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2018 Identification Record


Compiled by Merri V. Lindgren

Last updated: May 14, 2019

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 2018 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 2018 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 2018 Identification Record supplements earlier annual CCBC print listings and includes those titles published and received to-date during 2018. New books will be added as we receive them.

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

  • Avi, author. The Button War: A Tale of the Great War.
    Candlewick Press, 2018. 229 pages (978-0-7636-9053-3) 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. The Stuff of Stars.
    Illustrated by Ekua Holmes.
    Candlewick Press, 2018. 32 pages (978-0-7636-7883-8) Ages 4-8

  • Bauer, Marion Dane, author. Winter Dance.
    Illustrated by Richard Jones.
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. 28 pages (board book: 978-1-328-52534-5) Ages 3-6
  • Marion Dane Bauer lived in Delafield and Waukesha; she currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • Behrens, Rebecca, author. The Last Grand Adventure.
    U.S. edition: Aladdin, 2018. 321 pages (978-1-4814-9692-6) Ages 8-12
  • Rebecca Behrens grew up in Madison and now lives in New York City.
  • Blecha, Aaron, illustrator. Our Principal Is a Frog!
    Written by Stephanie Calmenson.
    Aladdin Quix, 2018. 46 pages (978-1-4814-6667-7) Ages 5-8

  • Blecha, Aaron, illustrator. Our Principal Is a Wolf!
    Written by Stephanie Calmenson.
    Aladdin Quix, 2018. 55 pages (978-1-4814-6669-1) Ages 5-8
  • Aaron Blecha grew up in Green Bay. He now lives in England.
  • Bodeen, S.A., author. The Tomb.
    Feiwel and Friends, 2018. 249 pages (978-1-250-05555-2) Age 13 and older
  • Currently living in Hudson, S.A. Bodeen grew up in Humbird.
  • Camper, Cathy, author. Lowriders Blast from the Past. (Lowriders in Space, book 3)
    Illustrated by Raúl the Third.
    Chronicle, 2018. 123 pages (978-1-4521-6315-4) Ages 9-12
  • Cathy Camper was born in Madison. She now lives in Portland, Oregon.
  • Cavallaro, Brittany, author. The Case for Jamie.(A Charlotte Holmes novel)
    Katherine Tegen Books / HarperCollins, 2018. 349 pages (978-0-06-239897-0) 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. She lives in Michigan.
  • Chan, Crystal, author. All That I Can Fix.
    Simon Pulse, 2018. 314 pages (978-1-5344-0888-3) Age 13 and older
  • A current resident of Chicago, Illinois, Crystal Chan graduated from Oshkosh West High School and went to Lawrence University.
  • Cleary, Teresa, author. Going Golfing.
    Illustrated by Babs Kihslinger.
    Orange Hat, 2018. 18 pages (978-1-948365-56-7) Ages 4-8
  • Teresa Cleary lives in the Three Lakes area.
  • DeKeyser, Stacy, author. The Rhino in Right Field.
    Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2018. 257 pages (978-1-5344-0626-1) Ages 8-12
  • Stacey DeKeyser grew up in Milwaukee, and now lives in Connecticut.
  • Demuth, Patricia Brennan, author. We the People. (What Is the Constitution?)
    Penguin Workshop, 2018. 108 pages (978-1-5247-8611-3) Ages 6-9
  • A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Patricia Brennan Demuth lives in Evanston, Illinois.
  • Dicmas, Courtney, author/illustrator. Lemur Dreamer.
    U.S. edition: Kane Miller, 2018. 32 pages (978-1-61067-767-7) Ages 3-6
  • Courtney Dicmas grew up in Wisconsin near Lake Geneva. She now lives in the Madison area.
  • Dronzek, Laura, illustrator. See Kevin Henkes, below.
  • Laura Dronzek holds an M.F.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Madison.
  • Forbeck, Matt, author. Big Trouble. (Endless Quest)
    Candlewick, 2018. 121 pages (978-1-5362-0244-1) Ages 8-12

