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. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. I would love to be able to sing and to draw, to do carpentry and to fix a motor, but I have to be content with playing with words.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. The women who homesteaded the upper plains in the Midwest.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. But and and.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Gilly Hopkins

Author Voices

April 22, 2015

Sometimes I think that because it is so difficult to reconcile the wonder and horror of childhood, people make a choice to remember only one or the other.
—Richard Hoffman, “Backtalk: Notes Toward an Essay on Memoir”
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April 22, 2015

Mostly when I think of pacing, I go back to Elmore Leonard, who explained it so perfectly by saying he just left out the boring parts. This suggests cutting to speed the pace, and that’s what most of us end up having to do (kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings)…I got a scribbled comment that changed the way I rewrote my fiction once and forever. Jotted below the machine-generated signature of the editor was this mot: “Not bad, but PUFFY. You need to revise for length. Formula: 2nd Draft = 1st Draft – 10%. Good... see more

April 22, 2015

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April 22, 2015

A discussion has been going on the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators site as to whether it’s necessary these days to be wealthy, connected or supported to launch a career writing children’s books.

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