Dori Chaconas

“Every year, the Children’s Book Award Committee of the Wisconsin Library Association’s Youth Services Section honors a Wisconsin author or illustrator for contributions to the world of children’s literature. This year, Dori Chaconas has been chosen as the 2016 Notable Wisconsin Author/Illustrator for youth literature.

The Committee recognizes her accomplishments through the numerous children’s books she has created. We are also impressed by her dedication to supporting other writers as they hone their craft. We are truly honored to claim Dori Chaconas as a Wisconsin author.”

Dori Chaconas was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and still enjoys life in that beautiful state.  The second child in a family of seven children, Dori fell into the role of storyteller and nursery rhyme singer for her younger siblings. She learned story pacing in those early years. If the action lagged, her fidgety audience scattered.

Dori began writing for children in 1997.  Her stories are often touched with humor and frequently reflect the warmth of family life. She gives credit to her parents for giving her a strong sense of family, and to her children and grandchildren for keeping it alive.

Dori's Published Books, Awards and Notable and Starred Reviews

Merry Merry Holly Holly
by Dori Chaconas
Ill by Lisa McCue
ISBN: 978-0-451-47501-5
Release date: October 20, 2015

There’s something special about the day. But what?
To find out, best friends Cork the muskrat and Fuzz
the possum go in search of a good thinking tree for
a little ‘piece of quiet.’ They find chirping birds, nut
throwing squirrels, and jingly bells – but a piece of quiet is difficult to find.

In their first-ever picture book, Cork and Fuzz
celebrate the special season, the wonder of the out-
doors, and the importance of friendship.

Hurry Down to Derry Fair
Illustrated by Gillian Tyler
Candlewick 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7636-3208-3

Don’t Slam the Door
Illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
Candlewick 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7636-3709-5

Mousie Love
Illustrated by Josée Masse
Bloomsbury Children’s Books
ISBN: 978-1-59990-111-4

Baby’s Song
Illustrated by Deborah Perez-Stable
Abingdon Press
ISBN 978-0-687-49254-1

Looking for Easter
Illustrated by Margie Moore
Albert Whitman & Company
ISBN 978-0-8075-4749-6

Pennies in a Jar

Illustrated by Ted Lewin
Peachtree 2007
ISBN 978-1-56145-422-8
*Council of Wisconsin Writers Arthur Tofte / Betty  Ren Wright Children’s Literature
*Honorable Mention Kansas State Reading Circle Review
*Bank Street Best Children’s Books of 2008

Coriander the Contrary Hen
Illustrated by Marsha Gray Carrington
ISBN 978-1-57505-749-1
*Library Media Connection  Starred Review

Virginnie’s Hat
Illustrated by Holly Meade
ISBN 978-0-76362-397-5
*Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year 2008

Dancing With Katya
Illustrated by Constance Bergum
Peachtree 2006
ISBN 1-56145-376-5
*Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2007
*IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities 2009

When Cows Come Home for Christmas
Illustrated by Lynne Chapman
Albert Whitman & Company 2005
ISBN 0-8075-8877-6

Christmas Mouseling
Illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung
Viking Children’s Books 2005
ISBN 0-670-05984-6

That Blessed Christmas Night
Illustrated by Deborah Perez-Stable
Abingdon Press 2004
ISBN 0-687-00626-0

Goodnight, Dewberry Bear
Illustrated by Florence Davis
Abingdon Press 2003
ISBN 0-687-02691-1

Momma, Will You?
Illustrated by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher
Viking Children’s Books 2004
ISBN 0-670-05907-2
*Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Selection

One Little Mouse
Illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Viking Children’s Books 2002
ISBN 0-670-88947-4

On A Wintry Morning
Illustrated by Stephen T. Johnson
Viking Children’s Books 2000
ISBN 0-670-89245-9
*Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review
*School Library Journal Starred Review
*Archer/Eckblad Council for Wisconsin Writer’s Award 2000

