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Raymond Bial

Born: November 5,1948 in Danville, Illinois
Died: January 1, 2021 in Danville, Illinois

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: 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.

Biography: 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.


Awards:
    "Rescuing Rover: Saving America’s Dogs"
  • -- Junior Literary Guild Book Club
  • "Tenement: Immigrant Life on the Lower East Side"
  • -- Honor Book - one of the best nonfiction books for children, Orbis Pictus
  • "Needle and Thread"
  • -- Honor Book - one of the best nonfiction books for children, Orbis Pictus
  • "A Handful of Dirt"
  • -- John Burroughs Award - one of the best environmental books for children
  • "Ghost Towns of the American West"
  • -- Spur award - best children's books about the American West, Western Writers of America
  • "The Pueblo"
  • -- Spur award - best children's books about the American West, Western Writers of America
  • "The Underground Railroad"
  • -- “25 Top Picks” for Black History Month, 1996
  • "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
  • "Amish Home"
  • -- Parents’ Choice Book - best nonfiction paperback book for children, Parents’ Choice Foundation
  • -- Notable Children’s Book, American Library Association, 1994
  • "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
  • "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.

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Non-Fiction; Photographer; Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Children

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Selected Titles

A book comes together :
ISBN: 0971823820 OCLC: 642505503

Bound to Stay Bound Books, Jacksonville, Ill. : 2009.

A handful of dirt /
ISBN: 0802786987 OCLC: 42812860

Walker, New York : 2000.

Discusses the nature and importance of soil and the many forms of life it supports.

Amish home /
ISBN: 0395595045 OCLC: 25316264

Houghton Mifflin, Boston : 1993.

Text and photographs depict the way of life of the Amish.

Cajun home /
ISBN: 0395860954 OCLC: 36969729

Houghton Mifflin, Boston : 1998.

Discusses the history and culture of the Cajuns, French-speaking people who settled deep in the woods and bayous of Louisiana.

Champaign /
ISBN: 0738551880 OCLC: 182525830

Arcadia Pub., Charleston, SC : ©2008.

Chigger :
ISBN: 9781934894385 OCLC: 788461739

What happens when a mysterious 'new girl' moves into a quiet little town in southern Indiana? It's the late 1950s and folks aren't accustomed to change. The other kids don't know what to make of the scrappy newcomer who's not even starting school right. She insists on being called Eddie-though Eddie is a boy's name, as everyone in school knows. From the very start this girl already had a secret deep as her own name. Inspired by a true story and actual events, Chigger follows the struggles of the new girl as she raises quite a ruckus at school. Impoverished, always hungry, she nonetheless refuses help and won't be pitied. Fiercely independent, with plenty of pluck, she is clearly a fighter-with her mouth and her fists. Will she ever make a single friend as she battles for respect and a safe place for herself and her mother in the pleasant town of Roscoe? Will anyone ever stand up for her? And will folks do the right thing when they see it clearly, as the girl ultimately has to fight for her life? ...--Page 4 of cover.

Common ground :
ISBN: 0935153012 OCLC: 13721542

Stormline Press, Urbana, Ill. : 1986.

Corn Belt harvest /
ISBN: 0395811465 OCLC: 39038137

Houghton Mifflin, Boston : ©1997.

Text and photographs describe the United States Corn Belt region and its harvest season.

Country store to corner market :
ISBN: 1634992393 OCLC: 1139767972

County fair /
ISBN: 039557644X OCLC: 24010666

Text and photographs describe the happenings at a county fair.

Cow towns
ISBN: 0516237063 OCLC: 54611101

Children's Press, New York : 2004.

Gives a pictorial and prose history of old towns in the West. Describes the history of cow towns, places where people would congregate to sell their herds.

Dripping Blood Cave & other ghostly stories /
ISBN: 1933987138 OCLC: 668197897

A collection of ghost stories featuring the humorous adventures of young teen Hank Cantrell and his fleet-of-foot, 'fraidy-cat sidekick, Clifford Hopkins. together the two ghost magnets encounter a host of spooks, haunts, spectres, and just plain ornery folks who won't die and go away in the central midwestern town of Myrtleville, Indiana ... until Hank works out a solution.

Early American villages
ISBN: 0516237047 OCLC: 54670261

Children's Press, New York : ©2004.

Traces the history of Colonial life and social customs with authentic pictures and interesting text.

Ellis Island :
ISBN: 0618999434 OCLC: 244481684

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Boston [Mass.] : 2009.

