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2009 Identification Record


Compiled by Merri V. Lindgren

Last updated January 26, 2012

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 2009 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 2009 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 2009 Identification Record supplements earlier annual CCBC print listings and includes those titles published and received to-date during 2009. New books will be added as we receive them.

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

  • Allison, R. Bruce, author. If Trees Could Talk: Stories About Wisconsin Trees.
    Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2009. 68 pages (978-0-87020-419-7) Ages 8-11
  • R. Bruce Allison holds a masters of Science in Forestry and a Doctorate in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He lives in Madison.
  • Avi, author. Poppy and Ereth. Illustrated by Brian Floca.
    HarperCollins, 2009. 208 pages (978-0-06-111969-9) 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 Christmas Baby.
    Illustrated by Richard Cowdrey. Simon & Schuster, 2009.
    32 pages (978-1-4169-7885-5) Ages 3-7

  • Bauer, Marion Dane, author. Earthquake!
    Illustrated by John Wallace. (Ready-to-Read) Aladdin, 2009.
    32 pages (978-1-4169-2551-4) Ages 4-8

  • Bauer, Marion Dane, author. The Longest Night.
    Illustrated by Ted Lewin. Holiday House, 2009.
    32 pages (978-0-8234-2054-4) Ages 4-8

  • Bauer, Marion Dane, author. My Mother is Mine.
    Illustrated by Peter Elwell. Little Simon / Simon & Schuster, 2009.
    32 pages (978-1-4169-6090-4) Ages 1-3

  • Bauer, Marion Dane, author. One Brown Bunny.
    Illustrated by Ivan Bates. Orchard Books / Scholastic, 2009.
    24 pages (978-0-439-68010-3) Ages 3-6
  • Marion Dane Bauer lived in Delafield and Waukesha; she currently lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
  • Bauer, Patricia, author. B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet.
    Illustrated by David Geister. Sleeping Bear Press, 2009.
    40 pages (978-1-58536-356-8) Ages 7-11
  • Patricia Bauer grew up in McFarland and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Bausum, Ann, author. Denied, Detained, Deported:
    Stories from the Dark Side of American Immigration.
    National Geographic, 2009. 111 pages (978-1-4263-0332-6) Ages 11-15
  • Ann Bausum lives in Beloit.
  • Beha, Eileen, author. Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog.
    Bloomsbury, 2009. 244 pages (978-1-59990-262-3) Ages 8-12
  • Eileen Beha grew up in Muskego and received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin--Madison. A former resident of Milwaukee and Monroe, she currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Miami, Florida.
  • Bjornson, Nancy, author. Jesse and Cash and the Grave Robbers.
    Monarch Tree Publishing, 2009. 150 pages (978-0-9785698-9-1) Ages 8-12
  • Nancy Bjornson lives in Menomonie.
  • Buhle, Paul, author. Comics in Wisconsin.
    Borderland Books, 2009. 118 pages (978-0-9815620-3-2) Age 15 and older
  • Paul Buhle lives in Madison.
  • Byrne, Marlene F., author. Kick the Can.
    Illustrated by Jesse Graber. (Project Play)
    BookMasters, 2009. 60 pages (978-0-9777135-3-0) Ages 7-10
  • A current resident of Chicago, Marlene Byrne grew up in Brillion and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
  • Caple, Laurie, illustrator. Global Warming and the Dinosaurs: Fossil Discoveries at the Poles.
    Written by Caroline Arnold. Clarion / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.
    40 pages (978-0-618-80338-5) Ages 6-10
  • Laurie Caple lives in Rice Lake.
  • Chaconas, Dori, author. Cork & Fuzz: Finders Keepers. Illustrated by Lisa McCue.
    (A Viking Easy-to-Read) Viking, 2009.
    32 pages (978-0-670-01113-1) Ages 5-7

  • Chaconas, Dori, author. Mousie Love.
    Illustrated by Josée Masse. Bloomsbury, 2009.
    32 pages (978-1-59990-111-4) Ages 4-8
  • Dori Chaconas lives in Germantown.
  • Cobb, Vicki, author. Your Body Battles a Broken Bone.
    Photomicrographs by Dennis Kunkel. Illustrations by Andrew N. Harris.
    (Body Battles) Millbrook Press, 2009. 32 pages (978-0-8225-7468-2) Ages 7-11
  • Vicki Cobb attend the University of Wisconsin. She grew up in New York, and now lives in New York and Vermont.
  • Córdova, Amy, illustrator. Namaste!
    Written by Diana Cohn. Afterword by Ang Rita Sherpa.
    SteinerBooks, 2009. 32 pages (978-0-88010-625-2) Ages 4-8
  • Amy Córdova was born in southwestern Wisconsin, and attended UW - LaCrosse and Viterbo University. She currently lives in Taos, New Mexico.
  • Coy, John, author. Top of the Order.
    Feiwel and Friends, 2009. 182 pages (978-0-312-37329-0) Ages 9-12
  • John Coy lived in Eau Claire for many years. He currently lives in Minnesota.
  • Dronzek, Laura, illustrator. See Kevin Henkes below.
  • Laura Dronzek holds an M.F.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has lived in Middleton and Madison, where she currently resides.

