Bonnie Christensen

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Bonnie Christensen (January 23, 1951 – January 12, 2015) was an American author and illustrator best known for writing biographies and other illustrated non-fiction books for children and young adults.


Christensen died of ovarian cancer on January 12, 2015, aged 63.[1]


As author and illustrator[edit]

  • Elvis: The Story of the Rock and Roll King, Henry Holt, 2015
  • I, Galileo, Alfred A. Knopf, NY, 2012
  • Plant a Little Seed, Roaring Brook Press, NY, 2012
  • Fabulous, A Portrait of Andy Warhol, Henry Holt, 2011
  • Django, World's Greatest Jazz Guitarist, Roaring Brook Press, NY, 2009
  • The Daring Nellie Bly, Alfred A. Knopf, NY, 2003
  • In My Grandmother’s House, HarperCollins, NY, 2003
  • Woody Guthrie, Poet of the People, Alfred A. Knopf, NY, 2001
  • Rebus Riot!, Dial/Penguin, NY, 1997
  • An Edible Alphabet, Dial/Penguin, NY, 1994

As illustrator[edit]


Christensen received a number of book awards including an American Library Association Schneider Family Book Award (for Django, World's Greatest Jazz Guitarist in 2010),[2] a Kirkus "Best Children's Book of 2006" designation (for her illustrations in Pompeii, Lost and Found in 2006),[3] an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award (for The Daring Nellie Bly in 2004),[4] and a Horn Book-Boston Globe Honor Award,[5] a Parent's Choice Gold Award,[6] a designation of "Best Book Of the Year" by Publishers Weekly, a "Notable Books" designation by the New York Times Book Review,[7] and a New York Book Show Award (for Woody Guthrie, Poet of the People in 2001).


  1. ^ "Obituaries: Bonnie Christensen". The Wilson Times. Archived from the original on February 1, 2015. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  2. ^ "Schneider Family Book Award". Retrieved 2015-04-05.
  3. ^ Mary Pope Osborne. "POMPEII". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2015-04-05.
  4. ^ "The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio". Retrieved 2015-04-05.
  5. ^ "Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards". Archived from the original on 2011-10-19. Retrieved 2015-04-05.
  6. ^ "Woody Guthrie: Poet of the People". Parents' Choice Foundation. Retrieved 2015-04-05.
  7. ^ Klass, Perri (2001-11-18). "CHILDREN'S BOOKS - This Land Was His Land". Retrieved 2015-04-05.

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