Dori's Published Books, Awards and Notable and Starred Reviews

Cork and Fuzz: The Swimming Lesson
Illustrated by Lisa McCue
Viking EZ-To-Read 2011
ISBN: 978-0-670-01281-7

Cork and Fuzz: The Babysitters
Viking EZ-To-Read 2010
ISBN: 978-0-670-01200-8
* A Junior Library Guild Selection
* CCBC Choices 2011 Selection
*Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award Winner

Cork and Fuzz: Finders Keepers 
Illustrated by Lisa McCue
Viking EZ-To-Read 2009
ISBN: 978-0-670-01113-1
* Junior Library Guild Premiere Selection
*Chicago Public Library BEST OF THE BEST Book 2009

Cork and Fuzz: The Collectors
Illustrated by Lisa McCue
Viking EZ-To-Read 2008
ISBN 978-0-670-06286-7
*CCBC Choices Award 2009
*Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year 2009

Cork and Fuzz: Good Sports
Illustrated by Lisa McCue
Viking EZ-To-Read 2007
ISBN 0-670-06145-X
* CCBC Choices Award 2008
* Garden State Children’s Book Award 2009-2010 Master List

Cork and Fuzz: Short and Tall
Illustrated by Lisa McCue
Viking EZ-To-Read 2006
ISBN 0-670-05985-4
*Starred Review  Kirkus
* A Junior Library Guild Selection
* 2007 Texas 2 X 2 Reading List
* 2007 ALA Notable List
* CCBC Choices Award 2007
* Garden State Children’s Book Award 2008-2009

Cork and Fuzz
Illustrated by Lisa McCue
Viking EZ-To-Read Book 2005
ISBN 0-670-03602-1
*Starred Review – Kirkus
*Chicago Public Library BEST OF THE BEST Book 2005
*2008-2009 Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award

Professional  Activities:

Kathryn Heling – School Psychologist; former special education teacher
Deborah Hembrook – Kindergarten-1st grade multi-age teacher
Active members of SCBWI; attendees and presenters at SCBWI workshops and other author events 

Kathryn E. Heling and Deborah K. Hembrook

Kate lives in Wisconsin. With her husband, she enjoys travel, golf, and especially spending time with their son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren. Kate worked as a special education teacher for ten years, then a school psychologist for 25+ years.

Debbie lives in Wisconsin. She enjoys biking and other outdoor activities, especially time spent with her husband on their country lot.  Debbie has taught Pre-K to 1st grade teacher since 1980. She currently teaches Kindergarten, with a particular passion for teaching math.

Kate and Debbie have worked collaboratively since 1997, writing books for young children.

Kate and Deb's Published Books, Awards and Notable and Starred Reviews

Clothesline Clues to Sports People Play, Charlesbridge, August, 2015

Yellow, Yellow, Yellow, (poem and craft), Highlights, July, 2014

Ten Lucky Leprechauns, Scholastic 2012; Cartwheel 2013

Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do, Charlesbridge, July, 2012
(Named to the Bank Street College of Educations’ Best Children’s Books of the Year 2013 list and to the Best Children’s Book of the Year (2013) list by the Children’s Book Committee)

Ten Grouchy Groundhogs, simultaneous publication by Cartwheel and Scholastic, December, 2009

Midnight Fright, simultaneous publication by Cartwheel and Scholastic, August, 2008

I Wish I Was Strong Like Manuel, Raven Tree Press, Spring, 2008
(Named to the ABC Best Books for Children 2008 catalog)

I Wish I Was Tall Like Willie, Raven Tree Press, Spring, 2008
(Named to the Book Sense Summer 2008 Children’s Picks List and named to the ABC Best Books for Children 2008 catalog)

I Wish I Had Freckles Like Abby, Raven Tree Press, Spring, 2007
(Society of School Librarians International 2007 Honor Book and named a best book for children in 2008 by the Kansas Reading Circle Commission)

I Wish I Had Glasses Like Rosa, Raven Tree Press, Spring, 2007
(Named a best book for children in 2008 by the Kansas Reading Circle   Commission)

Bear’s Big Ideas, Random House, October, 2005

Mouse’s Hide-and-Seek Words, Random House, May 2003
(Mouse’s Hide-and-Seek Words was a 2004 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award Winner. Subsidiary rights were sold to Scholastic book fairs and book clubs.)

