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Adler, David A. 1947-

ADLER, David A. 1947-

Personal

Born April 10, 1947, in New York, NY; son of Sidney G. (a teacher) and Betty (a social worker; maiden name, Straus) Adler; married Renee Hamada (a psychologist), April 8, 1973; children: three. Education: Queens College of the City University of New York, B.A., 1968; New York University, M.B.A., 1971; doctoral study, c. 1971-72. Religion: Jewish. Hobbies and other interests: Travel, reading, photography, political memorabilia, baseball, art.

Addresses

Agent c/o Writers House, 21 West 26th St., New York, NY 10010. E-mail camj563@aol.com.

Career

Math teacher in New York, NY, 1968-77; children's author, 1972; Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia, PA, senior editor of books for young readers, 1979-91. Professional artist whose drawings and cartoons have appeared in magazines and newspapers.

Member

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, PEN, Authors Guild.

Awards, Honors

Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children, National Science Teachers Association/Children's Book Council (NSTA/CBC), 1976, for 3D, 2D, 1D; Children's Book Showcase, CBC, 1977, for A Little at a Time; Notable Book, American Library Association (ALA), 1981, for A Picture Book of Jewish Holidays; Best Books selection, New York Public Library, 1983, for Bunny Rabbit Rebus; Carter G. Woodson Honor Book, National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), 1985, for Our Golda: The Story of Golda Meir; Sydney Taylor Book Award, Association of Jewish Libraries, 1987, for The Number on My Grandfather's Arm; Children's Book of the Year, Child Study Book Committee at Bank Street College, for Thomas Jefferson: Father of Our Democracy, Cam Jansen and the Triceratops Pops Mystery, and Jackie Robinson: He Was the First; Best Books selection, Society of School Librarians International, for A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln, Jackie Robinson: He Was the First, and A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr; Best Books selection, Parents magazine, 1989, for Happy Hanukkah Rebus, and 1990, for A Picture Book of Helen Keller; Notable Book, ALA, and 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing selection, New York Public Library, both 1997, Lemme Book Award and Patterson Award, both 1998, Honor Book, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Gold Medal Book, Parents magazine, Golden State Children's Book Award for Younger Nonfiction, 2000, and Best Books selection, New York Times, all for Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man; Parents' Choice Picture Book Award, 1998, for Shape Up!: Fun with Triangles and Other Polygons; Parents Choice Honor Book, 1998, for A Picture Book of Amelia Earhart; Children's Choice Awards, International Reading Association/CBC (IRA-CBC), for Roman Numerals, Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Monster Movie, The Fourth Floor Twins and the Fish Snitch Mystery, The Fourth Floor Twins and the Skyscraper Parade, My Dog and the Knock Knock Mystery, My Dog and the Birthday Mystery, Remember Betsy Floss and Other Colonial American Riddles, and Happy Thanksgiving Rebus; Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies selection, NCSS/CBC, for Our Golda: The Story of Golda Meir, Martin Luther King, Jr.: Free at Last, A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr., A Picture Book of Eleanor Roosevelt, A Picture Book of Anne Frank, A Picture Book of Sojourner Truth, We Remember the Holocaust, One Yellow Daffodil: A Hanukkah Story, Hilde and Eli, Children of the Holocaust, and Child of the Warsaw Ghetto; Pick of the List selection, American Booksellers Association, for Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Gold Coins, Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Monster Movie, Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Carnival Prize, The Fourth Floor Twins and the Fish Snitch Mystery, The Fourth Floor Twins and the Fortune Cookie Chase, A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln, A Picture Book of George Washington, and Happy Thanksgiving Rebus; Notable Book for a Global Society, IRA, for One Yellow Daffodil; First Biannual List of Outstanding Children's Books selection, ALA, for Our Golda: The Story of Golda Meir; Best Books selection, Child Study Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College, for Jackie Robinson: He Was the First and Cam Jansen and the Mystery at the Haunted House; Helen Keating Ott Award, Church and Synagogue Library Association, for promoting high moral and ethical values through children's literature; Golden Kite Honor Book, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, 1999, and Kentucky Bluegrass Award, 2001, both for The Babe and I; Orbis Pictus Honor Book, National Council of Teachers of English, 2001, and Best Books of the Year selection, School Library Journal, Booklist, and San Francisco Chronicle, all for America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle.

Writings

PICTURE BOOKS

A Little at a Time, illustrated by N. M. Bodecker, Random House (New York, NY), 1976.

The House on the Roof, illustrated by Marilyn Hirsh, Bonim (New York, NY), 1976.

The Children of Chelm, illustrated by Arthur Friedman, Bonim (New York, NY), 1979.

You Think It's Fun to Be a Clown!, illustrated by Ray Cruz, Doubleday (New York, NY), 1980.

My Dog and the Key Mystery, illustrated by Byron Barton, F. Watts (New York, NY), 1982.

Bunny Rabbit Rebus, illustrated by Madelaine Gill Linden, Crowell (New York, NY), 1983.

A Picture Book of Israel, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1984.

My Dog and the Knock Knock Mystery, illustrated by Marsha Winborn, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1985.

My Dog and the Green Sock Mystery, illustrated by Dick Gackenbach, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1986.

My Dog and the Birthday Mystery, illustrated by Dick Gackenbach, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1987.

I Know I'm a Witch, illustrated by Sucie Stevenson, Holt (New York, NY), 1988.

Malke's Secret Recipe: A Hanukkah Story, illustrated by Joan Halpern, Viking (New York, NY), 1989.

Happy Hanukkah Rebus, illustrated by Jan Palmer, Viking (New York, NY), 1989.

Happy Thanksgiving Rebus, illustrated by Jan Palmer, Viking (New York, NY), 1991.

One Yellow Daffodil: A Hanukkah Story, illustrated by Lloyd Bloom, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1995.

Chanukah in Chelm, illustrated by Kevin O'Malley, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard (New York, NY), 1997.

The Babe and I, illustrated by Terry Widener, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1999.

Mama Played Baseball, illustrated by Chris O'Leary, Gulliver Books (San Diego, CA), 2003.

RIDDLE BOOKS

The Carsick Zebra and Other Animal Riddles, illustrated by Tomie de Paola, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1983.

The Twisted Witch and Other Spooky Riddles, illustrated by Victoria Chess, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1985.

The Purple Turkey and Other Thanksgiving Riddles, illustrated by Marylin Hafner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1986.

Remember Betsy Floss and Other Colonial American Riddles, illustrated by John Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1987.

Wild Pill Hickok and Other Old West Riddles, illustrated by Glen Rounds, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1988.

The Dinosaur Princess and Other Prehistoric Riddles, illustrated by Loreen Leedy, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1988.

A Teacher on Roller Skates, and Other School Riddles, illustrated by John Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1989.

Calculator Riddles, illustrated by Cynthia Fisher, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1995.

"CAM JANSEN" SERIES

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1980.

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the UFO, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1980.

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1981.

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Television Dog, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1981.

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Gold Coins, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1982.

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Babe Ruth Baseball, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1982.

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Circus Clown, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1983.

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Monster Movie, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1984.

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Carnival Prize, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1984.

Cam Jansen and the Mystery at the Monkey House, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1985.

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Corn Popper, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1986.

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of Flight Fifty-Four, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1989.

Cam Jansen and the Mystery at the Haunted House, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1992.

Cam Jansen Fun Book, Viking (New York, NY), 1992.

Cam Jansen and the Chocolate Fudge Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1993.

Cam Jansen and the Triceratops Pops Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1995.

Cam Jansen and the Ghostly Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1996.

Cam Jansen and the Scary Snake Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1997.

