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2012 Identification Record


Compiled by Merri V. Lindgren

Last updated: June 20, 2016

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 2012 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 2012 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 2012 Identification Record supplements earlier annual CCBC print listings and includes those titles published and received to-date during 2012. New books will be added as we receive them.

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

  • Akervik, Caroline, author. A Horse Named Viking.
    Fire and Ice / Melange Books, 2012. 168 pages (978-1-61235-355-5) Ages 11-14
  • Caroline Akervik lives in Eau Claire.
  • Allen, Terese, and Malone, Bobbie, authors. The Flavor of Wisconsin for Kids.
    Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2012. 192 pages (978-0-87020-493-7) Ages 8-12
  • Therese Allen lives in southern Wisconsin.
  • Avi, author. Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution.
    Beach Lane Books, 2012. 302 pages (978-1-4424-1441-9) Ages 10-14
  • 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.
  • Backes, M. Molly, author. The Princesses of Iowa.
    Candlewick Press, 2012. 442 pages (978-0-7636-5312-5) Age 13 and older
  • A current resident of Chicago, M. Molly Backes is a graduate of Oregon High School.
  • Barrowman, Carole E., author. Hollow Earth.
    Written by John Barrowman and Carole E. Barrowman.
    Aladdin, 2012. 382 pages (978-1-4424-5852-9) Ages 10-14
  • Carole E. Barrowman is a professor at Alverno College and a resident of the Milwaukee area.
  • Bauer, Marion Dane, author. Dinosaur Thunder.
    Illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine.
    Scholastic Press, 2012. 32 pages (978-0-590-45296-0) Ages 2-5

  • Bauer, Marion Dane, author. Halloween Forest.
    Illustrated by John Shelley.
    Holiday House, 2012. 32 pages (978-0-9234-2324-8) Ages 3-6

  • Bauer, Marion Dane, author. Little Dog, Lost.
    Illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell.
    Atheneum, 2012. 197 pages (978-1-4424-3423-3) Ages 7-10
  • Marion Dane Bauer lived in Delafield and Waukesha; she currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • Bausum, Ann, author. Marching to the Mountaintop: How Poverty, Labor Fights, and Civil Rights
    Set the Stage for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Final Hours.
    National Geographic, 2012. 104 pages (978-1-4263-0939-7) Ages 11-15
  • Ann Bausum lives in Beloit.
  • Beck, W. H., author. Malcolm at Midnight.
    Houghton Mifflin, 2012. 265 pages (978-0-547-68100-9) Ages 8-12
  • W. H. Beck is the pen name of Becky Wojahn, a resident of Eau Claire.
  • Beyer, Kat author. The Demon Catchers of Milan.
    Egmont, 2012. 275 pages (978-1-60684-314-7) Ages 13 and older
  • Kat Beyer lives in Oregon, California, and Wisconsin.
  • Bezio, Colette, author. The Witches of Castle Crabapple.
    Bezio, 2012. 268 pages (978-1-1475249217) Ages 8-12
  • Colette Bezio lives in Seymour.
  • Bick, Ilsa J., author. Drowning Instinct.
    Carolrhoda LAB, 2012. 346 pages (978-0-7613-7752-8) Age 14 and older

  • Bick, Ilsa J., author. Shadows. (The Ashes Trilogy)
    Egmont, 2012. 518 pages (978-1-60684-176-1) Age 14 and older
  • Ilsa J. Bick lives in a small town near Sheboygan.
  • Bodeen, S. A., author. The Raft.
    Feiwel and Friends, 2012. 231 pages (978-0-312-65010-0) Age 14 and older
  • A current resident of Oregon state, S.A. Bodeen grew up in Humbird.
  • Bushnell, Jack, author. Night of the White Deer.
    Illustrated by Miguel Co.
    Tanglewood, 2012. 32 pages (978-1-933718-80-4) Ages 4-8
  • Jack Bushness teaches at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.
  • Coy, John, author. Take Your Best Shot. (4 for 4 Series)
    Feiwel and Friends, 2012. 180 pages (978-0-312-37332-0) Ages 9-12
  • John Coy lived in Eau Claire for many years. He currently lives in Minnesota.
  • Cremer, Andrea, author. Rift.
    Philomel, 2012. 430 pages (978-0-399-25613-4) Age 14 and older
  • Andrea Cremer grew up in northern Wisconsin. She now lives in New York City.
  • Dronzek, Laura, illustrator. Moonlight.
    Written by Helen V. Griffith.
    Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2012. 32 pages (978-0-06-203285-0) Ages 2-5
  • 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, illustrator. Mice.
    Written by Rose Fyleman.
    Beach Lane Books, 2012. 32 pages (978-1-4424-5684-6) 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.
  • Eulberg, Elizabeth, author. Take a Bow.
    Point / Scholastic, Inc., 2012. 208 pages (978-0-545-33474-7) Ages 13-16
  • Elizabeth Eulberg was born and raised in Portage. She now lives in New York City.
  • Frazier, Sundee T., author. Brendan Buckley's Sixth-Grade Experiment.
    Delacorte Press, 2012. 280 pages (978-0-385-74050-0) Ages 8-12
  • Sundee T. Frazier lived in Madison from 1998-2001 where she wrote regularly for the Madison Times. She currently lives in the Seattle area.
  • Graef, Renée, illustrator. What's Looking at You, Kid?
    Written by J. Patrick Lewis.
    Sleeping Bear Press, 2012. 32 pages (978-0-58536-793-1) Ages 3-7
  • Renée Graef received her bachelor's degree in art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Cedarburg.
  • Halfmann, Janet, author. Eggs 1 2 3: Who Will the Babies Be?
    Illustrated by Betsy Thompson. Blue Apple, 2012.
    24 pages (978-1-60905-191-4) Ages 3-7
  • Janet Halfmann lives in South Milwaukee.
  • Hautman, Pete, author. The Obsidian Blade. (The Klaatu Diskos, Book One)
    Candlewick Press, 2012. 308 pages (978-0-7636-5403-0) Ages 12-15.

