Karen Ackerman

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Karen Ackerman
Born (1951-10-09) October 9, 1951 (age 67)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Occupationchildren's author
Notable works
  • The Leaves in October (1991)
  • The Broken Boy New York: Philomel (1991)
  • The Night Crossing (1994)
Notable awardsCaldecott Medal, 1989, for Song and Dance Man

Karen Ackerman (born October 9, 1951, Cincinnati, Ohio)[1] is an American author of children's books.


She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from Woodward High School in 1969.[2]


Ackerman's first children's book was published in 1982. She has since published over twenty-five books. Her books have won many awards including Parents' Choice, ABA Pick of the List, ALA Notable Books, Children's Book Council/NCSS Notable Books in the Field of Social Studies, New York Library Best List, Horn Book's Best, and School Library Journal Best Books.

Her picture-book Song and Dance Man, illustrated by Stephen Gammell, won the 1989 Caldecott Medal.[3]


Caldecott Medal, 1989, for the book Song and Dance Man, illustrated by Stephen Gammell, Knopf, 1988[4]


Picture books[edit]

  • Flannery Row New York: Atlantic Monthly (1986)
  • Song & Dance Man (1988)
  • Theo's Vineyard (1989)
  • Araminta's Paint Box, illustrated by Betsy Lewin. (1990)
  • The Banshee illustrated by David Ray. New York: Philomel (1990)
  • Just Like Max illustrated by George Schmidt. New York: Knopf (1990)
  • The Tin Heart (1990)
  • Moveable Mabeline (1990)
  • When Mama Retires New York: Knopf (1992)
  • I Know A Place, illustrated by Deborah Kogan Ray. New York: Houghton Mifflin (1992)
  • This Old House New York: Atheneum (1992)
  • By the Dawn's Early Light, illustrated by Catherine Stock (1994)
  • The Sleeping Porchillustrated by Elizabeth Sayles. New York: Morrow (1995)
  • Bingleman's Midway, illustrated by Barry Moser. Honesdale: Boyds Mills Press (1995)
  • In the Park With Dad: A Story for Kids Whose Parents Don't Live Together illustrated by Linda Crockett-Blassingame. Boston: Pauline Books and Media (1996)
  • Walking With Clara Belle illustrated by Debbie Mason. Boston: Pauline Books and Media (1996)
  • Bean's Big Day (2004)


  • The Leaves in October (1991)
  • The Broken Boy New York: Philomel (1991)
  • The Night Crossing (1994)


  1. ^ "Ohio Birth Index, 1908-2011". Ohio Department of Health. October 30, 1961. Retrieved October 13, 2015.
  2. ^ "Karen Ackerman". Upper Arlington City School District. April 20, 2003. Retrieved February 17, 2010.
  3. ^ American Library Association: Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938 – Present; accessed May 27, 2009.
  4. ^ "Caldecott Medal & Honor Books, 1938–Present". Association for Library Service to Children. Retrieved February 17, 2010.