Charise Mericle Harper is an author, illustrator and cartoonist.

Published Works

  • What My Mother Doesn't Know, 2001
  • Imaginative Inventions, Little Brown & Co., 2001
  • When I Grow Up, Chronicle Books, 2001
  • There Was a Bold Lady, Little Brown & Co., 2002
  • The Trouble With Normal, Houghton Mifflin, 2003
  • Itsy Bitsy, The Smart Spider, Dial Books, 2004
  • Just Grace, Sandpioper, 2008
  • Still Just Grace, Sandpiper, 2009
  • Cupcake, Hyperion Books, 2010
  • Pink Me Up, Knopf Books, 2010

Selected Titles At Your Library

Imaginative inventions :
ISBN: 0316347256. OCLC Number:

Little Brown,. Boston :. ©2001.

Find out the stories behind some of our favorite foods and possessions.

When I grow up /
ISBN: 0811829057. OCLC Number:

Chronicle Books,. San Francisco :. ©2001.

Brightly colored illustrations teach about virtues and qualities including understanding, thoughtfulness, generosity and others.

There was a bold lady who wanted a star /
ISBN: 0316146730. OCLC Number:

Little, Brown,. Boston :. 2002.

In this variation on the traditional cumulative rhyme, a feisty woman tries roller skates, a bicycle, and even a rocket to reach a star.

The trouble with normal /
ISBN: 0618156267. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. ©2003.

Finnigan, a Secret Service squirrel in training, reports on the unusual activities in the apartment building across from his park.

Itsy Bitsy, the smart spider /
ISBN: 0803729014. OCLC Number:

Dial Books for Young Readers,. New York :. [2003]

The spider from the famous nursery rhyme gets a job in order to buy a cover that will keep her dry and prevent her being washed down the water spout again.

Just Grace /
ISBN: 0547014406. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 2007.

Misnamed by her teacher, seven-year-old Just Grace prides herself on being empathetic, but when she tries to help a neighbor feel better, her good intentions backfire.

Still just Grace /
ISBN: 0618934820. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin Company,. Boston :. 2007.

When a struggling student teacher assigns a group project, seven-year-old Just Grace gets so involved in working with Grace W. and Grace F. that she fails to understand why she and her best friend, Mimi, are drifting apart.

Cupcake :
ISBN: 1423118979. OCLC Number:

Disney/Hyperion,. New York :. ©2010.

Cupcake, feeling drab because he is only vanilla, and his friend, Candle, come up with a plan to make themselves stand out in the crowd.

Pink me up /
ISBN: 0375856072. OCLC Number:

Alfred A. Knopf,. New York :. 2010.

When Mama is too sick to go to the Pink Girls Pink-nic with Violet, Daddy offers to take her place but, first, he needs to "pink-up" his clothes.


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