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2017 Identification Record


Compiled by Merri V. Lindgren

Last updated: November 20, 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 Identification Record supplements earlier annual CCBC print listings and includes those titles published and received to-date during 2017. New books will be added as we receive them.

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

  • Aronson, Deborah, author. Dragons from Mars.
    Illustrated by Colin Jack.
    Harper / HarperCollins, 2017. 32 pages (978-0-06-236850-8) Ages 3-6.
  • Deborah Aronson lived in Madison as a child. She studied Social Work at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. After living in Milwaukee, she moved to Bloomfield Twp., Michigan, where she now lives..
  • Avi, author. The Player King.
    A Richard Jackson Book / Atheneum, 2017. 199 pages (978-1-4814-3768-4) 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. Winter Dance.
    Illustrated by Richard Jones.
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. 32 pages (978-0-544-31334-7) Ages 4-7
  • Marion Dane Bauer lived in Delafield and Waukesha; she currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Becker, Lindsey, author. The Star Thief.
    Little, Brown, 2017. 408 pages (978-0-316-34856-0) Ages 9-12
  • Lindsey Becker lives in southeastern Wisconsin.
  • Bender, Jeanne, author. Harvest Time: A Celebration on an Organic Farm. (Lindie Lou Adventure Series, book 3)
    Pina Publishing, 2017. 254 pages (978-1-943493-14-2) Ages 3-7
  • Jeanne Bender grew up in Sheboyan and now divides her year between Seattle, Washington, and San Diego, California.
  • Blecha, Aaron, author/illustrator. Good Morning, Grizzle Grump!
    Feiwel and Friends, 2017. 32 pages (978-0-06-229749-5) Ages 3-6
  • Aaron Blecha grew up in Green Bay and now lives by the south English seaside.
  • Bodeen, S.A., author. Found. (Shipwreck Island, Book 4)
    Harper / HarperCollins, 2017. 152 pages (978-1-250-02783-2) Ages 9-12
  • A current resident of Minnesota, S.A. Bodeen grew up in Humbird.
  • Bowe, Julie, author. Big & Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd).
    Kathy Dawson Books / Penguin, 2017. 228 pages (978-0-8037-3693-1) Ages 8-12
  • Julie Bowe lives in Mondovi.
  • Boyd, Aaron, illustrator. See Corina K. Rogers, below.
  • Aaron Boyd lives in Milwaukee.
  • Camper, Cathy, author. "The Wager" in Heroes & Villains.
    Edited by Jon Scieszka. (Guys Read)
    Walden Pond Press / HarperCollins, 2017. 263 pages (978-0-06-238561-1) Ages 9-12
  • Cathy Camper was born in Madison. She now lives in Portland, Oregon.
  • Cavallaro, Brittany, author. The Last of August.(A Charlotte Holmes novel)
    Katherine Tegen Books / HarperCollins, 2017. 318 pages (978-0-06-239894-9) 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.
  • Chan, Crystal S., adaptor. The Jungle Book.(Manga Classics)
    Illustrated by Julien Choy.
    UDON / Morpheus Publishing, 2017. 313 pages (978-1-772940-19-0) Age 12 and older
  • A current resident of Chicago, Illinois, Crystal Chan graduated from Oshkosh West High School and went to Lawrence University.
  • Chrustowski, Rick, author / illustrator. My Little Fox.
    Beach Lane Books, 2017. 40 pages (978-1-4814-6961-6) Ages 2-5
  • A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rick Chrustowski is a former resident of River Falls. He currently lives in Minnesota.
  • Cobb, Vicki, author. How Could We Harness a Hurricane?
    Illustrated by Theo Cobb.
    Seagrass Press / Quarto, 2017. 47 pages (978-1-63322-246-5) Ages 7-10
  • Vicki Cobb attended the University of Wisconsin.
  • Davis, Beverly, author. Namaste, Great Gray.
    Illustrated by Linda Cowen.
    thewordverve, 2015. 51 pages (978-1-94125-91-1) Ages 5-9
  • Beverly Davis was the pastor of a UCC church in north central Wisconsin before moving to Milwaukee, where she currently lives.
  • Davis, Jaia, author. I Am F.A.T.
    Illustrated by Lily Zemelko.
    Divinity Publications, 2017. 38 pages (978-0-9991787-0-6) Ages 5-10
  • Jaia Davis lives in Madison.
  • Donovan, Jane, author / illustrator. See Holly Trechter, below.
  • Jane Donovan grew up in southwestern Wisconsin and 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 lives in Madison.
  • Ehlert, Lois, author / illustrator. Heart to Heart.
    Beach Lane Books, 2017. 60 pages (978-1-4814-8087-1) Ages 4-8