Cam Jansen and the Catnapping Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1998.

Cam Jansen and the Barking Treasure Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1999.

Cam Jansen and the Birthday Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 2000.

Cam Jansen and the School Play Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 2001.

Cam Jansen and the First Day of School Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 2002.

Cam Jansen and the Tennis Trophy Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 2003.

Cam Jansen and the Snowy Day Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 2004.

"YOUNG CAM JANSEN" SERIES

Young Cam Jansen and the Missing Cookie, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1996.

Young Cam Jansen and the Dinosaur Game, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1996.

Young Cam Jansen and the Lost Tooth, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1997.

Young Cam Jansen and the Ice Skate Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1998.

Young Cam Jansen and the Baseball Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1999.

Young Cam Jansen and the Pizza Shop Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 2000.

Young Cam Jansen and the Library Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 2001.

Young Cam Jansen and the Double Beach Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 2002.

Young Cam Jansen and the Zoo Note Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 2003.

Young Cam Jansen and the New Girl Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 2004.

"JEFFREY'S GHOST" ADVENTURE SERIES

Jeffrey's Ghost and the Leftover Baseball Team, illustrated by Jean Jenkins, Holt (New York, NY), 1984.

Jeffrey's Ghost and the Fifth Grade Dragon, illustrated by Jean Jenkins, Holt (New York, NY), 1985.

Jeffrey's Ghost and the Ziffel Fair Mystery, illustrated by Jean Jenkins, Holt (New York, NY), 1987.

"FOURTH FLOOR TWINS" ADVENTURE SERIES

The Fourth Floor Twins and the Fortune Cookie Chase, illustrated by Irene Trivas, Viking (New York, NY), 1985.

The Fourth Floor Twins and the Fish Snitch Mystery, illustrated by Irene Trivas, Viking (New York, NY), 1985.

The Fourth Floor Twins and the Disappearing Parrot Trick, illustrated by Irene Trivas, Viking (New York, NY), 1986.

The Fourth Floor Twins and the Silver Ghost Express, illustrated by Irene Trivas, Viking (New York, NY), 1986.

The Fourth Floor Twins and the Skyscraper Parade, illustrated by Irene Trivas, Viking (New York, NY), 1987.

The Fourth Floor Twins and the Sand Castle Contest, illustrated by Irene Trivas, Viking (New York, NY), 1988.

"T. F. BENSON" MYSTERY SERIES

T. F. Benson and the Funny Money Mystery, Bantam (New York, NY), 1992.

T. F. Benson and the Dinosaur Madness Mystery, Bantam (New York, NY), 1992.

T. F. Benson and the Jewelry Spy Mystery, Bantam (New York, NY), 1992.

T. F. Benson and the Detective Dog Mystery, Bantam (New York, NY), 1993.

"HOUDINI CLUB MAGIC" MYSTERY SERIES

Onion Sundaes, illustrated by Heather Harms Maione, Random House (New York, NY), 1994.

Wacky Jacks, illustrated by Heather Harms Maione, Random House (New York, NY), 1994.

Lucky Stars, illustrated by Heather Harms Maione, Random House (New York, NY), 1996.

Magic Money, illustrated by Heather Harms Maione, Random House (New York, NY), 1997.

"ANDY RUSSELL" SERIES

The Many Troubles of Andy Russell, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1998.

Andy and Tamika, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1999.

School Trouble for Andy Russell, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1999.

Parachuting Hamsters and Andy Russell, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 2000.

Andy Russell, NOT Wanted by the Police, illustrated by Leanne Franson, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 2001.

"DETECTIVE JEFFREY BONES" SERIES

Bones and the Big Yellow Mystery, illustrated by Barbara Johansen Newman, Viking (New York, NY), 2004.

Bones and the Dog Gone Mystery, illustrated by Barbara Johansen Newman, Viking (New York, NY), 2004.

Bones and the Cupcake Mystery, illustrated by Barbara Johansen Newman, Viking (New York, NY), in press.

Bones and the Dinosaur Mystery, illustrated by Barbara Johansen Newman, Viking (New York, NY), in press.

BIOGRAPHIES

Our Golda: The Story of Golda Meir, illustrated by Donna Ruff, Viking (New York, NY), 1984.

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Free at Last, illustrated by Robert Casilla, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1986.

Thomas Jefferson: Father of Our Democracy, illustrated by Jacqueline Garrick, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1987.

George Washington: Father of Our Country, illustrated by Jacqueline Garrick, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1988.

Jackie Robinson: He Was the First, illustrated by Robert Casilla, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1989.

A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr., illustrated by Robert Casilla, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1989.

A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1989.

A Picture Book of George Washington, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1989.

A Picture Book of Helen Keller, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1990.

A Picture Book of Thomas Jefferson, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1990.

A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1990.

Thomas Alva Edison: Great Inventor, illustrated by Lyle Miller, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1990.

Christopher Columbus: Great Explorer, illustrated by Lyle Miller, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1991.

A Picture Book of Eleanor Roosevelt, illustrated by Robert Casilla, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1991.

A Picture Book of John F. Kennedy, illustrated by Robert Casilla, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1991.

A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1991.

Benjamin Franklin: Inventor, Statesman, Printer, illustrated by Lyle Miller, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1992.

A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman, illustrated by Samuel Byrd, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1992.

A Picture Book of Simon Bolivar, illustrated by Robert Casilla, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1992.

A Picture Book of Florence Nightingale, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1992.

A Picture Book of Jesse Owens, illustrated by Robert Casilla, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1992.

A Picture Book of Frederick Douglass, illustrated by Samuel Byrd, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1993.

A Picture Book of Anne Frank, illustrated by Karen Ritz, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1993.

A Picture Book of Rosa Parks, illustrated by Robert Casilla, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1993.

A Picture Book of Sitting Bull, illustrated by Samuel Byrd, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1993.

A Picture Book of Sojourner Truth, illustrated by Gershom Griffith, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1994.

A Picture Book of Robert E. Lee, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1994.

A Picture Book of Jackie Robinson, illustrated by Robert Casilla, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1994.

Child of the Warsaw Ghetto, illustrated by Karen Ritz, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1995.

A Picture Book of Paul Revere, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1995.

A Picture Book of Patrick Henry, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1995.

A Picture Book of Davy Crockett, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1996.

A Picture Book of Thomas Alva Edison, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1996.

Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man, illustrated by Terry Widener, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1997.

A Picture Book of Thurgood Marshall, illustrated by Robert Casilla, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1997.

A Picture Book of Louis Braille, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1997.

A Picture Book of Amelia Earhart, illustrated by Jeff Fisher, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1998.

A Picture Book of George Washington Carver, illustrated by Dan Brown, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1999.

My Writing Day, photographs by Nina Crews, R. C. Owen (Katonah, NY), 1999.

A Picture Book of Sacagawea, illustrated by Dan Brown, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2000.

America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle, illustrated by Terry Widener, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 2000.

B. Franklin, Printer, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2001.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., illustrated by Colin Bootman, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2001.

A Picture Book of Dwight David Eisenhower, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2002.

A Hero and the Holocaust: The Story of Janusz Korczak and His Children, illustrated by Bill Farsworth, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2002.

Heroes of the Revolution, illustrated by Don A. Smith, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2003.

A Picture Book of Harriet Beecher Stowe, illustrated by Colin Bootman, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2003.

A Picture Book of Lewis and Clark, illustrated by Ronald Himler, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2003.

Hellen Keller, illustrated by John Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2003.

Heroes of the Revolution, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2003.

George Washington: An Illustrated Biography, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2004.

Enemies of Slavery, illustrated by Donald A. Smith, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2004.

