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Indiana Authors

Indiana Authors

Biblio-Bison at Central Library Pays to Tribute to Beloved Hoosier Authors:

Bison at CentralIndiana’s Bicentennial Bison-tennial Project #IndianaBisonArt – Painted by artist Kyle Ragsdale, the Central Library Biblio-Bison pays tribute to works by beloved Hoosier authors including:

  • James Whitcomb Riley
  • Theodore DreiserBison Artist
  • Booth Tarkington
  • General Lew Wallace
  • Johnny Gruelle
  • Edwin Caskoden
  • Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Maurice Thompson
  • Ernie Pyle
  • Etheridge Knight
  • Jessamyn West
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • Mari Evans
  • Dan Wakefield
  • John Green

Indiana Authors:

The Magnificent Maya Tibbs
Author: Allen, Crystal (grew up New Albany, IN)
Crystal Allen Frame

Sidekicked
Author: Anderson, John David (lives Indianapolis, IN)
John David Anderson Frame

Clifford the Big Red Dog
Author: Bridwell, Norman (born Kokomo, IN)
Norman Bridwell Frame

Allie Finkles Rules for Girls Moving Day
Author: Cabot, Meg (born Bloomington, IN)
Meg Cabot Frame

Drive
Author: Clement, Nathan (lives Indianapolis, IN)
Nathan Clement Frame

Help Im Prisoner in the Library
Author: Clifford, Eth (lived Indianapolis, IN)
Eth Clifford Frame

Notebooks of Doom
Author: Cummings, Troy (born Cunot, IN; lives Greencastle, IN)
Troy Cummings Frame

Garfield Hams it up
Author: Davis, Jim (born Marion, IN; lives Muncie, IN)
Jim Davis Frame

The Knowing Book
Author: Dotlich, Rebecca Kai (born Indianapolis, IN)
Rebecca Dotlich Frame

Among a Thousand Fireflies
Author: Frost, Helen (lives Fort Wayne, IN)
Helen Frost Frame

The Mystery of the Grindlecat
Author: Gregory, Valiska (lives Indianapolis, IN)
Valiska Gregory Frame

Raggedy Ann Stories
Author: Gruelle, Johnny (lived Indianapolis, IN)
Johnny Gruelle Frame

Running Out of Time
Author: Haddix, Margaret Peterson (lives Indianapolis, IN)
Margaret Peterson Haddix Frame

Finders Keepers
Author: Kasza, Keiko (lives Bloomington, IN)
Keiko Kasza Frame

Horses of the Dawn
Author: Lasky, Kathryn (born Indianapolis, IN)
Kathryn Lasky Frame

The Rock and the River
Author: Magoon, Kekla (born Fort Wayne, IN)
Kekla Magoon Frame

The Bears of Blue River
Author: Major, Charles (born Indianapolis, IN)
Charles Major Frame

50 Amazing Kids
Author: Mitchell, Saundra (born Indianapolis, IN)
Saundra Mitchell Frame

Bill Peet Autobiography
Author: Peet, Bill (born, Indianapolis, IN)
Bill Peet Frame

When the Frost is on the Punkin
Author: Riley, James Whitcomb (born Greenfield Indiana)
James Whitcomb Riley Frame

A Place Called Freedom
Author: Sanders, Scott Russell (lives Bloomington, IN)
Scott Russell Sanders Frame

The Slowest Book Ever
Author: Sayre, April Pulley (lives South Bend, IN)
April Pulley Sayre Frame

Run For Your Life
Author: Schaefer, Lola (born Fort Wayne, IN)
Lola Schaefer Frame

The Monster in the Third Dresser Drawer
Author: Smith, Janice Lee (lives Noblesville, IN)
Janice Lee Smith Frame

Tiger
Author: Stone, Jeff (lives Noblesville, IN)
Jeff Stone Frame

A Girl of the Limberlost
Author: Stratton-Porter, Gene (born Lagro, Indiana)
Gene Stratton Porter Frame

