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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Fran Manushkin  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children; Children;

Born: 1942 in Chicago, Illinois

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Manushkin grew up in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Manushkin received her B.A. in education from Chicago Teacher's College. After graduation, she moved to New York City. There, she worked in the children's book department of Harper & Row for ten years. After becoming a junior editor where she soon discovered she enjoyed writing and her first book ''BABY'' (later titled ''BABY, COME OUT!'') was published in 1972. Since then, Manushkin has written many many books.

Published Works

    Baby, Harper & Row, 1972, later released as Baby, Come Out! Star Bright Books, 2002Bubblebath, Harper & Row, 1974Shirleybird, Harper & Row, 1975Swinging and Swinging, Harper & Row, 1976The Tickle Tree, Clarion Books, 1982Moon Dragon, 1982Hocus and Pocus at the Circus, Harper, 1983The Roller Coaster Ghost, Scholastic, 1983Buster Loves Buttons, Harper, 1985Jumping Jacky, 1986Little Rabbit's Baby Brother, Crown, 1986Ketchup, Catch Up!, 1987Beach Day, 1988The Best Toy of All, Dutton, 1990Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story, Scholastic, 1990.Be Brave, Baby Rabbit, Crown, 1990.My Christmas Safari, Dial, 1993Let`s Go Riding in Our Strollers, Hyperion, 1993Peeping and Sleeping, Clarion, 1994Starlight and Candles, The Joys of the Sabbath, Simon & Schuster, 1995Rachel, Meet Your Angel, Puffin, 1995Toby Takes the Cake, Puffin, 1995Lulu`s Mixed-Up Movie, Puffin, 1995Val McCall, Ace Reporter, Puffin, 1995The Matzah That Papa Brought Home, Scholastic, 1995Miriam`s Cup, A Passover Story, Scholastic, 1998Come, Let Us Be Joyful!: The Story of Hava Nagila, UAHC Press, 2000Daughters of Fire: Heroines of the Bible, Silver Whistle/Harcourt Brace, 2001Sophie and the Shofar: A Happy New Year Story, UAHC Press, 2001Hooray for Hanukkah, Random House, 2001.The Little Sleepyhead, Dutton, 2004.Let George Do It!, Simon & Schuster, 2005The Shivers in the Fridge!, Dutton, 2006The Tushy Book, Feiwel & Friends, 2009The Katie Woo Series 29 books in allGood Bye to Goldie, Picture Window Books, 2010The Best Season Ever, Picture Window Books, 2010The Belly Book, Feiwel & Friends, 2011Many Days, One Shabbat, Marshall Cavendish, 2011

Selected Titles At Your Library

My Christmas safari /
ISBN: 0803712944. OCLC Number:

Dial Books for Young Readers,. New York, N.Y. :. ©1993.

A cumulative counting song describes the animals seen on an imaginative photo safari to Africa. Includes music to set the words to the melody of "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

Let's go riding in our strollers /
ISBN: 0786810386. OCLC Number:

Hyperion Books for Children,. New York :. ©1993.

A child enjoys a delightful stroller ride through the city streets to the park.

Peeping and sleeping /
ISBN: 0395643392. OCLC Number:

Clarion Books,. New York :. ©1994.

Barry and his father take an evening walk, exploring the strange peeping sounds they hear and finding a surprise down at the pond.

The matzah that Papa brought home /
ISBN: 0590471473. OCLC Number:

Scholastic Inc.,. New York :. ©1995.

A cumulative rhyme in the style of "The House That Jack Built" describes the traditions connected to a family's celebration of the Passover seder.

Starlight and candles :
ISBN: 0689802749. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. 1995.

Jake and Rosy help to celebrate the Sabbath, their favorite time of the week.

Rachel, meet your angel! /
ISBN: 0140371982. OCLC Number:

Puffin Books,. New York :. 1995.

After her father's death, Rachel and her mother move from Los Angeles to the small town of Angel Corners, where she adjusts to her new life with the help of some other fifth-grade girls and her very own guardian angel.

Lulu's mixed-up movie /
ISBN: 0140372008. OCLC Number:

Puffin Books,. New York :. 1995.

A guardian angel-in-training enters the scene when Lulu Bliss, discovering her widowed father's interest in another woman, sets out to capture her competitor's worst side on film.

Val McCall, ace reporter? /
ISBN: 0140372016. OCLC Number:

Puffin Books,. New York :. 1995.

After a libelous story with her byline mysteriously appears in her stepfather's newspaper, fifth grader Val McCall turns to her own guardian angel and her friends in the Angel Club to help find who is responsible before an innocent person is arrested.

Miriam's cup :
ISBN: 0439811112. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York :. 1998.

A Jewish mother preparing for Passover tells her young children the story of Miriam, the Biblical woman who prophesied the birth of Moses.

Come, let us be joyful! :
ISBN: 0807407313. OCLC Number:

UAHC Press,. New York :. ©2000.

One of the best known of Jewish melodies is the joyful Hava Nagila, the one played at weddings and festivals, at any gathering where a Jewish tune is needed by the secular world, at camps and schools everywhere. Here is a tale of how that melody was carried to the Holy Land by Jews returning from thousands of years of exile, and of how it came to have words.

Goodbye to Goldie /
ISBN: 1404860576. OCLC Number:

Picture Window Books,. Minneapolis :. ©2010.

Katie Woo learns different ways to cope with the death of her dog.

Best season ever /
ISBN: 1404857303. OCLC Number:

Picture Window Books,. Mankato, Minn. :. ©2010.

Katie and her friends Pedro and JoJo disagree over which season of the year is the best.



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