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2016 Identification Record


Compiled by Merri V. Lindgren

Last updated: March 27, 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 2016 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 2016 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 2016 Identification Record supplements earlier annual CCBC print listings and includes those titles published and received to-date during 2016. New books will be added as we receive them.

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

  • Abbott, E.F., author. Mary Jemison: Native American Captive.
    Illustrated by Clint Hansen.
    Feiwel and Friends, 2016. 213 pages (978-1-250-06838-5) Ages 8-12
  • E.F. Abbott is a pseudonym for Jane Kelley. She lives in Mequon.
  • Acevedo, S., author. God Awful Thief. (God Awful, Book 2)
    Three Points, 2016. 272 pages (978-0-9863207-3-6) Age 13 and older
  • Silvia Acevedo lives outside of Milwaukee.
  • Avi, author. The Most Important Thing: Stories About Sons, Fathers & Grandfathers.
    Candlewick Press, 2016. 215 pages (978-0-7636-8111-1) Ages 8-12

  • Avi, author. School of the Dead.
    Harper / HarperCollins, 2016. 276 pages (978-0-06-174085-5) 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.
  • Bauer, Marion Dane, author. Clouds.
    Illustrated by John Wallace. (Ready-to-Read, Level One)
    Simon Spotlight, 2016. 32 pages (978-1-4814-6213-6) Ages 5-8

  • Bauer, Marion Dane, author. Little Cat's Luck.
    Illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell. Simon & Schuster, 2016.
    211 pages (978-1-4814-2488-2) Ages 7-10

  • Bauer, Marion Dane, author. Rain.
    Illustrated by John Wallace. (Ready-to-Read, Level One)
    Simon Spotlight, 2016. 32 pages (978-1-4814-6214-3) Ages 5-8

  • Bauer, Marion Dane, author. Rainbow.
    Illustrated by John Wallace. (Ready-to-Read, Level One)
    Simon Spotlight, 2016. 31 pages (978-1-4814-6337-9) Ages 5-8

  • Bauer, Marion Dane, author. Snow.
    Illustrated by John Wallace. (Ready-to-Read, Level One)
    Simon Spotlight, 2016. 31 pages (978-1-4814-6216-7) Ages 5-8

  • Bauer, Marion Dane, author. Sun.
    Illustrated by John Wallace. (Ready-to-Read, Level One)
    Simon Spotlight, 2016. 31 pages (978-1-4814-6340-9) Ages 5-8

  • Bauer, Marion Dane, author. Wind.
    Illustrated by John Wallace. (Ready-to-Read, Level One)
    Simon Spotlight, 2016. 32 pages (978-1-4814-6215-0) Ages 5-8
  • Marion Dane Bauer lived in Delafield and Waukesha; she currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • Beck, W. H., author. Glow: Animals with Their Own Night-Lights.
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016. 32 pages (978-0-544-41666-6) Ages 6-10
  • W. H. Beck is the pen name of Becky Wojahn, a resident of Eau Claire.
  • Behrens, Rebecca, author. Summer of Lost and Found.
    Aladdin, 2016. 278 pages (978-1-4814-5896-2) Ages 9-13
  • Rebecca Behrens grew up in Madison and now lives in New York City.
  • Bender, Jeanne, author. Flying High. (Lindie Lou Adventure Series, book 1)
    Pina Publishing, 2016. 144 pages (978-1-943493-00-5) Ages 3-7

