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Amy Timberlake

Born: in Seattle, Washington
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Timberlake graduated with her Masters from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She currently resides in Chicago.

Biography: Amy Timberlake is an author and illustrator. She has worked as a book reviewer & columnist, a children’s bookseller, a book event coordinator, and as the Public Information Officer of the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

  • '''''The Dirty Cowboy'''''
  • -- Golden Kite Award, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
  • -- Gold Medal, Parents Choice
  • -- Notable Book, International Reading Association, 2004
  • -- First Prize, Marion Vannett Ridgway Awards, 2004
  • -- Finalist, Spur Award (Western Writers of America)
  • -- Finalist, Southeast Booksellers Association 2004 Book Award
  • '''''That Girl Lucy Moon'''''
  • -- Book Sense Pick
  • -- 100 Titles for Reading & Sharing, New York Public Library
  • -- Bank Street Best Children's Book, 2007
  • -- Amelia Bloomer Book, 2007
  • -- Friends of American Writers Literary Award
  • '''''One Came Home'''''
  • -- Newbery Honor Book
  • -- ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book
  • -- Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile Novel
  • -- 2013 Junior Library Guild pick
  • -- Starred Review, Kirkus
  • -- Starred Review, The Horn Book
  • -- Starred Review, The School Library Journal
  • -- 2014 ILLINOIS READS Book
  • "Skunk and Badger"
  • -- Best Book for Kids, People, 2020
  • -- Best Children’s Book, Kirkus, 2020
  • -- Editor’s Choice Book, Booklist. 2020
  • -- Best Book of the Year, School Library Journal, 2020
  • -- Best Book of the Year, Publishers Weekly, 2020
  • -- Best Book of the Year, Shelf Awareness for Readers, 2020
  • -- Best Book of the Year, New York Public Library, 2020
  • -- Best Book of the Year, Chicago Public Library, 2020
  • -- Best Book of the Year, Indigo, 2020
  • -- Great Kids Book of the Year, Evanston Public Library, 2020
  • -- Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens Selection, Capitol Choices, 2021
  • -- Starred Review, Kirkus
  • -- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • -- Starred Review, Booklist
  • -- Nominee, Sid Fleischman Award for Humor, 2020

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Children


Selected Titles

One came home /
ISBN: 0375869255 OCLC: 761334660

In the town of Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871, Georgie Burkhardt is known for two things: her uncanny aim with a rifle and her habit of speaking her mind plainly. But when Georgie blurts out something she shouldn't, her older sister Agatha flees, running off with a pack of "pigeoners" trailing the passenger pigeon migration. And when the sheriff returns to town with an unidentifiable body -- wearing Agatha's blue-green ball gown -- everyone assumes the worst. Except Georgie. Refusing to believe the facts that are laid down (and coffined) before her, Georgie sets out on a journey to find her sister. She will track every last clue and shred of evidence to bring Agatha home. Yet even with resolute determination and her trusty Springfield single-shot, Georgie is not prepared for what she faces on the western frontier.

Skunk and Badger /
ISBN: 1643750054 OCLC: 1143795635

The last thing Badger wants is a roommate, and certainly not Skunk, but since the house does not belong to him he does not have a choice; and soon everything in Badger's quiet and ordered life studying rocks is turned upside down (and where on earth did all the chickens come from)--but after he drives Skunk and his chickens away, Badger starts to miss his roommate and sets out to find him and make amends.

That Girl Lucy Moon /
ISBN: 0786852992 OCLC: 231372015

Hyperion, New York : 2008.

Lucy Moon, a self-proclaimed activist who fights corruption and injustice, is labeled a "bad influence" when she goes up against the richest woman in town over the issue of sledding rights on Wiggins Hill.

The dirty cowboy
ISBN: 9780374317911 OCLC: 47947505

Telling his faithful dog to make sure nobody touches his clothes but him, a cowboy jumps into a New Mexico river for a bath, not realizing just how much the scrubbing will change his scent.