  • Forbeck, Matt, author. Escape the Underdark. (Endless Quest)
    Candlewick, 2018. 121 pages (978-1-5362-0065-2) Ages 8-12
  • Matt Forbeck lives in Beloit.
  • Gigot, Jami, author/illustrator. Seb and the Sun.
    Ripple Grove Press, 2018. 32 pages (978-0-9990249-0-4) Ages 3-7
  • A current resident of Vancouver, BC, Jami Gigot grew up in Madison and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Gowey, Dr. Brandie, NMD, author/illustrator. Rising Hearts.
    DR. DNA Press, 2018. 27 pages (978-0-9861850-7-6) Ages 4-8
  • Dr. Brandie Gowey, NMD, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A former resident of Sparta, she currently lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.
  • Gowey, Christine Ann, and Dr. Brandie Gowey, NMD, authors. Mother Grace.
    Illustrated by Dr. Brandie Gowey, NMD.
    DR. DNA Press, 2018. 20 pages (978-0-9861850-3-8) Ages 4-8
  • Christine Ann Gowey is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Sparta.
    See Dr. Brandie Gowey, NMD, above.
  • Hadnot-Walker, Brandon. See Dr. Shawn Robinson, below.
  • Brandon Hadnot-Walker is a Milwaukee native and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He currently lives in Orlando, Florida.
  • Halfmann, Janet, author. Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School.
    Illustrated by London Ladd.
    Lee & Low, 2018. 40 pages (978-1-62014-163-2) Ages 6-10
  • Janet Halfmann lives in South Milwaukee.
  • Hautman, Pete, author. Other Wood.
    Candlewick Press, 2018. 303 pages (978-0-7636-9071-7) Age 11 and older
  • Pete Hautman currently spends part of each year living in Stockholm, Wisconsin.
  • Henkes, Kevin, author. Winter Is Here.
    Illustrated by Laura Dronzek.
    Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2018. 32 pages (978-0-06-274718-1) Ages 3-6
  • Kevin Henkes was born and raised in Racine. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and now lives in Madison.
  • Hyler, Lora L., author. The Stupendous Adventures of Mighty Marty Hayes.
    HenschelHAUS, 2018. 200 pages (978-15959588-0) Ages 8-12
  • Lora L. Hyler grew up in Racine and currently lives in Glendale.
  • Kaufman, Suzanne, illustrator. See Kate Narita, below.

  • Kaufman, Suzanne, illustrator. All Are Welcome.
    Written by Alexandra Penfold.
    Knopf, 2018. 32 pages (978-0-525-57964-9) Ages 3-6
    Currently living in Seattle, Washington, Suzanne Kaufman grew up in Plymouth and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Krull, Kathleen, author. Frenemies in the Family: Famous Brothers and Sisters Who Butted Heads and Had Each Other's Backs.
    Illustrated by Maple Lam.
    Crown, 2018. 229 pages (978-0-399-55124-6) Ages 8-12

  • Krull, Kathleen, author. No Truth Without Ruth: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
    Illustrated by Nancy Zhang.
    Harper, 2018. 48 pages (978-0-06-256011-7) Ages 6-10

  • Krull, Kathleen, author. One Fun Day with Lewis Carroll: A Celebration of Wordplay and a Girl Named Alice.
    Illustrated by Júlia Sardá.
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. 32 pages (978-0-544-34823-3) Ages 6-10

