Marion Dane Bauer is the author of more than 80 books, ranging from board books and picture books through easy readers, both fiction and nonfiction, and middle-grade and young-adult novels, including her Newbery Honor title in 1987 for ON MY HONOR.  She was one of the founders and the first Faculty Chair of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults.  


Recently released LITTLE DOG, LOST (Atheneum; May 2012), noted as "charming" by PW, was credited by both Kirkus and Booklist with glowing, starred reviews.  

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"Wholly satisfying ... A perfect selection for pet lovers new to chapter books and anyone who just enjoys a cheerful dog story.... Excellent for young readers and all cat lovers."

-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) (Little Cat's Luck)






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"My four year old son and I are reading this book now for the 3rd or 4th time. He cries and laughs, and asks me to read it to him again and again. The first time we read it, we did so over three nights, and each morning he said, 'I can't wait to find out what happens to Buddy and Mark!' This is a lovely lovely book."

-Will's mom, (Little Dog, Lost)




"Here is a tale that warms the heart from top to bottom and back again. This is storytelling in all its glory."

-Kathi Appelt, author of the Newbery Honor Book The Underneath (Little Dog, Lost)


"Newbery Honor–author Bauer (On My Honor) crafts distinct voices for each character and develops a strong sense of place in the close-knit town of Erthly ... Any child who has ever longed for a pet or tried to convince a parent to give in to a dear wish will identify with Mark."

-Publishers Weekly (Little Dog, Lost)



"…the rapid, immediate free verse will grab readers with first the longing and loneliness and then, in contrast, the boy and dog in bliss. Great for sharing with pet lovers."

-Booklist (Little Dog, Lost)




"An exemplary addition to the shelves of nature-themed picture books."

-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) (Winter Dance)




"Bauer's verselike text pairs gracefully with smudgy and similarly understated scenes from British illustrator Jones: the text and artwork work in tandem to suggest the hushed onset of winter while carrying readers forward with the swiftness of a snow flurry."

-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Winter Dance)




"Inspired by the author's discovery of the foxes' dance in the woods of the North, the descriptive, lyrical text and its placement imitate the dance’s movement. A suggested first purchase suitable for young readers in libraries and classrooms studying seasons and animal behavior."

-School Library Journal (Winter Dance)




"The regular pattern of Bauer's text provides excellent support for pre-readers, while remaining sweetly simple. However, it’s Jones' soft-lined, textured illustrations that steal the show, as they cast beautiful forest scenes across the page, using a cool wintry palette against which the fox’s orangey-red fur pops."

-Booklist (Starred Review) (Winter Dance)




"Bauer’s lyrical free-verse love song to Earth, to the listener, and to all creatures is accessible to everyone living on 'one lucky planet, a fragile blue ball we call Earth.'"

-Booklist (Starred Review)




". . . powerful words build the story of the creation of the universe, presenting the science in poetic free verse."

-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)




"In spare, supple verse, Newbery Honor author Bauer tells a big story. . . ."

-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)




"An inspiring match of writing and art. Perfect for one-on-one sharing."

-School Library Journal (Starred Review)