Books by Marion Dane Bauer

HALLOWEEN FOREST by Marion Dane Bauer
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Elegantly designed, this collaboration shows a great respect for children's sensibilities regarding the fine lines between fear, fun and bravery. This title should be at the top of the book pile come autumn. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Veteran Bauer sends an intrepid trick-or-treater into a deliciously creepy forest full of fantastical frights and rattling menaces. Read full book review >
LITTLE DOG, LOST by Marion Dane Bauer
Released: May 1, 2012

"A perfect selection for pet lovers new to chapter books and anyone who just enjoys a cheerful dog story. (Verse fiction. 8-12)"
When her loving family—especially the boy who kisses her on the lips—moves to the city, Buddy is re-homed with a clueless though kind woman while a dog-loving boy yearns for a mutt of his own. Read full book review >
DINOSAUR THUNDER by Marion Dane Bauer
Released: May 1, 2012

"This book's big brother provides just the ticket for riding out scary times. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this perceptively illustrated take on a common theme, an older brother's comment does more than all the supposed comfort offered by grownups to dispel a child's fear of thunder. Read full book review >
THE VERY LITTLE PRINCESS:  ROSE'S STORY by Marion Dane Bauer
FICTION
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"This early chapter book sets up the premise for Zoey's story and, more importantly, prepares children for the sometimes prickly task of growing up. (Doll fantasy. 6-9) "
Rose finds a china doll abandoned in the attic in a tale that builds on the themes found in The Velveteen Rabbit. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN GHOST by Marion Dane Bauer
ANIMALS
Released: March 22, 2011

"Could purple be next? (Ghost story. 7-9)"
This ghost story by Bauer is a companion chapter book to her previous titles, The Blue Ghost, The Red Ghost and The Green Ghost (2005, 2008, 2008) and features an animal ghost—a golden dog. Read full book review >
IN LIKE A LION OUT LIKE A LAMB by Marion Dane Bauer
FICTION
Released: March 21, 2011

"A good addition to the spring shelf, it is sure to find its way, roaring and bleating, to classrooms studying similes. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In Bauer's capable hands, the age-old simile of March coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb is made quite literal. Read full book review >
THANK YOU FOR ME! by Marion Dane Bauer
FICTION
Released: March 23, 2010

"Though God is not actually mentioned in the text, this understated offering can serve as an introduction to prayer for toddlers and their families. (Picture book/religion. 1-3)"
Bauer offers a simple celebration of self suitable for babies and toddlers that identifies basic body parts and functions with gentle, rhyming text that uses just a few words per page. Read full book review >
THE VERY LITTLE PRINCESS by Marion Dane Bauer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 23, 2010

"Sayles's final art not seen. (Doll fantasy. 6-9)"
Imagine you're a four-foot-tall girl visiting a Grandmother that you never knew you had and you find a beautiful, 100-year-old doll that comes alive in your hands. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS BABY by Marion Dane Bauer
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"The concluding pages connect the birth of a modern baby, with all the attendant joy and family celebration, with the birth of the Christ Child. (Picture book/religion. 3-5)"
A charming, poetic text is marred by Cowdrey's over-sweet illustrations in this Nativity story that celebrates the miracle of birth, not only of the Christ Child but of all babies. Read full book review >
THE LONGEST NIGHT by Marion Dane Bauer
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A harmonious pairing of verbal and visual images sends a strong message of affirmation. (Picture book. 4-8)"
On the longest night of the year, when snow covers all and darkness rules, woodland creatures wonder who will be the one to bring back the sun. Read full book review >
ONE BROWN BUNNY by Marion Dane Bauer
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"A strong selection that showcases many basic concepts in an entertaining, fun-filled manner, and a solid choice for school or home. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A bright-eyed little bunny looks for playmates to share a sunny day in this engaging, energetic counting rhyme. Read full book review >
THE RED GHOST by Marion Dane Bauer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 22, 2008

"Bauer's hit on a perfect formula, and like Andrew Lang with his Fairy Books, she has many more colors to go. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Known for her ghostly tales, Bauer has successfully opened a trap door for transitional readers who want a scary—but not too scary—story. Read full book review >
THE SECRET OF THE PAINTED HOUSE by Marion Dane Bauer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 10, 2007

"There is also a valuable message woven into the tale, as Emily learns through this scare just how very important are the ordinary, even annoying things in her life, such as her little brother. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Like The Blue Ghost (2005), Bauer's latest is a well-written beginning chapter book with plenty of suspense and mystery to keep young readers turning pages. Read full book review >
KILLING MISS KITTY AND OTHER SINS by Marion Dane Bauer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 21, 2007

