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2015 Identification Record


Compiled by Merri V. Lindgren

Last updated: September 25, 2017

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 2015 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 2015 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 2015 Identification Record supplements earlier annual CCBC print listings and includes those titles published and received to-date during 2015. New books will be added as we receive them.

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

  • Acevedo, Silvia, author. God Awful Loser.
    Three Points Publishing, 2015.
    345 pages (978-0-9863207-0-5) Age 14 and older
  • Silvia Acevedo lives near Milwaukee.
  • Angel, Ann, editor. Things I'll Never Say: Stories About Our Secret Selves.
    Candlewick Press, 2015.
    306 pages (978-0-7636-7307-9) Age 14 and older
  • Ann Angel lives in Milwaukee.
  • Avi, author. Old Wolf. Illustrated by Brian Floca.
    A Richard Jackson Book / Atheneum, 2015. 146 pages (978-1-4424-9921-8) Ages 8-12
  • 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.
  • Barrowman, Carole E., author. Hollow Earth: the Book of Beasts.
    Written by John Barrowman and Carole E. Barrowman.
    Aladdin, 2015. 325 pages (978-1-4814-4230-5) Ages 10-14
  • Carole E. Barrowman is a professor at Alverno College and a resident of the Milwaukee area.
  • Bauer, Marion Dane, author. Crinkle, Crackle, CRACK: It's Spring!
    Illustrated by John Shelley. Holiday House, 2015.
    32 pages (978-0-8234-2952-3) Ages 3-7
  • Marion Dane Bauer lived in Delafield and Waukesha; she currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • Bausum, Ann, author. Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights.
    Viking, 2015. 120 pages (978-0-670-01679-2) Age 12 and older
  • Ann Bausum lives in Beloit.
  • Beck, W. H., author. Malcolm Under the Stars.
    Illustrated by Brian Lies.
    Houghton Mifflin, 2015. 257 pages (978-0-544-39267-0) Ages 8-12
  • W. H. Beck is the pen name of Becky Wojahn, a resident of Eau Claire.
  • Bick, Ilsa J., author. The Dickens Mirror. (The Dark Passages: Book 2)
    Egmont, 2015. 566 pages (978-1-60684-421-2) Age 14 and older
  • Ilsa J. Bick lives in a small town near Sheboygan.
  • Blecha, Aaron, author/illustrator. Goodnight, Grizzle Grump!
    Harper / HarperCollins, 2015. 32 pages (978-0-06-229746-4) Ages 3 to 6
  • Aaron Blecha was born in Green Bay and now lives by the south English seaside.
  • Bodeen, S.A., author. Where Am I?
    Feiwel and Friends, 2015. 215 pages (978-1-250-05554-5) Age 14 and older
  • A current resident of Hudson, S.A. Bodeen grew up in Humbird.
  • Bowe, Julie, author. Pompom Problems.
    (Victoria Torres, Unfortunately Average)
    Stone Arch, 2015. 148 pages (978-1-4965-0536-1) Ages 10-13
  • Julie Bowe lives in Mondovi.
  • Braun, Melinda, author. Stranded.
    Simon Pulse, 2015. 262 pages (978-1-4814-3819-3) Ages 12 to 16
  • Melinda Braun was born in Racine and grew up in Onalaska. She currently lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.
  • Burr, Dan E., illustrator. Presidential Misadventures: Poems That Poke Fun at the Man in Charge.
    Written by Bob Raczka.
    Roaring Brook Press, 2015. 44 pages (978-1-59643-980-1) Ages 6-10
  • Dan E. Burr lives in Milwaukee.
  • Caple, Laurie, illustrator. Hungry Coyote.
    Written by Cheryl Blackford.
    Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2015.
    32 pages (978-0-87351-964-9) Ages 5-9
  • Laurie Caple lives in Rice Lake.
  • Chao, Mai, author. Gathering Fireflies.
    Mai Chao Lor Duddeck, 2015.
    218 pages (978-1502540195) Ages 10-14
  • Mai Chao lives in Onalaska.
  • Chaconas, Dori, author. Cork & Fuzz: Merry Merry Holly Holly.
    Illustrated by Lisa McCue. Viking, 2015.
    32 pages (978-0-451-47501-5) Ages 3-6
  • Dori Chaconas lives in Germantown.
  • Chrustowski, Rick, author/illustrator. Bee Dance.
    Henry Holt, 2015. 32 pages (978-0-8050-9919-5) Ages 3-7
  • A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rick Chrustowski is a former resident of River Falls. He currently lives in Minnesota.
  • Cohen, Sheila Terman, author. Sterling North and the Story of Rascal.
    (Badger Biographies Series)
    Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2015. 119 pages (978-0-87020-735-8) Ages 8-12
  • Sheila Terman Cohen lives in Madison.
  • Conn, Kathe Crowley, author. Juliette Kinzie: Frontier Storyteller.
    (Badger Biographies Series)
    Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2015. 126 pages (978-0-87020-701-3) Ages 8-12
  • Kathe Crowley Conn lives in rural Rock County.
  • Coy, John, author. For Extreme Sports-Crazy Boys Only.
    Feiwel and Friends, 2015. 155 pages (978-1-250-04944-5) Ages 8-12

