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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Wendell Minor  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Illustrator

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1944 in Aurora, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Minor was born in Aurora, Illinois and lived in Kane County from 1944-1968.

Biographical and Professional Information

Wendell Minor was born and raised in Illinois, where both his parents grew up on farms. By the time he was in fourth grade, Minor knew he wanted to be an artist. After graduating from Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, Minor moved to New York City and began creating original designs for book publishers. In addition to picture books, Minor has created cover art and interior illustrations for novels for young people. He has also authored several of his own books, and in 2005, ''Christmas Tree!'', his first collaboration with his wife and business partner, Florence, was published. Minor’s children’s books reflect his love for the land and environment. Wendell and his wife currently reside in Washington, Connecticut.


'If You Were a Penguin ' Pennsylvania's One Book, Every Young Child book 2009 'If You Were a Panda Bear ' ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2015 'Edward Hopper Paints His World ' ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2015 'Daylight Starlight Wildlife ' Starred Review, School Library Journal ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017

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A lucky thing /
ISBN: 0152005412. OCLC Number: 37878699

Harcourt Brace,. .

A collection of fourteen poems about nature, including "Calling the Sun," "Showing the Wind," and "Invitation from a Mole."

Abe Lincoln remembers /
ISBN: 0060511079. OCLC Number: 40395746

HarperCollins,. .

A simple description of the life of Abraham Lincoln, presented from his point of view.

Abraham Lincoln comes home /
ISBN: 1250039894. OCLC Number: 175289878

Henry Holt and Co.,. .

Told through the eyes of a young boy, the sober mood of the country after the Lincoln assassination is presented as he and many other mourners wait to pay their respects to their fallen president as Lincoln's funeral train travels from Washington, D.C., to Springfield, Illinois, in 1865.

America the beautiful /
ISBN: 0399238859. OCLC Number: 51330585

G.P. Putnam's Sons,. .

An illustrated edition of the nineteenth-century poem, later set to music, celebrating the beauty of America.

America the beautiful /
ISBN: 1623541212. OCLC Number: 1099545125

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An illustrated edition of the nineteenth-century poem, later set to music, celebrating the beauty of America.

Arctic son /
ISBN: 078681179X. OCLC Number: 35318073

Hyperion Books for Children,. .

A baby boy is given an Inupiat name to go with his English one and grows up learning the traditional ways of the Eskimo people living in the Arctic.

Ben's Revolution :
ISBN: 0399166742. OCLC Number: 957636602

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Twelve-year-old Benjamin Russell of Boston experiences the Revolutionary War from the Boston Tea Party of 1773 through the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Includes historical note.

Breaking waves :
ISBN: 0823447022. OCLC Number: 1159621201

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"A picture book about painter Winslow Homer's fascination with waves and the ocean"--

Cat, what is that?
ISBN: 9781567923513. OCLC Number: 191882017

David R Godine,. .

Rhyming text presents the many facets of the behavior and characteristics of cats.

Christmas tree!
ISBN: 9780545051859. OCLC Number: 182975691

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Christmas trees come in all shapes and sizes and can be found in almost any setting, but there is only one best Christmas tree.

Christmas tree! /
ISBN: 0060560347. OCLC Number: 56752908

Katherine Tegen Books,. .

Christmas trees come in all shapes and sizes and can be found in almost any setting, but there is only one "best" Christmas tree.

Cliff hanger /
ISBN: 0060002603. OCLC Number: 46777439

HarperCollins,. .

Despite the dangers of a thunderstorm, Axel and his father make a difficult climb to rescue Axel's stranded dog.

ISBN: 0060002573. OCLC Number: 1232227959

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Daylight starlight wildlife /
ISBN: 0399246622. OCLC Number: 890912610

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"An introduction to diurnal (daytime) and nocturnal (nighttime) animals"--

Eagles are back.
ISBN: 9781430117773. OCLC Number: 900508452

Live Oak Media,. .

