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2008 Identification Record


Compiled by Merri V. Lindgren

Last updated: August 10, 2011

The Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) annually identifies and compiles a record of those children's and young adult books received by the CCBC that have been written, compiled, translated and/or illustrated by Wisconsin book creators.

An annotated listing of Books for Children and Young Adults about Wisconsin People, Places, and Topics of Interest features books published from 1996 to the present that have been received by the CCBC and are about Wisconsin-related topics.

The CCBC always welcomes information about Wisconsin creators of children's books. If you are a Wisconsin author or illustrator who had a book published in 2008 and it is not on this list, or if you have additional information about your connection to the state of Wisconsin, please contact Merri Lindgren.

The 2008 Identification Record lists book citations alphabetically by their Wisconsin creator (author, illustrator, compiler or translator) and offers a suggested age range for readers.

This CCBC 2008 Identification Record supplements earlier annual CCBC print listings and includes those titles published and received to-date during 2008. New books will be added as we receive them.

A listing in this document does not represent a recommendation by the CCBC staff.


  • Albert, Lisa Rondinelli, author. Lois Lowry: The Giver of Stories and Memories.
    Enslow, 2008. 128 pages (978-0-7660-2722-0) Ages 10-14
  • Lisa Rondinelli Albert lives in Muskego.
  • Apps, Jerry, author. Casper Jaggi: Master Swiss Cheese Maker. (Badger Biographies Series)
    Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2008. 88 pages (978-0-87020-392-3) Ages 9-12
  • Jerry Apps has lived in Wild Rose, Green Lake, Green Bay, and Madison. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Avi, author. A Beginning, a Muddle, and an End: The Right Way to Write Writing.
    Illustrated by Tricia Tusa.
    Harcourt, 2008. 164 pages (978-0-15-205555-4) Ages 8-11

  • Avi, author. Hard Gold: The Colorado Gold Rush of 1859: A Tale of the Old West.
    (An I Witness Novel) Hyperion, 2008. 229 pages (978-142310519-0) Ages 8-12

  • Avi, author. The Seer of Shadows.
    HarperCollins, 2008. 202 pages (978-0-06-000015-8) Ages 8-11
  • Avi Wortis currently lives in Denver, Colorado, and writes under the pen name "Avi." He earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Communications from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
  • Bauer, Marion Dane, author. The Green Ghost.
    Illustrated by Peter Ferguson.
    Random Houuse, 2008. 86 pages (978-0-375-84083-8) Ages 6-9

  • Bauer, Marion Dane, author. The Red Ghost.
    Illustrated by Peter Ferguson.
    Random Houuse, 2008. 86 pages (978-0-375-84081-4) Ages 6-9
  • Marion Dane Bauer lived in Delafield and Waukesha; she currently lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
  • Bjornson, Nancy, author. Jesse and Cash and the Fool's Gold.
    Monarch Tree Publishing, 2008. 120 pages (978-0-9785698-5-3) Ages 8-12

  • Bjornson, Nancy, author. Jesse and Cash and the Illegal Trappers.
    Monarch Tree Publishing, 2008. 118 pages (978-0-9785698-8-4) Ages 8-12
  • Nancy Bjornson lives in Menomonie.
  • Bleck, Linda, illustrator. A New Beginning: Celebrating the Spring Equinox.
    Written by Wendy Pfeffer.
    Dutton, 2008. 248 pages (978-0-312-37015-2) Ages 12-15
  • Linda Bleck lives in Mequon.
  • Bodeen, S. A., author. The Compound.
    Feiwel and Friends, 2008. 248 pages (978-0-312-37015-2) Ages 12-15
  • A current resident of the Pacific Northwest, S.A. Bodeen was born in Humbird.
  • Bowe, Julie, author. My New Best Friend.
    Harcourt, 2008. 181 pages (978-0-15-206498-3) Ages 7-10
  • Julie Bowe grew up in Luck, Wisconsin, and now lives near Eau Claire.
  • Byrne, Marlene F., author. Follow the Leader.
    Illustrated by Jesse Graber. (Project Play)
    Celtic Marketing, Inc., 2008. 39 pages (978-0-9777135-1-6) Ages 5-8

  • Byrne, Marlene F., author. Just a Baseball Game.
    Illustrated by Jesse Graber. (Project Play)
    Celtic Marketing, Inc., 2008. 52 pages (978-0-9777135-2-3) Ages 5-8

