Iowa: A Literary Landscape


Children's Books
Introductory Note: Citations feature first edition of the work, with later editions asterisked chronologically. Self published works are noted within the citation. Notes are added for pseudonyms, major fiction awards, setting locations/timeframes, and alternative titles.

NOTE: Only stories set in Iowa are included in this bibliography.  Authors may have other works not included here.


Adee, Donna. Miriam and Timothy Face Life. Minneapolis, KS: Harvest Publications, 2000.
NOTE: Book three in Miriam series
SETTING NOTE: Frontier Iowa in late 1800s

Andersen, C.B. The Book of Mormon Sleuth. Salt Lake City, UT: Bookcraft, 2000.
SETTING NOTE: Modern-day, small Iowa farming community

Anderson, Betty Baxter. Julia Brent of the WAAC, a Career Story for Older Girls. New York: Cupples & Leon Company, 1943.
SETTING NOTE: Fort Des Moines in World War II era (Polk County)

Anderson, Paris, and Velva Campbell. Claire in Iowa Territory. Provo, UT: Precious Child, 1994.
NOTE: Novel is fourth volume of the Claire: A Mormon Girl series

SETTING NOTE:
Mormon family travels to Missouri in 1800s

Appleberry, Mary Hilton and LynetteTerrill. Mary Catherine's Year. Austin, TX: Nortex Press, 2000.

Bach, Marcus. A Gift to Aafji: A Pella Christmas Story. Mason City, IA: Sunburst Publishing, 1992.
SETTING NOTE: Pella, Iowa (Marion County)

Bailey, Bernadine, and Connie Moran. The Youngest WAAC. New York: Julian Messner, 1943.
SETTING NOTE: Fort Des Moines in World War II era (Polk County)

Baker, Laura Nelson. The Dahlbe Family Horse. New York: Dial Press, 1964.
*Eau Claire, WI: Hale, 1967, 1964.

SETTING NOTE: Possibly Humboldt, Iowa area (Humboldt County)

Baker, Laura Nelson. Go Away, Ruthie. New York: Knopf, 1966.
SETTING NOTE: Small Iowa town, possibly modeled on Humboldt, Iowa

Bergen, Harold P. Barefoot and Happy. North Charleston, SC: BookSurge, 2005.
SETTING NOTE: Boy grows up on rural Iowa farm

Bissell, Richard Pike. Julia Harrington, Winnebago, Iowa, 1913. Boston: Little, Brown, 1969.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Winnebago, Iowa, prior to World War I

Brosseit, Virginia. The Secret Friendship. Nashville, TN: Winston-Derek Publishers, 1988.

Braulick, Jenny Panther, Veida Blick, and Mark Lipe. Kristy and the Secret of Yesterday Farm.
[s.l.]: The Editorial Annex, 2006.
SETTING NOTE: Young girl attends Old Thresher's Reunion festival with grandfather
(Mount Pleasant, IA: Henry County)

Brown, Craig McFarland. In the Spring. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1994.
SETTING NOTE: Modern-day Iowa farm

Brown, Craig McFarland. Barn Raising. New York: Greenwillow Books, 2001 and 2002.
*New York: HarperCollinsPublishers, 2002.
SETTING NOTE: Based on Iowa Amish community: Community gathers to erect a barn in one day.

Brown, Craig McFarland. Tractor. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1995.
SETTING NOTE: Modern-day Iowa farm

Burdette, Myron. The Diary of an Acorn. Philadelphia, PA: Dorrance, 1974.

Butler, Ellis Parker. Swatty: A Story of Real Boys. New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1920. *Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1920.
SETTING NOTE: Muscatine, Iowa area

Calhoun, Mary. Flood. New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1997.
SETTING NOTE: Doesn’t specify Iowa as setting; 1993 flood involved numerous states including Iowa
NOTE: Family forced to leave home during Mississippi River flood
NOTE: Grades 1-4

Calhoun, Mary Huiskamp, and John Gretzer, ill. Horse Comes First. New York: Atheneum, 1974.
SETTING NOTE: Focus on horses and harness racing, probably in Keokuk area (Lee County)

Chan, Crystal. Bird. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2014].
*Melbourne, Vic.: The Text Publishing Company, 2014.
*London: Tamarind, 2014.
*New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2015.
*London: Tamarind, 2015.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Caledonia, Iowa: Girl befriends new boy in town while learning about family secrets.
NOTE: Grades 4-6

Chang, Heidi. Elaine and the Flying Frog. New York: Scholastic, 1988.
*New York: Random House, 1988. [large print ed.]
*New York: Crown Publishers, 1988.
*New York: Random House, 1991.
*Orlando, FL: Harcourt Brace, 1993.
*Lexington, MA: Heath, 1995. [large print ed.]
NOTE: Also titled as Elaine, Mary Lewis, and the Frogs.
SETTING NOTE: Modern-day, small Iowa town

Childs, Marquis William. Cabin. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1944.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa farm, possibly in Clinton area (Clinton County)

Corey, Paul. Corn Gold Farm. New York: W. Morrow, 1948.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa farm, possibly in Shelby County

Cornelison, Sue. The Twelve Days of Christmas in Iowa. New York: Sterling, 2010.
SETTING NOTE: Boy sends twelve holiday letters, each highlighting Iowa culture

Cottrell-Bentley, Lisa M. and Tanja Bauerle. Wright on Time: Iowa. Sahuarita, AZ.: Do Life Right, 2013.
SETTING NOTE: Family goes on trip to visit relatives in Iowa.