A Picture Book of Samuel Adams, illustrated by Ronald Himler, Holiday House (New York, NY), in press.

Joe Louis: America's Fighter, illustrated by Terry Widener, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), in press.

NONFICTION

Base Five, illustrated by Larry Rose, Crowell (New York, NY), 1975.

3D, 2D, 1D, illustrated by Harvey Weiss, Crowell (New York, NY), 1975.

Roman Numerals, illustrated by Byron Barton, Crowell (New York, NY), 1977.

Redwoods Are the Tallest Trees in the World, illustrated by Kazue Mizumura, Crowell (New York, NY), 1978.

3-2-1 Number Fun, Doubleday (New York, NY), 1981.

A Picture Book of Jewish Holidays, illustrated by Linda Heller, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1981.

Calculator Fun, illustrated by Arline and Marvin Oberman, F. Watts (New York, NY), 1981.

A Picture Book of Passover, illustrated by Linda Heller, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1982.

A Picture Book of Hanukkah, illustrated by Linda Heller, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1982.

Hyperspace! Facts and Fun from All over the Universe, illustrated by Fred Winkowski, Viking (New York, NY), 1982.

Our Amazing Ocean, illustrated by Joseph Veno, Troll (Mahwah, NJ), 1983.

All about the Moon, illustrated by Raymond Burns, Troll (Mahwah, NJ), 1983.

World of Weather, illustrated by Raymond Burns, Troll (Mahwah, NJ), 1983.

Wonders of Energy, illustrated by Raymond Burns, Troll (Mahwah, NJ), 1983.

Amazing Magnets, illustrated by Dan Lawler, Troll (Mahwah, NJ), 1983.

All Kinds of Money, illustrated by Tom Huffman, F. Watts (New York, NY), 1984.

Prices Go Up, Prices Go Down: The Laws of Supply and Demand, illustrated by Tom Huffman, F. Watts (New York, NY), 1984.

Inflation: When Prices Go Up, Up, Up, illustrated by Tom Huffman, F. Watts (New York, NY), 1985.

Banks: Where the Money Is, illustrated by Tom Huffman, F. Watts (New York, NY), 1985.

The Number on My Grandfather's Arm, photographs by Rose Eichenbaum, Union of American Hebrew Congregations (New York, NY), 1987.

The Children's Book of Jewish Holidays, illustrated by Dovid Sears, Mesorah (Brooklyn, NY), 1987.

We Remember the Holocaust, Holt (New York, NY), 1989.

You Breathe In, Breathe Out: All about Your Lungs, illustrated by Diane Paterson, F. Watts (New York, NY), 1991.

Hilde and Eli, Children of the Holocaust, illustrated by Karen Ritz, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1994.

Fraction Fun, illustrated by Nancy Tobin, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1996.

The Kids' Catalog of Jewish Holidays, Jewish Publication Society (Philadelphia, PA), 1996.

Easy Math Puzzles, illustrated by Cynthia Fisher, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1997.

Hiding from the Nazis, illustrated by Karen Ritz, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1997.

Shape Up!: Fun with Triangles and Other Polygons, illustrated by Nancy Tobin, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1998.

How Tall, How Short, How Far Away, illustrated by Nancy Tobin, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1999.

The Kids' Catalog of Hanukkah, Jewish Publications Society (Philadelphia, PA), 2004.

OTHER

Hanukkah Fun Book: Puzzles, Riddles, Magic, and More, Bonim (New York, NY), 1976.

Passover Fun Book: Puzzles, Riddles, Magic, and More, Bonim (New York, NY), 1978.

Hanukkah Game Book: Games, Riddles, Puzzles, and More, Bonim (New York, NY), 1978.

Bible Fun Book: Puzzles, Riddles, Magic, and More, Bonim (New York, NY), 1979.

Finger Spelling Fun, F. Watts (New York, NY), 1980.

A Children's Treasure of Chassidic Tales, illustrated by Arie Haas, Mesorah (Brooklyn, NY), 1983.

Eaton Stanley and the Mind Control Experiment (young adult fiction), illustrated by Joan Drescher, Dutton (New York, NY), 1985.

Benny, Benny, Baseball Nut (young adult fiction), Scholastic (New York, NY), 1987.

Jewish Holiday Fun, Kar-Ben (Rockville, MD), 1987.

Rabbit Trouble and the Green Magician (young adult fiction), illustrated by Giora Carmi, Weekly Reader Books (Stamford, CT), 1987.

(Adapter) Brothers in Egypt (based on the motion picture Prince of Egypt, Dreamworks (Los Angeles, CA), 1998.

The Kids' Catalog of Hanukkah, Jewish Publication Society (Philadelphia, PA), 2004.

Work in Progress

It's a Baby, Andy Russell, illustrated by Leanne Franson, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), expected 2005.

Sidelights

Prolific author David A. Adler has produced a wide range of work for childrenfrom picture books and juvenile adventure stories to biographies and nonfiction volumes on such topics as science, history, math, and holidays. "Because of the diversity of the things I write," Adler once revealed, "I am able to vary my work even in a single day, from doing research on a nonfiction book to writing fiction to creating a silly riddle or poem."

Adler still resides in the same neighborhood in which he grew up. As he once commented, "Some years ago I was at Open School Night for my middle son. His fourth grade teacher was the same one my eldest son had seven years earlier and the same teacher I had some time in the 1950s. The teacher looked at me, smiled, and then told the roomful of parents, 'A long time ago, when I just started teaching, David was in my class.' She smiled again and said, 'I went to the principal and asked, "What should I do with Adler? He's always dreaming." "Leave him alone," the principal answered. "Maybe one day he'll be a writer."'"

Adler began creating books for children while pursuing doctoral studies in the early 1970s. Adler commented that his first book, A Little at a Time, was "the result of sheer inspiration and very little perspiration; I felt as if I was a conduit for a wonderful idea." Once the book was accepted by Random House for publication, Adler, a math teacher at the time, began writing math books for young readers on topics such as Roman numerals and dimensions. In 1977, when Adler and his wife had their first child, Adler decided to stay home with his son and write whenever the baby napped. "I was shunned in the playground," Adler related, "and even yelled at by an older woman I didn't know. She told me I should be at work and my wife should be at home. But I was at work, and working very hard."

During his writing career, Adler has penned nearly two hundred books, including such award-winning titles as Our Golda: The Story of Golda Meir and The Number on My Grandfather's Arm. He is also the author of the successful "Cam Jansen" and "Young Cam Jansen" mystery series, featuring an elementary-school-aged female detective with a photographic memory, and other lighthearted fiction series. Adler once commented, "I find my fiction to be a wonderful release from all the painstaking research I must do for nonfiction, which is why I try to alternate between fiction and nonfiction. I have real fun with the 'Cam Jansen' books. She is such a delightful character, and while feminists haven't focused too much attention on her, I should note that Cam's sense of adventure and her headstrong, fearless nature are certainly different than how ten-year-old girls were portrayed in earlier books for children."