  • Byrne, Marlene F., author. Treasure Hunt.
    Illustrated by Jesse Graber. (Project Play)
    Celtic Marketing, Inc., 2008. 36 pages (978-0-9777135-0-9) Ages 5-8
  • A current resident of Chicago, Marlene Byrne grew up in Brillion and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
  • Carter, Alden R., author. Walkaway.
    Holiday House, 2008. 202 pages (978-0-8234-2106-0) Ages 13-16
  • Alden Carter lives in Marshfield.
  • Chaconas, Dori, author. Cork & Fuzz: The Collectors. Illustrated by Lisa McCue.
    (A Viking Easy-to-Read) Viking, 2008.
    32 pages (978-0-670-06286-7) Ages 5-7

  • Chaconas, Dori, author. Looking for Easter. Illustrated by Margie Moore.
    Albert Whitman, 2008. 32 pages (978-0-8075-4749-6) Ages 3-6
  • Dori Chaconas lives in Germantown.
  • Cheney, Lynne, author. We the People: The Story of Our Constitution.
    Illustrated by Greg Harlin. Simon & Schuster, 2008.
    30 pages (978-1-4169-5418-7) Ages 8-12
  • Lynne Cheney earned a Ph.D. with a specialization in 19th century British literature from UW-Madison.
  • Chrustowski, Rick, author/illustrator. Big Brown Bat.
    Henry Holt, 2008. 32 pages (978-0-8050-7499-4) Ages 5-8
  • A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rick Chrustowski lives in River Falls.
  • Cole, Brock, illustrator. Gully's Travels.
    Written by Tor Seidler. Michael di Capua Books / Scholastic, 2008.
    173 pages (978-0-545-02506-5) Ages 8-12
  • Brock Cole taught in the Philosophy Department at UW-Madison in the early 1970s and currently lives in Buffalo, New York.

  • Coy, John, author. Box Out.
    Scholastic Press, 2008. 276 pages (978-0-439-87032-0) Ages 13-16
  • John Coy lived in Eau Claire for many years. He currently lives in Minnesota.
  • Danczyk, Ken, author. Grandpa's Farm.
    Illustrated by Natasha Flatoff. Designed by Nick Danczyk.
    Lulu Publishing, 2008. 32 pages (978-1-4357-4021-1) Ages 4-8
  • Ken Danczyk lives in Stevens Point.
  • Dorros, Arthur, author. Papá and Me. Illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez.
    Rayo/HarperCollins, 2008. 24 pages (978-0-06-058156-5) Ages 3-6
  • Arthur Dorros earned his B.A. in English from UW-Madison. He currently lives in Seattle.
  • Ehlert, Lois, author/illustrator. Oodles of Animals.
    Harcourt, 2008. 48 pages (978-0-15-206274-3) Ages 3-7
  • Lois Ehlert grew up in Beaver Dam. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Layton School of Art. She now lives in Milwaukee.
  • Feuerstein, Stephanie, author. The Monarch's Gift.
    Illustrated by Kathryn Wedge.
    Monarch's Gift, 2008. 32 pages (978-1-55566-412-1) Ages 5-10
  • Stephanie Feuerstein lives in Neenah.
  • Fortin, Donna, author. A Wild Flight of Imagination.
    Bread and Peace Publishing, 2008. 250 pages (978-1-4196-8251-3) Ages 12-15
  • Donna Fortin lives in Eau Claire.
  • Gaiman, Neil, author. Coraline.
    Adapted and Illustrated by P. Craig Russell.
    HarperCollins, 2008. 186 pages (978-0-06-082543-0) Ages 10-14

  • Gaiman, Neil, author. The Dangerous Alphabet.
    Illustrated by Gris Grimly.
    HarperCollins, 2008. 32 pages (978-0-06-078333-4) Ages 6-9