Crary, Margaret. Mexican Whirlwind. New York: Washburn, 1969.
SETTING NOTE: Focus on Mexican exchange student in small, Iowa town

Draper, Mike and John Bosley. A Spaceman who Lived in Des Moines. Des Moines, IA: RAYGUN, 2013.
SETTING NOTE: Spaceman tries to figure out his place while battling robots.

Drexler, Sam, and Fay Shelby. Lost in Spillville. Boulder, CO: Aunt Strawberry Books, 2000.
SETTING NOTE: Bily Clocks Museum in Spillville, Iowa (Winneshiek County)
NOTE: Grades 5-9

Duey, Kathleen. Katie and the Mustang. New York: Dutton Children's Books, 2004.
SETTING NOTE: 1840's Iowa farm (Scott County)
NOTE: Grades 3-5.
NOTE: Title is part one of the "Hoofbeats" series.

Edwards, Michelle. Eve and Smithy: An Iowa Tale. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1994.
SETTING NOTE: Modern-day, small Iowa town
NOTE: Preschool-grade 1

Engle, Paul. Who's Afraid? New York: Crowell-Collier Press, 1963.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa farm in mid-1900s

Fakih, Kimberly Olson. High on the Hog. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1994.
*New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, 1996.
SETTING NOTE: Modern-day, Iowa farm mystery
NOTE: Grades 5-8

Felsen, Henry Gregor. Bertie Makes a Break. New York: Scholastic, 1966,1949.
SETTING NOTE: Possibly in the Iowa City area

Felsen, Henry Gregor. Boy Gets Car. New York: Random House, 1960.
NOTE: Part of the Felsen car book series
SETTING NOTE:Probably in the Des Moines area

Felsen, Henry Gregor. The Boy Who Discovered the Earth. New York: Scribner, 1955.
SETTING NOTE: Possibly in Iowa City area

Felsen, Henry Gregor and Jane Toan, ills. Bertie Comes Through. New York: E. P. Dutton, 1947.
*New York: E.P. Dutton, 1948.
*New York: Tab Books, 1959.
*New York: Scholastic Books, 1971,1959.
SETTING NOTE: Possibly set in the Iowa City area

Ferris, Lori J and Pam Schmacker. Iowa ABC’s with Pippy the Pig. West Des Moines, IA: Discover, 2009.
SETTING NOTE: Fun facts about Iowa using the alphabet

Ferris, Lori J and Pam Schmacker. The Iowa State Fair with Pippy the Pig. West Des Moines, IA: Discover, 2010.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa State Fair

Ferris, Lori J., and Pam Schmacker. Discover Iowa with Pippy the Pig. West Des Moines, IA: Heart of Iowa, 2008.
SETTING NOTE: Curious pig offers tour of Iowa landmarks and history

Fleischman, Sid. Here Comes McBroom! London: Chatto & Windus, 1976.
*Harmondsworth, England: Puffin, 1979, 1972.
*Harmondsworth, England: Puffin, 1985, 1979.
*New York: Greenwillow Books, 1992.
*New York: Beech Tree, 1998.
NOTE: Also in version: McBroom's Wonderful One-Acre Farm and Here Comes
McBroom! NOTE: Also titled as:Here Comes McBroom : Three More Tall Tales
SETTING NOTE:Tall tales on an Iowa one-acre farm

Fleischman, Sid. McBroom and the Beanstalk. Boston: Little, Brown, 1978.
SETTING NOTE: Tall tales on an Iowa one-acre farm

Fleischman, Sid. McBroom and the Big Wind. New York: Norton, 1967.
*New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1967.

*Boston: Little, Brown, 1982.

SETTING NOTE: Tall tales on an Iowa one-acre farm

Fleischman, Sid. McBroom and the Great Race. Boston: Little, Brown, 1980.
*London: Chatto & Windus, 1981, 1980.

SETTING NOTE: Tall tales on an Iowa one-acre farm

Fleischman, Sid. McBroom Tells a Lie. Boston: Little, Brown, 1976.
*Boston: Joy Street Books, 1976.

*New York: Scholastic, 1976.

*New York: Trumpet Club, 1987, 1976.

*New York: Price, Stern, Sloan, 1999, 1976.

SETTING NOTE: Tall tales on an Iowa one-acre farm

Fleischman, Sid. McBroom Tells the Truth. New York: W.W. Norton, 1966.
*New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1966.

*Boston: Little, Brown, 1966.

*New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1972, 1966.

*Boston: Little, Brown, 1981.

*New York: Price, Stern, Sloan, 1998, 1981.

SETTING NOTE: Tall tales on an Iowa one-acre farm

Fleischman, Sid. McBroom the Rainmaker. New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1973.
*New York: Thistle Books, 1974, 1973.

*Boston: Little, Brown, 1982.

*New York: Price, Stern, Sloan, 1999, 1982.

