Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:CHILDREN Fiction

Born: in Seattle, Washington


Illinois Connection

Timberlake graduated with her Masters from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She currently resides in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Amy Timberlake is an author and illustrator. She has worked as a book reviewer & columnist, a children’s bookseller, a book event coordinator, and as the Public Information Officer of the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''The Dirty Cowboy''''' -- *Golden Kite Award, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

-- *Gold Medal, Parents Choice

-- *Notable Book, International Reading Association, 2004

-- *First Prize, Marion Vannett Ridgway Awards, 2004

-- *Finalist, Spur Award (Western Writers of America)

-- *Finalist, Southeast Booksellers Association 2004 Book Award


-- '''''That Girl Lucy Moon''''' -- *Book Sense Pick

-- *100 Titles for Reading & Sharing, New York Public Library

-- *Bank Street Best Children's Book, 2007

-- *Amelia Bloomer Book, 2007

-- *Friends of American Writers Literary Award


-- '''''One Came Home''''' -- *Newbery Honor Book

-- *ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book

-- *Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile Novel

-- *2013 Junior Library Guild pick

-- *Starred Review, Kirkus

-- *Starred Review, The Horn Book

-- *Starred Review, The School Library Journal

-- *2014 ILLINOIS READS Book


-- "Skunk and Badger"

-- *Best Book for Kids, People, 2020

-- *Best Children’s Book, Kirkus, 2020

-- *Editor’s Choice Book, Booklist. 2020

-- *Best Book of the Year, School Library Journal, 2020

-- *Best Book of the Year, Publishers Weekly, 2020

-- *Best Book of the Year, Shelf Awareness for Readers, 2020

-- *Best Book of the Year, New York Public Library, 2020

-- *Best Book of the Year, Chicago Public Library, 2020

-- *Best Book of the Year, Indigo, 2020

-- *Great Kids Book of the Year, Evanston Public Library, 2020

-- *Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens Selection, Capitol Choices, 2021

-- *Starred Review, Kirkus

-- *Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

-- *Starred Review, Booklist

-- *Nominee, Sid Fleischman Award for Humor, 2020