  • Gaiman, Neil, author. The Graveyard Book.
    Illustrated by Dave McKean.
    HarperCollins, 2008. 312 pages (978-0-06-053092-1) Ages 10-14
  • Originally from England, Neil Gaiman now lives in northwest Wisconsin.
  • Gannon, Ned, illustrator. The White Nights of Ramadan.
    Written by Maha Addasi.
    Boyds Mills Press, 2008. 32 pages (978-1-59078-523-2) Ages 4-8
  • Ned Gannon teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
  • George, Lindsay Barrett, author/illustrator. Alfred Digs.
    Greenwillow/HarperCollins, 2008. 32 pages (978-0-06-078761-5) Ages 4-7
  • Lindsay Barrett George received her Master of Fine Arts degree from UW-Madison in 1977. She lives in Pennsylvania.
  • Gillum, Sandy, author. Loon Summer.
    Field Notes Press, 2008. 48 pages (978-0-9801201-0-3) Ages 8-12
  • Sandy Gillum lives in Eagle River.
  • Green, Katie Willmarth, author. Deborah Whitney of Shady Flat:
    A Dauntless Girl of the Golden West.
    Pineneedle Press, 2008. 244 pages (978-0-615-25102-8) Ages 12-15
  • Katie Willmarth Green lives in Spring Green.
  • Halfmann, Janet, author. Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story.
    Illustrated by Duane Smith.
    Lee & Low Books, 2008. 40 pages (978-1-60060-232-0) Ages 8-12
  • Janet Halfmann lives in South Milwaukee.
  • Hautman, Pete, author. Doppelganger. Written by Pete Hautman and Mary Logue.
    (The Bloodwater Mysteries.)
    Putnam, 2008. 159 pages (978-0-399-24379-0) Ages 11-15
  • Pete Hautman currently spends part of each year living on the shores of Lake Pepin in southwestern Wisconsin.
  • Heling, Kathryn, author. I Wish I Was Tall Like Willie = Quisiera ser tan alto como Willie.
    Written by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook. Illustrated by Bonnie Adamson.
    Translated by Eida de la Vega.
    Raven Tree Press, 2008. 32 pages (978-0-9794462-0-7) Ages 4-8
  • Kathryn Heling lives in Brookfield.
  • Hembrook, Deborah, author. See Kathryn Heling above.
  • Deborah Hembrook lives in Germantown.
  • Henkes, Kevin, author. Bird Lake Moon.
    Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2008. 179 pages (978-0-06-147076-9) Ages 8-12

  • Henkes, Kevin, author. Old Bear.
    Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2008. 24 pages (978-0-06-155205-2) Ages 2-5
  • Kevin Henkes was born and raised in Racine. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and now lives in Madison.
  • Hess, William, author. The Zephrus.
    iUniverse, 2008. 355 pages (978-0-595-47995-5) Ages 11-14
  • William Hess lives in Waunakee.
  • Joosse, Barbara M., author. Grandma Calls Me Beautiful.
    Illustrated by Barabara Lavallee.
    Chronicle, 2008. 32 pages (978-0-8118-5815-1) Ages 3-6

  • Joosse, Barbara M., author. In the Night Garden.
    Illustrated by Elizabeth Sayles.
    Henry Holt, 2008. 32 pages (978-0-8050-6671-5) Ages 2-5

  • Joosse, Barbara M., author. Love Is a Good Thing to Feel.
    Illustrated by Jennifer Plecas.
    Philomel, 2008. 32 pages (978-0-399-25168-9) Ages 4-7
  • Barbara Joosse was born in Grafton, and has lived in Hartford, Wauwatosa, Madison and Wausau. She now lives in Cedarburg.
  • Kehret, Peg, author. Stolen Children.
    Dutton, 2008. 165 pages (978-0-525-47835-5) Ages 10-14
  • Peg Kehret was born in LaCrosse, and now lives in Washington state.
  • Krull, Kathleen, author. Fartiste.
    Written by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer. Illustrated by Boris Kulikov.
    Simon & Schuster, 2008. 32 pages (978-1-4169-2828-7) Ages 7-10

  • Krull, Kathleen, author. Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight.
    Illustrated by Amy June Bates.
    Simon & Schuster, 2008. 38 pages (978-1-7129-0) Ages 7-10

  • Krull, Kathleen, author. The Road to Oz: Twists, Turns, Bumps, and Triumphs
    in the Life of L. Frank Baum.
    Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. Knopf, 2008. 40 pages
    (978-0-375-83216-1) Ages 8-11
    Born in Missouri, Kathleen Krull earned her BA from Lawrence University in Appleton. She worked for Raintree Publishers in Milwaukee and Western Publishing in Racine in the 1970s. She now lives in San Diego.
  • LaFaye, A., author. Stella Stands Alone.
    Simon & Schuster, 2008. 245 pages (978-1-4198-1164-7) Ages 10-14