  • Krull, Kathleen, author. Starstruck: The Cosmic Journey of Neil deGrasse Tyson.
    Written by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer. Illustrated by Frank Morrison.
    Crown, 2018. 40 pages (978-0-399-55024-9) Ages 6-9
  • A graduate of Lawrence University, Kathleen Krull worked for Raintree Publishers in Milwaukee and Western Publishing in Racine in the 1970s. She now lives in San Diego.
  • LaMarche, Jim, illustrator. The King of Bees.
    Written by Lester L. Laminack.
    Peachtree, 2018. 32 pages (978-1-56145-953-7) Ages 4-8
    Jim LaMarche grew up in Kewaskum and now lives in Santa Cruz, California.
  • Lamb, Sean, author. Z Goes First.
    Illustrated by Mike Perry.
    Imprint, 2018. 24 pages (978-1-250-12395-4) Ages 4-8
  • A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, Sean Lamb lives in Milwaukee.
  • Lichtenheld, Tom, illustrator. One Big Pair of Underwear.
    Written by Laura Gehl.
    Little Simon, 2018. 32 pages (board book: 978-1-5344-2036-6) Ages 1-4
  • A current resident of Chicago, Illinois, Tom Lichtenheld has lived in Racine and Madison. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
  • Marquardt, Meg, author. Pioneers in E-Sports. (E-Sports Game On!)
    Norwood House Press, 2018. 48 pages (978-1-59953-964-5) Ages 7-10

  • Marquardt, Meg, author. Women in E-Sports. (E-Sports Game On!)
    Norwood House Press, 2018. 48 pages (978-1-59953-966-9) Ages 7-10
  • Meg Marquardt lives in Madison.
  • McCullough, Kelly, author. Magic, Madness, and Mischief.
    Feiwel and Friends / Macmillan, 2018. 282 pages (978-1-250-10783-1) Ages 10-14
  • Kelly McCullough lives in Menomonie.
  • Miller, Pat Zietlow, author. Be Kind.
    Illustrated by Jen Hill.
    Roaring Brook Press, 2018. 32 pages (978-1-62672-321-4) Ages 3-6

