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Pen Name: None

Genre: C:CHILDREN Fiction

Born: March 10, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois


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Cooper was born in Chicago and currently lives in Highland Park.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ilene Cooper writes across genres and ages groups. She was born in Chicago and grew up in the city's Rogers Park neighborhood. After graduating Sullivan High School, she attended the University of Missouri Journalism School where she majored in Radio and Television. She worked as an editorial researcher at Chicago's WGN TV station for several years. She earned a master's degree in library science from Rosary College.As a youth librarian, Ilene worked at several branches of the Chicago Public Library and at the Winnetka Public Library District before becoming the children's books editor of ''Booklist'', the review journal of the American Library Association. She's a popular speaker at schools and libraries and has written for the New York Times as well as for television. In her twenty year career, Cooper published over thirty books.

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