Marion Dane Bauer

Marion Dane Bauer is the author of many books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor book On My Honor and the New York Times bestseller My Mother Is Mine. Her other titles include A Mama for Owen, If You Were Born a Kitten, Grandmother’s Song, and Thank You for Me! She has retired from the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults where she was the first Faculty Chair. She lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and can be reached at

Books by this Author

Little Cat's Luck
If You Were Born a Kitten
Toes, Ears, & Nose!
Wonders of America Ready-to-Read Value Pack
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From Newbery Honoree Marion Dane Bauer comes the tale of a boy who needs a dog, and a dog who needs a boy–a match made in heaven, if only the two can meet.

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Life is a gift.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Gilly Hopkins

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Running out of stories I want to write . . . but it doesn't seem to be happening.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. But and and.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. The one I have. I wouldn't choose another.

Author Voices

August 04, 2015

“Only in the insanity of corporate America can nonviolent animal rights activists be charged as terrorists while a white supremacist who gunned down African-Americans in a South Carolina church is charged on criminal counts. Only in the insanity of America can Wall Street financers implode the global economy through massive acts of fraud, causing widespread suffering, and be rewarded with trillions of dollars in government bailouts. Only in the insanity of America can government leaders wage wars that are defined as criminal acts of aggression under international law and then remain, unchallenged, in positions of power and influence. All this... see more

July 22, 2015

I am not a poet, but I do love to write verse.

I don’t make that distinction out of false humility but out of reverence for poetry and for those who create it.

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July 22, 2015

“Every artist joins a conversation
that's been going on for
even millennia,
before he or she joins the scene.”
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July 22, 2015

[I]f you are interested in the neurological impact of reading, the journal Brain Connectivity published a paper "Short- and Long-Term Effects of a Novel on Connectivity in the Brain." Basically, reading novels increases connectivity, stimulates the front temporal cortex and increases activity in areas of the brain associated with empathy and muscle memory. If you want to read the whole article, it is available at the National Institute of Health.

—Jennifer... see more

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