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 MarionDaneBauer.com.

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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LITTLE DOG, LOST Trailer

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. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Walking outside and cooking.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Pretty quiet.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Emotional honesty, openness, empathy.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. I've made lots of misteps in my life, but there isn't much I regret, because all brought me to this moment.

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April 22, 2015



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April 22, 2015

Part of learning to create things well is just practice—putting in your time, keeping at it, refusing to give up when you make mistakes, which you are going to do a lot. Nowadays, people are calling the willingness to persist like this: grit. And yet there is another aspect to this business of creating things—call it joy, or inspiration, or magic, or whatever. And this part has very little to do with stiffening your spine and pushing past difficulties. So, in Falcon, I tried to evoke that delicate balancing act of grit and magic.  — see more

April 22, 2015

Our most creative act can be the letting go.

I’m not talking about giving up, though sometimes giving up may be called for. Looking back over a long career, however, I can see that the times I gave up on a major project were usually a mistake. But right now I’m talking about the moment when I release something I’m working on so that it can come back to me fresh.

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