SETTING NOTE: Tall tales on an Iowa one-acre farm

Fleischman, Sid. McBroom's Wonderful One-Acre Farm. London: Chatto & Windus, 1972.
*Harmondsworth, England: Puffin, 1979, 1972.

*Harmondsworth, England: Puffin, 1985, 1979.

*New York: Scholastic, 1992.

*New York: Greenwillow Books, 1992.

*New York: Beech Tree Paperbacks, 1997.

NOTE: Also in version:
McBroom's Wonderful One-Acre Farm and Here Comes McBroom!
NOTE: Also titled as: McBroom's Wonderful One-Acre Farm: Three Tall Tales
SETTING NOTE: Tall tales on an Iowa one-acre farm

Francis, Dorothy Brenner. The Case of the Bad-luck Bike Ride Across Iowa. Logan, IA: Perfection Learning, 2001.
SETTING NOTE: Modern-day RAGBRAI competition

Francis, Dorothy Brenner, and Jerry Lazare, ill. The Mystery of the Forgotten Map. Chicago: Follett Publishing, 1968.
SETTING NOTE: Possibly in Marshalltown area (Marshall County)

Francis, Dorothy Brenner. Warning. New York: Scholastic, 1984.
SETTING NOTE: Annual RABGRAI competition

Freeland, Kent. Odyssey to Iowa. New York: IUniverse, 2003.
SETTING NOTE: Welsh immigrants settle in Iowa

Frost, Marie. Hattie's Faraway Family. Colorado Springs, CO: Word Books, 1994.
NOTE: Second volume in Hattie series

SETTING NOTE: Iowa farm family of Dutch immigrants in 1920s

Frost, Marie. Hattie's Holidays. Colorado Springs, CO: Word Books, 1994.
NOTE: Third volume in Hattie series

SETTING NOTE: Iowa farm family of Dutch immigrants in 1920s

Frost, Marie. Hattie's Secret Adventures. Colorado Springs, CO: Word Books, 1994.
NOTE: Fourth volume in Hattie series

SETTING NOTE: Iowa farm family of Dutch immigrants in 1920s

Frost, Marie. Meet Hattie. Colorado Springs, CO: Word Books, 1994.
NOTE: First volume in Hattie series

SETTING NOTE: Dutch immigrants settle onto Iowa farm in 1920s

Frost, Marie, and Bonnie Compton Hanson. Hattie's Cry for Help. Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth & Hyatt, 1992.
NOTE: Fifth volume in Hattie series

SETTING NOTE: Iowa farm family of Dutch immigrants in 1920s

Frost, Marie, Bonnie Compton Hanson, and Beverly Burge. Hattie's Surprising Discovery. Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth & Hyatt, 1991.
NOTE: Sixth volume of Hattie series

SETTING NOTE: Iowa farm family of Dutch immigrants in 1920s

Gammell, Stephen. Once upon McDonald's Farm. New York: Four Winds Press, 1981.
*New York: Collier Macmillan, 1985, 1981.

*London: Aladdin Books, 1990, 1981.

*New York: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2000.

SETTING NOTE: Iowa farm

Gensicke, Mary Ann. I is for Iowa. Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1995.
SETTING NOTE: Illustrations and text representing each letter of the alphabet present information about geographical locations, important industries, significant historical events, and extraordinary people in the state of Iowa.

Gibson, Debra and Molly Coxe, ill. My Friends All Call Me Cy. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Alumni Association, 1994.
SETTING NOTE: Child's introduction to Iowa State University and Ames area

Gioielli, Stephani. Waterloo Library in the Year 2096. Denver, CO: Chimeric, 1996.
NOTE: Book celebrates anniversary of Waterloo Public Library

SETTING NOTE:
Waterloo, Iowa (Black Hawk County)

Goodman, Susan E., and Doris Ettlinger. Cora Frear: A True Story. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 2002.
NOTE:Grades 2-3, Part of the Brave Kids: True Stories from America's Past series
SETTING NOTE: Pioneer settlers in 1880s Iowa frontier community

Gorman, Carol, and Ron J. Findley. Stumptown Kid. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree, 2005.
*Atlanta, GA: Peachtree, 2007.
SETTING NOTE: Boy and Negro Baseball League player become friends
NOTE: Grades 5-8

Gorman, Carol. Lizard Flanagan, Supermodel?? New York: HarperCollinsPublishers, 1998.
*Newburyport: Open Road Media, 2014. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE:Iowa to Chicago: Student tries to get enough money to see baseball game
NOTE: Grades 4-7

Govern, Elaine R. and Lawrence J. Pitzenberger. Ice Cream Next Summer. Chicago: A. Whitman, 1973.
*Stevens Point, WI: Worzalla, 1973.