  • Coy, John, author. Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game.
    Illustrated by Randy DuBurke.
    Carolrhoda, 2015. 32 pages (978-1-4677-2604-7) Ages 6-10
  • John Coy lived in Eau Claire for many years. He currently lives in Minnesota.
  • Davis, Beverly, author. Great Gray Meets New Friends.
    Illustrated by Linda Cowen.
    thewordverve, 2015. 56 pages (978-1-94125-57-7) Ages 5-9
  • Beverly Davis was the pastor of a UCC church in north central Wisconsin before moving to Milwaukee, where she currently lives.
  • Detlefsen, Lisl H., author. Time for Cranberries.
    Illustrated by Jed Henry.
    Roaring Brook Press, 2015. 32 pages (978-0-62672-098-5) Ages 3-7
  • Lisl Detlefsen lives near Wisconsin Rapids and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
  • Dicmas, Courtney, author/illustrator. Home Tweet Home.
    Doubleday, 2015. 32 pages (978-0-385-38535-0) Ages 3-7
  • Courtney Dicmas lives in the Madison area.
  • Ehlert, Lois, author / illustrator. Holey Moley.
    Beach Lane Books, 2015. 32 pages (978-1-4424-9301-8) 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. We Can Work It Out.
    Point / Scholastic, Inc., 2015. 312 pages (978-0-545-65461-6) Age 13 and older
  • Elizabeth Eulberg was born and raised in Portage. She now lives in New York City.
  • Fulk, David, author. Raising Rufus.
    Delacorte Press, 2015. 263 pages (978-0-385-74464-5) Ages 8-12
  • David Fulk has lived in Green Bay. He currently lives near Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Gaiman, Neil, author. Chu's Day at the Beach.
    Illustrated by Adam Rex.
    Harper / HarperCollins, 2015. 32 pages (978-0-06-222399-9) Ages 3-6

  • Gaiman, Neil, author. Eternity's Wheel: An InterWorld Novel.
    Story by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves.
    Written by Michael Reaves and Mallory Reaves.
    HarperTeen / HarperCollins, 2015. 276 pages (978-0-06-206799-9) Ages 10-14

  • Gaiman, Neil, author. The Sleeper and the Spindle.
    Illustrated by Chris Riddell.
    Harper / HarperCollins, 2015. 66 pages (978-0-06-239824-6) Age 8 and older
  • Originally from England, Neil Gaiman now lives in northwest Wisconsin.
  • Gigot, Jami, author/illustrator. Mae and the Moon.
    Ripple Grove Press, 2015. 36 pages (978-978-0-9913866-2-8) Ages 3-6.
  • Jami Gigot spent her childhod in Madison and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She now lives in Vancouver, BC.
  • Hautman, Pete, author. The Flinkwater Factor.
    Simon & Schuster, 2015. 249 pages (978-1-4814-3251-1) Ages 8-14.

  • Hautman, Pete, author. Eden West.
    Candlewick Press, 2015. 310 pages (978-0-7636-7418-2) Age 14 and older.