The Dark Didnt Catch Me
Author: Thrasher, Crystal (lives Fort Wayne, IN)
Crystal Thrasher Frame

The Secret Life of Mrs. Finkleman
Author: Winters, Ben (lives Indianapolis, IN)
Ben H Winters Frame

Indiana Author Artifacts from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis:

TCM Logo 150 Artifacts at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – A collection of photos of 1,000 artifacts from the museum collection – selected objects range over school subjects from Social Studies to Science to Geography with a particular emphasis on Indiana. Browse the Collection
Raggedy Ann Doll The Orphant Annie Book Garfield and Friends
Raggedy Ann Doll
Johnny Gruelle
The Orphant Annie Book
James Whitcomb Riley
Garfield & Friends
Jim Davis

Websites:

INAuthorDatabaseLogo

Indiana University: Indiana Authors Database – A searchable database of the book, Indiana Authors and Their Books, published by Wabash College in 1949, 1974, and 1981. The encyclopedia covers nearly two hundred years of Indiana’s literary history (1816–1980).


Children’s Book Biographies:

Bill Peet John Green Ernie Pyle

Indiana Authors of Teen & Adult Books:

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Stories Set In Indiana

Stories Set In Indiana
Alone Alone While working on a road-building crew in Indiana in 1833, orphan Joshua Sims is sent by himself to fetch supplies in Detroit, and along the way, his encounters with Indians, runaway slaves, and the dangers of the unknown open his eyes to a reality he did not previously know existed. The Bears of Blue River The Bears of Blue River Little Balser, a pioneer boy growing up in early nineteenth-century Indiana, has many adventures and dangerous encounters with bears while learning the ways of the woods.
The Beef Princess of Practical County The Beef Princess of Practical County Twelve-year-old Libby, the daughter of an Indiana cattle farmer, raises two calves in hopes of winning the annual steer competition at the county fair, but fails to follow her father’s warning about developing a bond with animals that are destined to be sold at auction. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2011-2012, 6-8 Nominee. Bernie Macgruder and the Bats in the Belfrey Bernie Mcgruder and the Bats in the Belfrey Many residents of Middleburg, Indiana, are already going crazy from the ever-ringing church bells and now, after a bat is spotted in the hotel run by Bernie’s family, they worry that the dangerous Indiana Aztec bat has finally arrived. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2007-2008, 4-6 Nominee
Blossoms on the Roof Blossoms on the Roof Ten-year-old Ben and eight-year-old Polly are used to their parents’ struggle to make ends meet on their Indiana farm in the 1890s and look forward to a better life in North Dakota where they will be homesteaders, but the windswept prairie will provide new challenges. By Freedoms Light By Freedom’s Light Unhappy after moving from North Carolina to Indiana in 1842, twelve-year-old Sarah does not share the abolitionist views of her new stepmother until she meets a young slave named Polly.
Chasing Orion Chasing Orion In 1952, when Georgie is eleven years old, her family moves to a new Indiana neighborhood where her teenaged neighbor has polio and is in an iron lung. Chig and the Second Spread Chig and the Second Spread Despite her small stature, eight-year-old Chig makes large contributions to her southern Indiana community during the Great Depression. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2006-2007, 4-6 Nominee.
Christmas After All Christmas After All In her fictionalized journal, eleven-year-old Minnie Swift recounts how her family dealt with the difficult times during the Depression and how the arrival of an orphan from Texas changed their lives in Indianapolis just before Christmas 1932. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2004-2005, 6-8 Nominee. A Clearing in the Forest A Clearing in the Forest A biographical novel about Elijah Fletcher, a settler boy growing up in Indianapolis during the 1830s. Based on an unpublished manuscript by Elijah Fletcher and on the diaries of Calvin Fletcher, his father.
The Dark Didnt Catch Me The Dark Didn’t Catch Me The story of the Robinson family during the Great Depression in Greene County, Indiana. Tenacious Seely, her two siblings, and her parents relocate to the hills of southern Indiana. There they face a struggle to survive, as Seely’s father works to control his anxieties and temper, and Seely’s mother labors to raise her family. The Gifts of Indiana The Gift of Indiana A tale of three birthdays and one grand adventure. Endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission as an official Bicentennial Legacy Project.
