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General Information

Name:  Emily McCully  

Pen Name: Emily Arnold McCully


Audience: Adult; Children; Children;

Born: 1939 in Galesburg, Illinois

-- Emily McCully on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

McCully was born in Galesburg and lived there until she was 5 years old.

Biographical and Professional Information

Emily McCully is an author and illustrator. She majored in art history at college and acted and wrote for the theater. After illustrating other peoples' texts for several years and publishing two adult novels, McCully began writing her own picture books.McCully has illustrated more than a hundred books for children, including her own ''First Snow'' and ''Arnold Adoff's Black Is Brown Is Tan''.

Published Works

  • The Grandma Mix-Up, HarperCollins, 1991
  • Grandmas at the Lake, HarperCollins, 1994
  • Grandmas at Bat, HarperCollins, 1995
  • Grandmas Trick-or-Treat, HarperCollins, 2002Mirette Series
  • Mirette on The High Wire, G.P.Putnam's Sons, 1992
  • Starring Mirette & Bellini, Putnam, 1997
  • Mirette and Bellini Cross Niagara Falls, Putnam, 2000I Can Read Series
  • The Battle for St. Michaels: Book 4, HarperCollins, 2002I Like to Read Series
  • Pete Won't Eat, Holiday House, 2014
  • 3, 2, 1, Go!, Holiday House, 2015
  • Pete Likes Bunny, Holiday House, 2016Stand Alone Books
  • New Baby, Harper & Row, 1988
  • The Christmas Gift, HarperCollins, 1988
  • Crossing the New Bridge, Putnam, 1994
  • The Pirate Queen, Putnam, 1995
  • The Bobbin Girl, Dial, 1996
  • The Ballot Box Battle, Knopf, 1996
  • Popcorn at the Palace, Harcourt, 1997
  • An Outlaw Thanksgiving, Dial, 1998
  • Beautiful Warrior: The Legend of the Nun's Kung Fu, Arthur A. Levine Books, 1998
  • Monk Camps Out, Arthur a Levine, 2000
  • Four Hungry Kittens, Dial, 2001
  • The Orphan Singer, Arthur Levine Books, 2001
  • First Snow, HarperCollins, 2003
  • Picnic, Harper Collins, 2003
  • Squirrel and John Muir, FSG, 2004
  • Marvelous Mattie: How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006
  • The Escape of Oney Judge: Martha Washington’s Slave Finds Freedom, FSG, 2007
  • Manjiro: The Boy Who Risked His Life for Two Countries, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008
  • The Secret Cave: Discovering Lascaux, FSG, 2010
  • Wonder Horse: The True Story of the World's Smartest Horse, Holt, 2010
  • Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business--and Won!, Clarion, 2014
  • Strongheart: The World's First Movie Star Dog, Holt, 2014
  • Queen of the Diamond: The Lizzie Murphy Story, FSG, 2015
  • Clara: The (Mostly) True Story of the Rhinoceros who Dazzled Kings, Inspired Artists, and Won the Hearts of Everyone ... While She Ate Her Way Up and Down a Continent, Schwartz and Wade, 2016
  • Carolyn's Comets: A True Story, Holiday House, 2017
  • A Promising Life: Coming of Age with America, Arthur A. Levine Books, 2017BOOKS ILLUSTRATED BY MCCULLY AND WRITTEN BY OTHER AUTHORS
  • Ballerina Swan, Holiday House, 2013 - written by Allegra Kent

Selected Titles At Your Library

The grandma mix-up :
ISBN: 0064441504. OCLC Number:

HarperTrophy,. New York :. 1991, ©1988.

Young Pip doesn't know what to do when two very different grandmothers come to baby sit, each with her own way of doing things.

Grandmas at the lake /
ISBN: 0064441776. OCLC Number:

HarperTrophy,. New York :. 1994, ©1990.

Pip and Ski have a hard time enjoying themselves at the lake with Pip's two grandmothers, who cannot agree on anything.

Grandmas at bat /
ISBN: 0064441938. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York, NY :. ©1993.

Pip's two grandmothers, who cannot agree on anything, take over coaching her baseball team and create chaos.

Grandmas trick-or-treat /
ISBN: 0064442772. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins Publishers,. New York :. 2001.

Pip's two grandmothers, who cannot agree on anything, take Pip and her friends trick-or-treating on Halloween.

Mirette on the high wire /
ISBN: 0698114434. OCLC Number:

G.P. Putnamʼs Sons,. New York :. ©1992.

Mirette learns tightrope walking from Monsieur Bellini, a guest in her mother's boarding house, not knowing that he is a celebrated tightrope artist who has withdrawn from performing because of fear.

Starring Mirette and Bellini /
ISBN: 0399226362. OCLC Number:

G.P. Putnam's Sons,. New York :. ©1997.

After the Great Bellini teaches young Mirette to walk the high wire, she uses her talent to free him from prison, and both resolve to help others become free.

Mirette & Bellini cross Niagara Falls /
ISBN: 0399233482. OCLC Number:

Putnam,. New York :. 2000.

