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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Wendell Minor  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children; 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.

Published Works

    Books written and illustrated by Wendell Minor
  • Daylight Starlight Wildlife, Nancy Paulsen Books, 2015
  • How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow, Nancy Paulsen Books, 2013
  • My Farm Friends, Putnam, 2011
  • Yankee Doodle America: The Spirit of 1776 From A to Z, Putnam, 2006
  • Pumpkin Heads, Scholastic, 2000
  • Grand Canyon, Scholastic, 1998Illustrated books written by other authors
  • Henry Knox: Bookseller, Soldier, Patriot, Clarion, 2010 - written by Anita Silvey
  • The Last Train, Roaring Brook Press, 2010 - written by Gordon Titcomb
  • Nibble Nibble, HarperCollins, 2007 - written by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Give Her the River, Atheneum, 2004 - written by Michael Dennis Browne
  • Rachel: The Story of Rachel Carson, Harcourt, 2003 - written by Amy Ehlrich
  • America the Beautiful, Putnam, 2003 - written by Katharine Lee Bates
  • The Red Badge of Courage, Scribner, 2002 - written by Stephen Crane
  • Shane, Houghton Mifflin, 2001 - written by Jack Schaefer
  • The Call of the Wild, Scribner's, 1999 - written by Jack London
  • A Lucky Thing, Harcourt, 1999 - written by Alice Schertle
  • Grassroots, Harcourt, 1998 - written by Carl Sandburg
  • Sky Memories, Delacorte, 1998 - written by Pat Brisson
  • The Seashore Book, HarperCollins, 1992 - written by Charlotte ZolotowIllustrated books written by Tony Johnston
  • Sequoia, Roaring Brook Press, 2014
  • Cat, What Is That?, HarperCollins, 2001Illustrated books written by Mary Higgins Clark
  • Magical Christmas Horse, Simon & Schuster, 2011
  • Ghost Ship, Simon and Schuster, 2007Illustrated books written by Florence Minor
  • How to be a Bigger Bunny, Katherine Tegen Books, 2017
  • If You Were a Panda Bear, Katherine Tegen Books, 2013
  • If You Were a Penguin, HarperCollins, 2008
  • Christmas Tree!, HarperCollins, 2005Illustrated books written by Buzz Aldrin
  • Look to the Stars, Putnam, 2009
  • Reaching for the Moon, Harper Collins, 2005Illustrated books written by Robert Burleigh
  • Trapped, Charlesbridge, 2015
  • Edward Hopper Paints, Holt, 2014
  • If You Spent a Day with Thoreau at Walden Pond, Holt, 2012
  • Night Flight, Simon and Schuster, 2011
  • Abraham Lincoln Comes Home, Henry Holt, 2008
  • Into the Woods, Atheneum, 2003Illustrated books written by Ann Turner
  • Sitting Bull Remembers, HarperCollins, 2007
  • Abe Lincoln Remembers, HarperCollins, 2001
  • Shaker Hearts, HarperCollins, 1997Illustrated books written by Eve Bunting
  • We Were There, Clarion,2001
  • Red Fox Running, Clarion, 1993Illustrated books written by Jean Craighead George
  • Galapagos George, HarperCollins, 2014
  • The Eagles Are Back, Dial Books, 2013
  • The Buffalo Are Back, Dutton, 2010
  • The Last Polar Bear, HarperCollins, 2009
  • The Wolves Are Back, Dutton, 2008
  • LUCK: The Story of a Sandhill Crane, HarperCollins, 2006
  • Snowboard Twist, HarperCollins, 2004
  • Fire Storm, HarperCollins, 2003
  • Snow Bear, Hyperion, 2003
  • Cliff Hanger, HarperCollins, 2002
  • Morning, Noon, and Night, HarperCollins, 1999
  • Arctic Son, Hyperion, 1997
  • Julie's Wolf Pack, HarperCollins, 1997
  • Everglades, HarperCollins, 1995
  • Julie, HarperCollins, 1994Illustrated books written by Diane Siebert
  • Sierra, HarperCollins 1991
  • Heartland, HarperCollins, 1989
  • Mojave, HarperCollins, 1988

Selected Titles At Your Library

Daylight starlight wildlife /
ISBN: 0399246622. OCLC Number:

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

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

Nancy Paulsen Books,. New York, NY :. ©2013.

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

My farm friends /
ISBN: 0399257993. OCLC Number:

Nancy Paulsen Books,. New York, NY :. 2013.

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

Yankee Doodle America :
ISBN: 0399240039. OCLC Number:

G.P. Putnam's Sons,. New York :. ©2006.

An A to Z of the American Revolution.

Pumpkin heads! /
ISBN: 0590521381. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York, N.Y. :. 2007.