Mouse Makes Magic, Random House, August 2002

Mouse Makes Words, Random House, January 2002
(Subsidiary rights for above two books were sold to Scholastic book fairs and book clubs. The same two books were also among featured selections in the April 2003 Children’s Book- of-the-Month-Club.)

Contributing authors to Educators as Writers: Publishing for Personal and Professional Development; Peter Lang Publishers; September, 2006

Five Little Piggies, (story and craft), Highlights, publishing date to be determined

Robert Young

Robert Young is a teacher, writing consultant, and author of children’s books. Topics for his books reflect his many interests and curiosities, including history, sports, and fascinating people. The joys and challenges of working with words awaken him most every morning. Even holidays.

When not writing, Robert enjoys sailing, hiking, and traveling to places both near and far. He especially likes visiting schools to talk with kids and teachers about writing. Originally from the east coast, Robert now lives in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, near the hawks, trails, and water he loves.

Chomp! A Chewer’s Guide to Gum, Real Writing Press, 2014.

Moving Targets, Real Writing Press, 2013.

Who Stinks?, Bushbaby Press, 2012.

A Dog’s Journey West with Lewis and Clark, Your Town Press, 2012.

The Magic of A.C. Gilbert, Real Writing Press, 2011.

Not Fair! The Story of Abigail Scott Duniway, Mad Dog Press, 2008.

A Dog’s Journey West with Lewis and Clark, Mad Dog Press, 2003.

A Personal Tour of Ellis Island, Lerner, 2001.

A Personal Tour of Old Ironsides, Lerner, 2000.

A Personal Tour of Camden Yards, Lerner, 1999.

A Person Tour of Mesa Verde, Lerner, 1999.

A Personal Tour of Monticello, Lerner, 1999.

A Personal Tour of La Purisima, Lerner, 1999.

Game Day, Carolrhoda, 1998

Bubble Gum Science, Klutz Press, 1997.

A Household History of Money, Carolrhoda, 1997.

The American Revolution: Who Were the Real Patriots? Dillon Press, 1996.

The Transcontinental Railroad: American at Its Best? Dillon Press, 1996.

The Emancipation Proclamation: Why Lincoln Really Freed the Slaves, Dillon Press, 1994.

Hiroshima: Fifty Years of Debate, Dillon Press, 1994.

Bears, Buttons, and Bananas, Good Apple, 1994.

Pencils, Pennies, and Popcorn, Good Apple, 1993.

Miniature Vehicles, Dillon Press, 1993.

Sports Cards, Dillon Press, 1993.

Teddy Bears, Dillon Press, 1992.

Dolls, Dillon Press, 1992.

Action Figures, Dillon Press, 1992.

Sneakers: The Shoes We Choose, Dillon Press, 1991.

Christopher Columbus and His Voyage to the New World, Silver Press, 1990.

The Chewing Gum Book, Dillon Press, 1989.

A Personal Tour of Monticello, Virginia Literary Awards Finalist, 2000.

Bubble Gum Science, Parent’s Choice Approved, 1999.

A Household History of Money, Notable Children’s Trade Book in Social Studies, Children’s Book      Council, 1999.

Both Sides series, Top Titles for Adult New Readers, Public Library Association, 1997.

Sports Cards, Children’s Choice Award, International Reading Council/Children’s Book Council, 1990.

Cyndi Willenbrock

Cyndi lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her two dogs, Marshall and Mooshy.  Marshall’s journey inspired Cyndi to write her first children’s book, Marshall the Miracle Dog, and produce the Feature Film, Marshall’s Miracle, which released in theaters 2015.

