Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Gina Bellisario  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

A Prairie State native, Bellisario grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago. She later moved to the west suburbs, where she taught high school English and journalism. She now lives in Park Ridge, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gina Bellisario is the author of fiction and nonfiction books for young readers. Her first picture book, ''The Twelve Days of Christmas in Illinois'', is part of The Twelve Days of Christmas in America series from Sterling Children's Books.

Selected Titles At Your Library

The twelve days of Christmas in Illinois /
ISBN: 1402797338. OCLC Number:

Sterling Children's Books,. New York :. 2012.

Mia writes a letter home each of the twelve days she spends exploring the state of Illinois at Christmastime, as her cousin Sam shows her everything from the state capital, Springfield, to historic Route 66. Includes facts about Illinois.

Let's meet a veterinarian /
ISBN: 1467708062. OCLC Number:

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A class is visited by Dr. Kate in order to learn what it is like to be a veterinarian.

Let's Meet a Librarian /
ISBN: 1467708038. OCLC Number:

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Students learn what a librarian does and what kind of tools they use to find information.

Let's meet a firefighter /
ISBN: 0761390251. OCLC Number:

Millbrook Press,. Minneapolis, MN :. ©2013.

Are you curious about fire trucks? Firefighting clothes? Hoses and ladders? You're in luck! Firefighter Jim works at the fire department. He knows how to handle all kinds of emergencies. He shows a group of kids how he does his job. Lets hear it for firefighters!

Let's meet a Police officer /
ISBN: 0761390243. OCLC Number:

Millbrook Press,. Minneapolis :. ©2013.

Officer Gabby visits a class and discusses her job as a police officer.

Choose good food! :
ISBN: 1467723940. OCLC Number:

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A picky eater learns about healthy food choices, visits the supermarket, and prepares a delicious snack.

Take a bath! :
ISBN: 1467723967. OCLC Number:

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After making a muddy mess of himself playing mud monsters, Caleb cleans up with a soapy bath, makes sure to keep germs away from the dinner table, and brushes and flosses his teeth before bed.-Publisher's description.

Poison alert! :
ISBN: 1467723924. OCLC Number:

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Matthew's little brother doesn't know about harmful substances. But Mighty Matthew does! He rescues his brother from household poisons. That means cleaners, medicines, and houseplants. He also points out poisons in the grass and garage. Matthew knows how to stay safe at home!

Keep calm! :
ISBN: 1467713546. OCLC Number:

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A busy girl who feels stressed by her full schedule of school, soccer, piano lessons, homework, and chores learns from her parents ways to deal with her stress.

Be aware! :
ISBN: 1467713511. OCLC Number:

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"Sophie is on a mission. You can call her Agent S. Like any good spy, Sophie knows how to be safe. She helps her brother stay away from danger too. They watch for speeding cars. They avoid strangers. And they never goof around on the school bus!"

Move your body :
ISBN: 146771349X. OCLC Number:

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Natalie's team isn't ready for the big race on Field Day, so Ms. Starr teaches them about exercise and stretching to help them prepare.


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Gina celebrates literacy, imagination, and all-things Illinois in her school presentations. For speaking engagement information, contact Gina at