The first "Cam Jansen" mystery was published in 1980, and the series is still going strong. In the mid-1990s, Adler added a related series, called the "Young Cam Jansen" mysteries, which bring the detective's adventures to a slightly younger audience. In all of the books, Cam uses her photographic memory to solve various conundrums around her school, home, and community. The original "Cam Jansen" series tends to feature actual crimesin Cam Jansen and the Birthday Mystery, Cam breaks up a luggage-stealing ring when her grandparents are robbed at the airport; Cam Jansen and the School Play Mystery finds Cam trying to recover money stolen from a local theaterwhile the "Young Cam Jansen" mysteries are usually simpler cases of things simply getting lost. For example, in Young Cam Jansen and the Zoo Note Mystery, Cam helps her friend Eric find his misplaced permission slip for their class field trip to the zoo. All of the books lay out clues in the text and illustration, and "some astute readers may even solve the mystery before Cam does," Anne Knickerbocker noted in a School Library Journal review of Young Cam Jansen and the Zoo Note Mystery. The fun of paying close attention and trying to outsmart Cam is one reason why early readers will enjoy these series, many critics commented. Booklist 's Lauren Peterson, in a review of Cam Jansen and the Catnapping Mystery (in which Cam helps an elderly woman recover her kidnapped cat), declared it "a good book to introduce young readers to chapter books: the level of mystery is just right for the audience."

About some of his other fictional books, Adler explained, "The main character in the book Benny, Benny Baseball Nut is based on one of my sons, [and] the characters in the 'Andy Russell' books on another son. He is an interesting boy with interesting questions such as, 'Daddy, what if the Wright brothers had been Siamese twins, what would the cockpit of an airplane look like now?'"

One of the "Andy Russell" books is similar to the "Cam Jansen" series in that it features a neighborhood mystery. In Andy Russell, NOT Wanted by the Police, the mystery is, who is living in the Perlmans' house? The Perlmans are away on vacation, but there are lights on in the house and trash in their can. At least, there are when Andy and his friend Tamika Anderson are watching; when they try to prove to Andy's parents and the police that someone is in the house, the place appears to be deserted. As it turns out, there is a very simple answer: the Perlmans allowed an artist to stay in their house while they are away. The series, like so many of Adler's works, is designed for early readers, and Andy Russell, NOT Wanted by the Police "has a comfort level that will have young readers flying through it," thought a Kirkus Reviews contributor.

One of Adler's better-known nonfiction works is We Remember the Holocaust, a book composed of historical commentary, photographs, and interviews with and recollections from survivors of the Nazi death camps in World War II. Adler has dealt with the Holocaust in several other books, including Hilde and Eli, Children of the Holocaust; Child of the Warsaw Ghetto; Hiding from the Nazis; and A Picture Book of Anne Frank. All of these books tell a portion of the story of the Holocaust from a child's perspective by reconstructing the stories of actual Holocaust victims and survivors. The technique is effective in Hilde and Eli, thought Booklist 's Hazel Rochman: "Nothing is sensationalized, but the facts are terrifying." The books' protagonists are drawn from a variety of countries; Hilde is German; Eli is from Czechoslovakia; Anne Frank and Lore, from Hiding from the Nazis, were born in Germany but are in hiding in the Netherlands; and Froim, the child of the Warsaw Ghetto, is from Poland. Critics suggested that the books balance the personal stories of each victim with an overall sense of the Holocaust's magnitude. "This one child's story," Booklist 's Rochman wrote of Child of the Warsaw Ghetto, "is a compelling way to focus group discussion" on the Holocaust. A Publishers Weekly reviewer thought that Adler's biography of the well-known Anne Frank was better than most. The author omits "the standard encomiums about his subject's courage and genius," the reviewer wrote, "with the result that Anne Frank emerges all the more poignantly."

Adler takes a lighter look at Jewish culture in Chanukah in Chelm, a humorous book about holiday preparations in the town renowned in folklore for the foolishness of its inhabitants. In this story, Mendel, the rabbi's helper, has trouble finding a table upon which to sit the synagogue's menorah. He looks all around the table in the storage closet but fails to see it, so he heads off to Tables Are Us to buy one. His choice is too large to carry, so he encourages it to walk to the synagogue with him. He calls to it, "Here table, table! Come on, boy!," while another character tries logic on it: "You have four strong legs. If we can walk to the synagogue on two legs, surely you can walk on four." Eventually, Mendel gives up and returns to the synagogue, where he finally sees the other, smaller table that he had overlooked before. However, Mendel thinks that this table is the one he bought, and he congratulates it: "That walk was good for you, table. You've lost weight." "The obvious absurdity that fuels the story will be a hit with kids," thought Booklist reviewer Stephanie Zvirin. Horn Book 's Susan P. Bloom noted that "the youngest reader certainly won't get all the jokes but there's more than enough broad humor to have youngsters groaning appropriately."

Adler is also widely known for his numerous picture book biographies. These books deal with a wide variety of figures: sports heroes such as Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, Joe Louis, and Gertrude Ederle; U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy; political and social activists, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and Sojourner Truth; inventor Thomas Alva Edison; and explorer Christopher Columbus. As Adler once commented, "The picture book biographies must be short, but that makes them very difficult to write. In my biography of Simon Bolivar, for example, the young reader must first know something about the history of South America. But in a picture book, of course, there is no room for a preface, so all the history had to be woven in with the story of Bolivar's life and all within fifteen hundred words. In my biography of Anne Frank, I needed to write about Germany's problems following the First World War, the rise of Adolf Hitler and Nazism, the refusal of the world to accept refugees of extreme persecution, vital information about the Second World War, and the horrible truth about the death camps. I needed to do all that and still keep the book focused on the life and diary of Anne Frank, all for relatively young children, and all within fifteen hundred words."

Reviewers have generally found that Adler gets this difficult balance right. His books have prompted comments from reviewers such as "an exciting story, well told" from a Publishers Weekly critic on America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle. Booklist 's Hazel Rochman commended "the simple narrative text and dramatic color illustrations" in A Picture Book of Rosa Parks, and School Library Journal reviewer Gina Powell noted that Adler's biography of Harriet Beecher Stowe "offers easily accessible information supported by realistic, evocative oil paintings." That easy accessibility, a Kirkus Reviews contributor wrote of A Picture Book of Harriet Beecher Stowe, makes the book "the perfect beginning for young readers doing a first project." Throughout the books, Adler occasionally steps into the story to explain the context of events, for example, writing about the reaction to Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin or pointing out why a vote held on the Lewis and Clarke expedition was unusual. "Among those who voted" on where to set up camp, Adler wrote in A Picture Book of Lewis and Clark, "were Clark's slave, York, and Sacagawea, long before blacks and women voted in United States elections."

As Adler once revealed about his first middle-grade biography, B. Franklin, Printer, "For my research I read hundreds of issues of Colonial newspapers. I found them fascinating. I included in the book many excerpts from those newspapers including first-hand accounts of the first shots of the Revolution." Chronicling the famous American's life from his beginnings as a Philadelphia printer to his position as a statesman, B. Franklin, Printer offers a more complete picture of the man through Adler's efforts to explain his life using illustrations, quotations, and facsimiles of documents Franklin produced in his lifetime. Additionally, the author concludes his book by offering end matter, including a bibliography, chronologies, and list of Web sites, for students interested in more material about the multi-talented Franklin. School Library Journal contributor Andrew Medlar wrote that Franklin's life "flies by with readers hardly noticing the years passing, or that they are learning an interesting and important part of history." As with his biographies for younger readers, "Adler discusses Franklin in the context of his times," wrote Booklist 's Carolyn Phelan, while creating "an intriguing portrait of a many-faceted man."

As busy as his work keeps him, Adler once remarked that he always makes time for his priorities: "I am pleased that the flexibility of my schedule allows me plenty of time to be with my family." Flexibility, however, is not writing's only attraction for him. "I love my work," he once said. "It allows me to pursue my many interests. I feel very fortunate that I can indulge my interests and call it work."

Biographical and Critical Sources

BOOKS

Adler, David A., Chanukah in Chelm, illustrated by Kevin O'Malley, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard (New York, NY), 1997.

