Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Joan Bauer  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:CHILD Fiction

Born: 1951 in Oak Park, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Bauer was born in Oak Park and grew up in River Forest, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Joan Bauer worked as a freelancer for broadcast and television before she started writing children’s books. Her first book was an immediate success and received several awards. Joan Bauer currently resides in New York.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''Squashed''''' *Delacorte Prize for an Outstanding First Young Adult Novel *School Library Journal Best Book of the Year '''''Thwonk''''' *ALA Best Book for Young Adults *ALA Top Ten Quick Pick for Young Adults *YALSA Popular Paperback '''''Backwater''''' *Smithsonian Magazine Best Book '''''Hope Was Here''''' *Newbery Honor Award *Christopher Award *Michigan’s Thumbs Up Award *M. Jerry Weiss Reading Award *ALA Notable Book *ALA BBYA '''''Stand Tall''''' *ALA Notable Book '''''Best Foot Forward''''' *NY Library Association, Book for All Seasons *ALA Best Book for Young Adults '''''Rules of the Road''''' *2013 ILLINOIS READS Book *ALA Top Young Adult Books of the Quarter Century *Los Angeles Times Book Prize *Golden Kite Award of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators *ALA Notable Book *ALA Best Book for Young Adults *ALA Quick Pick *School Library Journal Best Book of the Year *American Bookseller “Pick of the Lists” *BCCB Blue Ribbon Book '''''Close to Famous''''' *American Library Association’s Schneider Family Book Award *Christopher Award *Judy Lopez Memorial Prize '''''Almost Home''''' *Texas Lone Star Book *2013 Bank Street College Best Children’s Book