SETTING NOTE: Iowa winter trip, possibly in Riceville area (Howard County)

Hall, Lynn. Dagmar Schultz and the Angel Edna. New York: Scribner, 1989.
*New York: Aladdin Books, 1992.
SETTING NOTE: Teen girl in fictional, small town of New Berlin, Iowa

Hall, Lynn. Dagmar Schultz and the Green-eyed Monster. New York: Scribner, 1991.
SETTING NOTE: Teen girl in fictional, small town of New Berlin, Iowa
NOTE: Grades 5-7

Hall, Lynn. Dagmar Schultz and the Powers of Darkness. New York: Scribner, 1989.
*New York: Aladdin Books, 1992, 1989.
SETTING NOTE: Teen girl in fictional, small town of New Berlin, Iowa
NOTE: Grades 5-8

Hall, Lynn. Ghost of the Great River Inn. Chicago: Follett Publishing, 1981.
SETTING NOTE: Civil War-era ghost seen in present day Iowa

Hall, Lynn. Just One Friend. New York: Scribner's, 1985.
*New York: Collier Books, 1988, 1985.

SETTING NOTE: Present-day Decorah, Iowa (Winneshiek County)
NOTE: Grades 5-9

Hall, Lynn. The Leaving. New York: Scribner, 1980.
*New York: Tempo, 1983, 1980.

*New York: Collier Books, 1988, 1980.

SETTING NOTE: Modern-day rural Iowa, leaving farm life for city

Hall, Lynn. Secret Life of Dagmar Schultz. New York: Scribner, 1988.
*New York: Aladdin Books, 1991.

SETTING NOTE: Teen girl in fictional, small town of New Berlin, Iowa

Hall, Lynn. Too Near the Sun. Chicago: Follett Publishing, 1970.
*New York: Dell, 1972, 1970.
SETTING NOTE: Icaria socialist community (near Corning, Iowa) in 1875 (Adams County)

Hall, Lynn, and George Roth, ill. Ride a Wild Dream. Chicago: Follett Publishing, 1969.
*New York: Avon Books, 1973.

*New York: Avon Books, 1978, 1969.

SETTING NOTE: Focus on horses, possibly in Elkader area (Clayton County)

Hall, Lynn and Jan Hall. Tazo and Me. New York: Scribner, 1985.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa girl and her beloved horse

Harper-Deiters, Cyndi. Iowa Passage. Grand Rapids, MI: Country Home Publishers, 2000.
NOTE: Book three of Clara Browning series

Hautman, Pete. The Flinkwater Factor. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2015].
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Flinkwater, Iowa: Girl investigates weird events happening in town.
NOTE: Grades 3-6

Heath, May A. Iowa Hannah. New York: Hastings House, 1961.
SETTING NOTE: Growth of Waterloo from 1850 to 1865

Heinlein, Robert A. Space Cadet. New York: Scribners, 1948.
*New York: Ace, 1948.
*New York: Scribners, 1949.
*New York: Scribners, 1952.
*London: V. Gollancz, 1966.
*London: New English Library, 1971.
*New York: Ballantine, 1978.
*New York: Ballantine, 1981.
*London: New English, 1993.
NOTE: Part of the 1940s Scribner SciFi Juvenile fiction series
SETTING NOTE: Des Moines native becomes security cadet on Venus (Polk County)

Holl, Kristi. Danger at Hanging Rock. Elgin, IL: Chariot Books, 1989.
SETTING NOTE: Effigy Mounds National Monument (near Harpers Ferry, Iowa)
(Allamakee County)

Holl, Kristi. Haunting of Cabin 13. New York: Atheneum, 1987.
*New York: Dell, 1989, 1987.

*Unionville, NY: Royal Fireworks Press, 1997.
SETTING NOTE: Backbone State Park (near Dundee, Iowa) (Delaware County)
NOTE: Grades 4-7

Horn, Madeline Darrough. Farm on the Hill. New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1936.
*New York: Scribner's Sons, 1940, 1936.

*New York: Scribner's, 1949, 1936.

NOTE: Illustrations by Grant Wood

Horn, Madeline Darrough. Log Cabin Family. New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1939.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa pioneers in the 1800s

Horvath, Polly and Gioia Fiammenghi. An Occasional Cow. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 1989.
*New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 1991.
*New York: Trumpet Club, 1992.
SETTING NOTE: New York City girl goes to Iowa farm for the summer
NOTE: Grades 2-6

Hunter, Helen and Grant Rozeboon, ill. Duck Hunting With Grandpa. Cedar Rapids, IA: Hunter House Pub, 1998.
SETTING NOTE: Jackson County.

Hunter, Helen and Grant Rozeboon, ill. Turkey Hunting With Grandpa. Cedar Rapids, IA: Hunter House Publications, 2000.
SETTING NOTE: Louisa County.

Irwin, Ann, and Bernice Reida. Until We Reach the Valley. New York: Avon Camelot, 1978, 1979.
SETTING NOTE: Journey of Latter-Day Saints to Iowa City and on to Utah in 1856

Iyengar, Vijay. What Will the 200 Year Old Library Be? Denver, CO: Chimeric, 1996.
NOTE: Book written in honor of Waterloo Public Library 100th year

SETTING NOTE: Waterloo, Iowa (Black Hawk County)

Jacobs, Lily and Robert Dunn. The Littlest Bunny in Iowa: An Easter Adventure. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2015.
SETTING NOTE: Easter bunny in Iowa

James, Eric and Marina Del Ray. A Halloween Scare in Iowa. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2014.
SETTING NOTE: Halloween night in Iowa

James, Eric and Robert Dunn. Santa’s Sleigh is on its Way to Iowa. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2015.
SETTING NOTE: Christmas Eve in Iowa.

