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Berniece (Louise) Rabe (1928-) Biography

Awards, Honors, SidelightsPersonal, Addresses, Career, Member, Writings, Adaptations, Work in Progress

Surname rhymes with "Abe"; born 1928, in Parma, MO; Education: National-Louis University, B.A. (education), 1963; Columbia College, M.A., 1989; graduate study at Northern Illinois University and Roosevelt University.

Agent—McIntosh & Otis, Inc., 310 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10017.

Children's book author. Model with Patricia Stevens Model Agency, Chicago, IL, 1945-46; teacher and tutor in special education, Elgin, IL, 1963-67; freelance writer, 1968—. Teacher trainer in Chicago, 1966-76; Columbia College, Chicago, instructor in creative writing.

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (member of executive board), Children's Reading Roundtable, Fox Valley Writers (member of executive board), Off-Campus Writers (member of executive board), Lone Star Nightwriters (chair).


Two Peas in a Pod, Whitman Publishing (Racine, WI), 1974.

Can They See Me?, Whitman Publishing (Racine, WI), 1976.

The Balancing Girl, illustrated by Lillian Hoban, Dutton (New York, NY), 1981.

Margaret's Moves, illustrated by Julie Downing, Dutton (New York, NY), 1987.

A Smooth Move, illustrated by Linda Shute, Albert Whitman (Niles, IL), 1987.

Where's Chimpy?, photographs by Diane Schmidt, Albert Whitman (Niles, IL), 1988.

Magic Comes in Its Time, illustrated by Doron Ben-Ami, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1993.

The First Christmas Candy Cane: A Legend, illustrated by Kathy Wilburn, Longmeadow Press (Stamford, CT), 1994.


Rass, Thomas Nelson (Nashville, TN), 1973.

Naomi, Thomas Nelson (Nashville, TN), 1975.

The Girl Who Had No Name, Dutton (New York, NY), 1977.

The Orphans, Dutton (New York, NY), 1978.

Who's Afraid?, illustrated by Maribeth Olson, Dutton (New York, NY), 1980.

Love Reigns, Book Lures, 1986.

Rehearsal for the Bigtime, illustrated by Diane de Groat, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1988.

Tall Enough to Own the World, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1989.

Hiding Mr. McMulty (sequel to Rass), Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1997.

Also author of novella Whillie the Masseuse, published in MidAmerican Review, 1988, and of two video dramas. Contributor of stories to children's magazines, including Friend, Ensign, Cricket, and Childcraft, and to books, including Chicken Soup for the Kids Soul. Contributor of articles to World Book and Encyclopedia Britannica.

Hiding Mr. McMulty was adapted as an audiobook, Magnetix Corp. (Orlando, FL), 1999; The Orphans as an audiobook, Hear A Book (Tasmania, Australia); and Rass and Naomi as Braille and Talking Books.

Getting Past Ghosts and A Boy Touched by Love, both young adult novels; Overcoming Incest, a nonfiction title for young adults; and It's Not Fair, a picture book, which is also being adapted into a musical play by N. Kay Brown.

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