  • Ehlert, Lois, illustrator. Words.
    Written by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault.
    Little Simon, 2017. 12 pages (978-1-5344-0125-9) Ages 2-5
  • 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.
  • Eldridge, Lauren, illustrator. Claymates.
    Little, Brown, 2017. 32 pages (978-0-316-30311-8) Ages 3-6
  • Lauren Eldridge lives in Madison.
  • Eulberg, Elizabeth, author. The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match.
    Illustrated by Erwin Madrid.
    Bloomsbury, 2017. 230 pages (978-1-68119-054-9) Ages 8-12

  • Eulberg, Elizabeth, author. Just Another Girl.
    Point / Scholastic, 2017. 246 pages (978-0-545-95628-4) Age 13 and older
  • Elizabeth Eulberg was born and raised in Portage. She now lives in New York City.
  • Frazier, Sundee T., author. Cleo Edison Oliver in Persuasion Power.
    Illustrated by Jennifer L. Meyer.
    Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic, 2017. 242 pages (978-0-545-82240-4) 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. Cinnamon.
    Illustrated by Divya Srinivasan.
    Harper / HarperCollins, 2017. 40 pages (978-0-06-239961-8) Ages 4-8.
  • Originally from England, Neil Gaiman now lives in northwest Wisconsin.
  • Glenn, Deb "Danny", author/illustrator. Nasieku's Necklace.
    Midnight Moon Publishing, 2017. 32 pages (978-0-9856330-7-3) Ages 4-8.
  • A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Deb Glenn lives in Lodi.
  • Hautman, Pete, author. Slider.
    Candlewick Press, 2017. 278 pages (978-0-7636-9070-0) Ages 10-13.
  • Pete Hautman currently spends part of each year living in Stockholm, Wisconsin.
  • Heide, Florence Parry, author. Fables You Shouldn't Pay Any Attention To.
    Written by Florence Parry Heide and Sylvia Worth Van Clief.
    Illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier.
    Atheneum, 2017. 95 pages (978-1-4814-6382-9) Ages 4-8

  • Heide, Florence Parry, author. Tales for the Perfect Child.
    Illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier.
    Atheneum, 2017. 92 pages (978-1-4814-6379-9) Ages 4-8
  • Florence Parry Heide lived in Kenosha.
  • Henkes, Kevin, author/illustrator. Egg.
    Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2017. 32 pages (978-0-06-240872-3) Ages 3-6

