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Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mary Ann Rodman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1954 in Washington, D.C.

-- Mary Ann Rodman on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Mary Ann grew up in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mary Ann has a master's degree in library and information science from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College. She has held a variety of jobs ranging from community theater director to church youth coordinator but has been primarily a children's librarian. Mary Ann now lives in Georgia.

Published Works

  • My Best Friend (Illustrated by E.B.Lewis), Puffin, 2007
  • Jimmy's Star, Farrar, Straus and Giroux , 2008
  • First Grade Stinks! (Illustrated by Beth Spiegel), Peachtree Publishers, 2008
  • Yankee Girl, Square Fish, 2008
  • Surprise soup (Illustrated byG. Brian Karas) , Viking Juvenile, 2009
  • A Tree for Emmy (Illustrated byTatjana Mai-Wyss) , Peachtree Publishers, 2009
  • Camp K-9 (Illustrated by Nancy Hayashi), Peachtree Publishers, 2011

Selected Titles At Your Library

My best friend /
ISBN: 0142408069. OCLC Number:

Viking,. New York :. 2005.

Six-year-old Lily has a best friend all picked out for play group day, but unfortunately the differences between first-graders and second-graders are sometimes very large.

Jimmy's stars /
ISBN: 0374337039. OCLC Number:

Farrar, Straus and Giroux,. New York :. 2008.

In 1943, eleven-year-old Ellie is her brother Jimmy's "best girl," and when he leaves Pittsburgh just before Thanksgiving to fight in World War II, he promises he will return, asks her to leave the Christmas tree up until he does, and reminds her to "let the joy out."

First grade stinks! /
ISBN: 1561454621. OCLC Number:

Peachtree,. Atlanta, Ga. :. 2008, ©2006.

First-grader Haley wishes she were back having fun in kindergarten with her old teacher, until she finds out that first-grade is special, too.

Yankee girl /
ISBN: 0312535767. OCLC Number:

Square Fish,. New York :. 2009.

When her FBI-agent father is transferred to Jackson, Mississippi, in 1964, eleven-year-old Alice wants to be popular but also wants to reach out to the one black girl in her class in a newly-integrated school.

Surprise soup /
ISBN: 067006274X. OCLC Number:

Viking,. New York :. 2009.

When Kevie's mother has a baby, Kevie, his older brother, and their father make soup for when the new baby comes home.

A tree for Emmy /
ISBN: 1561454753. OCLC Number:

Peachtree,. Atlanta :. ©2009.

Emmy loves the mimosa tree in her grandmother's yard and asks for one for her birthday, only to find that stores do not sell wild trees.

Camp K-9 /
ISBN: 156145561X. OCLC Number:

Peachtree,. Atlanta :. c2011.

Roxie is keeping a secret from her fellow campers--a blankie that she keeps hidden but wants desperately every time Lucy, a big, mean poodle, causes trouble.


  • Charlotte Zolotow Award ,
  • My Best Friend

  • 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year,
  • Jimmy's Star

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