Five distinctly adult stories explore coming of age in 1950s Illinois. Read full book review >
A MAMA FOR OWEN by Marion Dane Bauer
ANIMALS
Released: March 27, 2007

"The story is dramatized more fully, although with almost no words, in Jeanette Winter's Mama (2006), and told with photographs and a fine narrative text in Owen & Mzee (2006), by Craig Hatkoff and his daughter Isabella. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The story of the baby hippopotamus named Owen who adopted Mzee, a century-old tortoise, as his mother, caught the world's imagination after the tsunami of 2004. Read full book review >
THE BLUE GHOST by Marion Dane Bauer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 26, 2005

"A welcome addition to the venerable Stepping Stone series. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Liz is trying to help her grandmother prepare the family's old log house for sale. Read full book review >
A BEAR NAMED TROUBLE by Marion Dane Bauer
ANIMALS
Released: May 23, 2005

"A charming, deceptively simple story with special appeal for animal lovers. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Ten-year-old Jonathan is lonely, waiting for his mother and little sister to join him and his father, the new keeper at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, but no lonelier than the three-year-old brown bear whose mother has abandoned him. Read full book review >
IF FROGS MADE WEATHER by Marion Dane Bauer
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"Bauer turns the rhyming on and off like a switch, but she introduces a thought-provoking theme for young poetry readers or listeners to consider. (Picture book/poetry. 5-7)"
Using an array of patterned, textured papers, Donohue creates colorfully dappled collage scenes for this child's rumination on what the weather would be like if different animals controlled it. Read full book review >
THE VERY BEST DADDY OF ALL by Marion Dane Bauer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2004

"A beautiful celebration of fathers of all species, complete with a separate greeting card to share. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Just in time for Father's Day, Newbery Honor author Bauer offers a companion to My Mother Is Mine (2001). Read full book review >
THE DOUBLE-DIGIT CLUB by Marion Dane Bauer
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2004

"It's a small work, with small aspirations, but what it does, it does nicely. (Fiction. 7-11)"
When nine-year-old Sarah's best friend Paige deserts her at the beginning of the summer to join the hated "Double-Digit Club"—only for those girls who have turned ten—a miserable season looms. Read full book review >
SNOW by Marion Dane Bauer
NATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"First- and second-grade teachers will find this useful in the classroom for science as well as for the easy reader shelves. (author's note) (Easy reader. 5-8)"
Bauer provides a simple explanation of snow in this beginning level easy reader, the second in a series of weather-themed volumes from this team. Read full book review >
WHY DO KITTENS PURR? by Marion Dane Bauer
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

"Full of fun, Bauer's tale is just right to share with fledgling naturalists. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Playful verses explore the mysteries of the animal kingdom with the wide-eyed wonder of a child. Read full book review >
RUNT by Marion Dane Bauer
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 21, 2002

"She also includes a bibliography that will lead readers to accurate information about wolves as well as fictional works that succeed far better than this one. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Runt is the name given to the smallest and last-born pup in the litter by King, his father. Read full book review >
LOVE SONG FOR A BABY by Marion Dane Bauer
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Fortunately, the beautiful illustrations need no addition for them to shine. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The lyrical verses of this tribute to all the things there are to love about a baby, begins as a mother tells her young son about his earliest days. Read full book review >
FROG’S BEST FRIEND by Marion Dane Bauer
FICTION
Released: March 15, 2002

"Though Frog and Turtle don't rise to the stellar level of the Frog and Toad series, more of their group's adventures would be welcome additions to the easy reader shelves. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
Bauer and Hearn (Turtle Dreams, 1997) pair up for their second easy reader about a group of forest friends, this time with the addition of an overbearing frog that wants to claim Turtle as his best friend while excluding the other animals. Read full book review >
IF YOU HAD A NOSE LIKE AN ELEPHANT’S TRUNK by Marion Dane Bauer
FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"Compare this to Jean Marzollo's and Jerry Pinkney's Pretend You're a Cat (1990) and know that this is a truly missed opportunity. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A young girl explores the fantasy of what she could do if she had the trunk of an elephant, the feet of a fly, the tongue of a snapping turtle, the jaw of a snake, or the spinnerets of a spider. Read full book review >
MY MOTHER IS MINE by Marion Dane Bauer
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"An inviting tale: just perfect for cozy moments and quiet read-alouds. (Greeting card included) (Picture book. 1-5)"
In a sweetly sentimental ode to motherhood, with a gently rhyming text, Bauer (Grandmother's Song, 2000, etc.) extols the virtues of Mom, as seen through the eyes of a bevy of animal babies. Read full book review >
GRANDMOTHER’S SONG by Marion Dane Bauer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A beautifully illustrated celebration of birth. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Bauer's (Jason's Bears, p. 627, etc.) latest effort is a sentimental tribute to motherhood, both her own and her daughter's. Read full book review >
JASON'S BEARS by Marion Dane Bauer
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2000