Adler, David A., A Picture Book of Lewis and Clark, illustrated by Ronald Himler, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2003.

Wyatt, Flora R., Margaret Coggins, and Jane Hunter Imber, Popular Nonfiction Authors for Children, Libraries Unlimited (Englewood, CO), 1998.

PERIODICALS

Appraisal, winter, 1999, p. 6.

Booklist, October 15, 1993, Hazel Rochman, review of A Picture Book of Rosa Parks, p. 444; September 15, 1994, Hazel Rochman, review of Hilde and Eli, Children of the Holocaust, p. 126; April 1, 1995, Hazel Rochman, review of Child of the Warsaw Ghetto, p. 1389; November 1, 1995, Kay Weisman, review of One Yellow Daffodil: A Hanukkah Story, p. 476; August, 1996, Carolyn Phelan, review of Young Cam Jansen and the Dinosaur Game and Young Cam Jansen and the Missing Cookie, pp. 1909-1910; May 15, 1997, Ilene Cooper, review of Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man, p. 1575; September 1, 1997, Stephanie Zvirin, review of Chanukah in Chelm, p. 137; April 15, 1998, Carolyn Phelan, review of A Picture Book of Amelia Earhart, p. 1447; August, 1998, Shelle Rosenfeld, review of The Many Troubles of Andy Russell, p. 2002; November 15, 1998, Lauren Peterson, Cam Jansen and the Catnapping Mystery, p. 586; March 1, 2001, Stephanie Zvirin, review of America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle, p. 1280; May 1, 2001, Hazel Rochman, review of Young Cam Jansen and the Library Mystery, p. 1612; June, 2001, Eunice Weech, review of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., p. 133; July, 2001, Carolyn Phelan, review of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., p. 2022; August, 2001, Hazel Rochman, review of Cam Jansen and the School Play Mystery, p. 2118; January 1, 2002, Carolyn Phelan, review of B. Franklin, Printer, p. 851, and Helen Rosenberg, review of Andy Russell, NOT Wanted by the Police, p. 855; October 15, 2002, Carolyn Phelan, review of A Picture Book of Dwight David Eisenhower, p. 408; December 1, 2002, Hazel Rochman, review of A Hero and the Holocaust: The Story of Janusz Korczak and His Children, p. 658; February 15, 2003, Carolyn Phelan, review of A Picture Book of Lewis and Clark, p. 1066; May 1, 2003, Hazel Rochman, review of Young Cam Jansen and the Zoo Note Mystery, p. 1530; June 1, 2003, Hazel Rochman, review of A Picture Book of Harriet Beecher Stowe, p. 1800; July, 2003, Hazel Rochman, review of Helen Keller, p. 1899; November 1, 2003, Hazel Rochman, review of Cam Jansen and the Tennis Trophy Mystery, p. 499.

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, April, 1997, Janice M. Del Negro, review of Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man, p. 270; March, 1993, Betsy Hearne, review of A Picture Book of Anne Frank, p. 204; November, 1994, Roger Sutton, review of Hilde and Eli, p. 79.

Childhood Education, fall, 2003, Amy E. Scherer, review of A Picture Book of Harriet Beecher Stowe, p. 38.

Horn Book, September-October, 1997, Susan P. Bloom, review of Chanukah in Chelm, p. 584.

Instructor, November-December, 2001, Judy Freeman, review of Young Cam Jansen and the Library Mystery, pp. 14-16.

Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 1994, review of Hilde and Eli, p. 1521, review of A Picture Book of Jackie Robinson, pp. 1521-1522; October 15, 1997, review of Hiding from the Nazis, p. 1578; September 15, 2001, review of Andy Russell, NOT Wanted by the Police, p. 1352; April 15, 2002, review of Young Cam Jansen and the Double Beach Mystery, p. 560; August 15, 2002, review of A Picture Book of Dwight David Eisenhower, p. 1214; September 15, 2002, review of A Hero and the Holocaust, p. 1382; February 15, 2003, review of Mama Played Baseball, p. 298; March 1, 2003, review of A Picture Book of Harriet Beecher Stowe, p. 378; March 15, 2003, review of A Picture Book of Lewis and Clark, p. 458; October 1, 2003, review of Heroes of the Revolution, p. 1219.

Language Arts, September, 2002, review of B. Franklin, Printer, p. 72.

Plays, October, 2001, review of Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man, p. 70.

Publishers Weekly, April 9, 1982; July 23, 1982; October 22, 1982; April 5, 1993, review of A Picture Book of Anne Frank, p. 76; February 24, 1997, review of Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man, p. 91; October 20, 1997, review of Hiding from the Nazis, p. 76; August 17, 1998, review of The Many Troubles of Andy Russell, p. 73; May 10, 1999, review of The Babe and I, p. 67; March 6, 2000, review of America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle, p. 111; February 3, 2003, review of Mama Played Baseball, p. 76.

School Library Journal, May, 1993, Cheryl Cufari, review of A Picture Book of Anne Frank, pp. 92-93; December, 1994, Tom S. Hurlburt, review of A Picture Book of Jackie Robinson, p. 94; October, 1995, Jane Marino, review of One Yellow Daffodil, p. 34; February, 1998, Lesley McKinstry, review of Wacky Jacks, p. 96; April, 1998, Cheryl Cufari, review of A Picture Book of Amelia Earhart, p. 112; January, 1999, Kit Vaughan, review of Cam Jansen and the Catnapping Mystery, p. 79; January, 2001, Wendy S. Carroll, review of Cam Jansen and the Birthday Mystery, p. 91; January, 2002, Debbie Feulner, review of Andy Russell, NOT Wanted by the Police, p. 89; February, 2002, Andrew Medlar, review of B. Franklin, Printer, p. 138; June, 2002, review of Young Cam Jansen and the Double Beach Mystery, p. 80; October, 2002, Barbara Buckley, review of A Picture Book of Dwight David Eisenhower, p. 136; March, 2003, Martha Link, review of A Hero and the Holocaust, and Heather E. Miller, review of A Picture Book of Lewis and Clark, both p. 212; April, 2003, Steven Engelfried, review of Mama Played Baseball, p. 114; May, 2003, Gina Powell, review of A Picture Book of Harriet Beecher Stowe, p. 133; July, 2003, Anne Knickerbocker, review of Young Cam Jansen and the Zoo Note Mystery, p. 86; September, 2003, Grace Oliff, review of The Babe and I, p. 83; November, 2003, Peg Glisson, review of Helen Keller, and Shauna Yusko, review of Heroes of the Revolution, both p. 120; March, 2004, Sue Sherif, review of Cam Jansen and the Tennis Trophy Mystery, p. 152.

Social Education, May, 2001, review of America's Champion Swimmer, p. 2S3.

ONLINE

Cam Jansen Web site, http://www.camjansen.com/ (April 10, 2004).

David A. Adler Web site, http://www.davidaadler.com/ (April 10, 2004).

Houghton Mifflin Education Place, http://www.eduplace.com/ (April 10, 2004), "Meet the Author: David A. Adler."

Scholastic Web site, http://www.scholastic.com/ (April 10, 2004), "David A. Adler's Biography."

Scott Foresman Web site, http://www.scottforesman.com/ (April 10, 2004), "Meet Celebrity Author David Adler."

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Personal

Born April 10, 1947, in New York, NY; son of Sidney G. (a teacher) and Betty (a psychiatric social worker) Adler; married Renée Hamada (a psychologist), April 8, 1973; children: Michael, Edward, Etian. Education: Queens College of the City University of New York, B.A., 1968; New York University, M.B.A., 1971; doctoral study, 1971-72. Religion: Jewish. Hobbies and other interests: Travel, reading, photography, political memorabilia, baseball, art.

