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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Bonnie Geisert  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children; Children;

Born: 1942 in Hartley, Iowa

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Illinois Connection

Geisert lives in Galena, Illinois, where she taught for over 20 years.

Biographical and Professional Information

Geisert is a writer and photographer. She has worked as a teacher and a feature writer and columnist for the ''Freeport Journal-Standard'', Freeport, Illinois. Her photographs have appeared in group shows at Dubuque Museum of Art, Eagle Ridge Inn and Resort, Freeport Art Museum, Galena City Hall, Galena Art Festival in 1995, and Group Photography Show-Galena in 1996 and 1997.She has also been a contributor of poetry and articles to ''Lutheran, Cobblestone, Galenian, and Julien's Journal''. Her poetry has been featured in annual poetry anthology, Gallery, Dubuque, Iowa.

Published Works

  • Haystack, School & Library Binding, 1995 - written with Arthur Geisert
  • Prairie Town, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1998 - written with Arthur Geisert
  • River Town, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1999 - written with Arthur Geisert
  • Mountain Town, Houghton Mifflin Co., 2000 - written with Arthur Geisert
  • Desert Town, Houghton Mifflin Co., 2001 - written with Arthur Geisert
  • Prairie Summer, Houghton Mifflin Co., 2002 - written with Arthur Geisert
  • Lessons, Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books, 2005
  • Prairie Winter, Houghton Mifflin Co, 2009

Selected Titles At Your Library

Prairie town /
ISBN: 0395859077. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. ©1998.

Describes a year in the life of a prairie town including the effect of seasons and of economics on the ebb and flow of this agricultural community.

River town /
ISBN: 0395908914. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 1999.

Describes, in brief text and illustrations, a year in the life of a river bank town and the many changes that occur throughout the seasons.

Mountain town /
ISBN: 0395953901. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. ©2000.

Describes a year in the present-day life of a mountain town that was founded when prospectors searching for gold arrived in the Rocky Mountains in the mid-nineteenth century.

Desert town /
ISBN: 0395953871. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin Co.,. Boston :. 2001.

An overview of daily life in a small town in the middle of the hot, dry desert. For grades 3-6.

Prairie summer /
ISBN: 0618212930. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 2002.

A young girl demonstrates the maturity gained from her experiences growing up with three sisters on a farm in South Dakota.

Lessons /
ISBN: 061847899X. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 2005.

Following their infant son's sudden death, a farm couple is denied a Christian burial for him, and this secret continues to haunt the father after his second son is born.

Prairie winter /
ISBN: 061868588X. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,. Boston :. 2009.

6th-grader Rachel Johnson lives on a remote prairie farm with no phone. So Cresbard school to her means connection to the other students and the town. But a winter storm strands Rachel on the farm. She is surprised when her dad agrees to fly his three eldest daughters to town so they can continue the school year. But the 3 must board in a hotel with no parents, no rules and no chores. Will Rachel ever be able to return to farm life after this?


Prairie Summer

, Honor Book for Young People, Nebraska Center for the Book


Honor Award for Children's Nonfiction, Boston Globe/Hornbook

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