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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mary R Dunn  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Young Adult; Children; Children;

Born: March 22, 1936 in Louisville, Kentucky

Died: October 3, 2017 in Libertyville, Illinois


-- Twitter -- https://twitter.com/marydunn17
-- Website -- http://www.marydunnbooks.com
-- Mary R Dunn on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=mary+r+dunn


Illinois Connection

Dunn graduated from the University of Illinois in Chicago. She lived in Northern Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mary Dunn taught students at the elementary and college levels. She retired as a faculty member of the English Department from the College of Lake County. She loved telling stories about her students. A prolific writer with a passion for literature, Mary authored over 30 non-fiction children's books. A frequent speaker at state, national, and international conferences on writing and literacy, Dunn was known as the ''Queen of Non-Fiction'' by some. She was a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the International Literacy Association, and Off-Campus Writers' Workshop.


Published Works

    Astronomy Now!
  • A Look at Mars, PowerKids Press, 2007
  • A Look at Earth, PowerKids Press, 2007
  • A Look at Venus, PowerKids Press, 2007
  • A Look at Mercury, PowerKids Press, 2007
  • A Look at Earth, PowerKids Press, 2007Dream Jobs
  • I Want to Be a Fashion Designer, PowerKids Press, 2008
  • I Want to be in Musicals, PowerKids Press, 2008
  • I Want to be a Ballet Dancer,PowerKids Press, 2008
  • I Want to Write Books, PowerKids Press, 2008
  • I Want to Make Movies, PowerKids Press, 2008
  • I Want to Be a Chef, PowerKids Press, 2008Nocturnal Animals Series
  • Owls, Capstone Press, 2011
  • Opossums, Capstone Press, 2011
  • Porcupines, Capstone Press, 2011
  • Fireflies, Capstone Press, 2011
  • Hedgehogs, Capstone Press , 2011South American Animals
  • Piranhas , Capstone Press, 2012
  • Toucans, Capstone Press, 2012
  • Capybaras, Capstone Press, 2012
  • Llamas, Capstone Press, 2012Snakes
  • Rattlesnakes, Capstone Press, 2013
  • Copperheads, Capstone Press, 2013
  • Garter Snakes, Capstone Press, 2013Monkeys
  • Spider Monkeys, Capstone Press, 2013
  • Tamarin Monkeys, Capstone Press, 2013
  • Pygmy Marmosets, Capstone Press, 2013Birds of Prey
  • California Condors, Capstone Press, 2015
  • Turkey Vultures, Capstone Press, 2015
  • Ospreys, Capstone Press, 2015Women in Sports
  • Candace Parker, Capstone Press, 2016
  • Michelle Wie, Capstone Press, 2016Explore Life Cycles
  • A Butterfly's Life Cycle, Capstone Press, 2017
  • A Frog's Life Cycle, Capstone Press, 2017
  • An Apple Tree's Life Cycle, Capstone Press, 2017
  • A Bean's Life Cycle, Capstone Press, 2017
  • A Turtle's Life Cycle, Capstone Press, 2017
  • A Sun Flower's Life Cycle, Capstone Press, 2017Meet Dessert Animals
  • Lizards, Capstone Press, 2017
  • Camels, Capstone Press, 2017
  • Armadillos, Capstone Press, 2017
  • Kangaroos, Capstone Press, 2017
  • Ostriches, Capstone Press, 2017
  • Scorpions, Capstone Press, 2017Stand Alone Titles
  • Indigenous Peoples of North America: The Mohawk, Lucent Books, 2003
  • Rose Nichols-The Garden Girl, lulu.com, 2011


Selected Titles At Your Library

A look at Mars /
ISBN: 140423828X. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 2008.

An introduction to the physical features of the red planet.

A look at Earth /
ISBN: 1404238271. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 2008.

This book introduces Planet Earth, the only planet known to have life, and explains that Earth is the one planet in our solar system that is mostly covered by water.

A look at Venus /
ISBN: 1404238263. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 2008.

An introduction to the physical features of Earth's nearest planetary neighbor.

A look at Mercury /
ISBN: 1404238255. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 2008.

Explore the world of the hottest planet in our solar system.

A look at Earth /
ISBN: 1404238271. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 2008.

This book introduces Planet Earth, the only planet known to have life, and explains that Earth is the one planet in our solar system that is mostly covered by water.

I want to be a fashion designer /
ISBN: 1404244727. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 2009.

A very simple look at what designers do and how to become one.

