Alison McGeelison McGhee is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Someday, illustrated by Peter Reynolds. Her other New York Times bestselling books include A Very Brave Witch, illustrated by Harry Bliss (Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster, 2006) and Little Boy, illustrated by Peter Reynolds, and Bink & Gollie, co-written with Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Tony Fucile. Her first children's picture book, Countdown to Kindergarten (Harcourt Brace), came out in August 2002. It won the 2003 Minnesota Book Award, was a Booksense 76 pick, won the Oppenheim Gold Toy Portfolio Award, and was an alternate selection of the Children's Book of the Month Club. Her second picture book, Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth (Harcourt Brace), also illustrated by Harry Bliss, was published by Harcourt in 2004, and was named a Booksense 76 pick, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, a Minnesota Book Award finalist, and it won the Oppenheim Gold Toy Portfolio Best Book Award. She is also the author of   Good-bye Crib, Hello Big Bed, illustrated by Ross MacDonald (Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster) and Song  of Middle C, illustrated by Scott Menchin (Candlewick Press).

Alison's latest picture books are So Many Days, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo (Atheneum Books for Young Readers), and Only a Witch Can Fly (Feiwel & Friends), which won the Ezra Jack Keats Award and which the New York Times named as one of the Ten Best Illustrated Books of 2009.

Alison is the author of the Julia Gillian series of novels for children, published by Scholastic Press and illustrated by Drazen Kozjan. These novels include Julia Gillian and the Art of Knowing (2008), a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award; Julia Gillian and the Quest for Joy (2009), and Julia Gillian and the Dream of the Dog (2010).

Her first young adult novel, Snap, also named a 2004 Booksense Kids' Pick and Minnesota Book Award finalist, was published by Candlewick Press, followed by her second young adult novel, All Rivers Flow to the Sea, in 2005, which was named a Borders Original Voices Pick, a Junior Library Guild selection, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and the winner of the Minnesota Book Award.

Alison McGhee's first adult novel, Rainlight, won the GLCA National Fiction Award, the 1999 Minnesota Book Award, was listed by Library Journal as one of the best first novels of 1998, and was a Borders Original Voices pick in both hardcover and paperback. Her second novel, Shadow Baby, was a national bestseller and the winner of the 2001 Minnesota Book Award, was listed by Kirkus Reviews as one of the eight best novels of 2000, was a Borders Original Voices pick in both hardcover and paperback, a Booksense 76 pick, a Pulitzer Prize nominee, and the August 2003 Today Show Book Club Selection. Her third novel, Was It Beautiful?, was published by Shaye Areheart Books in February, 2003. It was a Minnesota Book Award finalist, and for it Alison was named a City Pages Artist of the Year. Her fourth novel, Falling Boy, was published in 2007 by Picador Press. It was a Talking Volumes selection and a Minnesota Book Award finalist.

Alison's latest projects include the recently-published, Geisel Award-winning Bink & Gollie, which she co-wrote with Kate DiCamillo, forthcoming books include Making A Friend, a picture book illustrated by Marc Rosenthal and two more Bink & Gollie books. She's currently working on two more picture books, a novel for children, and a historical novel for adults.

Alison McGhee is a professor of creative writing at Metropolitan State University, where she coordinates the creative writing program. She has also taught at Carleton College, Macalester College, the University of Minnesota, and in the MFA programs at Hamline University and Vermont College.
She lives in Minneapolis with her family.

Alison McGhee is represented by Sara Crowe.
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