Awards and Recognition

The rescue of Marshall and the 82 dogs living in deplorable conditions occurred when discovered by Animal Planet while filming an episode of Confessions: Animal Hoarding.  With the success of the self-published Children’s Picture Book(Aug 2012), Marshall the Miracle Dog, Marshall and owner/Author, Cyndi Willenbrock have received over 2000 requests from schools and organizations nationwide.  Marshall’s life has also inspired a Feature Family Film, Marshall’s Miracle, released in theaters September 2015.

Marshall appeals to a wide audience of all ages: animal lovers, teachers, parents, students, and people living with disabilities (physical, learning or mental).  Because Marshall’s messages are equally weighted with animal rescue and bullying prevention/character education, Marshall has received numerous endorsements and national organization partnerships as well as over 100 tv/print interviews/articles (see attached list of links)

Endorsed by/Partnerships with:

Girl Scouts of America:
-GS of America approved the use of Girl Scouts branding and members to be used in Marshall’s movie.
-Girl Scouts of Eastern MO(largest GS chapter in America) developed the first ever GS Bullying Prevention patch–The Marshall Movement Patch

4-H (7 million members nationally):
-4-H is currently launching the Marshall Mentor Program nationwide. This program is a 6 week program that enables Marshall to be in classrooms everywhere through training High School students to teach a 6 weeks program to younger students in schools within their community. The Mentor program is developed surrounding the messages from Marshall the Miracle Dog.
-4-H has also endorsed and loaned their 4-H brand in the movie, Marshall’s Miracle.

Humane Society of Mo endorsed book, wrote afterward and added logo to cover of Marshall the Miracle Dog as well as the film, Marshall’s Miracle

Association of Professional Humane Educators developed Follow up Discussion questions to accompany Marshall’s movie

PACER, largest national bullying prevention organization

CharacterPLUS/CEP–works to oversee and award schools with honor of “National Schools of Character”

Marshall has become a “brand” that spans many media platforms and has these

Current/Upcoming Projects:

Theatrical release of Marshall’s Miracle in select major cities Aug 2015, and release of Digital/DVD Oct 2015. Film inspired by the book, Marshall the Miracle Dog
Theatrical release of Marshall’s Miracle in the UK/Ireland and release of Digital/DVD April 2016
The Marshall Mentor Program, a national Bullying curriculum developed by experts in the field launched with schools and 4-H, launched 2015, which ensures the overall vision of Marshall to be carried to students throughout the country
Sequel, Marshall’s Christmas Miracle, begin filming March/April (production 2016)
Children’s Television series in development (projected 2017) with Brian Hohlfeld, writer from Winnie the Pooh and Transformers.


Marshall the Miracle Dog (Picture Book):

LA Book Festival 2013, Honorable Mention Children’s category

NY Book Festival 2013, Honorable Mention Children’s category

#1 of  15 Most Heartwarming Books for Dog Lovers, (2.2 Million Followers)

“5 out of 5 Doves”, Dove Foundation

Marshall’s Miracle (Feature Family Film):

Best Supporting Actor Nomination, 37th Annual Young Actors Awards—ceremony March 2016

Audience Choice, Best Film, St. Louis International Film Festival

Best Family Film, Wild Rose Film Festival

“4 out of 5 Doves”, Dove Foundation

National Online Media Publishing:

Huffington Post:

Upworthy (8.6 Million followers) 

MLB.Com (Major League Baseball)

4H Video:

iHeartDogs (2.2 million FB)

Three Million Dogs (653K FB)

Hooplaha( 550K Followers)

Vet Street (570k FB)

One Green Planet (909k FB)

Labrador Retriever Guide:

Doggington Post (534K FB)

Dog Channel.Com (130K FB)

Dogster (157k followers)(

NESCA (Neuropsychology and Education Blog)

Dogster (157k followers):

National Television:

Shannon Elizabeth:

Dallas/Ft. Worth

Fox St. Louis bullying-prevention-night/




Arlington, TX:


