Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Leone Castell Anderson  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: 1923 in Los Angeles, California

-- LinkedIn --

E-Mail: --

Illinois Connection

Leone lives in Elgin.

Biographical and Professional Information

Leone Castell Anderson is a former copywriter, book store owner and librarian. She is the author of several picture books, which include: Moving Day, My Own Grandpa and The Wonderful Shrinking Shirt. Sean's War and Sean's Quest are middle-grade historical novels set in the 1832 era of the Black Hawk War. The cover illustrations for both of these books were created by Leone's husband, J. Eric, a watercolor artist. She also has written many magazine stories that have appeared in Highlights for Children and Cricket Magazine, some of which have been reprinted in textbooks.


Why LeRoy Smiled - Highlights for Children- First Place 1989; What's That Sound? Florida Writers Picture Book Competition- First place 1993

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes),

Selected Titles At Your Library

Christmas handbook /
ISBN: 0895652684. OCLC Number: 10229326

Child's World ;. .

A collection of Christmas activities, artwork, and crafts for school and home, plus Christmas songs, stories, poems, and information about various Christmas symbols and Christmas around the world.

How come you're so shy?
ISBN: 0307102734. OCLC Number: 16617791

Golden Book ;. .

Meeting a classmate even shyer than she is helps Ashley to overcome that problem.

It's O.K. to cry /
ISBN: 0895650940. OCLC Number: 4775905

Child's World ;. .

Two brothers must deal with the death of a favorite uncle.

Learning about towers and dungeons /
ISBN: 0516065386. OCLC Number: 8553380

Childrens Press,. .

Describes some of the world's most famous towers as well as a few dungeons and prisons, and relates historical tales associated with several of the structures.

Moving day /
ISBN: 0307020908. OCLC Number: 12589010

. .

When moving day comes for Jennifer and her family, she and her best friend Zaneed learn to turn saying "good-by" into a happy "backwards hello."

My friend next door /
ISBN: 0896932125. OCLC Number: 9488976

Dandelion House ;. .

A young girl is distressed when her new next-door neighbor is not immediately accepted into her circle of friends.

My Own Grandpa
ISBN: 0307021572. OCLC Number: 19722342

Golden Press. .

Andrew wishes for a grandfather to do things with and his mother helps him find one.

Sean's quest /
ISBN: 0963881965. OCLC Number: 52306496

ShadowPlay Press,. .

In this sequel to Sean's War, Sean Callahan and two friends, a Potawatomi Indian boy and a settler girl, embark on an adventure into the Minnesota region where Sean's mother is threatened by renegade Sioux Indians.

Sean's War.
ISBN: 9781491744604. OCLC Number: 892461250

iUniverse Inc. .

Surprise at Muddy Creek
ISBN: 0895656981. OCLC Number: 23848393

The Child's World. .

Little Carrie misses her Boston home when her family moves West, but the displeasure she feels on discovering her neighbors are Indians changes as she comes to know Running Fawn, a girl her own age.

The Good-By Day
ISBN: 0307602362. OCLC Number: 12589010

Goldencraft. .

When moving day comes for Jennifer and her family, she and her best friend Zaneed learn to turn saying "good-by" into a happy "backwards hello."

The wonderful shrinking shirt /
ISBN: 0807591718. OCLC Number: 9280581

A. Whitman,. .

A flannel shirt is handed down from Paw to Maw to Sister Janie and finally to Baby Wilbur who uses it for a security blanket.