Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Carolyn Crimi  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: December 28, 1959 in Long Island, New York

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Illinois Connection

Crimi resides in Evanston.

Biographical and Professional Information

Carolyn Crimi grew up on Long Island. received her B.A. from Lake Forest College in Art History and MFA from Vermont College in Writing for Children. In addition to writing books, Crimi also teaches adult education courses on writing for children, visits schools for ''Author Talks'', and writes stories and articles for children's textbooks and magazines.


Lifetime Achievement Awards

Prairie State Award for Excellence in Writing for Children, Illinois Reading Council, 2012

Henry and the Buccaneer Bunnies

Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award

Armadillo Reader's Choice Award

ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2013

Pugs in a Bug

ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council,


Weird Little Robots

ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2020

Speaking Engagements

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Boris and Bella
ISBN: 9781442076976. OCLC Number: 52091901

Harcourt,. .

Bella Legrossi and Boris Kleanitoff, the messiest and cleanest monsters in Booville respectively, do nothing but argue until the night of Harry Beastie's Halloween party.

Dear Tabby /
ISBN: 006114245X. OCLC Number: 182662451

Harper,. .

A feline advice columnist assists other animals with their problems, such as a parrot whose owners complain that he talks too much, a groundhog who feels the pressure of predicting the weather, and a cat who objects to being pampered.

Don't need friends /
ISBN: 0440415322. OCLC Number: 39368492

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After his best friend moves away, Rat rudely rebuffs the efforts of the other residents of the junkyard to be friendly, until he and a grouchy old dog decide that they need each other.

Get busy, Beaver! /
ISBN: 0439548667. OCLC Number: 53331605

Orchard Books,. .

While the other beavers in his family furiously flip-flap their tails and chomp-chomp their teeth to make a new dam, young Thelonious takes a moment to smell the flowers.

Henry & the Buccaneer Bunnies /
ISBN: 0763624497. OCLC Number: 57366058

Candlewick Press,. .

Captain Barnacle Black Ear, baddest of the Buccaneer Bunnies, is ashamed of his book-loving son, Henry, until the day a great storm approaches.

Henry & the crazed chicken pirates /
ISBN: 0763636010. OCLC Number: 237199030

Candlewick Press,. .

When the Buccaneer Bunnies receive a note from an unknown enemy, Henry researches and writes a book called "Plan for Impending Danger from the Unknown Enemy Who Wrote the Scary Note," which helps him when the enemy finally arrives.

Kidding around Chicago :
ISBN: 1562615874. OCLC Number: 43795378

J. Muir Publications,. .

Provides historical and cultural information as well as a guide to the sights of Chicago and its suburbs.

Outside, inside /
ISBN: 0671886886. OCLC Number: 29601004

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

During a storm, Molly notices different things outside her window and inside her house.

Principal Fred won't go to bed /
ISBN: 0761457097. OCLC Number: 430736488

Marshall Cavendish Children,. .

At bedtime, Principal Fred's wife, son, and dog help him search for his missing teddy bear so that he can go to sleep.

Pugs in a Bug /
ISBN: 0803733208. OCLC Number: 717291708

Dial Books for Young Readers,. .

Pugs from one to six drive in a VW Beetle through the countryside to join huskies pulling sleds, bulldogs driving cabs, poodles on skateboards, and more in the Pooch Parade.

Rock 'n' roll Mole /
ISBN: 0803731663. OCLC Number: 650210803

Dial Books for Young Readers,. .

Mole has a "rock-and-roll soul" and the groupies to prove it, but when his friend Pig organizes a talent show, Mole's stage fright may prevent him from performing.

Secondhand dogs /
ISBN: 0062989189. OCLC Number: 1199127817

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When a new dog named Decker arrives in Miss Lottie's home and convinces Moon Pie to embark on an impossible journey, Gus, the insecure pack leader, must gather his courage to bring Moon Pie home.

Tessa's tip-tapping toes /
ISBN: 0439317681. OCLC Number: 46884270

Scholastic Inc.,. .

Inspired by the rhythm of the rain, a mouse that loves to dance and a cat with a penchant for singing find that they can no longer control their impulses.

The Louds move in! :
ISBN: 0761452214. OCLC Number: 57613485

Marshall Cavendish,. .

When the Loud family moves into the neighborhood alongside Mr. Pitterpatter, Miss Shushermush, and Miss Meekerton, things begin to change.

There might be lobsters /
ISBN: 0763675423. OCLC Number: 956957493

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A little dog's paralyzing anxiety gives way to bravery when someone smaller arrives in need during a whooshy, splashy, overwhelming day at the beach.

ISBN: 0763694932. OCLC Number: 1082458856

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Where's my mummy? /
ISBN: 0763631965. OCLC Number: 166388049

Candlewick Press,. .

One deep, dark night, as all of the monsters are preparing for bed, Little Baby Mummy bravely searches for his mother until he sees a truly terrifying creature.