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

If You Were Born a Kitten
Toes, Ears, & Nose!
Wonders of America Ready-to-Read Value Pack
Little Dog, Lost
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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 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Emotional honesty, openness, empathy.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I care about and am interested in other people.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. A blue sky, lots of trees around, some water, someone I love close by . . . and, of course, a small dog enjoying it all, too.

Author Voices

April 22, 2015

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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

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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