Kansas City

Joplin marshall-the-miracle-dog

NBC St. Louis Happy-ending-follows-rescue 

Fox St. Louis

St. Louis

Cape Girardeau

Springfield, MO:

Columbia, MO

Mitchell, South Dakota


Chicago Tribune:

Tampa Tribune:

KC Star

Michigan City:


Edwarsdville, The Intelligencer:

Elmhusrt, IL


KLOU iHeart Radio

Talkin’ Pets Radio:

KWMU radio:

WGN Radio:

National Magazines:

Modern Dog

Dogs Today—UK

American Dog

Animal Wellness Magazine:

High Plains/Midwest Farmers

Local Magazines:

St. Louis Magazine

Urban Paws Magazine

Alive Magazine:


NY Journal of Books

Dove Foundation:


Gretchen Will Mayo



Star Tales: North American Indian Stories, Walker (New York, NY), 1987, published in two volumes as Star Tales and More Star Tales, 1990.

Earthmaker’s Tales: North American Indian Stories about Earth Happenings, Walker (New York, NY), 1989, published in two volumes as Earthmaker’s Tales and More Earthmaker’s Tales, 1990.

Meet Tricky Coyote!, Walker (New York, NY), 1993.

That Tricky Coyote!, Walker (New York, NY), 1993.

Here Comes Tricky Rabbit!, Walker (New York, NY), 1994, published with Big Trouble for Tricky Rabbit!, 1996.

Big Trouble for Tricky Rabbit!, Walker (New York, NY), 1994, published with Here Comes Tricky Rabbit!, 1996.


Frozen Vegetables, Weekly Reader Learning Library (Milwaukee, WI), 2004.

Applesauce, Weekly Reader Learning Library (Milwaukee, WI), 2004.

Cereal, Weekly Reader Learning Library (Milwaukee, WI), 2004.

Pasta, Weekly Reader Learning Library (Milwaukee, WI), 2004.

Milk, Weekly Reader Learning Library (Milwaukee, WI), 2004.

Orange Juice, Weekly Reader Learning Library (Milwaukee, WI), 2004.


The Wright Brothers (biography), World Almanac Library (Milwaukee, WI), 2004.

Frank Lloyd Wright (biography), World Almanac Library (Milwaukee, WI), 2004.Honors / Awards   (A selection)

1979: Outstanding Science Trade Book citation,

Chicago Book Clinic Award for Outstanding Art in a Children’s Book,

1981: New Jersey Author’s Award, New Jersey Institute of Technology, 

1987: Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies.

Original Children’s Book Art Award, New York Master Eagle Gallery, Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) Choice,

1989: Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies

Original Children’s Book Art Award, New York Society of Illustrators.

CCBC Choice Award,

1993: Outstanding Citizen award, Pi Lambda Theta

CCBC Choice Award

1994: International Reading Association/Children’s Book Council

Children’s Choice Award,

Twenty-five Best in Multicultural Books, Boston Globe

Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Literature by a Wisconsin author/illustrator citation, Wisconsin Library Association,


Paula Hogan, The Kangaroo (part of the “Life Cycle” series), Raintree (Austin, TX), 1979.

Eva Grant, I Hate My Name, Raintree (Austin, TX), 1980.

Barbara Steiner, Whale Brother, Walker (New York, NY), 1988.

Cary Siter, Moon of Falling Leaves, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1988.

Barbara Joosse, Anna, the One and Only, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1988.

Susan Rowen Masters, The Secret Life of Hubie Hartzel, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1990.

Barbara Joosse, Anna and the Cat Lady (sequel to Anna, the One and Only ), HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1992.

Also illustrator of Laura Greene’s Help: Getting to Know about Needing and Giving, Human Sciences;

Mayo has illustrated textbooks for Silver Burdett, Ginn, Scott Foresman, and Scholastic publishers.


 Earthmaker’s Tales was recorded for Talking Books for the Blind, 1992.