Jasper, Mark and Adam Gamble. Good Night Iowa. Dennis, MA: Our World of Books, 2013.
*Dennis, Massachusetts: Our World of Books, 2013. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Highlights numerous locations in Iowa

Jensen, Jake. 2096, the Waterloo Public Library. Denver, CO: Chimeric, 1996.
NOTE: Book written in honor of Waterloo Public Library's 100th year
SETTING NOTE: Waterloo, Iowa (Blackhawk County)

Johnson, Lois Walfrid. Escape into the Night. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House, 1995.
NOTE: Book one of the "Riverboat Adventures" series
SETTING NOTE: 1850's steamboat makes its way from Chicago to Minnesota on the Mississippi River
NOTE: Grades 3-7

Johnson, Lois Walfrid. Fiddler's Secret. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House, 1998.
NOTE: Book six of the "Riverboat Adventures" series
SETTING NOTE: 1850's steamboat travels Mississippi River in Iowa and Minnesota
NOTE: Grades 4-7

Johnson, Lois Walfrid. Midnight Rescue. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House, 1996.
NOTE: Book three of the "Riverboat Adventures" series
SETTING NOTE: 1850's steamboat travels southward from Minnesota territory on Mississippi River

Johnson, Lois Walfrid. Race for Freedom. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House, 1996.
NOTE: Book two of the "Riverboat Adventures" series
SETTING NOTE: 1857 steamboat travels northward on Mississippi River to Minnesota territory
NOTE: Grades 4-7

Johnson, Lois Walfrid. Swindler's Treasure. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House, 1997.
NOTE: Book four of the "Riverboat Adventures" series
SETTING NOTE: 1857 steamboat stops in Galena, Illinois and eastern Iowa areas

Juszczyk, Laura and Linda C Kelty. Bellbina : Queen of Weed Park. Muscatine, IA: Woodchuck Publishing, 2009.
SETTING NOTE: Weed Park in Muscatine, Iowa: Bossy goose in the park.

Karwatowicz, Patricia, and Jane Dippold. A Child's Song.Colorado Springs, CO: FaithKidz, 2005.
SETTING NOTE: Burlington, Iowa child sings of faith

Kenny, Kathryn and Paul Frame. The Happy Valley Mystery. New York: Random House, 2004.
* Racine, WI.: Western Pub. Co., 1977.
* Racine, WI: Western Pub. Co., 1985.
* New York: Random House; London: Hi Marketing, 2006.
SETTING NOTE: Farm near Des Moines: Girl helps uncle find missing sheep
NOTE: Book 9 of Trixie Belden series.
NOTE: Elementary and junior high students

Kimmel, E. Cody. To the Frontier. New York: HarperCollins, 2001.
SETTING NOTE: Chronicles boyhood of Buffalo Bill in LeClair, Iowa in 1840s (Scott County)
NOTE: Grades 3 and up

Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody. Mary Leaves Little House. New York: HarperCollins Childrens Books, 2008.
SETTING NOTE: (1881) Mary Ingalls becomes student at the Iowa College for the Blind [Vinton, Iowa] (Benton County)

Kirkpatrick, Jane. Hold Tight the Thread. Colorado Springs, CO: waterBrook Press, 2004.
NOTE: Last volume of Tender Ties historical series
SETTING NOTE: 1812 Astorland expedition with Ioway Indian guide

Kirkpatrick, Patricia. Plowie: A Story from the Prairie. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1994.
SETTING NOTE: Discovery of porcelain doll while plowing on early 1900's Iowa farm

Kladstrup, Kristin. The Story of Book Beginnings. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2006.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa girl discovers mysterious notebook with clues to her family's past
NOTE: Grades 4-7

Knapp, Susan and John Whitehurst, ill. Bells Goes to the Fair. Ames, IA: McMillen Publishing, 2002.
*Ames, IA: McMillen Publishing, 2003.
SETTING NOTE: Dog wanders off during Iowa State Fair (Des Moines; Polk County)
NOTE: 2003 selection of the Iowa Stories 2000 Foundation

Knipp, Joelle and Emily Egemo. 100 Years of the Waterloo Public Library. Denver, CO: Chimeric, 1996.
NOTE: Novel celebrates anniversary of Waterloo Public Library
SETTING NOTE: Waterloo, Iowa

Kooi, Muriel Byers. Path of Delft. Pella, IA: Town Crier, 1977.
*Pella, IA: Town Crier, 1984.
SETTING NOTE: Story details the founding of Pella, Iowa by Dutch immigrants (Marion County)

Lawlor, Laurie and Helen Cogancherry. Addie's Forever Friend. Morton Grove, IL: A. Whitman, 1997.
NOTE: Novel is sequel to
Addie Across the Prairie
SETTING NOTE:Sabula, Iowa in 1800s (Jackson County)
NOTE: Grades 2 and up

Lenski, Lois. Corn-Farm Boy. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1954.
SETTING NOTE: One season on an Iowa corn farm

Lester, Audrey. The Junior High Blues: What Could Go Wrong Next?
Cedar Rapids, IA: Audrey Lester, 2006.
SETTING NOTE: New student starts at Iowa middle school

Lichty, Luke. The Library in 100 Years. Denver, CO: Chimeric, 1996.
NOTE: Book in honor of Waterloo Public Library's anniversary

SETTING NOTE: Waterloo, Iowa (Black Hawk County)

Liffring-Zug, Joan. Ray and Stevie on a Corn-belt Farm. New York: Follett Publishing, 1956.

