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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Heidi Bee Roemer  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1957 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Roemer was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Heidi Roemer writes for Teaching K-8, has written song lyrics for Kindermusik, has a children’s book review column for a local newspaper, and is a contributing editor for ''The Prairie Wind'', an on-line newsletter for writers and illustrators. She has sold over 300 stories, poems, and articles to a variety of children's magazines. Her poetry appears in various children’s poetry anthologies. Heidi is an instructor for the Institute of Children’s Literature, a college credited correspondence course for adults. She is a writer-in-residence for Chicago Public Schools and has participated in many Young Authors programs. She also serves as Assistant Regional Adviser for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators-Illinois.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Come to My Party and Other Shape Poems
ISBN: 0805066209

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 2004

An invigorating celebration of the seasons and poems that take shape

The twist of spring rain. The arc of summer waves. The roundness of fall pumpkins. The curve of winter snow-covered hills. These are just a few of the many shapes found among the four seasons.
So come celebrate the year in this spirited rhyming collection of concrete poems-poems shaped by their subjects that wind, bump, and wiggle across each page. From spring through winter and back again, here's an exuberant excursion that takes delight in the special details of a child's world.
Come to My Party and Other Shape Poems is a 2005 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

What Kinds of Seeds Are These?
ISBN: 1559719559

Cooper Square Publishing Llc. 2006

A perfect companion to NorthWord's WHAT DO ROOTS DO?, this spirited text enumerates in riddle-form the many ways different kinds of seeds travel, whether by helicopter or rolling in the wind as a tumbleweed. Fun activities are included at the end to help readers discover the world of seeds up close. Gorgeous illustrations of seeds and plants and children enjoying them leap from the pages.

Whose Nest Is This?
ISBN: 1589793862

Taylor Trade Publishing. 2009

"Springtime is here. There is work to be done, as animal parents make nests for their young. Using pebbles, or woodchips, even mud, spit, and leaves-many creatures make nests…Whose nests are these?" So begins this spirited, rhyming, picture book that describes in riddle-form the many types of nests animals make, from the tiny ruby-throated hummingbird to the imposing sea turtle. "There are mammals and reptiles and insects who nest. Birds, too, build unique nests that suit them the best. Some nests provide shelter, and some are for show, but the best nests are those in which young babies grow!"


Come to My Party

  • Second Grade Reading List, Chicago Public School
  • Best of the Best Books List, Chicago Public Library, 2004

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