Read by Wendell Minor. As they did with their previous companion books, THE BUFFALO ARE BACK (page 5) and THE WOLVES ARE BACK (page 13), these longtime collaborators explore the way back from near-extinction of a beloved species. Breathtaking paintings depict the majesty of the birds and the lush landscapes of their environment, while Wendell Minor movingly presents the beloved author s soaring story of a young boy and a park ranger who hatch an eaglet.

Edward Hopper paints his world /
ISBN: 0805087524. OCLC Number: 858730913

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"As a boy, Edward Hopper knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up: on the cover of his pencil box, he wrote the words EDWARD HOPPER, WOULD-BE ARTIST. He traveled to New York and to Paris to hone his craft. And even though no one wanted to buy his paintings for a long time, he never stopped believing in his dream to be an artist. He was fascinated with painting light and shadow and his works explore this challenge. Edward Hopper's story is one of courage, resilience, and determination. In this striking picture book biography, Robert Burleigh and Wendell Minor invite young readers into the world of a truly special American painter (most celebrated for his paintings "Nighthawks" and "Gas")"--

Everglades /
ISBN: 0064461947. OCLC Number: 25630898

HarperCollinsPublishers,. .

Describes the Florida Everglades, the evolution of this unique area, and the impact humans have had on its once-abundant life forms.

Fire storm /
ISBN: 0060002638. OCLC Number: 49031794

Katherine Tegen Books,. .

Alex enjoys kayaking behind the raft of his aunt and uncle as they journey down Idaho's Salmon River, until they find themselves in the middle of a forest fire.

Galápagos George
ISBN: 9780060287948. OCLC Number: 757717606

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Tells the story of Lonesome George, the giant tortoise who was the last of his species and lived to be one hundred years old in the Galapagos Islands.

Ghost ship :
ISBN: 1416935142. OCLC Number: 71842687

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

While visiting his grandmother on Cape Cod, nine-year-old Thomas encounters a ship's cabin boy from centuries past.

Give her the river :
ISBN: 0743489861. OCLC Number: 224348462

Pocket Books,. .

A father dreams of all the things he will give his young daughter.

Grand Canyon :
ISBN: 0590479687. OCLC Number: 37731671

Blue Sky Press,. .

In watercolor sketches accompanied by text, the author records his impressions of the Grand Canyon.

Grassroots :
ISBN: 0152000828. OCLC Number: 33442634

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Fourteen poems with mid-western themes or settings.

ISBN: 9781567925357. OCLC Number: 909974676

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Here, in their second stunning collaboration, Diane Siebert and Wendell Minor create a joyful, singing celebration of this country's heartland, the Midwest, a land where golden wheat waves in the breeze, great rivers flow, and cornfields stretch across the plains like glorious patchwork quilts in hues of yellow, green, and brown. Cattle graze in lush, green pastures, horses and sheep fill the barns, and a newborn calf stands damp and warm in the sun.

Henry Knox :
ISBN: 0618274855. OCLC Number: 461896007

Clarion Books,. .

Presents a biography of the man in charge of the artillery during the Revolutionary War, who became a trusted advisor to George Washington and the secretary of war in the newly appointed government.

Hi, I'm Norman :
ISBN: 1442496703. OCLC Number: 1073036450

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"Iconic American artist Norman Rockwell's life is told in episodes based in American history of the late 20th century"--

How big could your pumpkin grow? /
ISBN: 1101997818. OCLC Number: 810039748

Nancy Paulsen Books,. .

"Playing with concepts of size and scale, giant pumpkins decorate some of America's most famous landmarks and landscapes."--

How to be a bigger bunny
ISBN: 9780062352552. OCLC Number: 948339164

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When her older siblings go on an adventure without her, little Tickles the bunny reads from her book, How to Be a Bigger Bunny, and winds up on an adventure of her own before she is challenged to summon up the courage to save her family.

If you spent a day with Thoreau at Walden Pond /
ISBN: 0805091378. OCLC Number: 758844389

Holt,. .

A young boy spends the day with Henry David Thoreau at Walden Pond.