A Girl of the Limberlost A Girl of the Limberlost Deeply wounded by her embittered mother’s lack of sympathy for her aspirations, Elnora finds comfort in the nearby Limberlost Swamp, whose beauty and rich abundance provide her with the means to better her life. Going Over Home Going Over Home Maddie’s life changes the day she learns her true birth date: not 1990 as she had always believed, but 1820. As she begins to dig into her family’s past and trace their journey from Indiana in the 1830s to today, she realizes she has a difficult decision to make: stay here, or return to the past?
Going Over Jordan Going Over Jordan Ellie Fox is a product of the 1990s and 2000s: headstrong, outspoken, and independent. She grew up in the Indianapolis suburbs & started her college life at Indiana University. When she suddenly has to start life over in the 1840s, her mind is left reeling. Help Im Prisoner in the Library Help! I’m Prisoner in the Library Two girls spend an adventurous night trapped inside the [Indianapolis] public library during a terrible blizzard.
Here Lies the Librarian Here Lies the Librarian Fourteen-year-old Eleanor “Peewee” McGrath, a tomboy and automobile enthusiast, discovers new possibilities for her future after the 1914 arrival in her small Indiana town of four young librarians. Honey Honey Melody has lived in Royal, Indiana, for as long as she can remember. It’s been just her and her father, and she’s been okay with that. But then she overhears him calling someone Honey — and suddenly it feels like everyone in Royal has a secret. It’s up to Melody and her best friend, Nick, to piece together the clues and discover why Honey is being hidden.
Izzys Place Izzy’s Place While spending the summer at his grandmother’s Indiana home, ten-year-old Henry Stone gets help from a new friend in coping with the recent death of his grandfather and the possibility of his parents getting divorced. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2006-2007, 4-6 Nominee. The Mighty Miss Malone The Mighty Miss Malone With love and determination befitting the “world’s greatest family,” twelve-year-old Deza Malone, her older brother Jimmie, and their parents endure tough times in Gary, Indiana, and later Flint, Michigan during the Great Depression.
My Brother Abe My Brother Abe Forced off their land in Kentucky in 1816, nine-year-old Sarah Lincoln, known as Sally, and her family, including younger brother Abe, move to the Indiana frontier. One of a Kind Mallie One-of-a-Kind Mallie Living in Indiana during World War I, ten-year-old Mallie longs to be seen as different from her identical twin and finds an example of individuality in the gypsies who moved into her community.
A Place Called Freedom A Place Called Freedom After being set free from slavery in 1832, young James Starman and his family journey from Tennessee to Indiana to start a new life and over the years they are joined by so many blacks that they start their own town. Indiana Authors Award, National winner, 2010. Rookie Bookie Rookie Bookie When seventh-grader Mitch Sloan moves to Jonasburg, Indiana, he uses his exceptional skills in math, money, and sports statistics to make friends–but gets in over his head when he starts a football betting ring
Running Out of Time Running Out of Time Jessie lives with her family in the frontier village of Clifton, Indiana, in 1840 — or so she believes. When a diphtheria epidemic hits, Jessie discovers it is actually a 1995 tourist site under unseen observation by heartless scientists, and it’s up to Jessie to escape the village and save the lives of the dying children. Ruthies Gift Ruthie’s Gift Just before the beginning of World War I, eight-year-old Ruthie, who lives with her parents and six brothers on a farm in Indiana, wishes for a sister and tries to behave like the lady her mother wants her to be.
Salt Salt Twelve-year-olds Anikwa, of the Miami village of Kekionga, and James, of the trading post outside Fort Wayne, find their friendship threatened by the rising fear and tension brought by the War of 1812. Indiana Authors Award, Regional winner, 2011. The School at Crooked Creek The School at Crooked Creek Living on the 19th-century Indiana frontier with his parents and irritable older sister Louise, six-year-old Beansie dreads his first day of school, but his resilience surprises even his sister.
Tall Tales Tall Tales Sixth-grader Meg Summers and her family move to a new state every few years as her alcoholic father tries to get a fresh start, but when they land in Indiana and Meg finally makes a real friend and begins to talk about her family’s problems, they all find the strength to try to change their destiny. The Teachers Funeral The Teacher’s Funeral In rural Indiana in 1904, fifteen-year-old Russell’s dreams of quitting school and joining a wheat threshing crew are disrupted when his older sister takes over the teaching at his one-room schoolhouse after mean old Myrt Arbuckle “hauls off and dies.” Young Hoosier Book Award, 2006-2007, 4-6, 6-8 Nominee.
Thirteen 13 Almost thirteen-year-old Evan Goldman learns what it means to be a man when his parents separate and he and his mother move from New York City to Appleton, Indiana, right before his bar mitzvah.
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Indiana Images & Video for School Projects