Since opening in 1892, Ellis Island has come to symbolize the waves of immigrants from a list of countries that seems endless. In this work, Bial tells the story of Ellis Island itself.

First frost /
ISBN: 0935153004 OCLC: 12890794

Stormline Press, Urbana, Ill. : 1985.

From the heart of the country :
ISBN: 0915611414 OCLC: 24762680

Sagamore Pub., Champaign, Ill. : ©1991.

Frontier settlements
ISBN: 0516237055 OCLC: 54542874

Children's Press, New York : 2004.

Explains the migration of homesteaders from the East to west of the Appalachian Mountains.

Ghost towns of the American West /
ISBN: 0618065571 OCLC: 44587918

Houghton Mifflin, Boston : 2001.

Text and photographs describe some of the thirty thousand deserted towns in the U.S. The author also examines why people settled in these places and why they left.

In all my years :
ISBN: 0961207809 OCLC: 9985425

Champaign County Historical Museum, Champaign, Ill. : ©1983.

Ivesdale, a photographic essay
ISBN: 0960964606 OCLC: 16758717

Champaign County Historical Archives, Urbana Free Library, Urbana, Ill. : ©1982.

Longhouses
ISBN: 0516250787 OCLC: 54611110

Children's Press, New York : ©2004.

Describes the history, social structure, and customs of the Iroquois Indians.

Looking good :
ISBN: 0838905757 OCLC: 24066301

American Library Association, Chicago : 1991.

Marcia Adam's heirloom recipes :
ISBN: 0517593475 OCLC: 30031956

Clarkson Potter, New York : 1994.

Brings together more than 250 homegrown recipes from around the U.S., plus some new favorites.

Missions and presidios
ISBN: 0516250795 OCLC: 54670270

Children's Press, New York : 2004.

Explains how missions came to be, and what their purpose was.

Mist over the mountains :
ISBN: 0395735696 OCLC: 34412945

Houghton Mifflin, Boston : 1997.

An overview of life past and present in the geographic region known as Appalachia.

Nauvoo :
ISBN: 0618396853 OCLC: 62152742

Houghton Mifflin, Boston [Mass.] : 2006.

Learn about this city that many Mormons consider the birthplace of their religion.

One-room school /
ISBN: 0395905141 OCLC: 40163467

Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston : 1999.

Presents a brief history of the one-room schools that existed in the United States from the 1700s to the 1950s.

Portrait of a farm family /
ISBN: 0395699363 OCLC: 31290235

Houghton Mifflin, Boston : 1995.

At five o'clock every morning and five o'clock every evening the fifty-five cows on the Steidinger farm are milked. Milking is one of the dozens of chores, day in and day out, that are part of life for a farm family. But it's not all work; there is the satisfaction of self-sufficiency and a life lived independently for Dennis and Jane Steidinger and their eight children. Telling the Steidingers' story in both words and spirited photographs, Raymond Bial portrays a way of life and the individual lives of the members of this farm family.

Rescuing Rover :
ISBN: 0547341253 OCLC: 651911415

Houghton Mifflin, New York : 2011.

Looks at the problem of dog overpopulation in America; discusses the role of puppy mills, pet stores, and independent breeders; and includes a profile of a local animal shelter.

Shadow Island :
ISBN: 1883953375 OCLC: 70911103

When she is warned of ghosts inhabiting Shadow Island, twelve-year-old Amanda finds she is strangely drawn there and decides to explore it with her sister Sally and best friend Roxanne, but what they find surprises everyone.

Shaker home /
ISBN: 0395640474 OCLC: 28587438

Houghton Mifflin, Boston : 1994.

Shaker traditions and lifestyle are brought to life through informative text and full-color photographs of authentic homes, furnishings, and handicrafts. The photographs were taken at The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, a community restored to its original pristine condition.

St. Louis: Out and about in the Gateway City
ISBN: 1540242277 OCLC:

Stopping by :
ISBN: 0252015878 OCLC: 18106362

University of Illinois Press, Urbana : ©1988.

Tenement :
ISBN: 0618138498 OCLC: 50291002

Houghton Mifflin, Boston : ©2002.

Presents a view of New York City's tenements during the peak years of foreign immigration, discussing living conditions, laws pertaining to tenements, and the occupations of their residents.

The Apache
ISBN: 076140936X OCLC: 1003690658

Benchmark Books, New York : 2001.

Discusses the history, culture, beliefs, changing ways, and notable people of the Apache.