  • Ehlert, Lois, author/illustrator. Boo to You!
    Beach Lane Books, 2009. 32 pages (978-1-4169-8625-6) Ages 2-6
  • 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.
  • Fabu, author. Poems, Dreams, and Roses. Illustrated by Kate Gillman.
    Fabu Carter Brisco, 2009. 33 pages (978-0-615-33249-9) Age 6 and older
  • The third Madison Poet Laureate, Fabu Carter Mogaka Brisco is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Gaiman, Neil, author. Crazy Hair.
    Illustrated by Dave McKean.
    HarperCollins, 2009. 40 pages (978-0-06-057908-1) Ages 4-8

  • Gaiman, Neil, author. Odd and the Frost Giants.
    Illustrated by Brett Helquist.
    Harper / HarperCollins, 2009. 117 pages (978-0-06-167173-9) Ages 8-12
  • Originally from England, Neil Gaiman now lives in northwest Wisconsin.
  • Geister, David, illustrator. See Patricia Bauer above.
  • David Geister grew up in Prescott. He now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Groshek, K. M., author. Bug's Trip to the Store. (Bug's Adventure Series)
    Eloquent Books, 2009. 31 pages (978-1-60911-100-7) Ages 4-8
  • K. M. Groshek lives in Jefferson.
  • Heide, Florence Parry, author. The One and Only Marigold.
    Illustrated by Jill McElmurry. Schwartz & Wade Books, 2009.
    32 pages (978-0-375-84031-9) Ages 4-8

  • Heide, Florence Parry, author. Princess Hyacinth: The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated.
    Illustrated by Lane Smith. Schwartz & Wade Books, 2009.
    40 pages (978-0-375-84501-7) Ages 4-8
  • Florence Parry Heide lives in Kenosha.
  • Henkes, Kevin, author. Birds. Illustrated by Laura Dronzek.
    Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2009. 32 pages (978-0-06-136304-7) Ages 3-7
  • Kevin Henkes was born and raised in Racine. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and now lives in Madison.
  • Horjus, Anne, illustrator. See Lynn Markham below.
  • A native of the Netherlands, Anne Horjus lives in Baraboo.
  • Jacobson, Bob, author. Ole Evinrude and his Outboard Motor. (Badger Biography Series)
    Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2009. 67 pages (978-0-87020-420-3) Ages 8-11
  • Bob Jacobson lives in Madison.
  • Jeffers, Dawn, author. Beautiful Moon = Bella luna. Illustrated by Bonnie Leick.
    Raven Tree Press, 2009. 32 pages (978-1-932748-87-1) Ages 4-7
  • Dawn Jeffers has a Bachelor's degree from Lakeland College and an MA in Administrative Science from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. She currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Johnson, Amy Crane, author. A Home for Pearl Squirrel. Illustrated by Rob Mommaerts.
    Raven Tree Press, 2009. 32 pages (978-1-934960-58-5) Ages 4-7

  • Johnson, Amy Crane, author. Lewis Cardinal's First Winter. Illustrated by Rob Mommaerts.
    Raven Tree Press, 2009. 32 pages (978-1-934960-60-8) Ages 4-7

  • Johnson, Amy Crane, author. Mason Moves Away. Illustrated by Rob Mommaerts.
    Raven Tree Press, 2009. 32 pages (978-1-934960-56-1) Ages 4-7
  • A resident of Green Bay, Amy Crane Johnson has a B.A. in English Literature with an emphasis in Creative Writing from UW-Green Bay.
  • Joosse, Barbara M., author. Roawr!
    Illustrated by Jan Jutte.
    Philomel, 2009. 40 pages (978-0-399-24777-4) Ages 4-8
  • Barbara Joosse was born in Grafton, and has lived in Hartford, Wauwatosa, Madison and Wausau. She now lives in Cedarburg.
  • Kress-Russick, Michael, illustrator. Moon Over the Mountain.
    Written by Keith Polette.
    Raven Tree Press, 2009. 32 pages (978-1-932748-85-7) Ages 4-8
  • Michael Kress-Russick lives in Madison.
  • Krull, Kathleen, author. Albert Einstein.
    Illustrated by Boris Kulikov.
    (Giants of Science) Viking, 2009. 141 pages
    (978-0-670-06332-X) Ages 8-12

