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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Patricia Brennan Demuth  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children; Children;

Born: 1948 in Souix City, Iowa

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Illinois Connection

Brennan Demuth lived in Chicago for thirty-five years.

Biographical and Professional Information

Patricia Brennan Demuth is the author of many award-winning children's fiction and non-fiction books. She grew up in a little Iowa town with a big family and imagination. After college, she moved to New York. From midtown Manhattan, Patricia moved with her family to an Illinois farm where resided for thirty-five years. She now lives in Wisconsin.

Published Works

    Picture Books
  • Max, the Bad-Talking Parrot, Dodd, 1986
  • The Ornery Morning, Dutton, 1991
  • Pick Up Your Ears, Henry, Macmillan, 1992
  • Busy at Day Care Head to Toe, Dutton, 1996Who was…? What was…? Series
  • Who is Bill Gates?, Grosset & Dunlap, 2013
  • Who was Laura Ingalls Wilder?, Grosset & Dunlap, 2013
  • What was Pearl Harbor?, Grosset & Dunlap, 2013
  • What was Ellis Island?, Grosset & Dunlap, 2014
  • What was D-Day?, Grosset & Dunlap, 2015
  • Who was Charlie Chaplin?, Grosset & Dunlap, 2016Biography
  • Johnny Appleseed, Grosset & Dunlap, 1996Early Chapter Book
  • In Trouble with Teacher, Dutton, 1995Photo-Documentaries
  • Joel: Growing Up a Farm Man, Dodd, 1982
  • City Horse, Dodd, 1979 - written with Jack DemuthScience
  • Inside Your Busy Body, Grosset & Dunlap, 1993
  • Snakes, Penguin Putnam for Children, 1993
  • Gorillas, Grosset & Dunlap, 1994
  • Those Amazing Ants, Macmillan, 1994
  • Cradles in the Trees, The Story of Birds` Nests, Macmillan, 1994
  • Way Down Deep, Strange Ocean Creatures, Grosset & Dunlap, 1995
  • Achoo! All About Colds, Grosset & Dunlap, 1997
  • Mars: The Red Planet, Grosset & Dunlap, 1998
  • Look! My Tooth Is Loose!,

Selected Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 1312350326. OCLC Number:

LULU COM,. [Place of publication not identified],. 2014.

The ornery morning /
ISBN: 0525446885. OCLC Number:

Dutton Children's Books,. New York :. ©1991.

Farmer Bill wakes up late one morning to find that all of his animals, from the rooster to the cat, refuse to do any work.

Pick up your ears, Henry /
ISBN: 0027284654. OCLC Number:

Macmillan ;. New York :. ©1992.

A puppy hears many sounds as he searches through the barnyard for his mother.

Busy at day care head to toe /
ISBN: 0525456031. OCLC Number:

Dutton Children's Books,. New York :. ©1996.

Photographs and rhyming text demonstrate how arms, legs, ears, and mouths are kept busy during a day at day care.

Who is Bill Gates? /
ISBN: 0448463326. OCLC Number:

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"Bill Gates, born in Seattle, Washington, in 1955, is an American business magnate, investor, philanthropist, and author. In this Who Was ...? biography, children will learn of Gates' childhood passion for computer technology, which led him to revolutionize personal computers. Through the success of his now-world-famous software company, Microsoft, Bill Gates became one of the wealthiest philanthropists in history. This fascinating story of a child technology genius is sure to captivate any audience!"--

Who was Laura Ingalls Wilder? /
ISBN: 0448467062. OCLC Number:

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"Born in 1867 in the "Big Woods" in Wisconsin, Laura experienced both the hardship and the adventure of living on the frontier. It wasn't until after she was sixty that Laura Ingalls Wilder started chronicling those times, which resulted in nine Little House books, a hit TV series that ran for eight years, and her own permanent place as a heroine of the American West"--

What was Pearl Harbor? /
ISBN: 0448464624. OCLC Number:

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Teaches important dates and facts about the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

What was Ellis Island? /
ISBN: 044847915X. OCLC Number:

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Describes the history of Ellis Island, a gateway for many immigrants coming to the United States in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and details the restoration of the landmark and its reopening as a museum.

What was D-Day? /
ISBN: 0448484072. OCLC Number:

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D-Day spelled the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany and the Third Reich. Readers will dive into the heart of the action and discover how it was planned and carried out and how it overwhelmed the Germans who had been tricked into thinking the attack would take place elsewhere.