If you were a panda bear
ISBN: 9781430117735. OCLC Number: 887851214

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Pictures and rhyming text present some of the many extraordinary things bears can do. Includes facts about bears as well as related websites.

If you were a penguin
ISBN: 9780061130977. OCLC Number: 145935019

Katherine Tegen Books,. .

Pictures and rhyming text present some of the many extraordinary things penguins can do. Includes facts about penguins as well as related websites.

Into the woods :
ISBN: 0689830408. OCLC Number: 46884142

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

Uses quotes from his journals to help explore Audubon's decision to follow his dream to paint every bird species in North America.

ISBN: 9780060235284. OCLC Number: 28798256

HarperCollins,. .

When Julie returns to her father's Eskimo village, she struggles to find a way to save her beloved wolves in a changing Arctic world and she falls in love with a young Siberian man.

Julie's wolf pack /
ISBN: 0060274069. OCLC Number: 36245584

HarperCollins,. .

Continues the story of Julie and her wolves in which Kapu must protect his pack from famine and disease while uniting it under his new leadership.

Look to the stars
ISBN: 9780399247217. OCLC Number: 226304804

G.P. Putnam's,. .

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin takes readers on a journey through the history of space exploration, offering the perfect introduction to everything space related, including the development of the first rockets, America's space race with Russia, details of all the Apollo missions, and the space station.

Luck /
ISBN: 0060082011. OCLC Number: 56086679

Laura Geringer Books,. .

A young sandhill crane, Luck, finds his place in the ancient crane migration from northern Canada to the Platte River.

Mojave /
ISBN: 0064432831. OCLC Number: 26066432

HarperTrophy,. .

Evokes the land and animals of the Mohave Desert in poetic text and illustrations.

Morning, noon, and night /
ISBN: 0060236280. OCLC Number: 37361686

HarperCollins,. .

Each day as the sun makes its dawn-to-dusk journey from the Eastern seaboard to the Pacific coast, the animals perform their daily routines.

My farm friends /
ISBN: 0399257993. OCLC Number: 798059857

Nancy Paulsen Books,. .

Simple, rhyming text describes the characteristics of different farm animals. Includes "Farm friends fun facts" and books and websites for further reading.

Nibble nibble /
ISBN: 0060592087. OCLC Number: 71312872

HarperCollins,. .

Five poems depict the natural world through bunnies at play.

Night flight :
ISBN: 9781430110842. OCLC Number: 289067817

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An account of Amelia Earhart's dangerous 1932 flight across the Atlantic Ocean from Newfoundland to Ireland, in which she survived bad weather and a malfunctioning airplane. Includes a brief biography of the aviator.

Night train, night train /
ISBN: 1580897177. OCLC Number: 1019843170

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Told in rhyming text, a train speeds through the night, revealing the sights and colors along the way to its young and sleepy riders.

Pumpkin heads /
ISBN: 1580899358. OCLC Number: 1193559073

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When Halloween comes around, pumpkins are turned into pumpkin heads of different kinds and greet trick-or-treaters.

Pumpkin heads! /
ISBN: 0590521381. OCLC Number: 148852800

Scholastic,. .

Pumpkin heads and jack-o-lanterns of all varieties abound when Halloween comes around.

Rachel :
ISBN: 9780152063245. OCLC Number: 176927435

Voyager Books Harcourt,. .

Rachel Carson was always curious about the world around her. As a girl she loved being outside, always exploring and wanting to know more about the universe. As an adult Rachel wrote books about what she loved-including Silent Spring, a book that changed the world. Amy Ehrlich's lucid and loving prose, complemented by Wendell Minor's luminous paintings, tells a memorable story of the power of the word, the power of the individual, and most of all the importance of following your heart. An epilogue sheds light on Rachel Carson's work and life.

Reaching for the moon
ISBN: 9780060554477. OCLC Number: 54778496

HarperCollins,. .