  • Bender, Jeanne, author. Up in Space. (Lindie Lou Adventure Series, book 2)
    Pina Publishing, 2016. 184 pages (978-1-943493-18-0) Ages 3-7
  • Jeanne Bender grew up in Sheboyan and now divides her year between Seattle, Washington, and San Diego, California.
  • Bick, Ilsa J., author. "Bearwalker" in Scary Out There.
    Edited by Joanathan Maberry.
    Simon & Schuster, 2016. 498 pages (978-1-4814-5070-6) Age 14 and older
  • Ilsa J. Bick lives in a small town near Sheboygan.
  • Bodeen, S.A., author. Trapped. (Shipwreck Island, Book 3)
    Feiwel and Friends, 2016. 150 pages (978-1-250-02781-8) Ages 9-12
  • A current resident of Hudson, S.A. Bodeen grew up in Humbird.
  • Boyd, Aaron, illustrator. Calling the Water Drum.
    Written by LaTisha Redding.
    Lee & Low, 2016. 32 pages (978-1-62014-194-6) Ages 5-10
  • Aaron Boyd lives in Milwaukee.
  • Braun, Melinda, author. Avalanche.
    Simon Pulse, 2016. 263 pages (978-1-4814-3822-3) Age 13 and older
  • Melinda Braun was born in Racine and grew up in Onalaska. She now lives in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area of Minnesota.
  • Brehl, Sandy, author. Bjorn's Gift.
    Crispin Books, 2016. 271 pages (978-1-883953-84-3) Ages 8-12
  • Sandy Brehl lives in Muskego.
  • Camper, Cathy, author. Lowriders to the Center of the Earth. (Lowriders in Space, book 2)
    Illustrated by Raúl the Third.
    Chronicle, 2016. 128 pages (978-1-4521-3836-7) Ages 9-12
  • Cathy Camper was born in Madison. She now lives in Portland, Oregon.
  • Cavallaro, Brittany, author. A Study in Charlotte.
    Katherine Tegen Books / HarperCollins, 2016. 321 pages (978-0-06-239890-1) Age 14 and older
  • Brittany Cavallaro received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
  • Coy, John, author. Gap Life.
    Feiwel and Friends / Macmillan, 2016. 215 pages (978-1-250-08895-6) Age 14 and older

  • Coy, John, author. Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land.
    Carolrhoda Books, 2016. 32 pages (978-1-4677-8054-4) Ages 5-10
  • John Coy lived in Eau Claire for many years. He currently lives in Minnesota.
  • Dronzek, Laura, illustrator. See Kevin Henkes, above.
  • Laura Dronzek holds an M.F.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has lives in Madison.
  • Eger, Julie C., author. Girl from Grorgamon.
    Julie C. Eger, 2016. 327 pages (978-1523336517) Age 14 and older
  • Julie Eger was born in Wild Rose and lives in Waushara County.
  • Ehlert, Lois, author / illustrator. Rain Fish.
    Beach Lane Books, 2016. 32 pages (978-1-4814-6152-8) 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.
  • Farrey, Brian, author. The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse.
    Algonquin, 2016. 243 pages (978-1-61620-505-8) Ages 8-12
  • Brian Farrey was born in Wisconsin and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • Fox, Sara, illustrator. See Kim Wendricks, below.
  • Sara Fox lives in Madison.
  • Frazier, Sundee T., author. Cleo Edison Oliver: Playground Millionaire.
    Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic, 2016. 213 pages (978-0-545-82235-0) 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.
  • Gaiman, Neil, author. The Graveyard Book.
    Graphic adaptation by P. Craig Russell.
    Illustrated by Kevin Nowlan, P. Craig Russell, Tony Harris, and others.
    Harper / HarperCollins, 2016. 356 pages (978-0-06-242188-3) Age 10 and older
  • Originally from England, Neil Gaiman now lives in northwest Wisconsin.
  • Gamb, Katie, illustrator. When I am with Dad.
    Written by Kimball Crossley.
    Two Little Birds, 2016. 32 pages (978-0-9912935-7-5) Ages 3 to 7
  • A current resident of Milwaukee, Katie Gamb grew up in Kiel.
  • Godin, Thelma Lynne, author. How to Dress a Dragon.
    Illustrated by Eric Barclay.
    Scholastic Press, 2016. 32 pages (978-0-545-67846-9) Ages 3-6
  • Thelma Lynne Godin lives in Milwaukee.
  • Gorzelanczyk, Melissa, author. Arrows.
    Delacorte Press, 2016. 231 pages (978-0-553-51044-7) Age 13 and older
  • Melissa Gorzelanczyk lives in Green Bay.
  • Halfmann, Janet, author. Grandma is a Slowpoke.
    Illustrated by Michele Coxon.
    Star Bright Books, 2016. 32 pages (978-1-59572-711-4) Ages 3-7
  • Janet Halfmann lives in Milwaukee.
  • Hautman, Pete, author. The Forgetting Machine.
    (The Flinkwater Chronicles, Book Two)
    Simon & Schuster, 2016. 216 pages (978-1-4814-6438-3) Ages 8-14.
  • Pete Hautman currently spends part of each year living in Stockholm, Wisconsin.
  • Heide, Florence Parry, author. How to Be a Hero.
    Illustrated by Chuck Groenink.
    Chronicle, 2016. 32 pages (978-1-4022-9144-9) Age 14 and older
  • Florence Parry Heide lived in Kenosha.
  • Herbach, Geoff, author. Anything You Want.
    Sourcebooks Fire, 2016. 302 pages (978-1-4022-9144-9) Ages
  • Geoff Herbach grew up in Platteville and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He lives in Minnesota.
  • Henkes, Kevin, author/illustrator. Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse.
    (Twentieth Anniversary Edition)
    Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2016. 32 pages (978-0-06-242419-8) Ages 4-8

