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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Miriam Busch  

Pen Name: Miriam Busch Goin

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: in Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Busch lives in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Miriam Busch is a freelance writer, copyeditor and proofreader. She received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. While working other jobs, she wrote in secret for many years and now writes full-time. Miriam is married to Illinois illustrator [ Larry Day.] Their first collaboration is the award-winning book, ''Lion, Lion''.

Published Works

  • Storms, National Geographic Kids, 2009
  • Lion, Lion, Balzer + Bray , 2014 - illustrated by Illinois illustrator, Larry Day
  • Raisin, The Littlest Cow, Balzer + Bray, 2017 - illustrated by Illinois illustrator, Larry Day

Selected Titles At Your Library

Storms! /
ISBN: 1426315775. OCLC Number:

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Lion, lion /
ISBN: 0062271040. OCLC Number:

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A young boy encounters a lion while trying to find his pet cat--meeting a number of other animals along the way.

Raisin, the littlest cow /
ISBN: 0062427636. OCLC Number:

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Raisin enjoys being the littlest cow in the herd, but everything changes when her baby brother arrives.


  • 2012 Herman W. Block Award
  • 2013 Jane Resh Thomas Prize
  • Lion, Lion

  • Best Books, NPR, 2014
  • Indie Bound Next List, 2014
  • Junior Library Guild Selection, 2014
  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2015
  • Raisin, The Littlest Cow

  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2018

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Miriam leads dynamic, participatory classroom discussions and workshops on everything story-related, no matter the age or genre. She tailors presentations to the particular classroom concerns of individual educators. Presentations include visual literacy, reading as writer/writing as reader, point of view, word choice, revision (revision, revision!)

    , and the writing process.

    To write Miriam directly, send letters to

    Miriam Busch c/o Harper Collins Children’s Books 195 Broadway New York, NY 10007

    To coordinate school visits or workshops, send email to


    To coordinate all other events, contact

  • Caroline Sun at

    For Rights Inquiries about

    Lion, Lion

    , contact

  • Amy Rennert at

    For all other inquiries, send email to