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

Grand Canyon :
ISBN: 0590479687. OCLC Number:

Blue Sky Press,. New York :. [©1998]

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

Henry Knox :
ISBN: 0618274855. OCLC Number:

Clarion Books,. Boston [Mass.] :. 2010.

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.

The last train /
ISBN: 1596431644. OCLC Number:

Roaring Brook Press,. New York :. 2010.

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.

Nibble nibble /
ISBN: 0060592087. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. [2007]

Five poems depict the natural world through bunnies at play.

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

Pocket Books,. London :. ©2004.

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

Rachel :
ISBN: 0152063242. OCLC Number:

Voyager Books / Harcourt,. Orlando :. 2008, ©2003.

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.

America the beautiful /
ISBN: 0399238859. OCLC Number:

G.P. Putnam's Sons,. New York :. ©2003.

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

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

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. New York :. 2002.

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

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©1999.

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

A lucky thing /
ISBN: 0152005412. OCLC Number:

Harcourt Brace,. San Diego :. ©1999.

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

Grassroots :
ISBN: 0152000828. OCLC Number:

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Fourteen poems with mid-western themes or settings.

Sky memories /
ISBN: 0385326068. OCLC Number:

Delacorte Press,. New York :. ©1999.

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.

The seashore book /
ISBN: 1580897878. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. [New York] :. ©1992.

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

Sequoia /
ISBN: 1596437278. OCLC Number:

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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.

Cat, what is that? /
ISBN: 1567923518. OCLC Number:

David R Godine,. Boston :. 2008.

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

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

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. [2011]

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.

Ghost ship :
ISBN: 1416935142. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2007.

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

How to be a bigger bunny /
ISBN: 0062352555. OCLC Number:

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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 were a panda bear /
ISBN: 0061950904. OCLC Number:

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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: 0061130974. OCLC Number:

Katherine Tegen Books,. New York :. ©2009.

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

Christmas tree! /
ISBN: 0060560347. OCLC Number:

Katherine Tegen Books,. New York :. ©2005.

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

Look to the stars /
ISBN: 0399247211. OCLC Number:

G.P. Putnam's,. New York :. ©2009.

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.

Reaching for the moon /
ISBN: 0060554479. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York, NY :. ©2005.

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.

Trapped! :
ISBN: 1580895581. OCLC Number:

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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.

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

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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")"--

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

Holt,. New York :. 2012.

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

Night flight :
ISBN: 1430110848. OCLC Number:

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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.

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

Henry Holt and Co.,. New York :. 2008.

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.

Into the woods :
ISBN: 0689830408. OCLC Number:

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. New York :. c2003.

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

Sitting Bull remembers /
ISBN: 0060513993. OCLC Number:

HarperCollinsPublishers,. New York :. ©2007.

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

Abe Lincoln remembers /
ISBN: 0060511079. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©2001.

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

Shaker hearts /
ISBN: 1567922317. OCLC Number:

David R. Godine,. Boston :. 2002, ©1997.

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.

We were there :
ISBN: 0395822653. OCLC Number:

Clarion Books,. New York :. 2001.

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

Red fox running /
ISBN: 0395589193. OCLC Number:

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

Galápagos George /
ISBN: 0060287934. OCLC Number:

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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.

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

Dial Books for Young Readers,. New York :. 2013.

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 buffalo are back /
ISBN: 0525422153. OCLC Number:

Dutton Children's Books,. New York :. ©2010.

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 last polar bear /
ISBN: 0061240699. OCLC Number:

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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 wolves are back /
ISBN: 0525479473. OCLC Number:

Dutton Children's Books,. New York, N.Y. :. ©2008.

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.

Luck /
ISBN: 0060082011. OCLC Number:

Laura Geringer Books,. New York :. ©2006.

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

Snowboard twist /
ISBN: 0060505958. OCLC Number:

Katherine Tegen Books,. [New York] :. ©2004.

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.

Fire storm /
ISBN: 0060002638. OCLC Number:

Katherine Tegen Books,. New York :. ©2003.

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.

Snow Bear /
ISBN: 0786804564. OCLC Number:

Hyperion Books for Children,. New York :. 1999.

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.

Cliff hanger /
ISBN: 0060002603. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. 2002.

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

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

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©1999.

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.

Arctic son /
ISBN: 078681179X. OCLC Number:

Hyperion Books for Children,. New York :. ©1997.

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.

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

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©1997.

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.

Everglades /
ISBN: 0064461947. OCLC Number:

HarperCollinsPublishers,. [New York] :. ©1995

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

Julie /
ISBN: 0064405737. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©1994.

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.

Sierra /
ISBN: 0064434419. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©1991.

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

Heartland /
ISBN: 1567925367. OCLC Number:

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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.

Mojave /
ISBN: 0064432831. OCLC Number:

HarperTrophy,. [New York] :. 1992, ©1988.

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


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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