  • Krull, Kathleen, author. The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth.
    Illustrated by Greg Couch.
    Knopf, 2009. 32 pages
    (978-0-375-84561-1) Ages 6-10
    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. Water Steps.
    Milkweed Editions, 2009. 188 pages (978-1-57131-687-5) Ages 11-15
  • Alexandra LaFaye was born in Hudson and grew up in Hammond. She currently lives in Arkansas.
  • Leick, Bonnie, illustrator. See Dawn Jeffers above.

  • Leick, Bonnie, illustrator. Where the Mild Things Are: A Very Meek Parody.
    Written by Maurice Send-Up. Simon & Schuster, 2009.
    40 pages (978-1-4169-9551-7) Ages 4-8

  • Leick, Bonnie, illustrator. Wolf Camp.
    Written by Katie McKy. Tanglewood Press, 2009.
    32 pages (978-1-933718-21-7) Ages 4-8
  • Bonnie Leick lives in Milwaukee.
  • Lichtenheld, Tom, illustrator. Duck! Rabbit!
    Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Chronicle, 2009.
    32 pages (978-0-8118-6865-5) Ages 4-9

  • Lichtenheld, Tom, illustrator. Yes Day!
    Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. HarperCollins, 2009.
    32 pages (978-0-06-115259-7) Ages 3-6
  • A current resident of Chicago, Illinois, Tom Lichtenheld has lived in Racine and Madison. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
  • Markham, Lynn, author. The Magic Goggles: Discovering the Secrets of the Lake.
    Illustrated by Anne Horjus.
    The Center for Land Use Education / University of Wisconsin-Extension, 2009.
    22 pages (978-0-61-532357-2) Ages 5-9
  • Lynn Markham is a Land Use Specialist at the UW-Extension Center for Land Use Education, College of Natural Resources, at the University of Wisconsin -- Stevens Point.
  • Mitchard, Jacquelyn, author. Look Both Ways: A Midnight Twins Novel.
    Razorbill, 2009. 271 pages (978-1-59514-161-3) Ages 12-15
  • Jacquelyn Mitchard lives in Dane County.
  • Mommaerts, Robb, illustrator. See Amy Crane Johnson above.
  • Robb Mommaerts lives in Ashwaubenon. He earned a BFA in graphic design and illustration from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
  • Morris, Gerald, author. The Squire's Quest.
    (The Squire's Tales)
    Houghton Mifflin, 2009. 275 pages (978-0-547-14424-5) Ages 9-13
  • Gerald Morris lives in Wausau.
  • Moser, Lisa, author. Kisses on the Wind.
    Illustrated by Kathryn Brown.
    Candlewick Press, 2009. 32 pages (978-0-7636-3110-9) Ages 4-8
  • Lisa Moser lives in Grafton.
  • Nelson, Richard, author. Bird Friends I Know.
    Honeysuckle Cave Publishing, 2009. 24 pages (978-1-59078-426-6) Ages 5-10
  • Richard Nelson is a graduate of UW-Stevens Point. He currently lives in Kentucky.
  • Paul, Ann Whitford, author. Word Builder.
    Illustrated by Kurt Cyrus. Simon & Schuster, 2009.
    32 pages (978-1-4169-3981-8) Ages 6-9
  • 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.
  • Peterson, Cris, author. Birchbark Brigade: A Fur Trade History.
    Calkins Creek, 2009. 135 pages (978-1-59078-426-6) Ages 10-14
  • Cris Peterson and her family run a dairy farm in Grantsburg.
  • Piehl, Janet, author. Harry Houdini. (History Maker Bios)
    Lerner, 2009. 48 pages (978-1-58013-705-8) Ages 8-12
  • Janet Piehl grew up near Milwaukee. She currently lives in Evanston, Illinois.
  • Rapp, Adam, author. Punkzilla.
    Candlewick Press, 2009. 244 pages (978-0-7636-3031-7) Ages 13-16
  • Adam Rapp attended St. John's Military Academy in Delafield. He now lives in New York City.
  • Recob, Amy, author. The BugaBees.
    Beaver's Pond Press, 2009. 32 pages (978-1-59298-279-0) Ages 4-9
  • Amy Recob received her undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was raised in Middleton, where she currently lives with her family.
  • Reid, Rob, author. Comin' Down to Storytime.
    Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott.
    Upstart Books, 2009. 32 pages (978-1-60213-028-9) Ages 2-5
  • Rob Reid is an instructor of children's and young adult literature at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.
  • Renier, Aaron, illustrator. An Anaconda Ate My Homework!
    Written by Alice Schertle.
    Disney / Hyperion Books, 2009. 32 pages (978-1-4231-1354-6) Ages 4-8
  • Aaron Renier grew up in Green Bay and attended art school in Milwaukee. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Rodman, Mary Ann, author. A Tree for Emmy. Illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss.
    Peachtree, 2009. 32 pages (978-1-56145-475-4) Ages 3-6
  • Mary Ann Rodman worked at the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh. She currently lives in Alpharetta, Georgia.
  • Roth, Susan L., author/illustrator. Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg & Three Cups of Tea.
    Also written by Greg Mortenson.
    Dial, 2009. 32 pages (978-0-8037-3058-8) Ages 5-9
  • Susan Roth spent part of her childhood in Madison. She currently lives in New York City.
  • Scanlon, Liz Garton, author. All the World.
    Illustrated by Marla Frazee.
    Beach Lane, 2009. 40 pages (978-1-4169-8580-8) Ages 2-6
  • A current resident of Austin, Texas, Liz Garton Scanlon graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Schatz, Ellie, author. Grandma Says It's Good To Be Smart.
    Illustrated by Brenda Palmer.
    Ellie Books, 2009. 32 pages (978-0-9842251-5-6) Ages 3-6
  • Ellie Schatz lives in Madison.
  • Schindler, S. D., illustrator. Cat Dreams.
    Written by Ursula K. LeGuin. Orchard Books / Scholastic, 2009. 24 pages (978-0-545-04216-1) Ages 3-6

