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Butler, Dori Hillestad

Comments from the author about writing:
I write realistic fiction, humor and mysteries for children. I write to inspire, but mostly to entertain. I believe that anyone can become a published author...you just have to want it badly enough.

Literary awards received and date received:

The Buddy Files

  • 2011 Edgar Award Best Juvenile Mystery Case of the Lost Boy
  • 2012 Monarch Award Master List, Illinois Case of the Lost Boy
  • Concheco Readers' Award 2010-2011 Master List, Delaware Case of the Lost Boy
  • Texas Bluebonnet Award 2011-2012 Master List Case of the Lost Boy
  • 2011-2012 Goldfinch Award Nominee, Iowa Case of the Lost Boy


Do You Know the Monkey Man

    • 2005 Top Pick, Kansas State Reading Circle
    • 2005 Bank Street College of Education Teen Book List
    • 2005-2006 Pennsylvania Young Adult Top Forty List
    • Alabama Emphasis on Reading List, 2006-2007
    • Master List, 2007 Kentucky Bluegrass Awards
    • Preliminary List, 2007-2008 Mark Twain (Missouri) Award
    • 2007-2008 Black Eyed Susan award nominee (Maryland)
    • 2007-2008 Soaring Eagle Book Award nominee (Wyoming)
    • 2008 Charlotte award nominee (New York)
    • 2008-09 Iowa Children's Choice Award nominee

My Mom's Having a Baby

    • Booklist 2005 Editors Choice Award Book
    • Booklist 2005 Top Ten Sci-Tech Books for Youth

Sliding Into Home

    • 2003 Honor Book Award, Society of School Librarians International
    • 2003 Young Adult Top Forty List (Pennsylvania School Library Association)
    • Nominee, 2005-2006 Mark Twain Award preliminary list
    • Nominee, 2005-2006 Nebraska Golden Sower Award
    • Nominee, 2005-2006 Young Hoosier Book Award
    • 2005-2006 Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards Master List
    • 2006-2007 Volunteer State (Tennessee) Book Award Intermediate Master List
    • 2006-2007 Massachusetts Children's Book Award Master List

Trading Places with Tank Talbott

    • 2006-2007 Black-Eyed Susan Book Award Winner (Maryland)
    • The Center for Children's Books, Best Books 2003 List
    • 2005-2006 Volunteer State Book Award Intermediate Master List (Tennessee)
    • 2005-2006 Sequoyah Children's Book Award Master List (Oklahoma)
    • 2005-2006 Sunshine State Young Readers Award Program Nominee (Florida)
    • 2007-2008 Iowa Children's Choice Award Nominee

M is for Minnesota

    • Nominated for Minnesota Book Award, 1999
    • Nominated for Northern Minnesota Book Award, 1999

W is for Wisconsin

  • Cooperative Children's Book Center choice

ABCs of Wisconsin

  • Cooperative Children's Book Center choice

Book Types: Fiction, Nonfiction

Audience Types: Children, Young Adult

Genres: Humor, Mystery, Realistic Fiction

Are you willing to do programs for schools, libraries, or other groups? Yes

If you are willing to do programs, will you charge a fee? Yes

Author Web site URL: www.kidswriter.com

E-mail Address: dhbutler@kidswriter.com

County: Johnson

Books By This Author

  • The Buddy Files: The Case of the Lost Boy (Bk 1 2010); The Case of the Mixed-up Mutts (Bk 2, 2010); The Case of the Missing Family (Bk 3, 2010); The Case of the Fire Alarm (Bk 4, 2010) ; The Case of the Library Monster (Bk 5, 2011), Case of the School Ghost (Bk 6). Albert Whitman & Company, Parker Ridge, IL, 2012.
  • Yes, I know the Monkey Man, Peachtree, Atlanta, 2009.
  • The Truth about Truman School, Albert Whitman & Co., Morton Grove, ILL, 2008
  • My Grandpa had a Stroke, Magination Press, Washington, D.C., 2007
  • F is for Fire Fighting, Pelican Press, Gretna, LA, 2007
  • Christmas: Season of Peace and Joy, Capstone Press, Mankato, MN, 2007
  • Tank Talbott's Guide to Girls, Albert Whitman, Morton Grove, IL, 2006
  • My Mom's Having a Baby, Albert Whitman, Morton Grove, IL, 2005
  • Do You Know the Monkey Man, Peachtree, Atlanta, GA, 2005
  • Alexandra Hopewell, Labor Coach, Albert Whitman, Morton Grove, IL, 2005
  • Whodunit: How the Police Solve Crimes, Perfection Learning, Des Moines, IA, 2003
  • Sliding Into Home, Peachtree, Atlanta, GA, 2003
  • Trading Places with Tank Talbott, Albert Whitman, Morton Grove, IL, 2003
  • H is for Hoosier, Trails Media Group, Madison, WI, 2001
  • ABCs of Wisconsin, Trails Media Group, Madison, WI, 2000
  • W is for Wisconsin, Trails Media Group, Madison, WI, 1998
  • M is for Minnesota, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, MN, 1998
  • Great Tooth Fairy Rip-Off, Fairview Press, Minneapolis, MN, 1997

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