Marion Dane Bauer is the author of more than one hundred books for young people, ranging from novelty and picture books through early readers, both fiction and nonfiction, books on writing, and middle-grade and young-adult novels. She has won numerous awards, including several Minnesota Book Awards, a Jane Addams Peace Association Award for RAIN OF FIRE, an American Library Association Newbery Honor Award for ON MY HONOR, several state children’s choice awards and the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for the body of her work.
She is also the editor of and a contributor to the ground-breaking collection of gay and lesbian short stories, Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence.
Marion was one of the founding faculty and the first Faculty Chair for the Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her writing guide, the American Library Association Notable WHAT’S YOUR STORY? A YOUNG PERSON’S GUIDE TO WRITING FICTION, is used by writers of all ages. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen different languages.
She has six grandchildren and lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her partner and a cavalier King Charles spaniel, Dawn.
Books in order of publication:
Shelter from the Wind, 1976
Foster Child, 1977
Rain of Fire, 1983
On My Honor (Newbery Medal Winner), 1986
What’s Your Story? : a young person’s guide to writing fiction, 1992
Ghost Eye, 1992
A Taste of Smoke, 1993
(ed.) Am I Blue? : coming out from the silence, 1994
A Question of Trust, 1994
A Writer’s Story: from life to fiction, 1995
If You Were Born a Kitten, 1997
An Early Winter, 1999
My Mother is Mine, 2001
Land of the Buffalo Bones : the diary of Mary Ann Elizabeth Rodgers, an English girl in Minnesota, 2003. In the Dear America series.
Why Do Kittens Purr?, 2003
The Double-Digit Club, 2004
The Very Best Daddy of All, 2004
A Mama for Owen, 2004
A Bear Named Trouble, 2005
The Blue Ghost, 2005
Some Babies Are Wild, 2008
The Very Little Princess, 2009
The Christmas Baby, 2009
Cutest Critter, 2010
The Longest Night, 2011
In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb, 2011
Dinosaur Thunder, 2012
Halloween Forest, 2012
Little Dog, Lost, 2012
Crinkle, Crackle, Crack, It’s Spring, 2015
Little Cat’s Luck, 2016
Winter Dance, 2017
Jump Little Wood Ducks, 2017
The Stuff of Stars, 2018