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General Information

Name:  Marion Dane Bauer  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction & Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1938 in Oglesby, Illinois

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Bauer was born and raised in Oglesby.

Biographical and Professional Information

Since 1976, Marion Dane Bauer is the author of more than seventy books for young people from novelty books, picture books and early readers through writing guides and novels. She has won numerous awards, including a Newbery Honor in 1987 for her book ''On My Honor'' and the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for the body of her work. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen different languages and she edited the award-winning book, ''Am I Blue? Coming Out From the Silence''. Bauer was educated at LaSalle-Peru-Oglesby Junior College, the University of Missouri and the University of Oklahoma, where she graduated in 1962. She has taught English at a Wisconsin high school and classes in creative writing in Minnesota.Marion has long been a writing teacher as well as a writer. Her book ''What's Your Story? A Young Person's Guide to Writing Fiction'' is used by adults wanting to write for children as well as by young writers. She was the first Faculty Chair at Vermont College, developing the first Master of Fine Arts in Writing program devoted exclusively to writing for children and young adults.Bauer now lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

Selected Titles At Your Library

On my honor /
ISBN: 0440466334. OCLC Number:

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When his best friend drowns while they are both swimming in a treacherous river that they had promised never to go near, Joel is devastated and terrified at having to tell both sets of parents the terrible consequences of their disobedience.

The double-digit club /
ISBN: 0823418057. OCLC Number:

Holiday House,. New York :. ©2004.

Nine-year-old Sarah is excited about summer vacation, but she faces unexpected crises when her best friend Paige becomes old enough to join a local girls' clique, and when she makes choices which affect her relationship with an elderly blind neighbor.

Land of the buffalo bones :
ISBN: 0439220270. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York :. 2003.

Fourteen-year-old Polly Rodgers keeps a diary of her 1873 journey from England to Minnesota as part of a colony of eighty people seeking religious freedom, and of their first year struggling to make a life there, led by her father, a Baptist minister.

Runt /
ISBN: 0440419786. OCLC Number:

Clarion Books,. New York :. ©2002.

Runt, the smallest wolf cub in the litter, seeks to prove himself to his father King and the rest of the pack and to earn a new name. In this beautifully written story set in the north woods of Minnesota, four healthy wolf pups-Leader, Sniffer, Runner, and Thinker-are born one spring. And then one final, undersized pup emerges-Runt. Despite his size, Runt manages to keep up with his brothers and sisters and learn the ways of the pack. But he finds it impossible to please his father, the pack"s leader, and gradually withdraws from the others. When he ventures into forbidden human territory, Runt at last comes to understand his mistakes and to recognize his own worth. Award-winning author Marion Dane Bauer combines her gift for evocative writing with her in-depth knowledge of wolves to create a compact tale that has the power of an epic. Like the best animal stories, it reflects our own world and shows us what it means to be alive.

An early winter /
ISBN: 0440416949. OCLC Number:

Dell Yearling,. New York :. 2001, ©1999.

When eleven-year-old Tim's beloved grandfather develops Alzheimer's Disease, Tim tries to restore and save him by taking him out for a fishing adventure at the pond, but the outing turns into a disaster.

If frogs made weather /
ISBN: 0823416224. OCLC Number:

Holiday House,. New York :. ©2005.

A young child ruminates on the favorite weather of ten different animals.

A recipe for Valentine's Day /
ISBN: 0689858957. OCLC Number:

Little Simon,. New York :. ©2005.

A boy and a girl come up with a great way celebrate the perfect Valentine's day.

Toes, ears, & nose! :
ISBN: 0689847122. OCLC Number:

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Engages readers to lift the flaps to see which body parts are hiding underneath clothing.

A bear named Trouble /
ISBN: 0440421322. OCLC Number:

Clarion Books,. New York :. ©2005.

In Anchorage, Alaska, two lonely boys make a connection--a brown bear injured just after his mother sends him out on his own, and a human whose father is a new keeper at the Alaska Zoo and whose mother and sister are still in Minnesota.

