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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Steve Layne  

Pen Name: Steven L. Layne


Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children; Children;

Born: 1965 in Crawfordsville, Indiana

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Illinois Connection

Steve lives in St. Charles, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Steve is an associate professor of education and literature at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois.

Published Works

  • Thomas` Sheep and the Great Geography Test, Pelican Publishing Company, 1998
  • The Teachers` Night Before Christmas, Pelican Publishing Company, 2001
  • My Brother Dan`s Delicious, Pelican Publishing Company, 2003
  • This Side of Paradise, Pelican Publishing Company, 2003
  • Life`s Literacy Lessons, Pelican Publishing Company, 2003
  • Thomas`s Sheep and the Spectacular Science Project, Pelican Publishing Company, 2004
  • Verses for Dad`s Heart, Pelican Publishing Company, 2004
  • The Principlal`s Night Before Christmas, Pelican Publishing Company, 2004
  • Verses for Mom`s Heart, Pelican Publishing Company, 2005
  • T is for Teacher, Pelican Publishing Company, 2005 - written with Deborah Dover Layne
  • Over Land and Sea, Pelican Publishing Company, 2005
  • Preacher’s Night Before Christmas, Pelican Publishing Company, 2006
  • Love the Baby, Pelican Publishing Company, 2007
  • Mergers,Pelican Publishing Company, 2007
  • P Is for Princess: A Royal Alphabet, Sleeping Bear Press, 2007 - written with Deborah Dover Layne
  • Number 1 Teacher: A School Counting Book, Sleeping Bear Press, 2008 - written with Deborah Dover Layne
  • Igniting a Passion for Reading: Successful Strategies for Building Lifetime Readers, Stenhouse Publishers, 2009
  • W is for Windy City: A Chicago City Alphabet, Sleeping Bear Press, 2010 - written with Deborah Dover Layne
  • Paradise Lost, Pelican Publishing Company, 2011
  • Stay With Sister, Pelican Publishing Company, 2012

Selected Titles At Your Library

Thomas's sheep and the great geography test /
ISBN: 1565542746. OCLC Number:

Pelican Pub.,. Gretna :. ©1998.

Worried about an upcoming geography test, Thomas finds himself unable to fall asleep until he tries counting sheep.

Teachers' night before Halloween /
ISBN: 1589805852. OCLC Number:

Pelican Pub. Co.,. Gretna, La. :. 2008.

In this reimagining of Clement Moore's holiday poem, it's the day before Halloween, and the teachers look for a way to escape the annual Halloween Day parade. But when the principal issues a memo that says all teachers must attend the parade, the faculty wake up on Halloween morning filled with dread.

My brother Dan's delicious /
ISBN: 1589800710. OCLC Number:

Pelican Pub.,. Gretna :. 2003.

When he finds that he is home alone for the first time, a bright eight-and-a-half-year-old boy informs any monsters that might be lurking in the house that his older brother Dan is worth the wait.

This side of paradise /
ISBN: 1589802543. OCLC Number:

Pelican,. Gretna, La. :. 2005.

Jack Barret is a junior in high school. When his perfectionist father starts working for the Eden Corporation and forcibly moves the family to the corporation's village called Paradise, Jack uncovers a sinister plot in the pursuit of perfection.

Life's literacy lessons :
ISBN: 0872072770. OCLC Number:

International Reading Association,. Newark, Del. :. ©2003.

Thomas's sheep and the spectacular science project /
ISBN: 1589802101. OCLC Number:

Pelican Pub. Co.,. Gretna, La. :. 2004.

Determined to prove himself at his new school by creating the best science project ever, Thomas becomes so immersed in his study of the solar system that he dreams of astronaut sheep who fly a spacecraft to Mars and beyond.

Verses for dad's heart /
ISBN: 1589801458. OCLC Number:

Pelican Pub. Co.,. Gretna, La. :. 2004.

A collection of poems that celebrate the bond between children and their fathers.

The principal's night before Christmas /
ISBN: 1589802527. OCLC Number:

Pelican Pub.,. Gretna, La. :. 2004.