Lowry, Lois. Switcharound. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1985.
*New York: Dell Yearling, 1985.
*New York: Dell, 1987, 1985.
*[s.l.]: Lions Press, 1992, 1985.
SETTING NOTE: New York City kids go to Des Moines for summer
NOTE: Grades 4-6

Marlow, Herb and Julie Caffee. Twisters, Bronc Riders, and Cherry Pie. Prairie, AR: Ozark Publications, 1997.
SETTING NOTE: Childhood on an Iowa farm
NOTE: Grades 5 and up

Marsh, Carole. The Iowa Coastales: Tales of Terror. Decatur, GA: Gallopade Publishing Group, 1992.

Marsh, Carole. Iowa Mystery Van. Decatur, GA: Gallopade Publishing Group, 1992.

Marsh, Carole. Iowa Silly Basketball Sportsmysteries: Choose-your-own-ending: The Outcome is All up to You! Decatur, GA: Gallopade Publishing Group, 1993.

Marsh, Carole. Iowa Silly Football Sportsmysteries: Choose-your-own-ending: The Outcome is All up to You! Decatur, GA: Gallopade Publishing Group, 1993.

Mathews, Eleanor. The Linden Tree. Minneapolis,MN: Milkweed Editions, 2007.
SETTING NOTE: 1940s Iowa farm family struggles with loss of mother
NOTE: Grades 3-6

May, Charles Paul. Left by Themselves. New York: Scholastic Book Services, 1972.
*New York: Scholastic Book Services, 1973.
SETTING NOTE: Great Iowa blizzard of 1850

May, Charles Paul and Victor G. Ambrus. Stranger in the Storm. New York: Abelard-Schuman, 1972.
SETTING NOTE: In the mid-1800s, fugitive slave aids two Iowa farm girls

McCollum, Lynn Tragesser. The Green School Caper: The Adventures of the Five Amigos. Denver, CO: Outskirts Press, 2008.
SETTING NOTE: Five, fifth grade girls lead their school's green revolution

McCully, Emily Arnold, and Harry Hartwick. Hurry! San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace, 2000.
NOTE: Adapted from Farewell to the Farivox by Harry Hartwick

SETTING NOTE: Pioneer Iowa in 1800s

McDonald, Julie. The Sailing Out. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press, 1982.
NOTE: Third novel of Danish family series
SETTING NOTE:Saga of Danish-American family in western Iowa (Audubon County); focus on years of Great Depression

McDonald, Julie. The Watkins Man. Bloomington, IN: 1st Book Library, 2001.
SETTING NOTE: Rural Iowa immediately after World War I

McDonald, Julie. Chautauqua Summer. Cumberland, Iowa: The Pterodactyl Press, 2001.
SETTING NOTE: Clarinet player in all-girl orchestra on the Iowa Chautauqua circuit in the 1920's.

McDonald, Julie and Judy La Motte. Petra: On This Rock I Will Build. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press, 1978. NOTE: Second novel of Danish family series
SETTING NOTE: Saga of Danish-American family in western Iowa, 1900-1930

McGuire, Frances Lynch. Wagon to a Star. Caldwell, ID: Caxton Printers, 1951.
*Caldwell, ID: Caxton Printers, 1952.

SETTING NOTE: Adair County farm in 1870s

Medary, Marjorie. Prairie Anchorage. New York: Longmans, Green, 1933.
*New York: Longmans, Green, 1935.

*New York: Longmans, Green, 1939.

SETTING NOTE: Pioneer Iowa era

Medary, Marjorie. Prairie Printer. New York: Longmans, Green, 1949.
SETTING NOTE: Northeastern Iowa newspaper/printing trade in the 1850s

Meigs, Cornelia. As the Crow Flies. New York: Macmillan, 1927.
*New York: Macmillan, 1929, 1927.

*New York: Macmillan, 1933, 1927.

*New York: Macmillan, 1937, 1927.

*New York: Macmillan, 1951, 1927.

SETTING NOTE: Probably in Davenport area (Scott County)
NOTE: tagged as juvenile novel

Meigs, Cornelia. The New Moon: The Story of Dick Martin's Courage, His Silver Sixpence, and His Friends in the New World. New York: Macmillan, 1924.
*New York: Macmillan, 1926.
*New York: Macmillan, 1928.
*New York: Macmillan, 1938.
*New York: Macmillan, 1943, 1926.
SETTING NOTE: Probably in Davenport area

Miller, Clara Bernice. Katie. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1966.
*Chicago: Moody Press, 1974.

SETTING NOTE: Amish girl in modern, Iowa community

Miller, Clara Bernice. To All Generations. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1977.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa Amish community

Mills, Claudia. Secret Carousel. New York: Four Winds Press, 1983.
*New York: Bantam Books, 1987.

