Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Barbara Santucci  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children; Children;

Born: 1948 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Santucci was born in Chicago and currently resides in Rockford, Illinois. She graduated from Loyola University and has also studied art at Rockford College and Northern Illinois University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Barbara Santucci is an author and illustrator. She has taught elementary and preschool and also worked as a librarian. She divides her time between writing, teaching, speaking at schools, painting and exhibiting her work. In 2002 she was honored with the Leader in the Arts Award in Rockford, Illinois. She was chosen as one of fifty women Illinois artists to represent Illinois in the Traveling Millennium Show.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Anna's Corn
ISBN: 0802851193

Eerdmans Pub Co. 2002

Anna is reluctant to plant the kernels of corn her grandpa has left her upon his death, until she realizes that the act will help her remember the times they listened to the music of the corn together.

Abby's Chairs
ISBN: 080285205X

Eerdmans Pub Co. 2004

No matter what changes she makes, Abby's old chairs just don't look right in her new home until some friendly townspeople show her the value of a fresh perspective.

Loon Summer
ISBN: 0802853897

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. 2010

My first morning on the lake I hear the loons. "Oh-OOOO-oooo." Their sad songs remind me that Mom isn't coming to the cottage this summer. Rainie knows that this summer will be different. As she and her dad do the things they've always done at the cottage, Rainie is painfully aware of her mom's absence. Throughout the summer Rainie watches a pair of loons on the lake―watches as they lay eggs, hatch babies, and are together as a loon family. "My teacher says loons stay together for life. Why can't you and Mom?" she asks her dad. Loon Summer is an authentic, hopeful story of a child adjusting to the difficult reality of changes in her own family. As summer progresses, Rainie grows in her trust and understanding of the unconditional love each of her parents will always have for her.


  • Emily Award for ''Anna's Corn''
  • IRA/CBC Children's Choices for ''Abby's Chairs''
  • Bank Street College Best Children's Book for ''Loon Summer'' and ''Abby's Chairs''

    Speaking Engagements

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