You can learn more about Lisa and her books at her website

Lisa Moser

Lisa Moser loves books.  She loves the way they smell, and the way they look, and the way they can make her feel.  She loves reading them, and she absolutely adores writing them.  Lisa feels very blessed to have written nine books for children—six picture books and three beginning readers. Before Lisa was a children’s author, she taught fifth grade and is proud to say she was never beaten in a footrace by any of her students.  She only raced once, though.  She’s smart enough to retire a champion.  Lisa has been writing books for children for close to 20 years, and her very best days are working with students on reading and writing.

Lisa lives in Wisconsin with her husband, daughter, and dog where she is surrounded by squirrels jumping in the trees, an occasional muskrat swimming across her pond, and loud rustlings- which are probably those squirrels, again-in the woods.

Picture Books:

Stories from Bug Garden, Candlewick Press, 2016
Cowboy Boyd and Mighty Calliope, Random House, 2013
Railroad Hank, Random House, 2012
Perfect Soup, Random House, 2010
Kisses on the Wind, Candlewick Press, 2009
Watermelon Wishes, Clarion, 2006

Beginning Readers:

Squirrel’s Fun Day, Candlewick Press, 2013
Squirrel’s World, Candlewick Press, 2007
The Monster in the Backpack, Candlewick Press, 2006

*Stories from Bug Garden
Illustrated by Gwen Millward
Candlewick Press, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-7636-6534-0

-Junior Library Guild Selection
-Kirkus Starred Review
-The New York Times Book Review
-Reviewed by Paul O. Zelinsky


The New York Times Book Review:

“Compactly told in short lines, these pieces are part beginning-reader stories and part poetry. In spirit they remind me of Arnold Lobel’s wonderful Frog and Toad books…Millward’s watercolor, ink and pencil drawings highlight the stories’ whimsy; her google-eyed characters and obsessive, scribbly vegetation add up to a rousing expression of cheer.”

*Squirrel’s Fun Day
Illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev
Candlewick Press, 2013
ISBN:   978-0-7636-5726-0

-NYC summer reading list
-Kirkus Reviews


Kirkus Reviews:

“Lovable characters, accessible text, and fresh, spirited illustrations combine nicely here to create a story even the most reluctant readers are sure to enjoy.”

*Squirrel’s World
Illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev
Candlewick Press, 2007
ISBN:  978-0-7636-2929-8

-Texas Bluebonnet Master List 2010-2011
-Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) Choices 2008


*Cowboy Boyd and Mighty Calliope
Illustrated by Sebastiaan Van Doninck
Random House, 2013
ISBN:  978-0-375-87056-9

-Kirkus Starred Review

June 1, 2013

Kirkus Reviews:

“A ten-gallon hat full of fun, with a heartfelt message to boot.”

-The New York Times

-Reviewed by Lori Mortenson and More

September 13, 2013

Bookshelf:  The Wild West

New York Times Review:

“Moser’s use of cowboy cadence punctuated by noises like “Ker-thud!” and “Blam!” will have readers raising a ruckus loud enough to keep the coyotes at bay.”

*Railroad Hank
Illustrated by Benji Davies
Random House, 2012
ISBN:  978-0-375-86849-8

*Perfect Soup
Illustrated by Ben Mantle
Random House, 2010
ISBN:  978-0-375-86014-0

-Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books of the Year 2011

*Kisses on the Wind
Illustrated by Kathryn Brown
Candlewick Press, 2009
ISBN:  978-0-7636-3110-9

-Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio Gold Medal

-Outstanding Book by a Wisconsin book creator- Wisconsin Library Association’s Youth Services, 2010

*The Monster in the Backpack
Illustrated by Noah Z. Jones
Candlewick Press, 2006
ISBN:  076362390-3

-Parenting magazine (Dec./Jan. 2007) “Book of the Year” selection for the newly independent reader category.  Ages 5-9

*Watermelon Wishes
Illustrated by Stacey Schuett
Clarion, 2006
ISBN:  978-0-618-56433-0