Marion Dane Bauer

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Marion Dane Bauer (born November 20, 1938) is an American children's author.[1]


Marion Dane Bauer was born on November 20, 1938 and brought up in Oglesby, a small prairie town in Northern Illinois. She was educated at LaSalle-Peru-Oglesby Junior College, the University of Missouri and the University of Oklahoma, where she graduated in 1962. She married Ronald Bauer, raising their two children as well as being a foster parent for other children. That marriage ended in divorce after 28 years. She has taught English at a Wisconsin high school and classes in creative writing in Minnesota.[2] Marion was one of the founders of the Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.[3] She lives and works in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Marion wanted to be a writer from an early age. As a child, she says, "I constantly made [stories] up in my head, for my dolls, for my friends. I acted them out using my cigar box filled with marbles as characters."[4] An aunt gave her vital encouragement during her teenage years, by taking her work seriously and urging her to continue writing. Bauer recalls that "the example of someone who loved writing and found doing it both good and important, probably influenced me more deeply than any other."[5]


Rain of Fire (1983) won the Jane Addams Children's Book Award in 1984. Bauer received the Kerlan Award in 1986. On My Honor (1986) won a Newbery Medal Honor in 1987, and won the William Allen White Children's Book Award in 1989. Am I Blue, an anthology of children's fiction about gay and lesbian issues, won a Lambda Literary Award in 1994, and the Stonewall Book Award for literature in 1995. The Longest Night won a Golden Kite Award for picture-book text in 2009.


  • 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
  • Runt, 2002
  • Land of the Buffalo Bones : the diary of Mary Ann Elizabeth Rodgers, an English girl in Minnesota, 2003. In the Dear America series.
  • Snow, 2003
  • Why Do Kittens Purr?, 2003
  • The Double-Digit Club, 2004
  • The Very Best Daddy of All, 2004
  • A Mama for Owen, 2004
  • Clouds, 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


  1. ^ Silvey, Anita, ed. (15 September 1995). "Bauer, Marion Dane". Children's Books and Their Creators. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. pp. 48–. ISBN 978-0-395-65380-7. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  2. ^ Gail D. Hanna (1992). A Guide for Using On My Honor in the Classroom. Teacher Created Resources. p. 6. ISBN 978-1-55734-426-7. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Vermont College of Fine Arts". Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  4. ^ Day, Frances Ann (2000). Lesbian and gay voices: An annotated bibliography and guide to literature for children and young adults. Greenwood Press, quoting from "What's Your Story?"
  5. ^ Day, Frances Ann (2000). Lesbian and gay voices: An annotated bibliography and guide to literature for children and young adults. Greenwood Press, quoting from "Authors and Artists".

Additional Sources[edit]

  • Day, Frances Ann (2000). Lesbian and Gay Voices: An Annotated Bibliography and Guide to Literature for Children And Young Adults. Greenwood Press. pp. 178–180. ISBN 0-313-31162-5.

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