Biographical Bibliography

Bookish Bio: Bibliography as Biography

My imagination and love of words was shaped by many influences, but especially by books. These are the stories that I most loved and memorized. Each one is part of who I am as a writer. In cases where I adored multiple books by the same author, I have generally listed only one.

The Read-Aloud Stage


Richard Scarry’s Going Places by Richard Scarry
Pig Will and Pig Won't by Richard Scarry
How Droofus the Dragon Lost His Head by Bill Peet
The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck by Beatrix Potter
The Lord of the Rushie River by Cicely Mary Barker
The Story of Babar by Jean De Brunhoff
The Story about Ping by Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese
Mother Goose by Gyo Fujikawa
Mouse Soup by Arnold Lobel

Here's what I looked like at that time.

The Elementary-School Stage


Patty Reed’s Doll by Rachel K. Laurgaard
The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski
The Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Little Britches series by Ralph O. Moody
Under the Lilacs by Louisa May Alcott
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Treasures of the Snow by Patricia St. John
The Narnia Series by C. S. Lewis
The Red Fairy Book and others by Andrew Lang
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Inspired by Indian Captive, I slung my
"papoose" off my forehead until a
cradleboard could be found. 

The High-School Stage


Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Ji-li Jiang
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
Jane Eyre by Bronte
Emma by Jane Austen
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster
Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers
Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis Mcgraw 
The Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff
Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff (Iliad and Odyssey retelling)
Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis
The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope

Here is my approximately-fourteen-year-old self,
captured in a non-reading moment.



  1. I am going to read all of these, and then I will really get to know you! What a clever biography!

    1. You should read them all-- they're good books! :-)

  2. Very helpful! Will use with my daughters.

  3. I suggested your blog to a life-long friend, and she immediately said "can't go wrong with someone who's read the Perilous Gard." I wish Elizabeth Pope had written more. The Sherwood Ring is also wonderful. I think I will reread both this summer, along with my annual return to Dandelion Wine.

    1. That's so funny! I do like The Sherwood Ring (the scene in which the historical heroine drugs the historical hero is vivid in my memory), although the modern day characters in that one just don't measure up to the period ones, do they?


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