Indiana Images & Video for School Projects

The following book and websites will help you find photos or create images for your Indiana homework projects.

Websites:


Indiana Artifacts from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis:

TCM Logo 150 Artifacts at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – A collection of photos of 1,000 artifacts from the museum collection – selected objects range over school subjects from Social Studies to Science to Geography with a particular emphasis on Indiana. Browse the Collection
Madam CJ Walker Wonderful Hair Grower Door Latch to Levi Coffin's House 205 Benjamin Harrison Medal
Wonderful Hair Grower
Madam CJ Walker
Door Latch
Levi Coffin’s House
1888 Campaign Ribbon
Benjamin Harrison

Books:

How to Draw Indianas Sites and Symbols Great Lakes States Crafts
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Famous Hoosiers

Famous Hoosiers

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The websites and books on this page will help you find biographical information about people from Indiana as well as learn the stories of those who made a difference in the lives of Hoosiers, the country, and the world. Famous Hoosiers come from all walks of life: law, politics, art, music, entertainment, literature, sports, education, business, religion, and science.

Websites:


Famous Hoosier Artifacts from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis:

TCM Logo 150 Artifacts at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – A collection of photos of 1,000 artifacts from the museum collection – selected objects range over school subjects from Social Studies to Science to Geography with a particular emphasis on Indiana. Browse the Collection
Levi Coffin’s House
Raggedy Ann Doll The Orphant Annie Book Autographed Photo of Gus Grissom
Raggedy Ann Doll
Johnny Gruelle
The Orphant Annie Book
James Whitcomb Riley
Garfield & Friends
Jim Davis
Benjamin Harrison Medal Madam CJ Walker Wonderful Hair Grower Door Latch to Levi Coffin's House 205
1888 Campaign Ribbon
Benjamin Harrison
Wonderful Hair Grower
Madam CJ Walker
Door Latch


Books:

Indiana Legends Bill Peet Madam CJ Walker John Green
Ernie Pyle President of the Underground Railroad Banjamin Harrison Gus Grissom
Jeff Gordon Ryan White Tecumseh Anthony Wayne
Michael Jackson Larry Bird Seed by Seed Major Taylor

More Books:

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Indiana & Indianapolis Landmarks

Indiana & Indianapolis Landmarks

Websites:

  • The Indianapolis Zoo
  • The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway History
  • NCAA Hall of Champions
  • College Football Hall of Fame, South Bend
  • Banker’s Life Field House
  • Lucas Oil Stadium
  • George Rogers Clark National Historic Park
  • Levi Coffin House
  • Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial
  • James Whitcomb Riley Museum
  • President Benjamin Harrison Home

  • Books:

    Blues Road Trip Hinkle Fieldhouse Historic Hoosier Gyms Little Indiana Small Town Destinations
    Parke County Indianas Covered Bridge Capital Stacks
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