  • Henkes, Kevin, author. In the Middle of Fall.
    Illustrated by Laura Dronzek.
    Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2017. 32 pages (978-0-06-257311-7) Ages 3-6
  • Kevin Henkes was born and raised in Racine. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and now lives in Madison.
  • Hirsch, Rebecca E., author. The Human Microbiome: The Germs that Keep You Healthy.
    Twenty-First Century Books, 2017. 112 pages (978-1-4677-8568-6) Ages 10-14
  • A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Rebecca Hirsch lives in Pennsylvania.
  • Horton, Laura K., illustrator. Go Big or Go Gnome. Written by Kirsten Mayer.
    Imprint / Macmillan, 2017. 32 pages (978-1-250-11127-2) Ages 3-6
  • A current resident of Bountiful, Utah, Laura K. Horton received her BFA in illustration and animation from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.
  • Joosse, Barbara, author. Sail Away Dragon.
    Illustrated by Randy Cecil.
    Candlewick Press, 2017. 32 pages (978-0-7636-7313-0) Ages 3-6
  • Barbara Joosse was born in Grafton, and has lived in Hartford, Wauwatosa, Madison and Wausau. She now lives in Cedarburg.
  • Kügler, Tina, author. Snail & Worm Again.
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. 32 pages (978-0-544-79249-4) Ages 4-8
  • Tina Kügler grew up in Milwaukee and currently lives in Los Angeles, California.
  • Laufer, Peter, author. ˇSee You Later, Amigo! An American Border Tale.
    Illustrated by Susan L. Roth.
    Barranca Press, 2017. 32 pages (978-1-939604-10-1) Ages 5-9
  • Peter Laufer spent his childhood in Madison and Crestwood. He currently lives in Oregon state.
  • Leannah, Michael, author. Most People.
    Illustrated by Jennifer E. Morris.
    Tilbury House, 2017. 36 pages (978-0-88448-554-4) Ages 4-8
  • Michael Leannah grew up in Marinette and has degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has taught in Sheboygan and Milwaukee.
  • Lichtenheld, Tom, illustrator. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site.
    Written by Sherri Duskey Rinker.
    Chronicle, 2017. 28 pages (978-1-4521-1173-5) Ages 2-4

  • Lichtenheld, Tom, illustrator. Mighty, Mighty Construction Site.
    Written by Sherri Duskey Rinker.
    Chronicle, 2017. 32 pages (978-1-4521-5216-5) 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.
  • Maurer, Tracy Nelson, author. John Deere, That's Who!
    Illustrated by Tim Zeltner.
    Holt, 2017. 40 pages (978-1-62779-129-8) Ages 5-9

  • Maurer, Tracy Nelson, author. Noah Webster's Fighting Words.
    Illustrated by Mircea Catusanu.
    Milbrook Press, 2017. 40 pages (978-1-4677-9410-7) Ages 5-9
  • Tracy Nelson Maurer grew up near Superior and now lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Miller, Darcy, author. Roll.
    Harper/HarperCollins, 2017. 206 pages (978-0-06-246122-3) Ages 8-12
  • Darcy Miller lives in Prairie du Sac.
  • Miller-Lachmann, Lyn, translator. The Queen of the Frogs.
    Written by Davide Cali. Illustrated by Marco Somá.
    Translated from the Portuguese by Lyn Miller-Lachmann.
    U.S. edition: Eerdmans, 2017. 40 pages (978-0-8028-5481-0) Ages 4-8
  • 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.
  • Mulcahy, William, author. Zach Hangs in There.
    Illustrated by Darren McKee.
    Free Spirit, 2017. 27 pages (978-1-63198-162-3) Ages 5-8
  • William Mulcahy lives in Summit.
  • Portes, Andrea, author. Liberty: The Spy Who (kind of) Liked Me.
    HarperTeen / HarperCollins, 2017. 390 pages (978-0-06-242199-9) Age 14 and older
  • A current resident of Los Angeles, California, Andrea Portes spent part of her childhood living in Wisconsin.
  • Rogers, Corina K., author. Backwards Dog.
    Illustrated by Aaron Boyd.
    Little Creek Press, 2017. 40 pages (978-1-942586-24-1) Ages 3-6
  • Corina K. Rogers lives in Waunakee.
  • Rohmann, Eric, illustrator. Bulldozer Helps Out.
    Written by Candace Fleming.
    A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book / Atheneum, 2017. 40 pages (978-1-4814-5894-8) Ages 2-5
  • Eric Rohmann used to live in Stevens Point. He now resides near Chicago.
  • Roth, Susan L., illustrator. See Peter Laufer, above.
  • Susan Roth spent part of her childhood in Madison. She currently lives in New York City.
  • Roux, Madeleine, author. House of Furies.
    HarperTeen / HarperCollins, 2017. 407 pages (978-0-06-249861-8) 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 Seattle, Washington.
  • Schaefer, Laura, author. Littler Women: A Modern Retelling.
    A Paula Wiseman Book / Simon & Schuster, 2017. 215 pages (978-1-63079-070-7) Ages 8-12
  • A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Laura Schaefer currently lives in Orlando, Florida.
  • Schwartz, Carol, illustrator. My Busy Green Garden.
    Written by Terry Pierce.
    Tilbury House, 2017. 36 pages (978-0-88448-495-0) Ages 4-8
  • Carol Schwartz taught at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. She currently lives in the Boston, Massachusetts area.
  • Stanton, Angie, author. Waking in Time.
    Switch Press / Capstone, 2017. 352 pages (978-1-63079-070-7) Age 12 and older
  • Angie Stanton has lived in the Madison area her entire life. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Thomson, Sarah L., author. Deadly Wish.
    (A Ninja's Journey)
    Boyds Mills Press / Highlights, 2017. 238 pages (978-1-62979-777-9) Ages 11-14