With the help of a young immigrant boy they meet on their crossing to America, two famous tightrope walkers manage to survive the treachery of a rival showman.

The battle for St. Michaels /
ISBN: 0060287284. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. 2002.

In 1813, nine-year-old Caroline, a fast runner, helps the residents of Saint Michaels, Maryland, as they defend their town against the British.

Pete won't eat /
ISBN: 0823431835. OCLC Number:

Holiday House,. New York :. ©2013.

Pete the pig does not want to eat his slop, but cannot go out to play with his brother and sisters until he does.

3, 2, 1, go! /
ISBN: 0823433145. OCLC Number:

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Told she cannot step over the line to play school with the older girls, Min builds a catapult and flies over it, instead.

Pete likes Bunny /
ISBN: 082343687X. OCLC Number:

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"Pete likes Bunny, the new girl in his class; and despite teasing from classmates, Bunny likes Pete too"--

New baby /
ISBN: 0060241306. OCLC Number:

Harper & Row,. New York :. ©1988.

The youngest mouse in a large family discovers excitement and frustration when a new baby arrives.

The Christmas gift /
ISBN: 0060242116. OCLC Number:

Harper & Row,. New York :. ©1988.

When a little mouse's treasured Christmas gift is broken, Grandpa consoles her with a toy train from his own childhood.

Crossing the new bridge /
ISBN: 0399226184. OCLC Number:

Putnam's,. New York :. ©1994.

When a new bridge is built over the river, the happiest person in the town must be the first to cross it.

The pirate queen /
ISBN: 0399226575. OCLC Number:

G.P. Putnam's Sons,. New York :. ©1995.

Recounts the life of the renowned sixteenth-century Irish woman pirate.

The bobbin girl /
ISBN: 0803718276. OCLC Number:

Dial Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©1996.

A ten-year-old bobbin girl working in a textile mill in Lowell, Massachusetts, in the 1830s, must make a difficult decision--will she participate in the first workers' strike in Lowell?

The ballot box battle /
ISBN: 0679893121. OCLC Number:

Knopf,. New York :. ©1996.

Just in time for the presidential election comes Caldecott medalist Emily Arnold McCully's stirring tale of a young girl's act of bravery inspired by the great Elizabeth Cady Stanton. It is the fall of 1880, and Cordelia is more interested in horse riding than in hearing her neighbor, Mrs. Stanton talk about her fight for women's suffrage. But on Election Day, Mrs. Stanton tells the heart-wrenching story of her childhood. Charged with the story's message, Cordelia determines to go with Mrs. Stanton to the polls in an attempt to vote--above the jeers and taunts of the male crowd. With faces, landscapes, and action scenes brought to life by McCully's virtuosic illustrations, Cordelia's turning-point experience is sure to inspire today's young girls (and boys) everywhere.

Popcorn at the palace /
ISBN: 0152776990. OCLC Number:

Browndeer Press,. San Diego :. ©1997.

In the mid-1800's Maisie Ferris and her father travel to England to introduce the American phenomenon of popcorn.

An outlaw Thanksgiving /
ISBN: 0803721978. OCLC Number:

Dial Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©1998.

While travelling with her mother cross-country by train in 1896, a young girl unexpectedly shares Thanksgiving dinner with the notorious outlaw, Butch Cassidy.

Beautiful warrior :
ISBN: 0590374877. OCLC Number:

Arthur A. Levine Books,. New York :. 1998.

Tells the story of two unlikely kung fu masters and how their skill in martial arts saves them both.

Monk camps out /
ISBN: 0439099765. OCLC Number:

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A young mouse decides to spend the night camping out alone in his backyard, but his parents have other ideas.

Four hungry kittens /
ISBN: 0803725051. OCLC Number:

Dial Books for Young Readers,. New York :. 2001.

In this wordless story, four kittens share adventures while their mother is away hunting food.

The orphan singer /
ISBN: 0439192749. OCLC Number:

Arthur A. Levine Books,. New York :. 2001.

Determined that their daughter realize her musical destiny, her poor but devoted parents send her away as a baby to the Venetian "ospedale," knowing she will be raised as an orphan and will never again be allowed to return home.

First snow /
ISBN: 0066238528. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins Publishers,. [New York] :. ©2004.

The first snow has fallen; so the mice children spend the day ice skating and sledding with their Grandma and Grandpa.

Picnic /
ISBN: 0066238544. OCLC Number:

HarperCollinsPublishers,. [New York] :. ©2003.

A little mouse gets lost on the way to a family picnic.

Squirrel and John Muir /
ISBN: 0374336970. OCLC Number:

Farrar Straus Giroux,. New York :. 2004

In the early 1900s, a wild little girl nicknamed Squirrel meets John Muir, later to become a famous naturalist, when he arrives at her parents' hotel in Yosemite Valley seeking work and knowledge about the natural world.