SETTING NOTE: Modern-day, small Iowa town

Mora, Pat, and Raul Colon, ill. Tomas and the Library Lady. New York: Knopf, 1997.
*New York: Random House, 1998, 1997.

*New York: Dragonfly Books, 2000, 1997.

SETTING NOTE: Migrant workers settle in small Iowa town

Moranville, Sharelle Byars. The Snows. New York: Henry Holt, 2007.

Mullen, Paul Michael. The Day I Hit a Home Run at Principal Park. [s.l.]: [s.n.], 2009.
SETTING NOTE: Twelve year old boy wishes to play baseball in the stadium used by the I-Cubs (Des Moines, IA) (Polk County)

Napoli, Donna Jo, and Nancy Poydar, ill. When the Water Closes Over my Head. New York: Dutton Children's Books, 1994.
*New York: Puffin Books, 1996.

SETTING NOTE: Modern-day, small, Iowa town
NOTE: Grades 3-5

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds, Lura Schield Reynolds, and Judith Gwyn Brown. Maudie in the Middle. New York: Atheneum, 1988.
*New York: Macmillan, 1988.

*New York: Dell Publishing, 1990.

SETTING NOTE: Iowa farm family in 1908 Ireton, Iowa (Sioux County)
NOTE: Grades 4-6

Nicholas, Evangeline and Omar Rayyan. Lilacs, Lotuses, and Ladybugs. Bothell, WA: Wright Group. 1997.
*Bothell, WA: Wright Group, 1999.

Nygaard, Elizabeth, and Betsy Lewin. Snake Alley Band. New York: Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 1998.
*New York: Bantam Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 1999, 1998.
SETTING NOTE: Lake Okoboji area (Dickinson County)
NOTE: Preschool-grade 2

Olsen, Violet. The Growing Season. New York: Atheneum, 1982.
SETTING NOTE: Danish-American, Iowa farm family during Great Depression

Pryor, Bonnie and Bert Dodson. Luke: 1849, on the Golden Trail. New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1999.
*New York: Avon Books, 2000,1999.

SETTING NOTE: Iowa farm boy travels to Boston in 1849
NOTE: Grades 3 and up

Rand, Johnathan. Incredible Ivy of Iowa. Topinabee Island, MI: Audiocraft Publishing, 2014.
SETTING NOE: Farm near Prairie City, Iowa
NOTE: Quirky inventor creates killer plants that attack

Randazzo, Angela. Ice Cream in Iowa. Los Gatos: A.A. Randazzo/Smashwords Edition, 2013. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: various locations in Iowa
NOTE: self-published, part of McPooch Mail-a-Tale series

Ray, Delia. Finding Fortune. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2015.
*New York: Margaret Ferguson Books, 2015. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Muscatine, Iowa
NOTE: Grades 4-6

Ray, Delia. Here Lies Linc. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
* Paw Prints, 2012.
* New York: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Iowa City, Iowa: Boy learns truth about his family while researching local grave.
NOTE: Grades 3-7

Renken, Aleda. The Two Christmases. St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 1974.
*Adelaide: Lutheran Publishing House, 1981, 1974.

Reuter, Linda. From Little Hawk to Hawkeye. Philadelphia, PA: XLibris, 2006.
SETTING NOTE: Young hawk dreams of being mascot

Rivera, Ryan and Adam Schartup. I Is for Iowa. Herndon, VA: Mascot Books, 2015.
Setting note: Kinnick Stadium, University of Iowa campus, and Iowa City.

Robertson, Keith. If Wishes Were Horses. New York: Harper & Row, 1958.

Rylant, Cynthia. Old Town in the Green Groves: The Lost Little House Years. New York: HarperCollins, 2002.
NOTE: Later edition features renamed title.
SETTING NOTE: Ingalls family moves from Plum Creek to Burr Oak, Iowa
NOTE: Grades 3-7

Rylant, Cynthia, and Jim LaMarche. Old Town in the Green Groves: Laura Ingalls Wilder's Lost Little House Years. New York: HarperTrophy, 2004, 2002.
*New York: HarperTrophy, 2007.
NOTE: Renamed paperback edition of Old Town in the Green Groves.
SETTING NOTE: Ingalls family moves to Burr Oak, Iowa to run a hotel

Sackett, Rosemary and Gretchen Anton Coy. Bozer Bunny Comes to Lake Okoboji. Okoboji, IA: Four Boys and a Girl, 1995.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa Great Lakes area, Lake Okoboji (Clay and Dickinson counties)

Schaefer, Carole Lexa, and Elizabeth Rosen, ill. Two Scarlet Songbirds. New York: Knopf, 2001.
SETTING NOTE: Spillville, Iowa in Antonin Dvorak era (1892-1895) (Winneshiek County)
NOTE: Grades 1-4

Service, Pamela F. Weirdos of the Universe, Unite! New York: Atheneum, 1992.
*New York: Fawcett Juniper, 1993, 1992.
SETTING NOTE: Two Iowa children attempt to save Earth from alien invasion

Shaff, Fran. A Partner's Promise.Richmond, KY: Wings EPress, 2006.
SETTING NOTE: Abandoned, New York City boy rides the mid-1800s, Iowa orphan train

Sheth, Kashmira. Blue Jasmine. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 2004.
*New York: Hyperion Paperbacks for Childen, 2006.
SETTING NOTE: Indian immigrant family settles in Iowa City, Iowa. (Johnson County)
NOTE: Grades 4-7

Silkman, Anne and Nori Cornick. Herky: A Biography. Fort Madison, IA.: Foley Printing, 1984.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa City and Kinnick Stadium
NOTE: Bird grows up to be team mascot

Silvano, Wendy and Joanna Czernichowska. Love is All Around Iowa. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2015.
Setting note: Using Iowa locations to explain how love is everywhere.