  • Schindler, S. D., illustrator. Come to the Castle! A Visit to a Castle in Thirteenth-Century England.
    Written by Linda Ashman. Roaring Brook, 2009. 40 pages (978-1-59643-155-3) Ages 6-10

  • Schindler, S. D., illustrator. Home on the Range: John A. Lomax and His Cowboy Songs
    Written by Deborah Hopkinson. Putnam, 2009. 40 pages (978-0-399-23996-0) Ages 5-9
  • S. D. Schindler is a native of Racine. He now lives in Philadelphia.

  • Stotter, Ruth, author. A Loop of String: String Stories & String Stunts.
    Illustrated by Kevin Coffey.
    Regent Press, 2009. 103 pages (978-1-58790-170-6) Ages 8-14
  • Ruth Stotter grew up in Madison.
  • Thomson, Sarah L., author. What Lincoln Said.
    Illustrated by James E. Ransome.
    Collins / HarperCollins, 2009. 32 pages (978-0-06-084819-4) Ages 5-9
  • Sarah L. Thomson lived in Madison as a child. She currently lives in Portland, Maine.
  • Tolan, Stephanie, author. Wishworks, Inc. Illustrated by Amy June Bates.
    Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic, Inc., 2009. 140 pages (978-0-545-03154-7) Ages 7-10
  • Stephanie Tolan attended Kemper Hall in Kenosha. She now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Valiant, Kristi, illustrator. Cora Cooks Pancit. Written by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore.
    Shen's Books, 2009. 32 pages (978-1-885008-35-0) Ages 3-7
  • Kristi Valiant grew up in Fond du Lac, and currently resides in Evansville, Indiana.
  • Whittenberg, Allison, author. Hollywood & Maine.
    Delacorte Press, 2009. 166 pages (978-0-385-73671-8) Ages 13-16
  • Allison Whittenberg received an MA in English from the University of Wisconsin. She currently lives in Pennsylvania.
  • Wojahn, Rebecca Hogue, author. Dr. Kate: Angel on Snowshoes.
    (Badger Biography Series) Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2009.
    94 pages (978-0-87020-421-0) Ages 9-12
  • Rebecca Hogue Wojahn lives in Eau Claire.
  • Yep, Laurence, author. Auntie Tiger. Illustrated by Insu Lee.
    HarperCollins, 2009. 32 pages (978-0-06-029551-6) Ages 3-6
  • Laurence Yep grew up in San Francisco. He attended Marquette University. He now lives in Pacific Grove, California.

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