Addresses

Office—P.O. Box 66, Hewlett, NY 11557. Agent—c/o Writers House, 21 W. 26th St., New York, NY 10010. E-mail—CAMJ563@aol.com.

Career

Writer, editor, and illustrator. Math teacher in New York, NY, 1968-77; children's author, beginning 1972; Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia, PA, senior editor of books for young readers, 1979-91. Professional artist whose drawings and cartoons have appeared in magazines and newspapers.

Member

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, PEN, Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America.

Awards, Honors

Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children designation, National Science Teachers Association/Children's Book Council (NSTA/CBC), 1976, for 3D, 2D, 1D; Children's Book Showcase, CBC, 1977, for A Little at a Time; Notable Book designation, American Library Association (ALA), 1981, for A Picture Book of Jewish Holidays; Best Books designation, New York Public Library, 1983, for Bunny Rabbit Rebus; Carter G. Woodson Award Honor Book citation, National Council for the Social Studies/CBC, 1985, for Our Golda, and for Martin Luther King, Jr.: Free at Last, A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr., A Picture Book of Eleanor Roosevelt, A Picture Book of Anne Frank, A Picture Book of Sojourner Truth, We Remember the Holocaust, One Yellow Daffodil, Hilde and Eli, Children of the Holocaust, and Child of the Warsaw Ghetto; Sydney Taylor Book Award, Association of Jewish Libraries, 1987, for The Number on My Grandfather's Arm; Children's Book of the Year designation, Child Study Book Committee, 1987, for Thomas Jefferson: Father of Our Democracy, 1988, for Cam Jansen and the Triceratops Pops Mystery, and 1989, for Jackie Robinson: He Was the First; Best Books designation, Society of School Librarians International, 1989, for A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln, Jackie Robinson: He Was the First, and A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr; Best Books designation, Parents magazine, 1989, for Happy Hanukkah Rebus, and 1990, for A Picture Book of Helen Keller; ALA Notable Book designation and 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing designation, New York Public

Library, both 1997, Lemme Book Award and Patterson Award, both 1998, Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Book designation, Gold Medal Book citation, Parents magazine, and Garden State Children's Book Award for Younger Nonfiction, all 2000, and Best Books designation, New York Times, all for Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man; Parents' Choice Picture Book Award, 1998, for Shape Up!; Parents' Choice Honor Book designation, 1998, for A Picture Book of Amelia Earhart; Children's Choice Awards, International Reading Association/CBC, for Roman Numerals, Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Monster Movie, The Fourth Floor Twins and the Fish Snitch Mystery, The Fourth Floor Twins and the Skyscraper Parade, My Dog and the Knock-Knock Mystery, My Dog and the Birthday Mystery, Remember Betsy Floss and Other Colonial American Riddles, and Happy Thanksgiving Rebus; Pick of the List, American Booksellers Association, for Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Gold Coins, Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Monster Movie, Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Carnival Prize, The Fourth Floor Twins and the Fish Snitch Mystery, The Fourth Floor Twins and the Fortune Cookie Chase, A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln, A Picture Book of George Washington, and Happy Thanksgiving Rebus; Notable Book for a Global Society designation, IRA, for One Yellow Daffodil; First Bi-annual List of Outstanding Children's Books citation, ALA, and Carter G. Woodson Honor Book designation, both for Our Golda; Best Books designation, Child Study Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College, for Jackie Robinson and Cam Jansen and the Mystery at the Haunted House; Helen Keating Ott Award, Church and Synagogue Library Association, for promoting high moral and ethical values through children's literature; Golden Kite Honor Book designation, 1999, and Kentucky Bluegrass Award, 2001, both for The Babe and I; Orbis Pictus Honor Book, National Council of Teachers of English, and Best Book of the Year designations, School Library Journal, Booklist, and San Francisco Chronicle, all 2001, all for America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle; Storytelling World Award, 2005, for Joe Louis.

Writings

PICTURE BOOKS

A Little at a Time, illustrated by N.M. Bodecker, Random House (New York, NY), 1976.

The House on the Roof, illustrated by Marilyn Hirsh, Bonim (New York, NY), 1976.

The Children of Chelm, illustrated by Arthur Friedman, Bonim (New York, NY), 1979.

You Think It's Fun to Be a Clown!, illustrated by Ray Cruz, Doubleday (New York, NY), 1980.

My Dog and the Key Mystery, illustrated by Byron Barton, F. Watts (New York, NY), 1982.

Bunny Rabbit Rebus, illustrated by Madelaine Gill Linden, Crowell (New York, NY), 1983.

My Dog and the Knock Knock Mystery, illustrated by Marsha Winborn, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1985.

My Dog and the Green Sock Mystery, illustrated by Dick Gackenbach, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1986.

My Dog and the Birthday Mystery, illustrated by Dick Gackenbach, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1987.

I Know I'm a Witch, illustrated by Sucie Stevenson, Holt (New York, NY), 1988.

Malke's Secret Recipe: A Hanukkah Story, illustrated by Joan Halpern, Viking (New York, NY), 1989.

Happy Hanukkah Rebus, illustrated by Jan Palmer, Viking (New York, NY), 1989.

Happy Thanksgiving Rebus, illustrated by Jan Palmer, Viking (New York, NY), 1991.

One Yellow Daffodil: A Hanukkah Story, illustrated by Lloyd Bloom, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1995.

Chanukah in Chelm, illustrated by Kevin O'Malley, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard (New York, NY), 1997.

The Babe and I, illustrated by Terry Widener, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1999.

Mama Played Baseball, illustrated by Chris O'Leary, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 2003.

It's Time to Sleep, It's Time to Dream, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2008.

RIDDLE BOOKS

The Carsick Zebra and Other Animal Riddles, illustrated by Tomie dePaola, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1983.

The Twisted Witch and Other Spooky Riddles, illustrated by Victoria Chess, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1985.

The Purple Turkey and Other Thanksgiving Riddles, illustrated by Marylin Hafner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1986.

Remember Betsy Floss and Other Colonial American Riddles, illustrated by John Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1987.

Wild Pill Hickok and Other Old West Riddles, illustrated by Glen Rounds, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1988.

The Dinosaur Princess and Other Prehistoric Riddles, illustrated by Loreen Leedy, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1988.

A Teacher on Roller Skates, and Other School Riddles, illustrated by John Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1989.

Calculator Riddles, illustrated by Cynthia Fisher, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1995.

BIOGRAPHIES

Our Golda: The Story of Golda Meir, illustrated by Donna Ruff, Viking (New York, NY), 1984.

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Free at Last, illustrated by Robert Casilla, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1986.

Thomas Jefferson: Father of Our Democracy, illustrated by Jacqueline Garrick, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1987.

George Washington: Father of Our Country, illustrated by Jacqueline Garrick, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1988.

Jackie Robinson: He Was the First, illustrated by Robert Casilla, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1989.

Thomas Alva Edison: Great Inventor, illustrated by Lyle Miller, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1990.

Christopher Columbus: Great Explorer, illustrated by Lyle Miller, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1991.

Benjamin Franklin: Inventor, Statesman, Printer, illustrated by Lyle Miller, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1992.

Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man, illustrated by Terry Widener, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1996.

America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle, illustrated by Terry Widener, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 2000.

B. Franklin, Printer, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2001.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., illustrated by Colin Bootman, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2001.

Heroes of the Revolution, illustrated by Peter Fiore, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2002.

A Hero and the Holocaust: Januscz Korczak and His Children, illustrated by Ben Farsworth, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2002.