  • Henkes, Kevin, author. When Spring Comes.
    Illustrated by Laura Dronzek.
    Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2016. 32 pages (978-0-06-233139-7) Ages 3-6
  • Kevin Henkes was born and raised in Racine. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and now lives in Madison.
  • Henry, Marguerite, author. Gaudenzia, Pride of the Palio.
    Illustrated by Lynd Ward.
    Aladdin / Simon & Schuster, 2016. 283 pages (978-1-4814-0398-6) Ages 8-12

  • Henry, Marguerite, author. Misty's Twilight.
    Illustrated by Karen Haus Grandpré.
    Aladdin / Simon & Schuster, 2016. 132 pages (978-1-4814-5221-2) Ages 8-12

  • Henry, Marguerite, author. Mustang, Wild Spirit of the West.
    Illustrated by Robert Lougheed.
    Aladdin / Simon & Schuster, 2016. 226 pages (978-1-4814-5222-9) Ages 8-12
  • Marguerite Henry was born in Milwaukee and attended Milwaukee State Teachers College.
  • Kallick, Ingrid, illustrator. Two Troll Tales from Norway.
    Written by Margrete Lamond.
    Christmas Press, 2016. 32 pages (978-0-99423-405-6) Ages 4-7
  • Ingrid Kallick lives in Madison.
  • Kaufman, Suzanne, illustrator. Samanthasaurus Rex.
    Written by B. B. Mandell.
    Balzer + Bray, 2016. 32 pages (978-0-06-234873-9) Ages 4-7
  • Suzanne Kaufman grew up in Plymouth and graduated from the University of Wisconsin--Madison. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Keleny, Christine, author. Intrigue in Istanbul.
    (Agnes Kelly Mystery Adventure, Book I)
    CK Books, 2016. 172 pages (978-0-9800529-5-4) Ages 9-12
  • Christine Keleny grew up in Madison and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in New Glarus.
  • Kelley, Jane, author. See E F. Abbott, above.

  • Kokie, E. M., author. Radical.
    Candlewick Press, 2016. 437 pages (978-0-7636-6962-1) Age 14 and older
  • E. M. Kokie lives in Madison.
  • Kügler, Tina, author. Snail & Worm.
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016. 32 pages (978-0-544-49412-1) Ages 4-8
  • Tina Kügler grew up in Milwaukee and currently lives in Los Angeles, California.
  • LaMarche, Jim, author/illustrator. Pond.
    Simon & Schuster, 2016. 32 pages (978-1-4814-4735-5) Ages 5-10
    Jim LaMarche grew up in Kewaskum and now lives in Santa Cruz, California.
  • Lichtenheld, Tom, illustrator. Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs.
    Written by Eric Litwin.
    Orchard / Scholastic, 2016. 32 pages (978-0-545-88378-8) Ages 3-6