I Walked on the Moon. This is my journey. It didn't begin when I stepped on board Apollo 11 on July 16, 1969. It began the day I was born -- Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr., whom everyone called Buzz. Becoming an astronaut took more than education, discipline, and physical strength. It took years of determination and believing that any goal is possible -- from riding a bike alone across the George Washington Bridge at age ten to making a footprint on the Moon. I always knew the Moon was within my reach -- and that I was ready to be part of the team that would achieve the first landing. But it was still hard to believe when I took my first step onto the Moon's surface. We all have our own dreams -- this is the story of how mine came true.

Red fox running
ISBN: 0395797233. OCLC Number: 25283929

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Rhyming text follows the experiences of a red fox as it searches across a wintery landscape for food.

Sequoia /
ISBN: 1596437278. OCLC Number: 867423865

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Standing tall above the tree line, Sequoia stretches his ancient arms and gathers clouds to him. He watches as days, seasons, years pass by. His branches are home to owls and choirs of frogs. Beneath his broad canopy, a world grows. This is his story.

Shaker hearts /
ISBN: 1567922317. OCLC Number: 51567548

David R. Godine,. .

Celebrates the way of life of the people who began forming communities in America in 1774 and who numbered more than 4,000 members in the late 1820s.

ISBN: 0395941164. OCLC Number: 1879951

Houghton Mifflin Co.,. .

In the summer of 1889, a mysterious and charismatic man rides into a small Wyoming valley, where he joins homesteaders who take a stand against a bullying cattle rancher, and where he changes the lives of a young boy and his parents.

Sierra /
ISBN: 0064434419. OCLC Number: 21118253

HarperCollins,. .

One of the Sierra Mountains speaks of the beauty and timelessness of herself and her sister peaks.

Sitting Bull remembers /
ISBN: 0060513993. OCLC Number: 76131737

HarperCollinsPublishers,. .

Historically accurate fictional portrait of Sitting Bull looking back on the events that shaped his life and fate.

Sky memories /
ISBN: 0385326068. OCLC Number: 39763843

Delacorte Press,. .

When ten-year-old Emily learns that her mother has cancer, the two of them begin a ritual that will help Emily remember her mother after she is dead.

Smitten with kittens /
ISBN: 1623541670. OCLC Number: 1224044244

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"Celebrate all the things that kittens do as they play, explore, and make mischief"--

Snow Bear
ISBN: 0439203589. OCLC Number: 39985635

Hyperion Books for Children,. .

Bessie and a polar bear cub named Snow Bear play on the ice, while her older brother and the mother bear watch to make sure that everyone is safe.

Snowboard twist /
ISBN: 0060505958. OCLC Number: 52086179

Katherine Tegen Books,. .

While Axel, his father, Dag, and his dog, Grits, are testing the snow in the Teton Mountains' Glory Bowl, Axel's snowboarding rival, Kelly, starts showing off and triggers an avalanche.

Southwest sunrise /
ISBN: 1547600829. OCLC Number: 1123180647

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Jayden expects to see nothing but brown his first morning in New Mexico, but after being surprised by colorful rocks, flowers, birds, and animals, he wonders if this place could become home.

The buffalo are back /
ISBN: 0525422153. OCLC Number: 417442332

Dutton Children's Books,. .

The buffalo, an American icon once nearly extinct, has made a comeback. This stirring picture book tells the dramatic story, following bison from the Plains Indians to the cowboys, Teddy Roosevelt to the Dust Bowl, and from the brink of extinction to the majestic herds that now roam our national parks.

The call of the wild /
ISBN: 068981836X. OCLC Number: 37890516

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

The classic adventure story of a dog's savage struggle for survival in the Alaskan wilderness.

The eagles are back /
ISBN: 0803737718. OCLC Number: 784123491

Dial Books for Young Readers,. .

Presents a tribute to the efforts of dedicated volunteers who helped save the American bald eagle from extinction, including the story of a young boy who helped hatch an eaglet.

The last polar bear /
ISBN: 0061240699. OCLC Number: 881058004

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Tigluk and his grandmother paddle out into the Arctic Ocean where they find a young polar bear whose mother has died because of the changes brought about by the warming climate, and they bring the cub back to their town so they can teach it how to survive in a changing world.