  • LaFaye, A., author. The Year of the Sawdust Man.
    Milkweed Editions, 2008. 223 pages (978-1-57131-679-0) Ages 11-15
  • Alexandra LaFaye was born in Hudson and grew up in Hammond. She currently lives in Arkansas.
  • Langteau, Scott J., author. Sofa Boy. Illustrated by Rion Vernon.
    Shake the Moon Books, 2008. 40 pages (978-0-615-25125-7) Ages 4-8
  • Scott J. Langteau grew up in Seymour, and attended the University of Wisconsin--Stevens Point. He lives in Hollywood, California.
  • Leick, Bonnie, illustrator. Impetuous R., Secret Agent.
    Written by Jane Leslie Conly.
    Hyperion, 2008. 226 pages (978-1-4231-0418-6) Ages 8-12
  • Bonnie Leick grew up on a farm near Stratford, and now lives in Milwaukee.
  • Lichtenheld, Tom, illustrator. It's Not Fair!
    Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. HarperCollins, 2008.
    32 pages (978-0-06-115257-3) Ages 4-9
  • A current resident of Chicago, Illinois, Tom Lichtenheld has lived in Racine and Madison. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
  • Logue, Mary, author. See Pete Hautman above.
  • Mary Logue currently spends part of each year living on the shores of Lake Pepin in southwestern Wisconsin.
  • Macken, JoAnn Early, author. Building a Road.
    (Construction Zone)
    Capstone Press, 2008. 24 pages (978-1-4296-1232-6) Ages 4-7

  • Macken, JoAnn Early, author. Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move.
    Illustrated by Pam Paparone.
    Holiday House, 2008. 32 pages (978-0-8234-2043-8) Ages 5-9
  • JoAnn Early Macken lives in Shorewood.
  • Malone, Bobbie, author. Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story.
    Written by Bobbie Malone and Kori Oberle.
    Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2008. 246 pages (978-0-87020-378-7) Ages 9-12
  • Bobbie Malone works for the Wisconsin State Historical Society.
  • Mitchard, Jacquelyn, author. All We Know of Heaven.
    HarperTeen / HarperCollins, 2008. 312 pages (978-0-06-134578-4) Ages 12-15

  • Mitchard, Jacquelyn, author. The Midnight Twins.
    Razorbill, 2008. 235 pages (978-1-59514-160-6) Ages 12-15
  • Jacquelyn Mitchard lives in Dane County.
  • McLimans, David, author/illustrator. Gone Fishing: Ocean Life by the Numbers.
    Walker & Company, 2008. 32 pages (978-0-8027-9770-4) Ages 4-9
  • David McLimans lives in Madison.
  • Misako Rocks!, author/illustrator. Detective Jermain, Volume 1.
    Henry Holt, 2008. 140 pages (978-0-8050-8155-8) Ages 12-15
  • Misako Rocks! is a former Madison resident. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Morris, Gerald, author. The Adventures of Sir Givret the Short.
    Illustrated by Aaron Renier. (The Knights' Tales)
    Houghton Mifflin, 2008. 101 pages (978-0-618-77715-0) Ages 7-10

  • Morris, Gerald, author. The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great.
    Illustrated by Aaron Renier. (The Knights' Tales)
    Houghton Mifflin, 2008. 92 pages (978-0-618-77714-3) Ages 7-10
  • Gerald Morris lives in Wausau.
  • Paul, Ann Whitford, author. Count on Culebra: Go from 1 to 10 in Spanish.
    Illustrated by Ethan Long. Holiday House, 2008.
    32 pages (978-0-8234-2124-4) Ages 4-7

  • Paul, Ann Whitford, author. Snail's Good Night.
    Illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger. Holiday House, 2008.
    32 pages (978-0-374-38051-9) Ages 5-7