  • Hautman, Pete, author. What Boys Really Want.
    Scholastic Press, 2012. 297 pages (978-0-545-11315-1) Age 14 and older.
  • Pete Hautman currently spends part of each year living in Stockholm, Wisconsin.
  • Henkes, Kevin, author/illustrator. Penny and Her Doll.
    Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2012. 32 pages (978-0-06-208199-5) Ages 3-7

  • Henkes, Kevin, author/illustrator. Penny and Her Song.
    Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2012. 32 pages (978-0-06-208195-7) Ages 3-7
  • Kevin Henkes was born and raised in Racine. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and now lives in Madison.
  • Hennessy, B. G., author. The Scary Places Map Book : Seven Terrifying Tours.
    Illustrated by Erwin Madrid. Candlewick Press, 2012.
    32 pages (978-0-7636-4541-0) Ages 6-11
  • B. G. Hennessy attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and now lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
  • Jacobson, Andrew, author. Circle of Heroes.
    Written by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson.
    Illustrated by Greg Call.
    (The Familiars, book 3) Harper/HarperCollins, 2012.
    327 pages (978-0-06-196114-4) Ages 8-12
  • Andrew Jacobson grew up in Milwaukee and now lives in Los Angeles, California.
  • Jacobson, Bob, author. Les Paul: Guitar Wizard.
    (Badger Biography Series)
    Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2012.
    112 pages (978-0-87020-488-3) Ages 9-12.
  • Bob Jacobson lives in Madison.
  • Joosse, Barbara, author. Lovabye Dragon.
    Illustrated by Randy Cecil.
    Candlewick Press, 2012. 32 pages (978-0-0-7636-5408-5) Ages 3-6