Hellen Keller, illustrated by John Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2003.

Enemies of Slavery, illustrated by Donald A. Smith, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2004.

Joe Louis: America's Fighter, illustrated by Terry Widener, Harcourt (Orlando, FL), 2005.

President George Washington: An Illustrated Biography, illustrated by John Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2005.

Campy: The Roy Campanella Story, illustrated by Gordon C. James, Viking (New York, NY), 2006.

Satchel Paige: Don't Look Back, illustrated by Terry Widener, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 2007.

Heroes for Civil Rights, illustrated by Bill Farnsworth, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2008.

"PICTURE BOOK" BIOGRAPHY SERIES

A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr., illustrated by Robert Casilla, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1989.

A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1989.

A Picture Book of George Washington, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1989.

A Picture Book of Helen Keller, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1990.

A Picture Book of Thomas Jefferson, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1990.

A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1990.

A Picture Book of Eleanor Roosevelt, illustrated by Robert Casilla, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1991.

A Picture Book of John F. Kennedy, illustrated by Robert Casilla, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1991.

A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1991.

A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman, illustrated by Samuel Byrd, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1992.

A Picture Book of Simon Bolivar, illustrated by Robert Casilla, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1992.

A Picture Book of Florence Nightingale, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1992.

A Picture Book of Jesse Owens, illustrated by Robert Casilla, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1992.

A Picture Book of Frederick Douglass, illustrated by Samuel Byrd, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1993.

A Picture Book of Anne Frank, illustrated by Karen Ritz, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1993.

A Picture Book of Rosa Parks, illustrated by Robert Casilla, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1993.

A Picture Book of Sitting Bull, illustrated by Samuel Byrd, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1993.

A Picture Book of Sojourner Truth, illustrated by Gershom Griffith, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1994.

A Picture Book of Robert E. Lee, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1994.

A Picture Book of Jackie Robinson, illustrated by Robert Casilla, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1994.

A Picture Book of Paul Revere, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1995.

A Picture Book of Patrick Henry, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1995.

A Picture Book of Davy Crockett, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1996.

A Picture Book of Thomas Alva Edison, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1996.

A Picture Book of Thurgood Marshall, illustrated by Robert Casilla, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1996.

A Picture Book of Louis Braille, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1996.

A Picture Book of Amelia Earhart, illustrated by Jeff Fisher, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1998.

A Picture Book of George Washington Carver, illustrated by Dan Brown, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1999.

A Picture Book of Sacagawea, illustrated by Dan Brown, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2000.

A Picture Book of Dwight David Eisenhower, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2002.

A Picture Book of Lewis and Clark, illustrated by Ron Himmler, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2003.

A Picture Book of Harriet Beecher Stowe, illustrated by Colin Bootman, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2003.

(With Michael S. Adler) A Picture Book of Samuel Adams, illustrated by Ronald Himler, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2005.

(With Michael S. Adler) A Picture Book of John Hancock, illustrated by Ronald Himler, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2006.

(With Michael S. Adler) A Picture Book of James and Dolly Madison, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2007.

(With Michael S. Adler) A Picture Book of John and Abigail Adams, illustrated by Ronald Himler, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2007.

(With Michael S. Adler) A Picture Book of Cesar Chavez, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2008.

"CAM JANSEN" MYSTERY SERIES

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1980, reprinted, 2004.

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the UFO, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1980, reprinted, 2004.

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1981, reprinted, 2004.

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Television Dog, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1981, reprinted, 2004.

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Gold Coins, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1982, reprinted, 2004.

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Babe Ruth Baseball, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1982, reprinted, 2004.

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Circus Clown, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1983, reprinted, 2004.

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Monster Movie, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1984, reprinted, 2004.

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Carnival Prize, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1984, reprinted, 2004.

Cam Jansen and the Mystery at the Monkey House, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1985.

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Corn Popper, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1986, reprinted, 2004.

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of Flight Fifty-four, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1989, reprinted, 2004.

Cam Jansen and the Mystery at the Haunted House, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1992.

Cam Jansen Activity Book, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1992.

Cam Jansen and the Chocolate Fudge Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1993.

Cam Jansen and the Triceratops Pops Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1995.

Cam Jansen and the Ghostly Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1996.

Cam Jansen and the Scary Snake Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1997.

Cam Jansen and the Catnapping Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1998.

Cam Jansen and the Barking Treasure Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1999.

Cam Jansen and the Birthday Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 2000.

Cam Jansen and the School Play Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 2001.

Cam Jansen and the First Day of School Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 2002.

Cam Jansen and the Tennis Trophy Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 2003.

Cam Jansen and the Snowy Day Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 2004.

Cam Jansen and the Valentine Baby Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 2005.

Cam Jansen and the Secret Service Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 2006.

Cam Jansen and the Summer Camp Mysteries: A Special, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 2007.

Cam Jansen and the Lions' Lunch Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 2007.

"YOUNG CAM JANSEN" MYSTERY SERIES

Young Cam Jansen's Chocolate Chip Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1996.

Young Cam Jansen's Dinosaur Count, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1996.

Young Cam Jansen and the Lost Tooth, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1997.

Young Cam Jansen and the Ice Skate Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1998.

Young Cam Jansen and the Baseball Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 1999.

Young Cam Jansen and the Pizza Shop Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 2000.

Young Cam Jansen and the Library Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 2001.

Young Cam Jansen and the Double Beach Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 2002.

Young Cam Jansen and the Zoo Note Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 2003.

Young Cam Jansen and the New Girl Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 2004.

Young Cam Jansen and the Substitute Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 2005.

Young Cam Jansen and the Spotted Cat Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 2006.

Young Cam Jansen and the Lion's Lunch Mystery, illustrated by Susanna Natti, Viking (New York, NY), 2007.

"JEFFREY'S GHOST" ADVENTURE SERIES

Jeffrey's Ghost and the Leftover Baseball Team, illustrated by Jean Jenkins, Holt (New York, NY), 1984.

Jeffrey's Ghost and the Fifth-Grade Dragon, illustrated by Jean Jenkins, Holt (New York, NY), 1985.

Jeffrey's Ghost and the Ziffel Fair Mystery, illustrated by Jean Jenkins, Holt (New York, NY), 1987.

"FOURTH FLOOR TWINS" ADVENTURE SERIES

The Fourth Floor Twins and the Fortune Cookie Chase, illustrated by Irene Trivas, Viking (New York, NY), 1985.

The Fourth Floor Twins and the Fish Snitch Mystery, illustrated by Irene Trivas, Viking (New York, NY), 1985.

The Fourth Floor Twins and the Talking Bird Trick, illustrated by Irene Trivas, Viking (New York, NY), 1986.

The Fourth Floor Twins and the Silver Ghost Express, illustrated by Irene Trivas, Viking (New York, NY), 1986.

The Fourth Floor Twins and the Skyscraper Parade, illustrated by Irene Trivas, Viking (New York, NY), 1987.

The Fourth Floor Twins and the Sand Castle Contest, illustrated by Irene Trivas, Viking (New York, NY), 1988.

"T.F. BENSON" MYSTERY SERIES

T.F. Benson and the Funny Money Mystery, Bantam (New York, NY), 1992.

T.F. Benson and the Dinosaur Madness Mystery, Bantam (New York, NY), 1992.

T.F. Benson and the Jewelry Spy Mystery, Bantam (New York, NY), 1992.

T.F. Benson and the Detective Dog Mystery, Bantam (New York, NY), 1993.

"HOUDINI CLUB MAGIC MYSTERY" SERIES

Onion Sundaes, illustrated by Heather Harms Maione, Random House (New York, NY), 1994.