  • Miller, Pat Zietlow, author. Wide-Awake Bear.
    Illustrated by Jean Kim.
    Harper, 2018. 32 pages (978-0-06-235603-1) Ages 3-6
  • Pat Zietlow Miller lives in Madison.
  • Mulcahy, William, author. Zach Stands Up.
    Illustrated by Darren McKee.
    Free Spirit, 2018. 31 pages (978-1-63198-293-4) Ages 5-8
  • William Mulcahy lives in Summit.
  • Narita, Kate, author. 100 Bugs! A Counting Book.
    Illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman.
    Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018. 32 pages (978-0-374-30631-1) Ages 3-6
  • Kate Narita is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently lives in central Massachusetts.
  • Paul, Baptiste, author. The Field.
    Illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara.
    NorthSouth, 2018. 24 pages (978-0-7358-4312-7) Ages 3-7
  • Baptiste Paul was born and raised in the West Indies. He currently lives in Green Bay.
  • Paul, Miranda, author. Mia Moves Out.
    Illustrated by Paige Keiser.
    Knopf, 2018. 24 pages (978-0-399-55332-5) Ages 3-7
  • Miranda Paul lives in Green Bay.
  • Perkins, Lynne Rae, author/illustrator. Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea.
    Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2018. 232 pages (978-0-06-249966-0) Ages 7-10
  • Lynne Rae Perkins received her MFA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She currently lives in northern Michigan.
  • Qualey, Marsha, author. The Marvelous, Amazing, Pig-tastic Gracie La Roo.
    Illustrated by Kristyna Litten.
    Capstone Press, 2018. 127 pages (978-1-5158-1458-0) Ages 4-7
  • Marsha Qualey lives in Eau Claire.
  • Robinson, Dr. Shawn, and Inshirah Robinson, authors. Doctor Dyslexia Dude!.
    Illustrated by Brandon Hadnot.
    Ripon Printers, 2018. 32 pages (978-1-7323349-0-8) Ages 7-12
  • Dr. Shawn Robinson is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, DePaul University, and Cardinal Stritch University. He lives in Oshkosh.
    Inshirah Robinson holds a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where she is currently a graduate student. She lives in Oshkosh.
  • Rohmann, Eric, illustrator. Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen.
    Written by Candace Fleming.
    Schwartz & Wade, 2018. 245 pages (978-1-101-93410-4) Ages 7-11
  • Eric Rohmann used to live in Stevens Point. He now resides near Chicago.
  • Roth, Susan L., illustrator. Every Month Is a New Year: Celebrations Around the World.
    Written by Marilyn Singer.
    Lee & Low, 2018. 48 pages (978-1-62014-162-5) Ages 6-10
  • Susan Roth spent part of her childhood in Madison. She currently lives in New York City.
  • Schindler, S. D., illustrator. Abraham Lincoln's Dueling Words.
    Written by Donna Janell Bowman.
    Peachtree, 2018. 32 pages (978-1-56145-852-3) Ages 6-10
  • S. D. Schindler is a native of Racine. He currently lives in Philadelphia.
  • Schmatz, Pat, author. The Key to Everything.
    Candlewick Press, 2018. 198 pages (978-0-7636-9566-8)
    Ages 8-12
  • Pat Schmatz grew up in Amherst. She currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Sell, Chad, author / illustrator. The Cardboard Kingdom.
    Knopf, 2018. 281 pages (978-1-5247-1937-1) Ages 8-12
  • A current resident of Chicago, Chad Sell grew up in central Wisconsin.
  • Sutton, Patricia, author. Capsized! The Forgotten Story of the SS Eastland Disaster.
    Chicago Review Press, 2018. 174 pages (978-1-61373-943-3) Age 10 and older
  • Patricia Sutton taught elementary/middle school in the Chicago suburbs and now lives in Madison.
  • Swenson, Jamie A., author. A Fall Ball for All.
    Illustrated by Chiara Fedele.
    Millbrook Press, 2018. 32 pages (978-1-5124-9803-5) Ages 3-7
    Jamie Swenson lives in Janesville.
  • Thomson, Sarah L., author. Secrets of the Seven: The Ring of Honor.
    Bloomsbury, 2018. 212- pages (978-1-61963-735-1) Ages 9-12
  • Sarah L. Thomson lived in Madison as a child. She currently lives in Portland, Maine.
  • Usman, Kirsten, author. The Case of the Disappearing Amur Leopard. (Judge Birdie #1)
    Planet Protector, 2018. 122 pages (9781732475601) Ages 8-12
  • Kirsten Usman is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Cross Plains.
  • Vander Heyden, Linda, author. Hannah's Tall Order: An A to Z Sandwich.
    Illustrated by Kayla Harren.
    Sleeping Bear Press, 2018. 24 pages (978-1-58536-382-7) Ages 3-7

  • Vander Heyden, Linda, author. A Horse Named Jack.
    Illustrated by Petra Brown.
    Sleeping Bear Press, 2018. 32 pages (978-1-58536-395-7) Ages 3-6
  • Linda Vander Heyden lives near Appleton.
  • Wade, Stef, author. A Place for Pluto.
    Illustrated by Melanie Demmer.
    Capstone Editions, 2018. 32 pages (978-1-68446-004-5) Ages 4-7
  • Stef Wade lives in the greater Milwaukee area.
  • Wheeler, Eliza, illustrator. Cody and the Heart of a Champion.
    Written by Tricia Springstubb.
    Candlewick Press, 2018. 151 pages (978-0-7636-7921-7) Ages 9-12

  • Wheeler, Eliza, illustrator. Fairy Spell: How Two Girls Convinced the World That Fairies Are Real.
    Written by Marc Tyler Nobelman.
    Clarion, 2018. 40 pages (978-0-544-69948-9) Ages 5-10
  • Eliza Wheeler grew up in Northern Wisconsin and currently lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Williamson, Sarah, author. Let's Go!
    Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. 32 pages (978-1-5247-0068-3) Ages 2-5
  • Sarah Williamson graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She now lives in New York City.

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