  • Lichtenheld, Tom, illustrator. Steam Train, Dream Train 1-2-3.
    Written by Sherri Duskey Rinker.
    Chronicle, 2016. 20 pages (978-1-4521-4914-1) Ages 2-4
  • A current resident of Chicago, Illinois, Tom Lichtenheld has lived in Racine and Madison. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
  • Lowery, Benjamin, illustrator. Elliot Gets Lost.
    Written by David Lowery and Toby Halbrooks.
    Disney Press, 2016. 40 pages (978-1-4847-5029-2) Ages 3-7
  • Benjamin Lowery was born in Waukesha and now lives in Dallas, Texas.
  • Malone, Bobbie, author. Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story. Second edition.
    Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2016. 252 pages (978-0-87020-796-9) Ages 8-12
  • Bobbie Malone lives in Madison.
  • Miller, Pat Zietlow, author. The Quickest Kid in Clarksville.
    Illustrated by Frank Morrison.
    Chronicle, 2016. 32 pages (978-1-4521-2936-5) Ages 4-8

  • Miller, Pat Zietlow, author. Sophie's Squash Go To School.
    Illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf.
    Schwartz & Wade, 2016. 32 pages (978-0-553-50944-1) Ages 3-7
  • Pat Zietlow Miller lives in Madison.
  • Moser, Elise, author. What Milly Did: The Remarkable Pioneer of Plastics Recycling.
    Illustrated by Scot Ritchie.
    Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press, 2016. 48 pages (pbk. 978-1-55498-893-8) Ages 6-10
  • Elise Moser divides her time between Sauk City and Montreal.
  • Moser, Lisa, author. Stories from Bug Garden.
    Illustrated by Gwen Millward.
    Candlewick Press, 2016. 32 pages (978-0-7636-6534-0) Ages 4-8
  • Lisa Moser lives in Grafton.
  • Newman, Jeff, illustrator. Can One Balloon Make an Elephant Fly?
    Written by Dan Richards.
    Simon & Schuster, 2016. 32 pages (978-1-4424-5215-2) Ages 4-8
  • Jeff Newman lives in Milwaukee.
  • Parker, Donna J., illustrator. See Ellie Schatz, below.
  • Donna J. Parker lives in Madison.
  • Paul, Miranda, author. 10 Little Ninjas.
    Illustrated by Nate Wragg.
    Alfred A. Knopf, 2016. 24 pages (978-0-553-53497-9) Ages 2-5
  • Miranda Paul lives in Green Bay.
  • Perkins, Lynne Rae, author/illustrator. Frank and Lucky Get Schooled.
    Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2016. 3232 pages (978-0-06-237345-8) Ages 4-8
  • Lynne Rae Perkins received her MFA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She currently lives in northern Michigan.
  • Peyer, Suzanne M., illustrator. Aardvark to Zucchini: Phonetic Alphabet Book.
    Written by Joan A. Hentschel.
    Aardvark to Zucchini Press, 2016. 181 pages (978-0-692-26242-9) Ages 4-8
  • Suzanne Peyer lives in Madison.
  • Perkins, Lynne Rae, author/illustrator. Frank and Lucky Get Schooled.
    Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2016. 32 pages (978-0-06-237345-8) Ages 5-10
  • Lynne Rae Perkins received her MFA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She currently lives in northern Michigan.
  • Portes, Andrea, author. The Fall of Butterflies.
    HarperTeen / HarperCollins, 2016. 386 pages (978-0-06-231367-6) Age 14 and older
  • A current resident of Los Angeles, California, Andrea Portes spent part of her childhood living in Wisconsin.
  • Posada, Mia, illustrator. Plants Can't Sit Still.
    Written by Rebecca E. Hirsch.
    Millbrook Press, 2016. 32 pages (978-1-4677-8031-5) Ages 4-8
  • Mia Posada studied art at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Robbins, Dean, author. Miss Paul and the President: The Creative Campaign for Women's Right to Vote.
    Illustrated by Nancy Zhang.
    Knopf, 2016. 32 pages (978-1-101-93720-4) Ages 5-10

