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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  David R. Collins  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children; Children;

Born: 1940 in Marshall-town, Iowa

Died: July 20, 2001 in Rock Island, Illinois

-- David R. Collins on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Collins graduated from Rock Island High School in 1958. He then graduated from Western Illinois University in Macomb in 1962 with his bachelor's and in 1967 with his masters degree.

Biographical and Professional Information

David Collins was a teacher of children and adults for 39 years. His teaching career began at Woodrow Wilson Junior High School in the fall of 1962. He transferred to Moline High School in the fall of 1983 where he remained until his retirement in June, 1997. He taught writing classes for Scott Community College, Black Hawk College, and St. Ambrose. He also conducted numerous writing workshops. He was an author of children's books including "The Sowers" series. He published over 80 books and numerous articles in a variety of periodicals. David founded and directed the Mississippi Valley Writer's Conference, held annually since 1974. He also founded the annual Children's Literature Festival now bearing his name. He also wrote the Moline song. He was active in Young Authors, Juvenile Forum and several other organizations related to writing and literacy. He was founder and president of the Midwest Writing Center.In 1975, he was named "Outstanding Educator" by the Illinois Office of Education. He received the Deere Harvester Partnership Award in the 1990-1991 school year. In 1991, he was selected by The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus as a Master Teacher. The same year he was one of the first inductees into the Rock Island High School Alumni Hall of Fame. David was chosen as one of the top 30 Quad-Cities arts and entertainment figures of the 20th century. In 1993 he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni by the Western Illinois University Alumni Association. In 1994 he was named to Who's Who Among American Teachers.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Kim Soo and His Tortoise
ISBN: 0874602262

Lion Press. 1970

A poor Japanese boy's pet tortoise helps him win a wish from the Emperor.

Ride a Red Dinosaur
ISBN: 0883357461

Milliken Pub Co. 1987

Grandma takes a young boy on several fanciful journeys with the aid of a red dinosaur, blue polar bear, magical umbrella, pirate ship, and leaping leopard

Grandfather Woo Goes to School
ISBN: 0883357968

Milliken Pub Co. 1990

At first Willy is upset that his grandfather is going to be a guest speaker at school, but then he learns that he has underestimated his grandfather's accomplishments

Rock Island (Images of America: Illinois)
ISBN: 0738501573

Arcadia Publishing. 1999

Rock Island, Illinois, named All American City by Life magazine in 1955, is a mighty river town that prides itself on its leadership and sense of community. In every house on every street, there is a story to be told of how the residents came to be a part of this unique city. A few Rock Islanders can trace their roots back to the first white settlements of Farnhamsburg and Stephenson fewer still go even further back than that, to the villages of Wappello and Keokuk and the Sauk warrior, Black Hawk. In Rock Island: All American City, the authors invite us to join them on a visual tour that explores the area’s earliest neighborhoods, from Spencer Square to Broadway, Greenbush, and Old Chicago, from Longview and Highland Park to Keystone and Douglas Park. Discover how the Mississippi and Rock Rivers helped to shape the lives of area residents and how they have shaped its course meet some of Rock Island’s first families, including the Weyerhaeusers and Denkmanns, who arrived in Rock Island with little more than a dream and left their legacy in the area’s landscape, architecture, and culture. Also learn the stories of the “regular folks” and unsung heroes who contributed in their own special ways to the city’s rich history.

The Greatest Life Ever Lived
ISBN: 0871783258

Brethren Pr. 1990

A retelling of the events in the life of Jesus Christ.

Davenport: Jewel of the Mississippi (IA) (Images of America)
ISBN: 0738507288

Arcadia Publishing. 2000

The city of Davenport traces its beginnings to an
1832 treaty signed by Chief Keokuk of the Sauk
Indians, which transferred a fifty-mile strip of land along the Mississippi River from the Yellow River in the north to the Des Moines River in the south. Over the past 168 years, the resultant city has evolved from a frontier outpost to a premier gateway to the West, a commercial powerhouse on a prime river location to a Midwestern banking and financial center. This pictorial history documents the transformation of the city through more than 200 vintage photographs. Davenport was a major entrance to the West, as well as a destination itself during the 19th century. Pioneer families and immigrants alike found a haven in the rapidly growing city, and they founded department stores, construction companies, breweries, banks, and churches. Germans, Irish, Swedes, Hungarians, and African Americans all brought cultural traditions and ideas that contributed to the flavor of the city. The Great Depression, two world wars, and the economy’s conversion from agriculture to commerce also delineated the boundaries of Davenport as we know it today.