Bonny Becker

My dad was a respected small-town doctor, who dreamed of dancing like Fred Astaire and drove a motorcycle to his rounds in the dead of winter bundled in a huge parka. My mom urged us up narrow mountain roads and out to empty deserts in search of rare birds, and happily managed to read just […]
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“The Frightful Ride of Michael McMichael” wins a Parents’ Choice Award!

A Scary Book for Young Readers

Writing a scary book for young readers is a tricky business. Where is that line between fun scary and scary scary? With my latest book, The Frightful Ride of Michael McMichael, I’m hoping I found that line. It certainly was fun to write, even though it took forever. I really can’t remember when I jotted down […]
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The Frightful Ride of Michael McMichael

Illustrated by Mark Fearing Candlewick Press, 2018 Picture book format When the Thirteen bus pulls up one dreary, stormy evening, something about it doesn’t seem quite right. The driver grins down with a mouthful of long, white teeth, and there’s barely any room to sit, but Michael McMichael is bringing his gran something very dear, […]
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A Christmas for Bear

Illustrated by Kady McDonald Denton Candlewick Press, 2017 Picture book format In their sixth adventure together, best friends Bear and Mouse celebrate Christmas with pickles, a poem, and presents. One frosty night, Bear hears a tap, tap, tapping on his front door. “Merry Christmas!” cries Mouse. Mouse is there for a Christmas party, and Bear […]
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Christmas Crocodile

Illustrated by Caldecott Winner David Small Simon & Schuster, 1998 Reissued Two Lions Press, 2016 Hard Cover Picture book, 40 pages When Alice Jayne finds a crocodile under the tree on Christmas Eve, her family goes into an uproar! The Christmas Crocodile doesn’t mean to be bad, not really, but soon he is eating up Christmas—from […]
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A Visitor for Bear

Illustrated by Kady McDonald Denton Candlewick Press, 2008 Early reader format When a friendly mouse knocks at his door, Bear sternly points to the “No Visitors Allowed” sign. Returning to his breakfast preparations, he opens the cupboard only to find the mouse tucked inside a bowl. “Perhaps we could have just a spot of tea,” […]
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A Library Book for Bear

Illustrated by Kady McDonald Denton Candlewick Press, 2014 Picture book  Curmudgeonly Bear succumbs to Mouse’s entreaties and discovers the joy of books in a hilarious story that fans will covet for their own library. Bear does not want to go to the library. He is quite sure he already has all the books he will ever need. […]
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A Bedtime for Bear

Illustrated by Kady McDonald Denton Candlewick Press, 2010 Picture book format Bear must have absolute quiet when he goes to bed. He likes to set out his glass of water, adjust his nightcap, fluff his favorite pillow, and then drift peacefully to sleep. But the effervescent Mouse, small and gray and bright-eyed, finds it terribly […]
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A Birthday for Bear

Illustrated by Kady McDonald Denton Candlewick Press, 2009 Early reader and picture book format Bear is his usual fastidious, grumpy self on his birthday—even denying that it is his birthday! Mouse disguises himself as the deliveryman, the postman, even as Santa Claus, trying to get Bear to admit it’s his birthday and enjoy the day. […]
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The Magical Ms. Plum

Illustrated by Amy Portnoy Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2010 Winner Washington State Children’s Book Award Jr. Library Guild Selection Ages: 8-12  Everybody wants to be in Ms. Plum’s class. It’s not just that she teaches the usual things in unusual ways. There’s something more, something about Ms. Plum herself—and her mysterious supply closet. Whenever she […]
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