Dorothy Haas

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General Information

Name: Dorothy Haas

Pen Name: Dan McCune, Dee Francis

Genre: Children and Youth, Fiction

Born: 1935 in Racine, Wisconsin

Website: N/A

Email: N/A

Illinois Connection

Haas lives in Chicago and many of her books are set in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Haas is an editor and author who specializes in books for children and young adults.

Dorothy Haas grew up with her four brothers in Racine, Wisconsin. As a child, she loved to read but says that even though she read all around the shelves of the public library she had no notion that she, an ordinary person, could write books, too.

Haas attended Marquette University. After graduating from Marquette in 1955, she took a summer job with Whitman Publishing Division of Western Publishing Company in Racine. Soon after, she became a senior editor and worked there until 1968 when started working as the senior editor for Worldbook Childcraft in Chicago. At Whitman, Haas developed and supervised several series of books for young children. In addition to editing these books, Ms. Haas published her first book Little Joe's Puppy and also authored over twenty picture books for Whitman.

In 1970, Haas started working with Rand-McNally as the editor of books for children and young adults. She worked for many years as an editor of chldren's books. At Rand-McNally, she worked with several authors, including Pamela Sampson, Tasha Tudor, and Walter Wangerin.

When she retired from Rand-McNally in 1983, she devoted herself to writing on a full-time basis. Many of her books are set in Chicago where she lives. Although Haas does extensive research to include accurate and authoritative background information in her books, her stories are never difficulte to read. Her characters bubble with life, which may be one of the reasons her books are so popular with children all over. Mrs. Haas's books have won awards based on votes by children in many states.

Published Works

  • Corky and White Shadow, Whitman Publishing, 1956
  • Rinty and Pals for Rusty, Whitman Publishing, 1957 - under the Pen Name: Dee Francis
  • Little Joe's Puppy, Whitman Publishing, 1957
  • Sir Lancelot, Whitman Publishing, 1958
  • Fury, Whitman Publishing, 1958
  • Captain Kangaroo and the Too-Small House, Whitman Publishing, 1958
  • Mimi: The Merry-Go-Round Cat, Whitman Publishing, 1958
  • Chrstopher John's Fuzzy Blanket, Whitman Publishing, 1959
  • Men of Science, Whitman Publishing, 1959
  • Quick Draw McGraw: Badment Beware, Whitman Publishing, 1960
  • That Puppy!, Whitman Publishing, 1960
  • Soda Pop, Whitman Publishing, 1960
  • Pinocchio, Whitman Publishing, 1961
  • Babes in Toyland, Whitman Publishing, 1961 - under the Pen Name: Dee Francis
  • Oh! Look!, Whitman Publishing, 1961
  • National Velvet, Whitman Publishing, 1962
  • A Penny for Whiffles, Whitman Publishing, 1962
  • Patrick and the Duckling, Whitman Publishing, 1962
  • The Sword in the Stone, Whitman Publishing, 1963 - under the Pen Name: Dee Francis
  • Especially from Thomas, Whitman Publishing, 1965
  • Grandpapa and Me, Whitman Publishing, 1966
  • A Special Place for Jonny, Whitman Publishing, 1966
  • Maria, Everybody Has a Name, Whitman Publishing, 1966
  • Tom and Jerry: Goody Go Round, Whitman Publishing, 1967 - under the Pen Name: Dee Francis
  • This Little Pony, Whitman Publishing, 1967
  • The Night Before Christmas, 1975
  • A Time to Keep, 1977
  • The Bears Upstairs, Greenwillow, 1978
  • The Springs of Joy, 1979
  • Poppy and the Outdoors Cat, Albert Whitman, 1981
  • Poppy and the Lost Cat, Albert Whitman, 1981
  • A Child's Garden of Verses, 1981
  • Tink in a Tangle, Albert Whitman, 1984
  • Care Bears: The Baby Hugs Bear and Baby Tugs Bear Counting Book, Parker Brothers, 1984
  • Sand in Your Shoes: Fun at the Beach, 1984 - Disney "Things To Do" series
  • Sticks and Stones: Nature Crafts, 1984 - Disney "Things To Do" series
  • Splatter and Dash: Paint and Color Fun, 1984 - Disney "Things To Do" series
  • Dorothy and the Seven-Leaf Clover, Random House, 1985
  • Dorothy and Old King Crow, Random House, 1986
  • The Secret Life of Dilly McBean, Bradbury, 1986
  • Donald Learns a Lesson, 1986 - Disney character book
  • Dumbo at Bat, 1986 - Disney character book
  • Goofy's Big Race, 1986 - Disney character book
  • Mickey Finds a Kitten, 1986 - Disney character book
  • My First Communion, Albert Whitman, 1987
  • Burton's Zoom Zoom Va-ROOM Machine, 1988
  • To Catch a Crook, Clarion Books, 1988
  • New Friends, Scholastic, 1988 - Peanut Butter and Jelly Series
  • Peanut and Jilly Forever, Scholastic, 1988 - Peanut Butter and Jelly Series
  • The Haunted House, Scholastic, 1988 - Peanut Butter and Jelly Series
  • Michael Jordan: A Biography of the Basketball Star, (Under Pen Name: Dan McCune) Crestwood , 1988
  • Trouble at Alcott School, Scholastic, 1989 - Peanut Butter and Jelly Series
  • Not Starring Jilly, Scholastic, 1989 - Peanut Butter and Jelly Series
  • Peanut in Charge, Scholastic, 1989 - Peanut Butter and Jelly Series
  • The Friendship Test, Scholastic, 1990 - Peanut Butter and Jelly Series
  • Two Friends Too Many, Scholastic, 1990 - Peanut Butter and Jelly Series
  • Burton's Zoom Zoom Va-ROOOM Machine, Bradbury, 1990
  • Alcott Library is Falling Down, Scholastic, 1991 - Peanut Butter and Jelly Series
  • Burton and the Giggle Machine, Bradbury, 1992
  • Tubs Ahoy!, - Disney "Things To Do" series
  • Countdown! Capers in Space, - Disney "Things To Do" series

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

The Haunted House (Peanut Butter and Jelly)

ISBN: 0590415085
Release Date: 1988-10-01

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Michael Jordan (Sports Close Up 2)

ISBN: 0896863646
Release Date: 1988-02-01

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The Friendship Test (Peanut Butter and Jelly)

ISBN: 0590435566
Release Date: 1990-07-01

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Literary Awards

Children's Reading Round Table Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Children's Literature in 1979

Deutscher Jugendbuchpreise in 1980 for The Bears Upstairs

Lifetime of Literary Achievement from the Society of Midland Authors in 1995

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes, contact author by mail at:

336 Wellington Ave., #1502

Chicago, IL. 60657

External Links

Dorothy Haas on WorldCat

Dorothy Haas on Amazon


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