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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dorothy Haas  

Pen Name: Dan McCune, Dee Francis

Genre: C:CHILD Fiction

Born: 1935 in Racine, Wisconsin


Illinois Connection

Haas lived in Chicago and many of her books are set in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dorothy Haas was an editor and author who specialized in books for children and young adults. After graduating from Marquette in 1955, she took a summer job with Whitman Publishing Division of Western Publishing Company in Racine. Soon after, she became a senior editor and worked there until 1968 then started working as the senior editor for Worldbook Childcraft in Chicago.

At Whitman, Haas developed and supervised several series of books for young children. In addition to editing these books, Ms. Haas published her first book ''Little Joe's Puppy'' and also authored over twenty picture books for Whitman. In 1970, Haas started working with Rand-McNally as the editor of books for children and young adults. As an Editor, she shephered more than 600 books for children across a wide spectrum. After her retirement in 1983, she devoted herself to writing on a full-time basis. She wrote more than 50 titles, ranging from picture books for toddlers through novels and books on science, sports, and biography for teenaged readers. Titles include, "The Bears Upstairs," and "The Secret Life of Dilly McBean." Many of her books are set in Chicago where she lives. Her books have won awards based on votes by children in many states.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- ''Children's Reading Round Table Award'' for Distinguished Service in the Field of Children's Literature in 1979 Deutscher Jugendbuchpreise in 1980 for ''The Bears Upstairs'' ''Lifetime of Literary Achievement'' from the Society of Midland Authors in 1995