A child finds courage in a cookie and exacts sweet revenge on a pesky big brother, in this triumphant tale. Read full book review >
AN EARLY WINTER by Marion Dane Bauer
Released: Aug. 23, 1999

A leaden, purposeful tale of a child encountering the reality of Alzheimer's. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS IN THE FOREST by Marion Dane Bauer
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 15, 1998

"A unique—even surprising—holiday story that locates the real spirit of Christmas. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This easy-reader entry from Bauer (Alison's Fierce and Ugly Halloween, 1997, etc.) tells the story of a frosty, magical night in the forest that gives Cat a new reverence for all babies, regardless of their species. Read full book review >
IF YOU WERE BORN A KITTEN by Marion Dane Bauer
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A perfect bedtime book, this also provides some simple answers to those first questions on reproduction. (Picture book. 3-6)"
 Aspects of the birth process of a variety of animals are described in an inventive, often poetic text. Read full book review >
ALISON'S FIERCE AND UGLY HALLOWEEN by Marion Dane Bauer
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

 In this third book about Alison (Alison's Wings, 1996, etc.), she and her friend Cindy dress as pirates for Halloween, and are unhappy when no one is frightened by them. Read full book review >
ALISON'S WINGS by Marion Dane Bauer
ADVENTURE
Released: April 22, 1996

"Well-crafted, but prosaic and downbeat. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 6-8)"
 Ignoring everyone's skepticism, Alison is sure that ``girl wings'' are about to poke out of her shoulder bumps. Read full book review >
WHEN I GO CAMPING WITH GRANDMA by Marion Dane Bauer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1995

"Garns's paintings capture spectacular natural light, and have a comfortable familiarity of details; words and text encourage an attentive reading and a savoring of each page. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 In a text as spare as haiku, Bauer (Am I Blue, 1994, etc.) tells of a camping trip that includes roasting hot dogs, catching a fish (and letting it go), and taking in the natural wonder of their surroundings. Read full book review >
AM I BLUE? by Marion Dane Bauer
FICTION
Released: June 30, 1994

"A book that belongs in every YA collection. (Fiction. 12+)"
 When gay and lesbian adults write about their youthful struggles to come to terms with their gayness, they frequently lament that there was little in books to help them understand their sexuality and accept themselves. Read full book review >
A QUESTION OF TRUST by Marion Dane Bauer
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"With rare insight, Bauer delineates the web of deceptions ensnaring this family in transition, setting them well on the way to unraveling it. (Fiction. 9-12)"
 Once again, Bauer constructs a close-knit story explicating subtle ethical issues through a young person trying to work out his troubles in good faith, if sometimes wrongheadedly. Read full book review >
A TASTE OF SMOKE by Marion Dane Bauer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 18, 1993

"Well crafted and entertaining. (Fiction. 10-14)"
 Caitlin, 13, treasures the intimacy of an annual camp-out alone with her sister. Read full book review >
GHOST EYE by Marion Dane Bauer
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Hyman contributes a wealth of drawings; cats are one of her fortes, and these are a pleasure. (Fiction. 7-11)"
When old Lydia goes to a nursing home, her cat Purrloom Popcorn ("a white Cornish rex with one eye of brilliant blue and one of shining gold") goes on the competition circuit, where his extraordinary looks make him a Grand Champion. Read full book review >
WHAT'S YOUR STORY? by Marion Dane Bauer
FICTION
Released: April 20, 1992

"The book speaks directly to young writers, but many adults (teachers, librarians, reviewers, editors, would-be writers) will also find this sensible dissection of the storytelling process invaluable. (Nonfiction. 11+)"
 An award-winning novelist (On My Honor, 1987 Newbery Honor) and experienced writing teacher cogently discusses her craft. Read full book review >
FACE TO FACE by Marion Dane Bauer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 23, 1991

 In another gripping novel about a boy forced to confront his values, the author of On My Honor (Newbery Honor, 1987) examines the role of guns in the imagination of a troubled youth. Read full book review >