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

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The Wonders of America Collector's Set
The Wonderful Weather Collector's Set
Weather Ready-to-Read Value Pack
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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. 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.

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 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Emotional honesty, openness, empathy.

Author Voices

November 11, 2015

I wrote last time about revision, and I’ll return to revision here. It’s one of my favorite topics, because revision is one of my favorite activities.

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November 11, 2015

I love being an old lady. I love the gifts age brings every single day.

This is what rising to an old-lady day looks like: I am first up, and I motion our two little dogs into action. They tumble down the stairs ahead of me, eager for a brief encounter with the back yard, then breakfast. And while they are rejoicing in their own routine, I slip into mine: emptying the dishwasher, straightening the house, making coffee and carrying it to my partner, showering.

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October 14, 2015

I sold a book yesterday. Well, not yesterday-yesterday. I’m writing this in August, trying to clear uncluttered space for the longer project I’m working on, so I sold the book in my yesterday, not yours.

Not sold-sold, either. No contract. That will be months away. Certainly no advance. More months. But an e-mail to my agent saying the editor “LOVES” what... see more

October 08, 2015

For the United States, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be over soon. We will leave behind, after our defeats, wreckage and death, the contagion of violence and hatred, unending grief, and millions of children who were brutalized and robbed of their childhood. Americans who did not suffer will forget. People maimed physically or psychologically by the violence, especially the Iraqi and Afghan children, will never escape. Time and memory will play their usual tricks. Those who endured war will begin to wonder, years from now, what was real and what was not. And those who did not taste of war’s noxious poison will stop wondering at... see more

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