  • Hautman, Pete, author. The Flinkwater Factor.
    Simon & Schuster, 2015. 249 pages (978-1-4814-3251-1) Ages 8-14.
  • Pete Hautman currently spends part of each year living in Stockholm, Wisconsin.
  • Heling, Kathryn, author. Clothesline Clues to Sports People Play.
    Written by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook. Illustrated by Andy Robert Davies.
    Charlesbridge, 2015. 32 pages (978-1-58089-602-3) Ages 3-7
  • Kathryn Heling lives in Brookfield.
  • Heimstead, Mary Turner, author. A Prince of a Dog: Garfy Adopts a Family.
    Illustrated by Glendali Rodriguez.
    Archway Publishing, 2015. 20 pages (978-1-4808-2349-5) Ages 4-8
  • Mary Turner Heimstead lives in Eau Claire.
  • Hembrook, Deborah, author. See Kathryn Heling, above.
  • Deborah Hembrook lives in Germantown.
  • Henkes, Kevin, author/illustrator. Waiting.
    Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2015. 32 pages (978-0-06-236843-0) Ages 3-6
  • Kevin Henkes was born and raised in Racine. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and now lives in Madison.
  • Hoffman, Susan Young, author/illustrator. Henry's Birthday Week.
    CreateSpace, 2015. 24 pages (978-1518879135) Ages 5-7
  • Susan Hoffman lives in Madison.
  • Joosse, Barbara, author. Evermore Dragon.
    Illustrated by Randy Cecil.
    Candlewick Press, 2015. 32 pages (978-0-7636-6882-2) Ages 3-6
  • Barbara Joosse was born in Grafton, and has lived in Hartford, Wauwatosa, Madison and Wausau. She now lives in Cedarburg.
  • Kelley, Jane, author. The Book of Dares for Lost Friends.
    Feiwel and Friends, 2015. 293 pages (978-1-250-05087-8) Ages 8-12
  • Jane Kelley lives in Mequon.
  • Kokie, E. M., author. "Quick Change" in Things I'll Never Say. See Ann Angel, above.

  • Kokie, E. M., author. "Astroturf" in Violent Ends.
    Simon Pulse, 2015. 338 pages (978-1-4814-3745-5) Age 14 and older
  • E. M. Kokie lives in Madison.
  • Krull, Kathleen, author. Coretta Scott King: I Kept On Marching.
    (Women Who Broke the Rules)
    Illustrated by Laura Freeman.
    Bloomsbury, 2015. 48 pages (978-0-8027-3826-4) Ages 7-10

  • Krull, Kathleen, author. A Kids' Guide to America's Bill of Rights. Revised edition.
    Illustrated by Anna DiVito.
    Harper / HarperCollins, 2015. 230 pages (978-0-06-235231-6) Ages 9-12

  • Krull, Kathleen, author. Mary Todd Lincoln: I'm Usually the Smartest Person in the Room.
    (Women Who Broke the Rules)
    Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley.
    Bloomsbury, 2015. 48 pages (978-0-8027-3824-0) Ages 7-10
    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.
  • Kügler, Tina, and Carson Kügler, authors/illustrators. In Mary's Garden.
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015. 32 pages (978-0-544-27220-0) Ages 4-8
  • Tina and Carson Kügler grew up in Milwaukee and currently live in Los Angeles, California.
  • Larsen, Jen, author. Future Perfect.
    HarperTeen / HarperCollins, 2015. 309 pages (978-0-06-232123-7) Age 14 and older
  • Jen Larsen lives in Madison.
  • Lichtenheld, Tom, illustrator. Friendshape.
    Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.
    Scholastic Press, 2015.
    32 pages (978-0-545-43682-3) Ages 3-7

  • Lichtenheld, Tom, illustrator. I Wish You More.
    Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.
    Chronicle, 2015.
    32 pages (978-1-4521-2699-9) Ages 3-7

  • Lichtenheld, Tom, illustrator. Stick and Stone.
    Written by Beth Ferry.
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
    40 pages (978-0-544-03256-9) 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.
  • Martin, Wayne R., author/photographer. Cranberries Revealed.
    Martin PhotoMedia, 2015. 84 pages (978-0-9908129-0-6) Age 10 and older
  • Wayne R. Martin grew up in Wisconsin Rapids and now lives in Plymouth, Minnesota.
  • Mata, Julie, author. Kate Walden Directs: Bride of Slug Man.
    Disney / Hyperion, 2015. 279 pages (978-1-4231-9460-6) Ages 10-14
  • Julie Mata lives in Neenah.
  • McNulty, Amy, author. Nobody's Goddess.
    (Never Veil Series: Book One)
    Month9Books, 2015. 252 pages (978-0-692-33738-7) Age 14 and older
  • An alumna of Racine grade schools, Amy McNulty is a Carthage College graduate and a life-long Kenosha resident.
  • Miller, Pat Zietlow, author. Sharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story.
    Illustrated by Jill McElmurry.
    Schwartz & Wade, 2015. 32 pages (978-0-307-98182-0) Ages 3-7