Problems with naughty students, paperwork, and complicated field trips keep Principal Swell at his office on Christmas Eve and he just cannot seem to make it home to his family until a jolly old man appears to help with his chores. After a visit to teachers of the mell, Santa hurries to school to visit with the principal. This parody of Clement Moore's, a Visit from St. Nicholas finds Principal Swell dealing with malfunctioning computers, school bus delays, irate parents, and reports on state mandated testing before he can join his family for the holidays.

Verses for mom's heart /
ISBN: 1589803205. OCLC Number:

Pelican Pub. Co.,. Gretna, La. :. 2005.

Verses for mom's heart.

T is for teachers :
ISBN: 1585363316. OCLC Number:

Sleeping Bear Press,. Chelsea, Mich. :. ©2005.

"An A-Z pictorial for children ages 4-10 explaining school. Letter topics include, the alphabet, kindergarten, books, librarian, and principal. Each is introduced with a poem accompanied by expository text to provide detailed information"--Provided by publisher.

Over land and sea :
ISBN: 1589801822. OCLC Number:

Pelican Pub. Co.,. Gretna, La. :. 2005.

Two parents describe their journey over land and sea to find the child that belongs in their family, as well as all of the joy and love the new baby brings.

Preacher's night before Christmas /
ISBN: 1589803213. OCLC Number:

Pelican,. Gretna [La.] :. ©2006.

Everything is going wrong as Pastor McDougall tries to get ready for the Christmas Eve play, and it takes a visit from St. Nick to remind him what Christmas is really about.

Love the baby /
ISBN: 1589803922. OCLC Number:

Pelican Pub. Co.,. Gretna, La. :. ©2007.

An older brother at first resents his new sibling, but eventually he starts to love the baby.

Mergers /
ISBN: 1589805380. OCLC Number:

Pelican,. Gretna, La. :. 2007.

"Four "deviant" teenagers, each with a special power, struggle to survive in a future where the Legion for World Alliance has merged all the earth's peoples into one combined race."--NoveList.

P is for princess :
ISBN: 1585363065. OCLC Number:

Sleeping Bear Press :. Chelsea, MI :. ©2007.

"An A through Z picture book introducing royalty from around the world, both real and make-believe. Topics such as Aurora, emperor, Grace Kelly, Princess, Ka'iulani, King Arthur, nobility, and tiara are included"--Provided by publisher.

Number 1 teacher :
ISBN: 1585363073. OCLC Number:

Sleeping Bear Press,. Chelsea, MI :. ©2008.

This book uses numbers to introduce readers to material taught in elementary school such as geography (2 poles), math (telling time), science (3 states of matter), physical education (9 on a baseball team) and others.

Igniting a passion for reading :
ISBN: 1571103856. OCLC Number:

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Steven Layne shows teachers practical ways to engage and inspire readers from kindergarten through high school, to develop readers who are not only motivated to read great books, but also love reading in its own right. --from publisher description.

W is for Windy City :
ISBN: 1585364207. OCLC Number:

Sleeping Bear Press,. Ann Arbor, MI :. ©2010.

Presents objects, people, and places found in Chicago, from A to Z.

Paradise lost /
ISBN: 1589805909. OCLC Number:

Pelican Pub.,. Gretna, La. :. 2011.

When former wallflower Chase Maxfield returns to school in the fall as a hunky high schooler, his too-good-to-be-true physical transformation unsettles Jack, who discovers that the dangerous, utopia-building Mr. Eden may still be alive.

Stay with Sister /
ISBN: 1455615234. OCLC Number:

Pelican Pub.,. Gretna, La. :. 2012.

When a boy who does not like continually being asked to keep an eye on his younger sister is sent to his room for leaving her alone one too many times, she helps him realize that being a big brother has its rewards.


  • IRA Young Adult Choice
  • Hal Clement Award - Best U.S. Science Fiction Novel for Teens
  • IRA/CBC Children's Choice
  • Learning Magazine Teacher's Choice Award

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