  • Robbins, Dean, author. Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass.
    Illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko.
    Orchard / Scholastic, 2016. 32 pages (978-0-545-39996-8) Ages 5-10
  • Dean Robbins lives in Madison.
  • Roux, Madeleine, author. Escape from Asylum.
    Harper / HarperCollins, 2016. 343 pages (978-0-06-242442-6) Age 14 and older
  • A graduate of the MFA program at Beloit College, Madeleine Roux lives in Southern California.
  • Ryder, Joanne, author. See Laurence Yep, below.
  • Joanne Ryder attended Marquette University. She currently lives in California.
  • Schatz, Ellie, author. Color Me Purple.
    Illustrated by Donna J. Parker.
    Ellie Books, 2016. 53 pages (pbk. 978-0-9842251-1-8) Ages 7-11
  • Ellie Schatz lives in Madison.
  • Sturm, James, author / illustrator. Ape and Armadillo Take Over the World.
    Toon, 2016. 34 pages (978-1-943145-09-6) Ages 7-10

  • Sturm, James, author / illustrator. Birdsong: A Story in Pictures.
    Toon, 2016. 50 pages (978-1-935179-94-8) Ages 5-8
  • A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, James Sturm lives in Vermont.
  • Thomson, Sarah L., author. Deadly Flowers.
    Boyds Mills Press, 2016. 270 pages (978-1-62979-214-9) Ages 11-14

  • Thomson, Sarah L., author. Quick, Little Monkey!
    Illustrated by Lita Judge.
    Boyds Mills Press, 2016. 32 pages (978-1-62979-100-5) Ages 3-6

  • Thomson, Sarah L., author. Secrets of the Seven: The Eureka Key.
    Bloomsbury, 2016. 227 pages (978-1-61963-731-3) Ages 8-12
  • Sarah L. Thomson lived in Madison as a child. She currently lives in Portland, Maine.
  • Tougas, Shelley, author. A Patron Saint for Junior Bridesmaids.
    Roaring Brook Press, 2016. 262 pages (978-1-62672-403-7) Ages 9-12
    Shelley Tougas lives in Hudson.
  • Tupper, Susan, author. Fran and Frederick Hamerstrom: Wildlife Conservation Pioneers.
    (Badger Biographies)
    Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2016. 124 pages (978-0-87020-732-7) Ages 8-12
    Susan Tupper lives in Amherst Junction.
  • Vander Heyden, Linda, author. Mr. McGinty's Monarchs.
    Illustrated by Eileen Ryan Ewen.
    Sleeping Bear Press, 2016. 24 pages (978-1-58536-612-5) Ages 3-7
  • Linda Vander Heyden lives near Appleton.

  • Wendricks, Kim, author. Pickles for Breakfast.
    Illustrated by Sara Fox..
    Self-published, 2016. 36 pages (978-0-69281249-5) Ages 3-7
  • Kim Wendricks is a lifelong Wisconsinite who grew up in Kenosha and now lives in Waterford. She is a graduate of UW-Parkside.

  • Wheeler, Eliza, illustrator. Cody and the Mysteries of the Universe.
    Written by Tricia Springstubb.
    Candlewick Press, 2016. 137 pages (978-0-7636-5858-8) Ages 6-10

  • Wheeler, Eliza, illustrator. Tell Me a Tattoo Story.
    Written by Alison McGhee.
    Chronicle, 2016. 24 pages (978-1-4521-1937-3) Ages 3-7

  • Wheeler, Eliza, illustrator. This is Our Baby, Born Today.
    Written by Varsha Bajaj.
    Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin Random House, 2016. 32 pages (978-0-399-16684-6) Ages 3-7
  • Eliza Wheeler grew up in Northern Wisconsin and currently lives in Los Angeles, California.
  • Wiseman, M. K., author. The Bookminder.
    Xchyler, 2016. 425 pages (978-1-9408-1050-8) Age 14 and older
  • M.K. Wiseman lives in Mequon.
  • Wortis, Avi, author. See Avi, above.

  • Yep, Laurence, author. A Dragon's Guide to Making Your Human Smarter. (Book 2)
    Written by Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder. Illustrated by Mary GrandPré.
    Crown, 2016. 294 pages (978-0-385-39232-7) Ages 8-12
  • Laurence Yep grew up in San Francisco. He attended Marquette University. He now lives in Pacific Grove, California.
  • Zhang, Amy, author. This Is Where the World Ends.
    Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2016. 287 pages (978-0-06-238304-4) Age 14 and older
  • A current resident of New York State, Amy Zhang grew up in Sheboygan Falls.


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