Who was Charlie Chaplin? /
ISBN: 0448490161. OCLC Number:

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"Charlie Chaplin sang on a London stage for the first time at the age of five. Performing proved to be his salvation, providing a way out of a life of hardship and poverty. Success came early and made Chaplin one of the best loved people in the United States until the McCarthy witch hunts drove Chaplin from his adopted country. This is a moving portrait of a multi-talented man -- actor, director, writer, even music composer -- and the complicated times he lived in."--

Johnny Appleseed /
ISBN: 044841130X. OCLC Number:

Grosset & Dunlap,. New York :. ©1996.

Recounts the story of the man who traveled west planting apple seeds to make the country a better place to live.

In trouble with teacher /
ISBN: 0525452869. OCLC Number:

Dutton Children's Books,. New York :. ©1995.

Third-grader Montgomery draws great pictures and writes wonderful stories, but he's afraid that his teacher only cares about his terrible spelling.

Joel, growing up a farm man /
ISBN: 0396079970. OCLC Number:

Dodd, Mead,. New York :. ©1982.

Focuses on a thirteen-year-old boy who works on his family's farm, caring for livestock, harvesting hay, and preparing to manage the farm himself one day.

City horse /
ISBN: 0396076505. OCLC Number:

Dodd, Mead,. New York :. ©1979.

Photos and text depict the career of one of the 83 horses of the Mounted Unit of the New York City Police Department.

Inside your busy body /
ISBN: 0448401894. OCLC Number:

Grosset & Dunlap,. New York :. ©1993.

A simple introduction to what is going on inside your body, such as what keeps you standing, what helps you move around, and what happens to your food after you swallow.

Snakes /
ISBN: 044840513X. OCLC Number:

Grosset & Dunlap,. New York :. ©1993.

An introduction to an animal that's been with us since the time of the dinosaurs--the snake.

Gorillas /
ISBN: 0448402173. OCLC Number:

Grosset & Dunlap,. New York :. ©1994.

An easy-to-read journey inside the world of the gorilla explores how the intelligent great ape spends its day, its behavior, its feeding habits, and more.

Those amazing ants /
ISBN: 0027284670. OCLC Number:

Macmillan ;. New York :. ©1994.

Describes those fascinating insects, the ants, in simple words and pictures.

Cradles in the trees :
ISBN: 0027284662. OCLC Number:

Macmillan Pub. Co. ;. New York :. ©1994.

Describes the methods and materials used by various birds to build their nests.

Achoo! :
ISBN: 0448413477. OCLC Number:

Grosset & Dunlap,. New York :. ©1997.

Explains how a person catches a cold, how the body fights the germs, and how other people can take precautions against getting another's cold.

Mars :
ISBN: 0448418436. OCLC Number:

Grosset & Dunlap,. New York :. ©1998.

Reviews the history of Earth's observation of the red planet since ancient times, explores the results of modern scientific studies carried out by telescope, satellite, and landing probe, and speculates on a future human landing.

Look! my tooth is loose! /
ISBN: 0448426854. OCLC Number:

Grosset & Dunlap,. New York :. 2002.

Explains why children have baby teeth, why they fall out, and what happens after that.


The Ornery Morning

  • Best Summer Reading for Kids, CBS This Morning
  • Max, The Bad Talking Parrot

  • Georgia Children's Storybook Award
  • Children's Choice, International Reading Assoc., 1987
  • Children's Choice, Children's Book Council, 1987
  • In Trouble with Teacher

  • Childrens Book of the Year, Bank Street College Child Study Childrens Book Committee
  • Those Amazing Ants

  • Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children, National Science Teachers Association and the Childrens Books Council, 1995
  • 100 Best Nonfiction Books for Children, selected by Judy Freeman
  • Nonfiction 71 Top Books of the Century, Instructor Magazine, March 2001
  • Joel Growing Up a Farm Man

  • Best Childrens Book, Society of Midland Authors
  • Outstanding Book in Social Sciences, National Council for the Social Studies & Childrens Book Council
  • CCBC Choice, Cooperative Childrens Book Center, School of Education
  • The Best In Childrens Books,
  • The University of Chicagos Guide

    City Horse

  • Junior Literary Guild Selection
  • Sequoyahs Childrens Books Masterlist, Oklahoma Library Association
  • The Best In Childrens Books,
  • The University of Chicagos Guide

    Way Down Deep

  • Childrens Books of the Year, Childrens Book Committee at Bank Street College
  • Cradles in the Trees

  • Winner,
  • WINNERS! Handbook

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    The author's presentations are interactive, filled with visuals, informative, and fun. The material is tailored to fit the age group, K8. Each session ends with a Q & A.

    School Visit Presentation Topics include

  • Becoming a Writer From Small Town to Big Apple
  • Behind the Scenes of the Who Was? Series
  • On the Reporters Beat She will also make Skype visits. For additional information, visit the Speaking of her website.