The blue ghost /
ISBN: 0375833390. OCLC Number:

Random House,. New York :. ©2005.

At her grandmother's log cabin, nine-year-old Liz is led to make contact with children she believes may be her ancestors.

Grandmother's song /
ISBN: 1416968490. OCLC Number:

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A woman celebrates the arrival of her baby girl and then, years later, the similar arrival of her grandson.

Why do kittens purr? /
ISBN: 1416968504. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2003.

Simple rhymes tell why kittens, bears, kangaroos, and other animals behave the way they do.

A mummy for Owen /
ISBN: 1847380956. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Children's,. London :. 2007.

When the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami separates a young African hippopotamus from his mother, he finds a new snuggle partner in Mzee the giant tortoise. Based on a true story.

The Statue of Liberty /
ISBN: 1416934790. OCLC Number:

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An introduction to the Statue of Liberty explains how it was built, what it is made of, and the symbolism behind it, and provides interesting facts pertaining to this wonder.

Mount Rushmore /
ISBN: 1416934782. OCLC Number:

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Simple text describes the history behind the construction of the four faces on Mount Rushmore.

The very best daddy of all /
ISBN: 1416927360. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2004.

Pictures and rhyming text show how some fathers, animal, bird, and human, take care of their children by bringing them food, playing with them, and keeping them safe.

A mama for Owen /
ISBN: 068985787X. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2007.

When the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami separates a young African hippopotamus from his mother, he finds a new snuggle partner in Mzee the giant tortoise. Based on a true story.

The mighty Mississippi /
ISBN: 0689869517. OCLC Number:

Aladdin,. New York :. 2007.

Briefly describes the geography of the Mississippi River, along with some history of the transportation and commerce associated with the river.

Grand Canyon.
ISBN: 1424215579. OCLC Number:

Fitzgerald Books. . 2007.

Niagara Falls.
ISBN: 1424215528. OCLC Number:

Fitzgerald Books. . 2007.

Introduces young readers to how the Falls were made and the history that surrounds them.

Killing Miss Kitty and other sins /
ISBN: 0547076142. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. New York :. [2008], ©2007.

A series of five stories, loosely based on the author's experiences growing up on the edge of a small, industrial town in Illinois in the 1950s, touching upon such diverse topics as race relations, unwanted cats, confirmation in the Episcopal faith, and homosexuality.

Flood! /
ISBN: 1416925538. OCLC Number:

Aladdin Paperbacks,. New York :. ©2008.

All living things need water to survive. But when there is too much rain, a flood can happen. Learn how floods form and how we try to avoid them.

The green ghost /
ISBN: 0375840834. OCLC Number:

Random House Children's Books,. New York :. ©2008.

While Kaye and her parents are driving during a bad snowstorm to her grandmother's house on Christmas Eve, their car spins off the road and they take refuge in a house where Kaye meets a ghost in a green cloak.

Volcanoes! /
ISBN: 141692549X. OCLC Number:

Aladdin Paperbacks,. New York :. ©2008.

The Earth as we know it was partly created by volcanoes. Many are still active today. Learn how volcanoes form and what is going on when they erupt.

The Badlands /
ISBN: 1416954074. OCLC Number:

Aladdin,. New York :. 2008.

"Non fiction picturebook regarding the formation and history of the Badlands in South Dakota"--Provided by publisher.

Some babies are wild /
ISBN: 1591930847. OCLC Number:

Adventure Publications,. Cambridge, MN :. 2008.

Rhythmically portrays the loving relationships between baby animals and their moms, while also providing real-life photographs.

The secret of the painted house /
ISBN: 037584080X. OCLC Number:

Random House,. New York :. ©2007.

When her family moves from Chicago to the country, nine-year-old Emily is drawn to a mysterious playhouse she finds in the woods and soon meets its sad, lonely inhabitant.

Am I Blue?
ISBN: 1439505926. OCLC Number:

Paw Prints. . 2008.