The last train
ISBN: 002119601X. OCLC Number: 809279058

McGraw-Hill Education,. .

Song lyrics about the bygone era of the mighty iron horse are paired with detailed paintings that pay tribute to life around a little railroad station.

The Leather Apron Club :
ISBN: 1580897193. OCLC Number: 1157605179

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"Billy Franklin discovers a love of learning and books through the Leather Apron Club library, run by his father, the famous Benjamin Franklin."--

The magic of letters /
ISBN: 0823441598. OCLC Number: 1031040483

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Illustrations and easy-to-read text reveal the secrets of letters, including their power to create words of all kinds.

The magical Christmas horse /
ISBN: 1416994785. OCLC Number: 631743403

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

Eight-year-old Johnny who lives in Arizona but feels a special connection to his grandfather's 265-year-old farm house in Washington, Connecticut, is overjoyed when his family spends Christmas there.

The red badge of courage
ISBN: 9780141327525. OCLC Number: 339524742

Puffin,. .

In the spring of 1863, as he faces battle for the first time at Chancellorsville, Virginia, a young Union soldier matures to manhood and finds peace of mind as he comes to grips with his conflicting emotions about war.

The red badge of courage /
ISBN: 0689820003. OCLC Number: 48249183

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

During his service in the Civil War a young Union soldier matures to manhood and finds peace of mind as he comes to grips with his conflicting emotions about war.

The seashore book /
ISBN: 1580897878. OCLC Number: 24011130

HarperCollins,. .

A mother's words help a little boy imagine the sights and sounds of the seashore, even though he has never seen the ocean.

The wolves are back /
ISBN: 0525479473. OCLC Number: 123818293

Dutton Children's Books,. .

For over a century, wolves were persecuted in the United States and nearly became extinct. Gradually reintroduced, they are thriving again in the West, much to the benefit of the ecosystem.

This is the Earth /
ISBN: 0060555262. OCLC Number: 939901851

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Shows the ways in which humans have affected the environment, ways in which humans can care for the planet, and how every action taken has an impact on the Earth.

Tiny bird :
ISBN: 1627793690. OCLC Number: 1089265429

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As autumn nears, flowers fade and insects become quiet, and Tiny Bird leaves his northern home for the long and perilous journey to lush southern forests. Includes facts about hummingbirds.

Trapped! :
ISBN: 1580895581. OCLC Number: 869548857

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In the icy waters of the Pacific, a massive humpback whale unexpectedly finds herself tangled in a net abandoned by fishermen. When a rescue boat and a convoy of divers arrive to help the struggling humpback, a realistic and moving encounter bridges the human and aquatic worlds.

We were there :
ISBN: 0395822653. OCLC Number: 45621697

Clarion Books,. .

A snake, scorpion, toad, bat, cockroach, spider, and rat tell how they witnessed the birth of the Christ Child.

Wendell Minor :
ISBN: 0151956146. OCLC Number: 31331558

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Over 100 full-color reproductions of original artwork from the jackets of best-selling books by such authors as Ray Bradbury, Louise Erdrich, Toni Morrison, James Michener, and Harper Lee are accompanied by conversations with Paul Bacon and Frank Metz and messages from the authors.

Wilbur Wright meets Lady Liberty /
ISBN: 1627793682. OCLC Number: 1141988259

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"Two American icons meet in this nonfiction picture book that tells the dramatic true tale of Wilbur Wright's flight circling the Statue of Liberty"--

Wild orca :
ISBN: 1250110696. OCLC Number: 1011682132

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Mia, her family, and friends gather in the San Juan Islands for Orca Sing, hoping that 105-year-old Granny, the oldest orca, will return with the pods she watches over. Includes facts about Granny and orcas.

Yankee Doodle America :
ISBN: 0399240039. OCLC Number: 61687606

G.P. Putnam's Sons,. .

An A to Z of the American Revolution.