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2019 Identification Record


Compiled by Merri V. Lindgren

Last updated: January 29, 2020

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 2019 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 2019 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 2019 Identification Record supplements earlier annual CCBC print listings and includes those titles published and received to-date during 2019. New books will be added as we receive them.

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

  • Barnard, Erin Kant, illustrator. See Kent Barnard, below.
  • Erin Kant Barnard lives in Wild Rose.
  • Barnard, Kent, author. Mom Needs a Dinosaur!
    Illustrated by Erin Kant Barnard.
    Seabear Press, 2019. 32 pages (978-1-7330141-0-6) Ages 3-7
  • Kent Barnard lives in Wild Rose.
  • Bauer, Marion Dane, author. Earthquake!
    Illustrated by John Wallace. (Natural Disasters)
    Simon Spotlight, 2019. 32 pages (978-1-5344-5561-0) Ages 5-8

  • Bauer, Marion Dane, author. The Mighty Mississippi.
    Illustrated by John Wallace. (Wonders of America)
    Simon Spotlight, 2019. 32 pages (978-1-5344-5562-7) Ages 5-8
  • Marion Dane Bauer lived in Delafield and Waukesha; she currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • Bausum, Ann, author. Viral: The Fight Against AIDS in America.
    Viking, 2019. 168 pages (978-0-425-28720-0) Age 12 and older
  • Ann Bausum lives in Beloit.
  • Blecha, Aaron, illustrator. Our Principal's in His Underwear!
    Written by Stephanie Calmenson.
    Aladdin Quix, 2019. 48 pages (978-1-4814-6672-1) Ages 5-8
  • Aaron Blecha grew up in Green Bay. He now lives in England.
  • Blumenberg, Anisha Mack, author/illustrator. Adiós juguetes: Una historia sobre dar.
    aMack Design, 2019. 32 pages (978-1-7327972-9-1) Ages 4-8

  • Blumenberg, Anisha Mack, author/illustrator. Bye-Bye Toys.
    aMack Design, 2019. 32 pages (978-1-7327972-6-0) Ages 4-8
  • A Wisconsin native, Anisha Mack Blumenberg lives in the Washington D.C. metro area.
  • Cameron, Pamela, author. Sport: Ship Dog of the Great Lakes.
    Illustrated by Renée Graef.
    Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2019. 31 pages (978-0-87020-914-7) Ages 4-8
  • Pamela Cameron is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
  • Cavallaro, Brittany, author. A Question of Holmes. (A Charlotte Holmes novel)
    Katherine Tegen Books / HarperCollins, 2019. 287 pages (978-0-06-284022-6) 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.
  • Coy, John, author. My Mighty Journey: A Waterfall's Story.
    Illustrated by Gaylord Schanilec.
    Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2019. 40 pages (978-1-68134-008-1) Ages 5-11

  • Coy, John, author. On Your Way.
    Illustrated by Talitha Shipman.
    Beaming Books, 2019. 32 pages (978-1-5064-5258-6) Ages 2-5
  • John Coy lived in Eau Claire for many years. He currently lives in Minneapolis.
  • Detlefsen, Lisl H., author. 1, 2, 3, Jump!
    Illustrated by Madeline Valentine.
    Roaring Brook Press, 2019. 32 pages (978-1-62672-681-9) Ages 3-6

  • Detlefsen, Lisl H., author. Right This Very Minute: A Table-to-Farm Book about Food and Farming.
    Illustrated by Reneé Kurilla.
    Feeding Minds Press, 2019. 32 pages (978-1-948898-00-3) Ages 3-8
  • Lisl Detlefsen lives near Wisconsin Rapids.
  • Emerson, Anne, author. Doodle Love.
    Illustrated by Molly Johnson.
    Sand Beach Press, 2019. 32 pages (978-0-9907888-3-6) Ages 3-8
  • Anne Emerson lives in Door County.
  • Forbeck, Matt, author. Escape from Castle Ravenloft.
    (Dungeons & Dragons: Endless Quest)
    Candlewick, 2019. 122 pages (978-1-5362-0922-8) Ages 8-12

  • Forbeck, Matt, author. The Mad Mage's Academy.
    (Dungeons & Dragons: Endless Quest)
    Candlewick, 2019. 122 pages (978-1-5362-0924-2) Ages 8-12
  • Matt Forbeck lives in Beloit.
  • Graef, Reneé, illustrator. See Pamela Cameron, above.

