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Steve Layne

Born: 1965 in Crawfordsville, Indiana
Pen Name: Steven L. Layne

Connection to Illinois: Steve lives in St. Charles, Illinois.

Biography: Steve is an associate professor of education and literature at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois.

  • -- IRA Young Adult Choice
  • -- Hal Clement Award - Best U.S. Science Fiction Novel for Teens
  • -- IRA/CBC Children's Choice
  • -- Learning Magazine Teacher's Choice Award

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Children; Children; Young adult readers

Steve Layne on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Igniting a passion for reading :
ISBN: 1571103856 OCLC: 426796659

Steven Layne shows teachers practical ways to engage and inspire readers from kindergarten through high school, to develop readers who are not only motivated to read great books, but also love reading in its own right. --from publisher description.

Life's literacy lessons :
ISBN: 0872072770 OCLC: 50722304

International Reading Association, Newark, Del. : ©2003.

Love the baby /
ISBN: 1589803922 OCLC: 73741800

Pelican Pub. Co., Gretna, La. : ©2007.

An older brother at first resents his new sibling, but eventually he starts to love the baby.

Mergers /
ISBN: 1589805380 OCLC: 180989555

Pelican, Gretna, La. : 2007.

"Four "deviant" teenagers, each with a special power, struggle to survive in a future where the Legion for World Alliance has merged all the earth's peoples into one combined race."--NoveList.

My brother Dan's delicious /
ISBN: 1589800710 OCLC: 49942506

Pelican Pub., Gretna : 2003.

When he finds that he is home alone for the first time, a bright eight-and-a-half-year-old boy informs any monsters that might be lurking in the house that his older brother Dan is worth the wait.

Over land and sea :
ISBN: 1589801822 OCLC: 54408099

Pelican Pub. Co., Gretna, La. : 2005.

Two parents describe their journey over land and sea to find the child that belongs in their family, as well as all of the joy and love the new baby brings.

Paradise lost /
ISBN: 1589805909 OCLC: 567106645

Pelican Pub., Gretna, La. : 2011.

When former wallflower Chase Maxfield returns to school in the fall as a hunky high schooler, his too-good-to-be-true physical transformation unsettles Jack, who discovers that the dangerous, utopia-building Mr. Eden may still be alive.

Preacher's night before Christmas /
ISBN: 1589803213 OCLC: 64688237

Pelican, Gretna [La.] : ©2006.

Everything is going wrong as Pastor McDougall tries to get ready for the Christmas Eve play, and it takes a visit from St. Nick to remind him what Christmas is really about.

Stay with Sister /
ISBN: 1455615234 OCLC: 747534344

Pelican Pub., Gretna, La. : 2012.

When a boy who does not like continually being asked to keep an eye on his younger sister is sent to his room for leaving her alone one too many times, she helps him realize that being a big brother has its rewards.

Teachers' night before Halloween /
ISBN: 1589805852 OCLC: 191846931

Pelican Pub. Co., Gretna, La. : 2008.

In this reimagining of Clement Moore's holiday poem, it's the day before Halloween, and the teachers look for a way to escape the annual Halloween Day parade. But when the principal issues a memo that says all teachers must attend the parade, the faculty wake up on Halloween morning filled with dread.

The principal's night before Christmas /
ISBN: 1589802527 OCLC: 55019427

Pelican Pub., Gretna, La. : 2004.

Problems with naughty students, paperwork, and complicated field trips keep Principal Swell at his office on Christmas Eve and he just cannot seem to make it home to his family until a jolly old man appears to help with his chores. After a visit to teachers of the mell, Santa hurries to school to visit with the principal. This parody of Clement Moore's, a Visit from St. Nicholas finds Principal Swell dealing with malfunctioning computers, school bus delays, irate parents, and reports on state mandated testing before he can join his family for the holidays.

This side of paradise /
ISBN: 1589802543 OCLC: 61271896

Pelican, Gretna, La. : 2005.

Jack Barret is a junior in high school. When his perfectionist father starts working for the Eden Corporation and forcibly moves the family to the corporation's village called Paradise, Jack uncovers a sinister plot in the pursuit of perfection.

Thomas's sheep and the great geography test /
ISBN: 1565542746 OCLC: 36993640

Pelican Pub., Gretna : ©1998.

Worried about an upcoming geography test, Thomas finds himself unable to fall asleep until he tries counting sheep.

Thomas's sheep and the spectacular science project /
ISBN: 1589802101 OCLC: 54408150

Pelican Pub. Co., Gretna, La. : 2004.

Determined to prove himself at his new school by creating the best science project ever, Thomas becomes so immersed in his study of the solar system that he dreams of astronaut sheep who fly a spacecraft to Mars and beyond.

Verses for dad's heart /
ISBN: 1589801458 OCLC: 52979065

Pelican Pub. Co., Gretna, La. : 2004.

A collection of poems that celebrate the bond between children and their fathers.

Verses for mom's heart /
ISBN: 1589803205 OCLC: 59147943

Pelican Pub. Co., Gretna, La. : 2005.

Verses for mom's heart.

W is for windy city :
ISBN: 9781585365708 OCLC: 871068599

Lake Shore Drive, the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier ... just the mention of these iconic sights conjures up a skyline known the world over as the Windy City. Welcome to Chicago! And there's no better guidebook to the city than W is for Windy City: A Chicago Alphabet. Following the alphabet, the city's character and familiar landmarks are fully captured in poem and expository text. A is for Art Institute or Adler Planetarium. And if we want a triple A, we'll add the Shedd Aquarium. Young readers can marvel at the treasures on display at the renowned Art Institute, go window shopping along Michigan Avenue's mile-long Magnificent Mile, or take in an afternoon game at Wrigley Field with the Chicago Cubs.