Marvelous Mattie :
ISBN: 0374348103. OCLC Number:

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Mattie Knight loved to make things ranging from a foot warmer for her mother or toys for her older brothers. Or, when she was 12, a metal guard to prevent shuttles from shooting off looms and hurting workers. Later, Mattie invented a machine that could cut and glue the square-bottomed paper bags we still use today. Meet the woman known as "the Lady Edison."

The escape of Oney Judge :
ISBN: 0374322252. OCLC Number:

Farrar Straus Giroux,. New York :. ©2007

Young Oney Judge risks everything to escape a life of slavery in the household of George and Martha Washington and to make her own way as a free black woman.

Manjiro :
ISBN: 0374347921. OCLC Number:

Farrar Straus Giroux,. New York :. 2008.

This is the true story of a determined and resourceful young man whose intimate knowledge of two cultures later led him to play an important role in the opening of Japan to Western trade and ideas.

The secret cave :
ISBN: 0374366942. OCLC Number:

Farrar Straus Giroux,. New York :. 2010.

"Jacques, Jojo, Simon, and Marcel were looking for buried treasure when they explored a cave in the south of France in 1940. But the treasure inside was not what they expected, and in fact far more valuable: the walls were covered with stunning prehistoric paintings and engravings, preserved within the sealed cave for over 17,000 years. This is the true story of the boys who discovered the cave of Lascaux, bringing to the modern world powerful examples of the very beginning of art."

Wonder horse /
ISBN: 0805087931. OCLC Number:

Henry Holt,. New York :. 2010.

A fictionalized account of Bill "Doc" Key, a former slave who became a veterinarian, trained his horse, Jim Key, to recognize letters and numbers and to perform in skits around the country, and moved the nation toward a belief in treating animals humanely. Includes an author's note.

Strongheart :
ISBN: 0805094482. OCLC Number:

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When silent movie director Larry Trimble decides to put Strongheart, a police dog, into his movies as the lead actor, he must first train him to play with toys and walk like a regular dog, but Strongheart becomes a sensation until his military training leads to trouble, and possibly the end of his career. Includes author's note on the real Strongheart.

Ida M. Tarbell :
ISBN: 0547290926. OCLC Number:

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Tarbell was the catalyst for exposing the truth behind corruption and unfair business practices. She investigated and published works about the Standard Oil Trust for McClure's Magazine that informed the world of shady business dealings and skyrocketed her into the public eye. She wrote inspiring and engaging biographies on public figures, her most notable on Abraham Lincoln. Although largely forgotten as the country forged into the 20th century, her writing of the truth lives on.

Queen of the diamond :
ISBN: 0374300070. OCLC Number:

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"A picture book biography about Lizzie Murphy, the first woman to play in a major league exhibition game and the first person to play on both the New England and American leagues' all-star teams"--

Clara :
ISBN: 0553522469. OCLC Number:

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"A rhinoceros tours Europe in the mid-18th century and becomes a sensation--based on a true story"--

Caroline's comets :
ISBN: 0823436640. OCLC Number:

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"Caroline Herschel was the first woman to discover a comet and the first woman to be paid as a scientist."--

A promising life :
ISBN: 0439314453. OCLC Number:

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All his life Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, son of Sacagawea and a French fur-trapper, has lived in two worlds: the Westernized world of his godfather, William Clark, and the frontier world beyond St. Louis--but he is troubled by the way Americans mistreat tribes like the Osage, Arikara, and Mandan, and as a man of mixed ancestry, he must ultimately choose which of the two heritages is more important to him.


Mirette On the High Wire

  • Caldecott Medal
  • Starred Review, Horn Book
  • Starred Review, School Library Journal
  • Starred Review, BCCB
  • Pete Won't Eat

  • Starred Review, Kirkus
  • Starred Review, School Library Journal
  • 3, 2, 1, Go!,

  • Starred Review, Kirkus
  • The Ballot Box Battle

  • Starred Review, School Library Journal
  • Picnic

  • Christopher Award
  • Squirrel and John Muir

  • Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies, NCSS-CBC
  • Marvelous Mattie

  • Best Children's Book of the Year, Bank Street, 2007
  • Starred Review, Horn Book
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • Master List, Texas Bluebonnet, 2008-2009
  • The Escape of Oney Judge

  • Best Children's Book of the Year, Bank Street, 2008
  • Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies, NCSS-CBC
  • Starred Review, Kirkus
  • Starred Review, Booklist
  • Manjiro

    Best Children's Book of the Year, Bank Street, 2009

    The Secret Cave

  • Starred Review, Kirkus
  • Starred Review, School Library Journal
  • Wonder Horse

  • Best Children's Book of the Year, Bank Street, 2011
  • Starred Review, Booklist
  • Starred Review, School Library Journal
  • Ida M. Tarbell

  • Best Childrens Book of the Year, Washington Post
  • Starred Review, School Library Journal
  • Starred Review, Booklist
  • Finalist, Best Nonfiction Book of the Year, YALSA-ALA
  • Clara

  • Starred Review, Booklist
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • Caroline's Comets

  • Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12, NSTA-CBC, 2018
  • A Craving

  • Nominated, American Book Award

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