I want to be in musicals /
ISBN: 1404244700. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. ©2009.

An introduction to musicals, including how a musical comes together and what it's like to perform on stage.

I want to be a ballet dancer /
ISBN: 1404244697. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 2009.

"Aspiring young dancers will learn about the grace, strength, and determination it takes to become a ballet dancer"--Page 4 of cover.

I want to write books /
ISBN: 1404244743. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 2009.

This book takes a look at famous authors and illustrators and how they get ideas and publish books.

I want to make movies /
ISBN: 1404244735. OCLC Number:

Powerkids Press,. New York :. 2009.

Lights, Camera, Action! Readers will learn how directors, writers, animators, cinematographers, and actors all work together to make a movie.

I want to be a chef /
ISBN: 1404244719. OCLC Number:

PowerKids Press,. New York :. 2009.

Describes the work of chefs and what they do.

Owls /
ISBN: 142967119X. OCLC Number:

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"Simple text and full-color photos explain the habitat, life cycle, range, and behavior of owls"--Provided by publisher.

Opossums /
ISBN: 1429661925. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. Mankato, Minn. :. ©2011.

Simple text and full-color photos explain the habitat, life cycle, range, and behavior of opossums.

Hedgehogs /
ISBN: 1429661917. OCLC Number:

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"Simple text and full-color photos explain the habitat, life cycle, range, and behavior of hedgehogs"--Provided by publisher.

Fireflies /
ISBN: 1429671203. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. Mankato, Minn. :. ©2012.

"Simple text and full-color photos explain the habitat, life cycle, range, and behavior of fireflies"--Provided by publisher.

Porcupines /
ISBN: 1429661933. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. North Mankato, Minn. :. ©2011.

"Simple text and full-color photos explain the habitat, life cycle, range, and behavior of porcupines"--Provided by publisher.

Piranhas /
ISBN: 1429675861. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. North Mankato, Minn. :. ©2012.

"Simple text and photographs present piranhas, how they look, where they live, and what they do"--Provided by publisher.

Toucans /
ISBN: 142967590X. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. North Mankato, Minn. :. ©2012.

"Simple text and photographs present toucans, how they look, where they live, and what they do"--Provided by publisher.

Capybaras /
ISBN: 1429686812. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. North Mankato, Minn. :. ©2013.

"Simple text and photographs present capybaras, how they look, where they live, and what they do"--Provided by publisher.

Llamas /
ISBN: 1429675888. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. Mankato, Minn. :. 2012.

"Simple text and photographs present llamas, how they look, where they live, and what they do"--Provided by publisher.

Rattlesnakes /
ISBN: 1476520852. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. North Mankato, Minn. :. ©2014.

"Simple text and full-color photographs describe rattlesnakes"--

Copperheads /
ISBN: 1476520712. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. North Mankato, Minn. :. ©2014.

"Simple text and full-color photographs describe copperhead snakes"--

Spider monkeys /
ISBN: 1620651041. OCLC Number:

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"Full-color photographs and simple text introduce spider monkeys"--Provided by publisher.

Tamarin monkeys /
ISBN: 162065105X. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. North Mankato, Minn. :. ©2013.

"Full-color photographs and simple text introduce tamarin monkeys"--Provided by publisher.

California condors /
ISBN: 1491423072. OCLC Number:

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"Describes the characteristics, habitat, behavior, life cycle, and threats to California condors"--

Turkey vultures /
ISBN: 1491420944. OCLC Number:

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"Describes the characteristics, habitat, behavior, life cycle, and threats to turkey vultures"--

Ospreys /
ISBN: 1491423099. OCLC Number:

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"Describes the characteristics, habitat, behavior, life cycle, and threats to osprey"--

Candace Parker /
ISBN: 149148571X. OCLC Number:

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"Simple text and full-color photographs briefly describe the life of Candace Parker and her career as a professional basketball player"--

Michelle Wie /
ISBN: 1491485728. OCLC Number:

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"Simple text and full-color photographs briefly describe the life of Michelle Wie and her career as a professional golfer"--

The Mohawk /
ISBN: 1590180054. OCLC Number:

Lucent Books,. San Diego, Calif. :. ©2003.

Discusses the origins, ceremonies, festivals, and leadership of the Mohawk people of Michigan, as well as their relationships with the European settlers.

Rose nichols-the garden girl.
ISBN: 1257636685. OCLC Number:

Lulu Com,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 2011.


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