  • Thomson, Sarah L., author. Plesiosaur. (Ancient Animals)
    Illustrated by Andrew Plant.
    Charlesbridge, 2017. 32 pages (978-1-58089-542-2) Ages 5-8

  • Thomson, Sarah L., author. Secrets of the Seven: The Eagle's Quill.
    Bloomsbury, 2017. 215 pages (978-1-61963-733-7) Ages 9-12
  • Sarah L. Thomson lived in Madison as a child. She currently lives in Portland, Maine.
  • Trechter, Holly, author. Esme Dooley & the Kirkkomaki Circus.
    Written and illustrated by Jane Donovan.
    Sky Candle Press, 2017. 398 pages (978-1-939360-05-2) Ages 8-12
  • Holly Trechter lives in western Wisconsin.
  • Wheeler, Eliza, illustrator. Cody and the Rules of Life.
    Written by Tricia Springstubb.
    Candlewick Press, 2017. 167 pages (978-0-7636-7920-0) Ages 9-12

  • Wheeler, Eliza, illustrator. John Ronald's Dragons: The Story of J.R.R. Tolkien.
    Written by Caroline McAlister.
    Roaring Brook Press, 2017. 39 pages (978-1-62672-092-3) Ages 5-10

  • Wheeler, Eliza, illustrator. The Pomegranate Witch.
    Written by Denise Doyen.
    Chronicle, 2017. 32 pages (978-1-4521-4589-1) Ages 4-8
  • Eliza Wheeler grew up in Northern Wisconsin and currently lives in Los Angeles, California.
  • Wilder, Laura Ingalls, author. Farmer Boy.
    Foreword by Ree Drummond.
    Harper / HarperCollins, 2017. 342 pages (978-0-06-247073-7) Ages 6-10

  • Wilder, Laura Ingalls, author. Little House in the Big Woods.
    Foreword by Laura Bush.
    Harper / HarperCollins, 2017. 194 pages (978-0-06-247072-0) Ages 6-10

  • Wilder, Laura Ingalls, author. Little House on the Prairie.
    Foreword by Patricia MacLachlan.
    Harper / HarperCollins, 2017. 306 pages (978-0-06-247074-4) Ages 6-10
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in Pepin and spent several years of her childhood in the mid 19th century living near there.
  • Williamson, Sarah, author. Where Are You?
    Alfred A. Knopf, 2017. 24 pages (978-1-5247-0063-8) Ages 2-5
  • Sarah Williamson graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She now lives in New York City.
  • Yep, Laurence, author. A Dragon's Guide to Making Perfect Wishes. (Book 3)
    Written by Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder. Illustrated by Mary GrandPré.
    Crown, 2017. 231 pages (978-0-385-39236-5) Ages 8-12
  • Laurence Yep grew up in San Francisco. He attended Marquette University. He now lives in Pacific Grove, California.
  • Zolotow, Charlotte, author. The Seashore Book.
    Illustrated by Wendell Minor.
    Charlesbridge, 2017. 32 pages (978-1-58089-787-7) Ages 4-7
  • Charlotte Zolotow attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the mid-1930s. She lived for most of her adult life in New York City.


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