  • Graef, Reneé, illustrator. See Barbara Joosse, below.
  • A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Reneé Graef lives in Cedarburg.
  • Hall, Michael, author/illustrator. Monkey Time.
    Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2019. 40 pages (978-0-06-238302-0) Ages 4-8
  • Michael Hall grew up in Wisconsin and now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Hautman, Pete, author. Road Tripped.
    Simon & Schuster, 2019. 330 pages (978-1-5344-0590-5) Age 14 and older
  • Pete Hautman currently spends part of each year living in Stockholm, Wisconsin.
  • Heinlen, Marieka, illustrator. Worries Are Not Forever.
    Written by Elizabeth Verdick.
    Free Spirit, 2019. 35 pages (978-1-63198-314-6) Ages 4-7
  • A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Marieka Heinlen lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • Heling, Kathryn, author. Clothesline Clues to the First Day of School.
    Written by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook.
    Illustrated by Andy Robert Davies .
    Charlesbridge, 2019. 32 pages (978-1-58089-824-9) Ages 4-7
  • Kathryn Heling lives in Brookfield.
  • Hembrook, Deborah. See Kathryn Heling, above.
  • Deborah Hembrook lives in Germantown.
  • Henkes, Kevin, author. Sweeping Up the Heart.
    Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2019. 183 pages (978-0-06-285254-0) Ages 8-12
  • Kevin Henkes was born and raised in Racine. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and now lives in Madison.
  • Houtman, Jacqueline, author. Trouble Maker for Justice: The Story of Bayard Rustin, the Man Behind the March on Washington.
    Written by Jacqueline Houtman, Walter Naegle, and Michael G. Long.
    City Lights Books, 2019. 160 pages (978-0-87286-765-9) Age 12 and older
  • Jacqueline Houtman lives in Madison.
  • Ivanko, John D., illustrator. Back to School: A Global Journey.
    Written by Maya Ajmera.
    Charlesbridge, 2019, revised edition. 32 pages (978-1-58089-837-9) Ages 5-7
  • John D. Ivanko lives in Browntown.
  • Johnson, Molly, illustrator. See Anne Emerson, above.
  • Molly Johnson lives in Denmark, Wisconsin.
  • Joosse, Barbara, author. I Love You the Purplest.
    Illustrated by Mary Whyte.
    Chronicle, 2019. 24 pages (board book: 978-1-4521-7771-7) Ages 2-5

  • Joosse, Barbara, author. Lulu & Rocky in Milwaukee.
    Illustrated by Reneé Graef.
    Sleeping Bear Press, 2019. 32 pages (978-1-53411-017-5) Ages 3-8
  • Barbara Joosse lives in Port Washington.
  • Kügler, Tina, author/illustrator. Snail & Worm All Day.
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019. 32 pages (978-0-358-06364-3) Ages 3-7
  • Tina Kügler grew up in Milwaukee and currently lives in Los Angeles, California.
  • Manternach, Karla, author. Meena Meets Her Match.
    Illustrated by Rayner Alencar.
    Simon & Schuster, 2019. 186 pages (978-1-5344-2817-1) Ages 8-12
  • Karla Manternach lives in Fort Atkinson.
  • McCullough, Kelly, author. Spirits, Spells, and Snark.
    Feiwel and Friends, 2019. 314 pages (978-1-250-10785-5) Ages 8-12
  • Kelly McCullough lives in Menomonie.
  • Miller, Pat Zietlow, author. Remarkably You.
    Illustrated by Patrice Barton.
    Harper, 2019. 32 pages (978-0-06-242758-8) Ages 3-6

  • Miller, Pat Zietlow, author. When You Are Brave.
    Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler.
    Little, Brown, 2019. 32 pages (978-0-316-39252-5) Ages 3-7
  • Pat Zietlow Miller lives in Madison.
  • Niebruegge, Kersti, author. That Summer We Stole Our Permanent Records.
    Kersti Niebruegge, 2019. 171 pages (978-0-9908710-9-5) Ages 10-13
  • A current resident of New York City, Kersti Niebruegge grew up in the Milwaukee suburbs and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Parkinson, Betsy, author. The Picky Eater.
    Illustrated by Shane Clester.
    Picture Window Books, 2019. 32 pages (978-1-5158-2942-3) Ages 3-6
  • Betsy Parkinson is from Green Bay, and now lives in Oak Park, Illinois.
  • Paul, Baptiste, and Miranda Paul, authors. I Am Farmer: Growing an Environmental Movement in Cameroon.
    Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon.
    Millbrook Press, 2019. 32 pages (978-1-5124-4914-3) Ages 4-8
  • Baptiste Paul was born and raised in the West Indies. He currently lives in Green Bay.
    See Miranda Paul, below.
  • Paul, Miranda, author. Little Libraries, Big Heroes.
    Illustrated by John Parra.
    Clarion, 2019. 32 pages (978-0-544-80027-4) Ages 4-9