  • Joosse, Barbara, author. Old Robert and the Sea-Silly Cats.
    Illustrated by Jan Jutte.
    Philomel, 2012. 40 pages (978-0-399-25430-7) Ages 3-6
  • Barbara Joosse was born in Grafton, and has lived in Hartford, Wauwatosa, Madison and Wausau. She now lives in Cedarburg.
  • Kann, Bob, author. Joyce Westerman: Baseball Hero.
    (Badger Biography Series)
    Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2012.
    112 pages (978-0-87020-486-9) Ages 9-12
  • Bob Kann received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a Professor of Education at UW-Parkside. He lives in Madison.
  • Kelley, Jane, author. The Girl Behind the Glass.
    Yearling, 2012. (reprint edition) 192 pages (978-0375862199) Ages 9-12
  • Jane Kelley lives in Mequon.
  • Knickelbine, Scott, author. The Great Peshtigo Fire: Stories and Science from America's Deadliest Firestorm.
    Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2012.
    80 pages (978-0-87020-499-9) Ages 8-12
  • Scott Knickelbine was born in Manitowoc.
  • Kokie, E.M., author. Personal Effects.
    Candlewick Press, 2012.
    341 pages (978-0-7636-5527-3) Age 14 and older
  • E.M. Kokie lives in Madison.
  • Leick, Bonnie, illustrator. Bedtime for Boo.
    Written by Mickie Matheis.
    Golden Books / Random House, 2012.
    24 pages (978-0-375-86991-4) Ages3-6
  • Bonnie Leick lives in Milwaukee.
  • Lichtenheld, Tom, illustrator. Zero the Hero.
    Written by Joan Holub. Christy Ottaviano Books / Henry Holt, 2012.
    32 pages (978-0-8050-9384-1) Ages 4-8
  • 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. Sleep Like a Tiger.
    Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski.
    Houghton Mifflin, 2012.
    32 pages (978-0-547-64102-7) Ages 3-6
  • Mary Logue lives in both Stockholm, Wisconsin, and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Malone, Bobbie, author. See Terese Allen above.
  • Bobbie Malone works for the Wisconsin State Historical Society.
  • Morris, Gerald, author. the Adventures of Sir Balin the Ill-Fated.
    Illustrated by Aaron Renier. (The Knights' Tales)
    Houghton Mifflin / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.
    93 pages (978-0-547-68085-9) Ages 7-10
  • Gerald Morris lives in Wausau.
  • Moser, Lisa, author. Railroad Hank.
    Illustrated by Benji Davies.
    Random House, 2012. 32 pages (978-0-375-86849-8) Ages 2-5
  • Lisa Moser lives in Grafton.
  • Newman, Jeff, illustrator. Rabbit's Snow Dance: A Traditional Iroquois Story.
    Written by James & Joseph Bruchac.
    Dial, 2012. 32 pages (978-0-8037-3270-4) Ages 4-8
  • Jeff Newman grew up in Ashland, Massachusetts. He now lives in Milwaukee.
  • Peck, Beth, illustrator. Megan's Year: An Irish Traveler's Year.
    Written by Gloria Whelan.
    Sleeping Bear Press, 2012. 32 pages (978-1-58536-449-7) Ages 6-10
  • Beth Peck lives in Menomonie.
  • Perkins, Lynne Rae, illustrator. Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John "Appleseed" Chapman.
    Written by Esmé Raji Codell.
    Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2012. 32 pages (978-0-06-145515-5) Ages 4-8
  • Lynne Rae Perkins received her MFA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She currently lives in northern Michigan.
  • Quigley, Dayle, author. Pig & Toad: Best Friends Forever.
    Illustrated by Sara Weingartner.
    Beaver's Pond Press, 2012. 58 pages (978-1-59298-486-2) Ages 5-8
  • Dayle Quigley lives in Hayward.
  • Raab, Darlene, author. Rudy Robin Returns to Mr. Bob's House.
    Illustrated by Peter T. Erlandson.
    WinPress, 2012. 56 pages (978-1-4276-4995-9) Ages 6-9
  • Darlene Raab lives in the Antigo area.
  • Renier, Aaron, illustrator. See Gerald Morris above.
  • Aaron Renier grew up in Green Bay and attended art school in Milwaukee. He currently lives in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Roop, Peter and Connie Roop, authors. Tales of Famous Animals.
    Illustrated by Zachary Pullen.
    Scholastic Reference / Scholastic, 2012. 110 pages (978-0-545-43029-6) Ages 9-12
  • Peter Roop grew up in Massachusetts. He attended Lawrence University and also attended UW-Madison. He was a teacher in Appleton, where he currently lives.
    Connie Roop was born in Elkhorn and grew up in Delavan. She attended Lawrence University in Appleton and has also attended UW-Madison. She is a teacher in Appleton, where she currently lives.
  • Roth, Susan L., author/illustrator. Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt's Treasured Books.
    Written by Susan L. Roth and Karen Leggett Abouraya. Illustrated by Susan L. Roth.
    Dial, 2012. 32 pages (978-0-8057-5747-1) Ages 7-12
  • Susan Roth spent part of her childhood in Madison. She currently lives in New York City.
  • Sheth, Kashmira, author. The No-Dogs-Allowed Rule.
    Illustrated by Carl Pearce.
    Albert Whitman, 2012. 116 pages (978-0-8075-5694-8) Ages 7-10
  • Kashmira Sheth lives in Madison.
  • Sinykin, Sheri, author. Zayde Comes to Live.
    Illustrated by Kristina Swarner.
    Peachtree, 2012. 32 pages (978-1-56145-631-4) Ages 4-8
  • Sheri Sinykin used to live in Madison and currently resides in both Massachusetts and Arizona.
  • Tolan, Stephanie, author. Applewhites at Wits End.
    Harper / HarperCollins, 2012. 253 pages (978-0-06-057938-8) Ages 10-14
  • A former resident of Kenosha, Stephanie Tolan lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Warren, Sarah, author. Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers.
    Illustrated by Robert Casilla.
    Marshall Cavendish, 2012. 32 pages (978-0-7614-6107-4) Ages 6-10
  • Currently living in Minneapolis, Sarah Warren lived in River Falls during her middle and high school years.

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