The Arapaho
ISBN: 0761416846 OCLC: 52208587

Benchmark Books, New York : ©2004.

Presents information on the past and present culture of the Arapaho Indians.

The Blackfeet
ISBN: 0761414169 OCLC: 48964739

Benchmark Books, New York : ©2003.

Discusses the history, culture, social structure, beliefs, and notable people of the Blackfeet who, as the Lords of the Plains, lived for hundreds of years on the Great Plains of the United States and Canada.

The canals
ISBN: 0761413367 OCLC: 45487221

Benchmark Books, New York : 2002.

In Building America, noted author-photographer Raymond Bial provides an absorbing account of how technology helped shape and define the American landscape from colonial through frontier times. Under discussion are forts, mills, canals, farms and houses -- their form, purpose and significance in United States history. Of particular note are the ways in which each structure contributed to the survival and growth of America, be it as a method of defense, manufacture, transportation or housing. A medley of the author's and period photographs, archival paintings and line drawings from artist Eric Sloane's celebrated works further enhance a distinguished achievement of historical, architectural and technological interest.

The Carnegie library in Illinois
ISBN: 0252018222 OCLC: 22952700

University of Illinois Press, Urbana : ©1991.

The Cheyenne
ISBN: 0761409386 OCLC: 43598964

Benchmark Books, New York : ©2001.

Discusses the history, culture, social structure, beliefs, and notable people of the Cheyenne.

The Comanche
ISBN: 0761408649 OCLC: 40940181

Benchmark Books, New York : ©2000.

Discusses the history, culture, social structure, beliefs, and notable people of the Comanchee Indians.

The Cree
ISBN: 0761419020 OCLC: 56590630

Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, New York : ©2005.

Discusses the history, culture, beliefs, changing ways, and notable people of the Cree.

The Crow
ISBN: 0761419012 OCLC: 56591856

Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, New York : ©2006.

Learn about the Crow Indians and how they lived everyday life.

The dress-up mirror /
ISBN: 1883953790 OCLC: 925147537

Four girls - Amanda, her kid sister Sally, and two friends spending the night for a sleepover, Josie and Roxanne - tumble unexpectedly through a magical portal to be transported back to the year of 1912 in their small Midwestern town of Maysville. As they scramble to make sense of the town history they are now immersed in, the girls get drawn into a tangled story of family strife and ethnic prejudice. If they get involved, will they be able to find their way home again to the present ... or do they face being trapped forever in the past?

The farms
ISBN: 0761413324 OCLC: 45487206

Benchmark Books/Marshall Cavendish, New York : ©2002.

Discusses the history of the farm and all of the changes that life style has gone through.

The forts /
ISBN: 0761413340 OCLC: 45377540

Describes the history of the different types of forts, emphasizing basic architecture, building techniques, and materials.

The fresh grave and other ghostly stories /
ISBN: 1883953227 OCLC: 37345700

Hank and his 'fraidy-cat sidekick Clifford explore old buildings and cemeteries around the central midwestern town of Myrtleville and encounter a number of ghosts.

The ghost of Honeymoon Creek /
ISBN: 1883953278 OCLC: 41991343

Hank and his 'fraidy-cat buddy Clifford are chased by a host of ghosts through the countryside near Myrtleville and encounter a mysterious old lady who leads them to uncover the secret of the ghost of Honeymoon Creek.

The Houses
ISBN: 0761413359 OCLC: 45486866

Benchmark Books/Marshall Cavendish, New York : ©2002.

Describes the history of the different types of houses, emphasizing basic architecture, building techniques, and materials.

The Inuit /
ISBN: 0761412123 OCLC: 45486863

Benchmark Books, New York : ©2002.

Discusses the history, culture, social structure, beliefs, and customs of the Inuit people of the Arctic Circle.

The Iroquois
ISBN: 0761408029 OCLC: 37322232

Benchmark Books, New York : 1999.

Describes the history, social structure, and customs of the People of the Longhouse.

The Long Walk :
ISBN: 0761413227 OCLC: 48383363

Benchmark Books, New York : ©2003.

Presents an overview of the history of the Navajo Indians, with a detailed account of how the United States Government, represented by Kit Carson, forced them on a 300-mile walk from their homeland in the Southwest to a prison camp at Bosque Redondo, New Mexico, in 1864, and their eventual return home after the United States-Navajo Treaty of 1868.

The Menominee
ISBN: 0761419039 OCLC: 56590624

Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, New York : ©2006.