The red ghost /
ISBN: 0375840818. OCLC Number:

Random House,. New York :. ©2008.

After Jenna gives her little sister an old doll dressed in red velvet as a birthday present, the occurrence of some very disturbing events make Jenna suspect the doll might be possessed.

Yellowstone /
ISBN: 1416954058. OCLC Number:

Aladdin,. New York :. 2008.

An introduction to Yellowstone National Park describes the landscape and animals found there and explains how people came to use natural means to tend the world's first national park.

Thank you for me! /
ISBN: 0689857888. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2010.

Rhythmic text enumerates what various body parts can do, including hands to clap and a body to twirl, then expresses thanks for each of those parts--and for the whole.

Harriet Tubman /
ISBN: 0545232570. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York :. ©2010.

A simple introduction to the life and work of Harriet Tubman.

Earthquake! /
ISBN: 1416925511. OCLC Number:

Aladdin,. New York :. 2009.

Explains that earthquakes are caused by plate movement.

My mother is mine /
ISBN: 1416960902. OCLC Number:

Little Simon,. New York :. 2009, ©2001.

As a child makes a Mother's Day card, various animal mothers are shown taking care of their young.

One brown bunny /
ISBN: 0439680107. OCLC Number:

Orchard Books,. New York :. 2009.

One brown bunny goes out one day and finds many friends who would like to play.

How do I love you? /
ISBN: 0545072700. OCLC Number:

Cartwheel Books,. New York :. ©2009.

"A book about how much we love our little ones"--Back cover.

Dinosaur thunder /
ISBN: 0590452967. OCLC Number:

Scholastic Press,. New York :. 2012.

Brannon is afraid of thunder until his older brother compares thunder to one of Brannon's favorite subjects--dinosaurs.

Halloween forest /
ISBN: 0823423247. OCLC Number:

Holiday House,. New York :. ©2012.

When a young boy goes out to trick-or-treat on Halloween, he encounters a spooky forest full of bones.

Little dog, lost /
ISBN: 1442434236. OCLC Number:

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2012.

A boy, a dog, and an old man are lonely before the boy plans a rally, the dog looks for a boy, and all the townspeople run to the old man's aid when lightning strikes his home and something miraculous happens.

Celebrating Massachusetts /
ISBN: 054411972X. OCLC Number:

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Takes beginning readers on a whirlwind tour of Massachusetts, the Bay state with Mr. Geo. Join this fun and funny geography teacher as he goes up and down the state visiting Boston for a Fourth of July celebration, walking the Freedom Trail, and cheering on the Boston Read Sox! He also plans to meet the Pilgrims, go whale watching, bike along the seashore and much much more.

Celebrating Illinois /
ISBN: 0544123751. OCLC Number:

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Takes beginning readers on a whirlwind tour of Illinois, the Prairie state with Mr. Geo. His first stop is Chicago for a kite-flying festival and a trip to the museum to see the biggest T. rex skeleton ever found! Then he will ride riverboats, work on a farm, climb the mysterious Cahokia Mounds and visit place where President Lincoln lived and worked, plus much more.

The Christmas baby /
ISBN: 1481444255. OCLC Number:

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A simple retelling of the Nativity story that celebrates the timeless joy of welcoming a new baby into the world.

Little cat's luck /
ISBN: 1481424882. OCLC Number:

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A little cat named Patches manages to push out a window screen and leave her house, chasing a falling leaf, and sets out to find a special place to call her own.

Jump, little wood ducks /
ISBN: 1591935857. OCLC Number:

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If you were born high up in a tree, would you jump to the ground? That’s what Wood Ducks are supposed to do, but three little ducklings aren’t so sure. Mama Wood Duck calls for them to come, but her babies just won’t budge! Will they find their courage when Mama tells them all about a Wood Duck’s wonderful life?


Body of Work

Speaking Engagements

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Bauer is primarily interested in presenting for adult groups - librarians, teachers and writers.