  • Miller, Pat Zietlow, author. Wherever You Go.
    Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler.
    Little, Brown, 2015. 32 pages (978-0-316-40002-2) Ages 3-7
  • Pat Zietlow Miller lives in Madison.
  • Miller-Lachmann, Lyn, translator. The World in a Second.
    Written by Isabel Minhós Martins. Illustrated by Bernardo P. Carvalho.
    Translated from the Portuguese by Lyn Miller-Lachmann.
    U.S. edition: Enchanted Lion, 2015. 48 pages (978-1-59270-157-5) Ages 5-10
  • Lyn Miller-Lachmann is a former Madison resident who received her master's degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently lives in New York City.
  • Paul, Miranda, author. One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia.
    Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon.
    Millbrook Press, 2015. 32 pages (978-1-4677-1608-6) Ages 4-8

  • Paul, Miranda, author. Water is Water.
    Illustrated by Jason Chin.
    A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2015. 40 pages (978-1-59643-984-9) Ages 3-6
  • Miranda Paul lives in Green Bay.
  • Rash, Andy, author/illustrator. Archie the Daredevil Penguin.
    Viking, 2015. 32 pages (978-0-451-47123-9) Ages 4-8
  • Andy Rash lives in Milwaukee.
  • Reischel, Rob, author. Leaders of the Pack.
    Triumph, 2015. 258 pages (978-1-62937-104-7) Age 12 and older
  • Rob Reischel lives in Menomonee Falls.
  • Rosengren, Gayle, author. Cold War on Maplewood Street.
    Putnam, 2015. 183 pages (978-0-399-17183-3) Ages 8-12
  • Gayle Rosengren lives just outside of Madison.
  • Ryder, Joanne, author. See Laurence Yep, below.
  • Joanne Ryder attended Marquette University. She currently lives in California.
  • Schmatz, Pat, author. Lizard Radio.
    Candlewick Press, 2015. 280 pages (978-0-7636-7635-3)
    Age 13 and older
  • Pat Schmatz grew up and currently lives in Amherst.
  • Shannon, George, author. One Family.
    Illustrated by Blanca Gómez.
    Frances Foster Books / Farrar Straus Giroux, 2015.
    24 pages (978-0-374-30003-6) Ages 2-6
    George Shannon is a former resident of Eau Claire. He now lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
  • Sharboneau, Shanalee, author. My Mama Loves Me: I'm Her Little Boy.
    Illustrated by Israel Dilean.
    Mascot Books, 2015. 32 pages (978-1-62086-917-8) Ages 3-6
  • A current resident of Texas, Shanalee Sharboneau was born in Milwaukee.
  • Sheth, Kashmira, author. Sona and the Wedding Game.
    Illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi.
    Peachtree, 2015. 32 pages (978-1-56145-735-9) Ages 4-8
  • Kashmira Sheth lives in Madison.
  • Smith, Devin K., author. The Contaminants.
    New Dakota Series: Book 1.
    Firedrake, 2015. 221 pages (978-1-941036-15-0) Age 13 and older
  • Devin K. Smith lives in Stoughton.
  • Stein, Eric, author. Granddaddy's Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box.
    Written by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein. Illustrated by James E. Ransome.
    Candlewick Press, 2015. 32 pages (978-0-7636-6593-7) Ages 5-10
  • Eric Stein grew up in Madison. He currently lives in Santa Monica, California.
  • Thompson, Craig, author/illustrator. Space Dumplins.
    Graphix / Scholastic, 2015. 310 pages (978-0-545-56543-1) Ages 11-14
  • Craig Thompson grew up in central Wisconsin and attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
  • Vamos, Samantha R., author. Alphabet Trains.
    Illustrated by Ryan O'Rourke.
    Charlesbridge, 2015. 32 pages (978-1-58089-592-7) Ages 3-7
  • Born in Madison, Samantha Vamos now lives in Washington state.
  • Wheeler, Eliza, illustrator. See Pat Zietlow Miller, above.
  • Eliza Wheeler grew up in Northern Wisconsin and currently lives in Los Angeles, California.
  • Wiemer, Liza, author. Hello?
    Spencer Hill Contemporary, 2015. 428 pages (978-1-63392-049-1) Age 13 and older
  • Liza Wiemer is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Fox Point.
  • Wiviott, Meg, author. Paper Hearts.
    Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2015. 332 pages (978-1-4814-3983-1) Age 12 and older
  • Meg Wiviott is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in New Jersey.
  • Zimm, John, author. John Nelligan: Wisconsin Lumberjack.
    (Badger Biographies Series)
    Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2015. 95 pages (978-0-87020-698-6) Ages 8-12
  • A resident of Madison, John Zimm is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
    Crown Books, 2015. 152 pages (978-0-385-39228-0) Ages 8-12
    Laurence Yep attended Marquette University. He now lives in Pacific Grove, California.

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