Discusses the history, culture, beliefs, changing ways, and notable people of the Menominee.

The Mills
ISBN: 0761413332 OCLC: 45493434

Benchmark Books/Marshall Cavendish, New York : 2002.

Discusses the history of the mill, including sawmills, windmills, gristmills, and water mills, and describes millers and what it was like to live in a mill town.

The Nez Perce
ISBN: 0761412107 OCLC: 44768763

Benchmark Books, New York : ©2002.

Discusses the history, culture, beliefs, changing ways, and notable people of the Nez Perce Indians.

The Ojibwe
ISBN: 0761408630 OCLC: 40738879

Benchmark Books, New York : ©2000.

Discusses the history, culture, social structure, beliefs, and customs of the Ojibwa Indians.

The people and culture of the Apache
ISBN: 9781502610102 OCLC: 911199951

For thousands of years, Native American tribes have roamed the North American landscape. Some followed the routes of their prey; others chose to settle in areas with plenty of food already at hand. One of the nomadic tribes was the Apache, a tribe still existing today. Their earliest ancestors came to settle in the southwestern United States thousands of years ago. Despite hardships, today they remain a tribe connected to the land and committed to keeping it safe. This is the story of the Apache, from the deepest past to the present day.

The people and culture of the Cherokee
ISBN: 9781502618863 OCLC: 927438986

The people of the Cherokee Nation were descendants of the first Native Americans to live in North America. Over time, they developed their own culture, identity, language, beliefs, and customs. However, their lifestyles became threatened with the arrival of Europeans. By the 1830s, many people living in the United States wanted Native Americans moved onto reservations. One of the most difficult experiences for the Cherokee Nation was the forced removal of the Cherokee from their lands to Oklahoma. This was called the Trail of Tears. In this book, the history of the Cherokee people is told, from their earliest days to hardships during the nineteenth century, to how they have endured in the modern age. Bibliography, Biographies, Black-and-White Photographs, Full-Color Photographs, Further Information Section, Glossary, Illustrations, Recipes.

The people and culture of the Chumash
ISBN: 9781502622556 OCLC: 955275369

Explores the history and traditions of the Chumash from their settlement in North America to the modern day, describing their belief system, rituals, and notable figures.

The people and culture of the Delaware
ISBN: 9781502610058 OCLC: 911199994

Over the course of its history, North America has been home to many different animals, including humans. The first humans to call North America home came over thousands of years ago from Russia. They traveled the earth looking for animals to provide meat and clothing. One of these groups contained the ancestors of the Delaware. The Delaware Nation was one of the first nations to encounter English settlers. Their story of triumph, hardship, and how they overcame obstacles to remain one of the standard communities today is told here.

The people and culture of the Huron
ISBN: 9781502610089 OCLC: 911004842

Discusses Huron history, culture, civilization, and beliefs as well as the hardships they have endured and the struggles they continue to face.

The people and culture of the Mandan
ISBN: 9781502622495 OCLC: 953927580

People have inhabited North America for centuries. Among their descendants are many Native American tribes. Today, one tribe with a rich history is the Mandan. The Mandan have a vibrant culture and past, filled with challenges and triumphs. This book discusses the Mandan s beginnings, as well as their present-day happenings, and explores their future in an ever-changing world. Bibliography, Black-and-White Photographs, Detailed Table of Contents, Full-Color Photographs, Further Information Section, Glossary, Illustrations, Primary Sources, Recipes, Timelines.

The people and culture of the Navajo
ISBN: 9781502622433 OCLC: 949922917

This book discusses the Navajo people beginnings, one of the most well-known and well-remembered tribes, their present-day happenings, and explores their future in an ever-changing world.

The people and culture of the Shawnee
ISBN: 9781502618924 OCLC: 933587959

The Shawnee have lived for many centuries in North America. Their nomadic lifestyles brought them from the East Coast to the Midwest, and eventually to the South. Over time, their way of life changed. Today, the Shawnee continue their traditions and customs. This book explores the history of the Shawnee people and discusses what the various tribes of the Shawnee are like today. Bibliography, Biographies, Black-and-White Photographs, Full-Color Photographs, Further Information Section, Glossary, Illustrations, Recipes.

The people and culture of the Shoshone
ISBN: 9781502618979 OCLC: 929985502

The Powhatan
ISBN: 0761412093 OCLC: 44794816

Benchmark Books, New York : ©2002.

Discusses the history, culture, social structure, beliefs, and customs of the Powhatan Indians.

