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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Patricia Brennan Demuth  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1948 in Souix City, Iowa


Illinois Connection

Brennan Demuth lived in Chicago for thirty-five years.

Biographical and Professional Information

Patricia Brennan Demuth is the author of many award-winning children's fiction and non-fiction books. She grew up in a little Iowa town with a big family and imagination. After college, she moved to New York. From midtown Manhattan, Patricia moved with her family to an Illinois farm where resided for thirty-five years. She now lives in Wisconsin.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''The Ornery Morning''''' *Best Summer Reading for Kids, CBS “This Morning” '''''Max, The Bad Talking Parrot''''' *Georgia Children's Storybook Award *Children's Choice, International Reading Assoc., 1987 *Children's Choice, Children's Book Council, 1987 '''''In Trouble with Teacher''''' *Children’s Book of the Year, Bank Street College Child Study Children’s Book Committee '''''Those Amazing Ants''''' *Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children, National Science Teachers Association and the Children’s Books Council, 1995 *100 Best Nonfiction Books for Children, selected by Judy Freeman *Nonfiction 71 Top Books of the Century, Instructor Magazine, March 2001 '''''Joel Growing Up a Farm Man''''' *Best Children’s Book, Society of Midland Authors *Outstanding Book in Social Sciences, National Council for the Social Studies & Children’s Book Council *CCBC Choice, Cooperative Children’s Book Center, School of Education *The Best In Children’s Books, ''The University of Chicago’s Guide'' '''''City Horse''''' *Junior Literary Guild Selection *Sequoyah’s Children’s Books Masterlist, Oklahoma Library Association *The Best In Children’s Books, ''The University of Chicago’s Guide'' '''''Way Down Deep''''' *Children’s Books of the Year, Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College '''''Cradles in the Trees''''' *Winner, ''WINNERS! Handbook