Smallman, Steve. Santa is Coming to Iowa. Naperville, IL.: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2013.
* Naperville, Ill.: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2013. (E-book)
Setting note: Santa comes to Iowa.

Smith, Minna Caroline. Boys of Cary Farm. Boston: D. Lothrop, 1887.
SETTING NOTE: Mid-to-late 1800s on an Iowa farm

Snyder, Laurel, and LeUyen, Pham. Any Which Wall. New York: Random House Children's Books, 2009.
SETTING NOTE: Four children discover a mysterious wall that enables time travel
NOTE: Grades 3-7

Stack, Nicolete Meredith. Two to Get Ready. Caldwell, ID: Caxton Printers, 1953.
NOTE: Stack is first author of Trixie Belden mystery series
NOTE: Title is part of Trixie Belden mystery series
SETTING NOTE: Possibly Des Moines

Stong, Philip Duffield, and Kurt Wiese, ill. Captain Kidd's Cow. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1941.
*Eau Claire, WI: E.M. Hale, 1941.
SETTING NOTE: Six boys sail down the Des Moines River

Stong, Philip Duffield, and Kurt Wiese, ill. Farm Boy; A Hunt for Indian Treasure. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1934.
*New York: Dodd, Mead, 1934.
*Eau Claire, WI: E.M. Hale, 1934.
SETTING NOTE: Hunt for Indian treasure on rural Iowa farm

Stong, Philip Duffield, and Kurt Wiese, ill. Young Settler. Eau Claire, WI: E.M. Hale, 1938.
SETTING NOTE: Pioneer life in 1800s Iowa

Stromberg, Ronica. A Shadow in the Dark. Unionville, NY: Royal Fireworks Press, 2009.
SETTING NOTE: Girl seen at windows of old farmhouse prompts local mystery

Talbert, Marc. The Purple Heart. New York: Willa Perlman Books, 1992.
*New York: Avon Books, 1993, 1992.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa Vietnam veteran struggles to regain life at home
NOTE:Grades 5-8

Thomas, Jane Resh. The Princess in the Pigpen. New York: Clarion Books, 1989.
*New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1989.
*New York: Avon Books, 1989.
*[s.l.]: Collins, 1991.
*New York: Avon Books, 1993.
*London: Lions Press, 1993, 1989.
SETTING NOTE: Elizabethan princess time-travels to modern Iowa farm
NOTE: Grades 5-7

Tschetter, Pamela A. Tucker's travels in Northwest Iowa with Grandma Pam[S.l], 2014. (Self-published)
Setting note: Various locations in Iowa

Van Hook, Beverly Hennen. Juliet's Ghost: a Liza and Dutch Randolph Mystery. Charlottesville, VA: Holderby & Bierce, 2003.
SETTING NOTE: Kids discover clues of Iowa woman's secret life

Warner, Gertrude Chandler, and Robert Papp, ill. The Clue in the Corn Maze. Morton Grove, IL: A. Whitman and Company, 2004.
SETTING NOTE: Child detectives puzzle damaged Iowa corn maze.
NOTE:Grades 2-5. Title in The Boxcar Children series

Wells, Helen. Cherry Ames, Rural Nurse.New York: Springer Publishing, 1961.
*New York: Springer Publishing, 2007.
*New York: Springer Publishing, 2008.
SETTING NOTE: Rural Iowa public health nurse uncovers dangerous folk medicine company (southeastern Iowa).
NOTE: Grades 4-9

Wilson, Amanda. Two Hundred Years of the Library. Denver, CO: Chimeric, 1996.
*NOTE: Book in honor of Waterloo Public Library's 100th year

SETTING NOTE: Waterloo, Iowa (Black Hawk County)

Ylvisaker, Anne. The Luck of the Buttons. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2011.
*Somerville, Mass.: Candlewick Press, 2011. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: 1929 fictional Goodhue, Iowa
NOTE:Twelve year old tries to turn family's luck around by solving mystery
NOTE: Grades 3-7

Iowa Literary Landscape

Editor's Forward

Preface

Introduction

Recent Project Additions

Adult Books A-F

Adult Books G-H

Adult Books I-R

Adult Books S-Z

Short Stories & Novellas

Children's Books

Young Adult Books

All Authors

All Titles

Iowa Towns

Iowa Counties

Iowa Regions

References

Appendix: Landscape Literature

Appendix: Poetry Sources

Appendix: Feature Films

Appendix: Electronic Works

Appendix: Audio Works

Appendix: Non-English Editions

Appendix: Iowa Folklore

Endnote


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