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General Information

Name:  Mary R Dunn  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:CHILD C:CHILD C:YA C:YA Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: March 22, 1936 in Louisville, Kentucky


Illinois Connection

Dunn graduated from the University of Illinois in Chicago. She lived in Northern Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mary Dunn taught students at the elementary and college levels. She retired as a faculty member of the English Department from the College of Lake County. She loved telling stories about her students. A prolific writer with a passion for literature, Mary authored over 30 non-fiction children's books. A frequent speaker at state, national, and international conferences on writing and literacy, Dunn was known as the ''Queen of Non-Fiction'' by some. She was a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the International Literacy Association, and Off-Campus Writers' Workshop.

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