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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Cheryl Bardoe  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Children;


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Illinois Connection

Bardoe studied journalism at Northwestern University. She lives in Chicago with her family.

Biographical and Professional Information

Cheryl Bardoe is a former senior project manager of exhibitions at the Field Museum in Chicago.

Published Works

  • Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas, Abrams, 2006
  • Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age , Abrams, 2010
  • The Ugly Duckling Dinosaur: A Prehistoric Tale, Abrams, 2011
  • Behold the Beautiful Dung Beetle, Abrams, 2014

Selected Titles At Your Library

Gregor Mendel :
ISBN: 0810954753. OCLC Number:

Abrams Books for Young Readers,. New York :. 2006.

"How do mothers and fathers--whether they are apple trees, sheep, or humans--pass down traits to their children? This question fascinated Gregor Mendel throughout his life. Regarded as the world's first geneticist, Mendel overcame poverty and obscurity to discover one of the fundamental aspects of genetic science: animals, plants, and people all inherit and pass down traits through the same process, following the same rules. Living the slow-paced, contemplative life of a friar, Gregor Mendel was able to conceive and put into practice his great experiment: growing multiple generations of peas. From observing yellow peas, green peas, smooth peas, and wrinkled peas, Mendel crafted his theory of heredity--years before scientists had any notion of genes. Children will be inspired by Gregor's neverending search for knowledge, and his famous experiments are easy to understand as an introduction to genetics."--Publisher's website.

Mammoths and mastodons :
ISBN: 081098413X. OCLC Number:

Abrams Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2010.

Provides information about the mammoths and mastodons that roamed the Earth for millions of years.

The ugly duckling dinosaur :
ISBN: 0810997398. OCLC Number:

Abrams Books for Young Readers,. New York :. 2011.

In this take on "The Ugly Duckling," a tyrannosaurus rex is hatched in a nest of ducklings. Includes facts about dinosaurs.

Behold the beautiful dung beetle /
ISBN: 1580895549. OCLC Number:

Charlesbridge,. Watertown, MA :. 2014.

Presents the life and habits of the dung beetle, which obtains food, water, and shelter from the droppings of other animals.


The Ugly Ducking Dinosaur

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Cheryl does school visits, presentations for educators and presentations for writers. Contact her at