The Pueblo /
ISBN: 0761408614 OCLC: 40255937

Benchmark Books, New York : 2000.

Discusses the history, culture, beliefs, changing ways, and notable people of the Pueblo.

The Seminole
ISBN: 0761408622 OCLC: 40510455

Benchmark Books, New York : ©2000.

Discusses the history, culture, social structure, beliefs, and customs of the Seminole people.

The Shaker village
ISBN: 0813124891 OCLC: 753968473

University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky. : ©2008.

Photographed at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, this volume introduces the traditional Shaker way of life in text and full-color photographs. The text describes the people as they lived, worked, and changed as well as the origins of the sect, their beliefs, activities, clothing, inventiveness, skills, and humanity. The author explains the Shaker ideal of functional simplicity, through descriptions of their mode of life, and devotion to productive work. This book is an introduction to the history and philosophy of the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, commonly known as the Shakers.

The Sioux
ISBN: 0761408045 OCLC: 38504220

Benchmark Books, New York : ©1999.

Examines the origins, beliefs, language, and culture of the Sioux, also known as the Dakota Indians.

The strength of these arms :
ISBN: 0395773946 OCLC: 36037834

Houghton Mifflin, Boston : 1997.

Describes how slaves were able to preserve some elements of their African heritage despite the often brutal treatment they experienced on Southern plantations.

The super soybean /
ISBN: 0807575496 OCLC: 123136553

Albert Whitman, Morton Grove, Ill. : 2007.

A discussion of the history and uses of soybeans, and how they are planted and harvested.

The Tlingit
ISBN: 0761414142 OCLC: 48055526

Benchmark Books, New York : 2003.

Discusses the history, culture, social structure, beliefs, and notable people of the Tlingit.

The underground railroad /
ISBN: 0395979153 OCLC: 30671126

Houghton Mifflin, Boston : 1995.

By ones, twos, and threes, in the years before the Civil War thousands of enslaved people slipped through the night on their way to freedom, riding the Underground Railroad. Hidden and hunted, the escape of southern slaves to the North remains a compelling event in American history. Within the pages of this book are documented, in prose and elegantly articulate photographs, examples of "stations" on the Railroad, along with images of the routes, lives, and hardships of both the "passengers" and "conductors."

The Wampanoag
ISBN: 0761416838 OCLC: 51637718

Benchmark Books, New York : ©2004.

Discusses the history, culture, beliefs, changing ways, and notable people of the Wampanoag.

There is a season
ISBN: 0961404302 OCLC: 11395759

Champaign County Nursing Home, Urbana, Ill. : 1984.

Townships
ISBN: 0877453543 OCLC: 44963762

University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, IA : 1992.

It would not seem so important for southern writers to justify writing about the South--that region is defined. Midwestern writers, however, must first define their region, inhabit it, so that writing about it through fiction and poetry will become as natural as it is for writers in other necks of the national world. Townships seeks to prepare the ground for that work, using the very ground itself as a starting place. Each contributor has written about his or her specific township of childhood or a bordered region that defined a first notion of place in the world. Complementing this diversity in writer and subject are Raymond Bial's striking and evocative photographs, a visual essay that echoes the sensibility of the township with grace and precision.--[book jacket].

Upon a Quiet Landscape: The Photographs of Frank Sadorus
ISBN: B000MBO5L2 OCLC:

Urbana :
ISBN: 0943963389 OCLC: 31630842

Visit to Amish country
ISBN: 1886154023 OCLC: 31882161

Phoenix Pub., Urbana, Ill. : ©1995.

What else you can do with a library degree :
ISBN: 1555702643 OCLC: 36824812

Neal-Schuman Publishers, New York : ©1997.

Where Lincoln walked /
ISBN: 0802786316 OCLC: 36509693

Walker and Co., New York : 1997.

Includes a brief biography of President Lincoln, a list of locations where he walked, and photographs of places, buildings, and objects significant in his life.

Where Washington walked /
ISBN: 0802788998 OCLC: 54461963

Walker & Co., New York : 2004.

A brief biography of President Washington, a list of locations where he walked, and photographs of places, buildings, and objects significant in his life.

With needle and thread :
ISBN: 0395735688 OCLC: 32467225

Houghton Mifflin, Boston : 1996.

Examines quilts and quiltmaking as an artistic expression, handed down through generations of women.

Zoom lens photography
ISBN: 0936262451 OCLC: 35698428

Amherst Media, Amherst, N.Y. : ©1996.

 

 

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