  • Paul, Miranda, author. Nine Months: Before a Baby Is Born.
    Illustrated by Jason Chin.
    Neal Porter Books / Holiday House, 2019. 32 pages (978-0-8234-4161-7) Ages 2-5
  • Miranda Paul lives in Green Bay.
  • Perkins, Lynn Rae, author/illustrator. Wintercake.
    Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2019. 48 pages (978-0-06-289487-8) Ages 4-8
  • A current resident of northern Michigan, Lynn Rae Perkins graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
  • Peterson, Cris, author. Popcorn Country: The Story of America's Favorite Snack.
    Photographs by David R. Lundquist.
    Boyds Mills Press, 2019. 31 pages (978-1-62979-892-9) Ages 6-10
  • Cris Peterson lives in Grantsburg.
  • Robbins, Dean, author. The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon: The True Story of Alan Bean.
    Illustrated by Sean Rubin.
    Orchard, 2019. 40 pages (978-1-338-25953-7) Ages 5-10
  • Dean Robbins lives in Madison.
  • Roth, Susan L., author/illustrator. Birds of a Feather: Bowerbirds and Me.
    Neal Porter Books / Holiday House, 2019. 32 pages (978-0-8234-4282-9) Ages 4-8
  • Susan Roth spent part of her childhood in Madison. She currently lives in New York City.
  • Scanlon, Liz Garton, author. One Dark Bird.
    Illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon.
    Beach Lane, 2019. 32 pages (978-1-5344-0443-4) Ages 2-5
  • A current resident of Austin, Texas, Liz Garton Scanlon graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Schnabel, Eileen, author. One if by Land, Two if by Submarine. (Saving America)
    Eileen Schnabel, 2019. 291 pages (9781733868105) Ages 9-13
  • Eileen Schnabel lives in Oregon.
  • Schuren, Shannon, author. The Virtue of Sin.
    Philomel, 2019. 420 pages (978-0-525-51654-5) Age 13 and older
  • Shannon Schuren lives in Sheboygan Falls.
  • Sheth, Kashmira, author. Nina Soni, Former Best Friend.
    Illustrated by Jenn Kocsmiersky.
    Peachtree, 2019. 144 pages (978-1-68263-057-0) Ages 8-11
  • Kashmira Sheth has homes in Madison and the state of Virginia.
  • Sturm, James, author/illustrator. Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow.
    Written and illustrated by James Sturm and Rich Tommaso.
    Jump at the Sun / Disney, 2019. 90 pages (978-136802232-3) Ages 8-12
  • James Sturm is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He lives in Vermont.
  • Sweeney, Tara, illustrator. Henry the Boy.
    Written by Molly Felder. Illustrated by Nate Christopherson and Tara Sweeney.
    Penny Candy Books, 2019. 32 pages (978-0-9996584-0-6) Ages 4-8
  • A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Tara Sweeney lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • Vamos, Samantha, author. The Pińata that the Farm Maiden Hung.
    Illustrated by Sebastiá Serra.
    Charlesbridge, 2019. 32 pages (978-1-58089-796-9) Ages 3-7
  • Samantha Vamos was born in Wisconsin and currently lives in California.
  • Waldvogel, K.M., author. Spies, Soldiers, Couriers, & Saboteurs: Women of the American Revolution.
    Orange Hat, 2019. 117 pages (978-1-64538-047-4) Ages 8-12
  • Kathleen (K.M.) Waldvogel lives in Birchwood.
  • Walsh, Liam Francis, author/illustrator. Make a Wish, Henry Bear.
    A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2019. 32 pages (978-1-62672-332-0) Ages 4-8
  • Liam Francis Walsh grew up on a dairy farm near Wheeler. He lives in Ticino, Switzerland.
  • Wheeler, Eliza, author/illustrator. Home in the Woods.
    Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Random House, 2019. 40 pages (978-0-399-16290-9) Ages 4-8

  • Wheeler, Eliza, illustrator. See Pat Zietlow Miller, above.
  • Eliza Wheeler grew up in northern Wisconsin and currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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