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Ginger Wadsworth (1945-) Biography

Awards, Honors, SidelightsPersonal, Career, Member, Writings, Adaptations

Born 1945, in San Diego, CA; daughter of Hal
G. (a writer) and Dorothea A. (an art teacher) Evarts; Education: University of California, Davis, B.A., 1967. Politics: Democrat. Hobbies and other interests: Gardening with California native plants, hiking, camping, bird watching, photography, travel, reading.

Elementary school teacher and teacher's aide in Walnut Creek and Orinda, CA, 1982-86; writer, 1986—. Former owner of a book store in Napa, CA. Active volunteer with local library.

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Authors Guild, Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, Audubon Society, Nature Conservancy, Yosemite Association, John Burroughs Association, California Historical Society.


Julia Morgan, Architect of Dreams, Lerner Publications (Minneapolis, MN), 1990.

Rachel Carson, Voice for the Earth, Lerner Publications (Minneapolis, MN), 1992.

John Muir, Wilderness Protector, Lerner Publications (Minneapolis, MN), 1992.

(Adaptor) Along the Santa Fe Trail: Marion Russell's Own Story, illustrated by James Watling, Albert Whitman (Morton Grove, IL), 1993, published in Explore, Invitations to Literacy, Houghton (Boston, MA), 1996.

Susan Butcher, Sled Dog Racer, Lerner Publications (Minneapolis, MN), 1994.

Laura Ingalls Wilder: Storyteller of the Prairie, Lerner Publications (Minneapolis, MN), 1997.

John Burroughs, The Sage of Slabsides, Clarion Books (New York, NY), 1997.

Laura Ingalls Wilder ("On My Own" series), illustrated by Shelly O. Haas, Carolrhoda Books (Minneapolis, MN), 2000.

(Editor) Words West: Voices of Young Pioneers, Clarion Books (New York, NY), 2003.

Benjamin Banneker: Pioneering Scientist ("On My Own" series), illustrated by Craig Orback, Carolrhoda Books (Minneapolis, MN), 2003.

The Wright Brothers, Lerner Publications (Minneapolis, MN), 2004.

Cesar Chavez ("On My Own" series), Carolrhoda Books (Minneapolis, MN), 2005.

Annie Oakley, Lerner Publications (Minneapolis, MN), 2006.

Author's books have been translated into Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Danish.


Tomorrow Is Daddy's Birthday, illustrated by Maxie Chambliss, Caroline House/Boyds Mills Press (Honesdale, PA), 1994.

Giant Sequoia Trees, photographs by Frank J. Staub, Lerner Publications (Minneapolis, MN), 1995.

One on a Web: Counting Animals at Home, illustrated by James M. Needham, Charlesbridge (Watertown, MA), 1997.

Desert Discoveries, illustrated by John Carrozza, Charlesbridge (Watertown, MA), 1997.

Tundra Discoveries, illustrated by John Carrozza, Charlesbridge (Watertown, MA), 1999.

One Tiger Growls: A Counting Book of Animal Sounds, illustrated by James M. Needham, Charlesbridge (Watertown, MA), 1999.

River Discoveries, illustrated by Paul Kratter, Charlesbridge (Watertown, MA), 2002.

Wooly Mammoths, Carolrhoda Books (Minneapolis, MN), 2006.

Contributor to Writers in the Kitchen, compiled by Tricia Gardella, Boyds Mills Press, 1998; Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books, Alpha Books, 2001; and ABC's of Writing for Children. Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff, compiler, Quill Driver Books, 2003.

Rachel Carson: Voice for the Earth was adapted as an audiobook, Audio Bookshelf, 1996.

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