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Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILDREN Fiction Non-Fiction Photographer Poetry

Born: November 5,1948 in Danville, Illinois

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Bial was born in Danville and graduated from Schlarman High School in 1967. He received both his B.A. in political science and history (1970) and his M.S. in library science (1979) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

Raymond Bial (pronounced "beal") was a librarian. For over 30 years, he worked in different roles, including as a library director, in public, small college, and university libraries. He also taught graduate courses at the University of Illinois. He was a prolific writer and an accomplished photographer who published many beautiful photo essay books on a variety of topics for children. All of his books express his love of the American landscape, its history and its people. He also published works of fiction for children.

Bial took photographs and created books for nearly fifty years. He published more than 100 books for children and adults. Over the years, his work received many awards and honors.


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Awards

-- "Rescuing Rover: Saving America’s Dogs"

-- *Junior Literary Guild Book Club

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-- "Tenement: Immigrant Life on the Lower East Side"

-- *Honor Book - one of the best nonfiction books for children, Orbis Pictus

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-- "Needle and Thread"

-- *Honor Book - one of the best nonfiction books for children, Orbis Pictus

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-- "A Handful of Dirt"

-- *John Burroughs Award - one of the best environmental books for children

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-- "Ghost Towns of the American West"

-- *Spur award - best children's books about the American West, Western Writers of America

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-- "The Pueblo"

-- *Spur award - best children's books about the American West, Western Writers of America

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-- "The Underground Railroad"

-- *“25 Top Picks” for Black History Month, 1996

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-- "Portrait of a Farm Family"

-- *Editor’s Choice - one of the best children’s books, Booklist, 1995

-- *Children’s Literature Award as the most outstanding children’s book with an agricultural theme, Ohio Farm Bureau’s

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-- "Amish Home"

-- *Parents’ Choice Book - best nonfiction paperback book for children, Parents’ Choice Foundation

-- *Notable Children’s Book, American Library Association, 1994

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-- "First Frost"

-- *Writer's Choice selection, National Endowment for the Arts and the Pushcart Foundation - one of the finest books published by independent literary presses, 1986

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-- "Other Awards"

-- *The Children’s Book Council selected nearly all of Raymond’s children’s books as outstanding/notable nonfiction trade books.

-- *Certificate of Commendation, American Association for State and Local History, 1986.

-- Award of Superior Achievement, Illinois State Historical Society, 1985.

-- *Historian of the Year, Champaign County, Illinois, 1984.