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50 Books about Writers and Writing

Compiled by Merri V. Lindgren and Megan Schliesman
© 2012 Cooperative Children's Book Center; updated 2017

Originally developed in 2003 as part of a 12-month series in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Cooperative Children's Book Center, this bibliography was updated to 50 books in 2012. Changes are made periodically to include newer books.

Click on underlined book titles to see the CCBC review of the book, and/or the cover image.
Complete list of CCBC bibliographies

Writers in Fiction: Picture Books and Novels Featuring Young Writers

    Almond, David. My Name Is Mina and I Love the Night: Anything Seems Possible at Night When the Rest of the World Has Gone to Sleep. U.S. edition: Delacorte, 2011. 304 pages. Ages 9-12

    Baskin, Nora Raleigh. Anything But Typical. Simon & Schuster, 2009. 195 pages. Ages 10 - 13

    Creech, Sharon. Love That Dog: A Novel. Joanna Cotler Books / HarperCollins, 2001. 84 pages. Ages 8 - 12

    Crossan, Sarah. Apple and Rain. U.S. edition: Bloomsbury, 2015. 342 pages. Age 12 and older

    Curtis, Christopher Paul. The Mighty Miss Malone. Wendy Lamb Books / Random House, 2012. 320 pages. Ages 9-12

    Draper, Sharon M. . Stella by Starlight. Atheneum, 2015. 320 pages. Ages 8–11

    France, Anthony. From Me to You. Illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

    Freitas, Donna. This Gorgeous Game. Frances Foster Books/Farrar Straus Giroux, 2010. 208 pages. Ages 14 and older

    Grimes, Nikki. A Pocketful of Poems. Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe. Clarion, 2001. 32 pages. Ages 8 - 14

    Henkes, Kevin. Olive's Ocean. Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins, 2003. 224 pages. Ages 10 - 14

    Kephart, Beth. Undercover. Laura Geringer Books / HarperTeen / HarperCollins, 2007. 278 pages. Age 13 and older

    Lin, Grace. The Year of the Rat. Little, Brown, 2008. 182 pages. Ages 8-11

    Lubar, David. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie. Dutton, 2005. 279 pages. Ages 12-15

    McKissack, Patricia C.. A Song for Harlem. Illustrated by Gordon C. James. Viking, 2007. 108 pages. Ages 7-10

    McNamara, Margaret. A Poem in Your Pocket. Illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Schwartz & Wade, 2015. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

    Montenegro, Laura Nyman. A Bird About to Sing. Houghton Mifflin, 2003. 32 pages. Ages 5 - 8

    Moriarty, Jaclyn. The Year of Secret Assignments. Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic Press, 2004. 340 pages. Ages 14-17

    Murphy, Sally. Pearl Verses the World. Illustrated by Heather Potter. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2011. 73 pages. Ages 8-10

    Peck, Dale. Sprout. Bloomsbury, 2009. 277 pages. Ages 13 and older

    Rowell, Rainbow. Fangirl. St. Martin's Griffin, 2013. 438 pages. Age 14 and older

    Wittlinger, Ellen. Love & Lies: Marisol's Story. Simon & Schuster, 2008. 256 pages. Age 14 and older

    Woodson, Jacqueline . Peace, Locomotion . Putnam, 2009. 134 pages. Ages 10 - 13

    Zusak, Markus. Getting the Girl. U.S. edition: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2003. 261 pages. Age 13 - 16

Writers in Fact: Writers' Biographies and Memoirs

    Demi. Su Dongpo: Chinese Genius. Lee & Low, 2006. 48 pages. Ages 9-12

    Bausum, Ann. Muckrakers: How Ida Tarbell, Upton Sinclair, and Lincoln Steffens Helped Expose Scandal, Inspire Reform, and Invent Investigative Journalism. National Geographic, 2007. 111 pages. Ages 11-15

    Brown, Monica. Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People. Illustrated by Julie Paschkis. Henry Holt, 2011. 32 pages. Ages 5-10

    Bruchac, Joseph. Seeing the Circle. Photographed by John Christopher Fine. Richard K. Owen, 1999. 32 pages. Ages 7 - 10

    Bryant, Jen. A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Eerdmans, 2008. 36 pages. Ages 7-10

    Burgess, Matthew. Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings. Illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo. Enchanted Lion, 2015. 54 pages. Ages 6–10

    Dahl, Roald. More About Boy: Roald Dahl's Tales from Childhood. U.S. edition: Puffin, 2009. 223 pages. Ages 9 - 14

    Diakité, Baba Wagué. A Gift from Childhood: Memories of an African Boyhood. Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2010. 134 pages. Ages 11 - 15

    Engle, Margarita. The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano. Illustrated by Sean Qualls. Henry Holt, 2006. 183 pages. Age 12 and older

    Engle, Margarita. Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir. Atheneum, 2015. 192 pages. Age 11 and older

    Engle, Margarita. The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist. Harcourt, 2013. 182 pages. Age 13 and older

    Fleischman, Sid. The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West . Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2008. 224 pages. Ages 10-14

    Hemphill, Stephanie. Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath. Alfred A. Knopf, 2007. 261 pages. Age 15 and older

    Kerley, Barbara. The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy). Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham. Scholastic Press, 2010. 40 pages. Ages 7 - 10

    Macy, Sue. Bylines: A Photobiography of Nellie Bly. National Geographic, 2009. 64 pages. Ages 11 - 15

    Madden, Kerry. Up Close: Harper Lee. Viking, 2009. 223 pages. Ages 13 and older

    McKissack, Patricia C. and Frederick L. McKissack . Young, Black and Determined: A Biography of Lorraine Hansberry. Holiday House, 1998. 152 pages. Ages 11 - 15

    Myers, Walter Dean. Bad Boy: A Memoir. HarperCollins, 2001. 214 pages. Ages 11 and older

    Ray, Deborah Kogan. To Go Singing through the World: The Childhood of Pablo Neruda. Frances Foster Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 7-10

    Rector, Anne Elizabeth and additional text by Kathleen Krull . Anne Elizabeth's Diary: A Young Artist's True Story. Megan Tingley Books / Little, Brown, 2004. 64 pages. Ages 9-13

    Reef, Catherine. Jane Austen: A Life Revealed. Clarion, 2011. 192 pages. Age 13 and older

    Scieszka, Jon. Knucklehead: Tall Tales & Mostly True Stories about Growing Up Scieszka. Viking, 2008. 106 pages. Ages 8-13

    Sweet, Melissa. Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016. 161 pages. Ages 8-13

    Woodson, Jacqueline. Brown Girl Dreaming. Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin, 2014. 336 pages. Age 10 and older

    Yolen, Jane. The Perfect Wizard: Hans Christian Andersen. Illustrated by Dennis Nolan. Dutton, 2005. 40 pages. Ages 6-9

This list may be reproduced and distributed by educational and/or nonprofit organizations so long as credit is given to the Cooperative Children's Book Center, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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