  • Paul, Ann Whitford, author. If Animals Kissed Good Night.
    Illustrated by David Walker. Melanie Kroupa Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.
    32 pages (978-0-374-38051-9) Ages 2-5
  • Ann Whitford Paul is a former resident of Madison and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1959. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California.
  • Perkins, Lynne Rae, author. The Cardboard Piano.
    Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2008. 32 pages (978-0-06-154265-7) Ages 5-9
  • Lynne Rae Perkins received her MFA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She currently lives in northern Michigan.
  • Pferdehirt, Julia, author. Caroline Quarlls and the Underground Railroad.
    (Badger Biographies Series) Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2008.
    111 pages (978-0-87020-388-6) Ages 10-13
  • Julia Pferdehirt lives in Middleton.
  • Renier, Aaron, illustrator. See Gerald Morris above.
  • Aaron Renier grew up in Green Bay and attended art school in Milwaukee. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Rohmann, Eric, author/illustrator. A Kitten Tale.
    Alfred A. Knopf, 2008. 32 pages (978-0-517-70915-3) Ages 3-6
  • Eric Rohmann has lived in Stevens Point. He now resides outside Chicago.
  • Ross, Connie, author/illustrator. The Green Grass Grew All Around ...
    Shady Grove Press, 2008. 32 pages (978-0-615-27781-3) Ages 2-6
  • Connie Ross lives on Madeline Island.
  • Schaefer, Laura, author. The Teashop Girls. Illustrated by Sujean Rim.
    A Paula Wiseman Book / Simon & Schuster, 2008. 250 pages (978-1-4169-6793-4) Ages 10-13
  • Laura Schaefer lives in Madison.

  • Schindler, S. D., illustrator. Monster Mess! Written by Margery Cuyler.
    Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2008. 32 pages (978-0-689-86405-6) Ages 3-6
  • S. D. Schindler is a native of Racine. He now lives in Philadelphia.

  • Schmatz, Pat, author. Mousetraps.
    Carolrhoda Books, 2008. 192 pages (978-0-8225-8657-9) Ages 13-17
  • Pat Schmatz grew up and currently lives in Amherst.
  • Sheth, Kashmira, author. Monsoon Afternoon. Illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi.
    Peachtree, 2008. 32 pages (978-1-56145-455-6) Ages 4-8
  • Kashmira Sheth lives in Madison.
  • Stotts, Stuart, author. Curly Lambeau: Building the Green Bay Packers.
    (Badger Biographies Series)
    Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2008.
    90 pages (978-0-87020-389-3) Ages 9-12
  • Stuart Stotts lives in Madison.
  • Thompson, Janelle L., illustrator. See Eileen L. Ziesler below.
  • Janelle Thompson lives in Ladysmith.
  • Thomson, Sarah L., author. Imagine a Place.
    Illustrated by Rob Gonsalves.
    Atheneum, 2008. 32 pages (978-1-4169-6802-3) Ages 5-8

  • Thomson, Sarah L., author. Pirates, Ho!
    Illustrated by Stephen Gilpin.
    Marshall Cavendish, 2008. 32 pages (978-0-7614-5435-9) Ages 4-7
  • Sarah L. Thomson lived in Madison as a child. She currently lives in Portland, Maine.
  • Wedge, Kathryn, illustrator. See Stephanie Feuerstein above.
  • Kathryn Wedge lives in Neenah.
  • Whittenberg, Allison, author. Life is Fine.
    Delacorte Press, 2008. 181 pages (978-0-284-72380-6) Ages 13-16
  • Allison Whittenberg received an MA in English from the University of Wisconsin. She currently lives in Pennsylvania.
  • Yep, Laurence, author. Dragon Road. (Golden Mountain Chronicles: 1939)
    HarperCollins, 2008. 291 pages (978-0-06-027520-4) Ages 10-15

  • Yep, Laurence, author. The Dragon's Child: A Story of Angel Island. With Dr. Kathleen Yep.
    HarperCollins, 2008. 133 pages (978-0-06-027692-8) Ages 9-12
  • Laurence Yep grew up in San Francisco. He attended Marquette University. He now lives in Pacific Grove, California.
  • York, Emily A., author. Sarah's Desert Surprise. Illustrated by Mary Stokrocki.
    EYE Exceptionals, 2008. 27 pages (978-0-9795531-1-0) Ages 5-9
  • A graduate of Edgewood College and the University of Wisconsin - Madison Library School, Emily York worked at the DeForest Elementary School for many years.
  • Ziesler, Eileen L., author. Toads. Illustrated by Janelle L. Thompson.
    Toad House Publishing, 2008. 32 pages (978-0-9818831-0-6) Ages 3-6
  • Eileen Ziesler lives in Ladysmith.

     


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