Wacky Jacks, illustrated by Heather Harms Maione, Random House (New York, NY), 1994.

Lucky Stars, illustrated by Heather Harms Maione, Random House (New York, NY), 1996.

Magic Money, illustrated by Heather Harms Maione, Random House (New York, NY), 1997.

"ANDY RUSSELL" SERIES

The Many Troubles of Andy Russell, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1998.

Andy and Tamika, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1999.

School Trouble for Andy Russell, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1999.

Parachuting Hamsters and Andy Russell, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 2000.

Andy Russell, NOT Wanted by the Police, illustrated by Leanne Franson, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 2001.

It's a Baby, Andy Russell, illustrated by Leanne Franson, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 2006.

"JEFFREY BONES" BEGINNING-READER MYSTERY SERIES

Bones and the Big Yellow Mystery, Viking (New York, NY), 2004.

Bones and the Dog Gone Mystery, illustrated by Barbara Johansen Newman, Viking (New York, NY), 2004.

Bones and the Cupcake Mystery, illustrated by Barbara Johansen Newman, Viking (New York, NY), 2005.

Bones and the Dinosaur Mystery, illustrated by Barbara Johansen Newman, Viking (New York, NY), 2005.

Bones and the Birthday Mystery, illustrated by Barbara Johansen Newman, Viking (New York, NY), 2006.

NONFICTION

Base Five, illustrated by Larry Rose, Crowell (New York, NY), 1975.

3D, 2D, 1D, illustrated by Harvey Weiss, Crowell (New York, NY), 1975.

Roman Numerals, illustrated by B. Barton, Crowell (New York, NY), 1977.

Redwoods Are the Tallest Trees in the World, illustrated by Kazue Mizumura, Crowell (New York, NY), 1978.

3-2-1 Number Fun, Doubleday (New York, NY), 1981.

A Picture Book of Jewish Holidays, illustrated by Linda Heller, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1981.

A Picture Book of Passover, illustrated by Linda Heller, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1982.

A Picture Book of Hanukkah, illustrated by Linda Heller, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1982.

Calculator Fun Book, illustrated by Arline and Marvin Oberman, F. Watts (New York, NY), 1982.

Hyperspace! Facts and Fun from All over the Universe, illustrated by Fred Winkowski, Viking (New York, NY), 1982.

Our Amazing Ocean, illustrated by Joseph Veno, Troll (Mahwah, NJ), 1983.

All about the Moon, illustrated by Raymond Burns, Troll (Mahwah, NJ), 1983.

World of Weather, illustrated by Raymond Burns, Troll (Mahwah, NJ), 1983.

Wonders of Energy, illustrated by Raymond Burns, Troll (Mahwah, NJ), 1983.

Amazing Magnets, illustrated by Dan Lawler, Troll (Mahwah, NJ), 1983.

All Kinds of Money, illustrated by Tom Huffman, F. Watts (New York, NY), 1984.

Prices Go up, Prices Go Down: The Laws of Supply and Demand, illustrated by Tom Huffman, F. Watts (New York, NY), 1984.

Inflation: When Prices Go up, up, Up, illustrated by Tom Huffman, F. Watts (New York, NY), 1985.

Banks: Where the Money Is, illustrated by Tom Huffman, F. Watts (New York, NY), 1985.

The Number on My Grandfather's Arm, photographs by Rose Eichenbaum, Union of American Hebrew Congregations (New York, NY), 1987.

The Children's Book of Jewish Holidays, illustrated by Dovid Sears, Mesorah (Brooklyn, NY), 1987.

We Remember the Holocaust, Holt (New York, NY), 1989.

Breathe in, Breathe Out: All about Your Lungs, illustrated by Diane Paterson, F. Watts (New York, NY), 1991.

Hilde and Eli, Children of the Holocaust, illustrated by Karen Ritz, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1994.

Child of the Warsaw Ghetto, illustrated by Karen Ritz, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1995.

Fraction Fun, illustrated by Nancy Tobin, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1996.

(Editor) The Kids' Catalog of Jewish Holidays, Jewish Publication Society (Philadelphia, PA), 1996.

Easy Math Puzzles, illustrated by Cynthia Fisher, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1997.

Hiding from the Nazis, illustrated by Karen Ritz, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1997.

Shape Up! Fun with Triangles and Other Polygons, illustrated by Nancy Tobin, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1998.

How Tall, How Short, How Far Away, illustrated by Nancy Tobin, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1999.

You Can, Toucan, Math: Word Problem-Solving, illustrated by Edward Miller, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2006.

Working with Fractions, illustrated by Edward Miller, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2007.

OTHER

Hanukkah Fun Book: Puzzles, Riddles, Magic, and More, Bonim (New York, NY), 1976.

Passover Fun Book, Bonim (New York, NY), 1978.

Hanukkah Game Book: Games, Riddles, Puzzles, and More, Bonim (New York, NY), 1978.

Bible Fun Book: Puzzles, Riddles, Magic, and More, Bonim (New York, NY), 1979.

Fingerspelling Fun Book, F. Watts (New York, NY), 1981.

A Children's Treasure of Chassidic Tales, illustrated by Arie Haas, Mesorah (Brooklyn, NY), 1983.

Eaton Stanley and the Mind Control Experiment (young-adult fiction), illustrated by Joan Drescher, Dutton (New York, NY), 1985.

Benny, Benny, Baseball Nut (young-adult fiction), Scholastic (New York, NY), 1987.

Jewish Holiday Fun, Kar-Ben (Rockville, MD), 1987.

Rabbit Trouble and the Green Magician (young-adult fiction), illustrated by Giora Carmi, Weekly Reader Books (Stamford, CT), 1987.

Brothers in Egypt, Dreamworks (Los Angeles, CA), 1988.

My Writing Day, photographs by Nina Crews, R.C. Owen (Katonah, NY), 1999.

The Kids' Catalog of Hanukkah, Jewish Publication Society (Philadelphia, PA), 2004.

Contributor to anthologies, including The Day I Lost My Hamster, and Other True School Stories, Scholastic, 2006.

Sidelights

A prolific author as well as an artist and editor, David A. Adler shares his wide-ranging interests in books for children that range from picture books and juvenile adventure stories to biographies and nonfiction volumes. Science, history, math, biography, and cultural traditions have each received attention in Adler's titles, as are the everyday humor and fascination with mysteries that are shared by most children. "Because of the diversity of the things I write," Adler once revealed, "I am able to vary my work even in a single day, from doing research on a nonfiction book to writing fiction to creating a silly riddle or poem." Among Adler's many books are the award-winning biographies Our Golda: The Story of Golda Meir and Joe Louis: America's Fighter as well as the Holocaust-themed The Number on My Grandfather's Arm, histories such as Heroes of the Revolution, and popular easy-reading mysteries in the "Cam Jansen" series, which features a ten-year-old female detective with a photographic memory.

"I am the second of six children, all very close in age," Adler once explained to SATA. "My parents encouraged each of us to be an individual. It was their way of lessening the competition between us. As a child I was known as the family artist. Paintings and drawings I did

when I was as young as twelve still hang in my parents' home. And I was creative. I drew funny signs that I taped around the house. I made up stories to entertain my younger brothers and sisters. I'm still making up stories.

"We lived in a large house with a whole unused third floor, unused except for storage for our extended family. For thirty years my parents kept in an otherwise unused room unwanted wedding gifts belonging to a relative who had moved overseas: an electric fan, dishes with a strange bird pattern, luggage, pots, and lots of cups and glasses. When the relative returned to the states, he was surprised my parents had kept all that, and he and his wife still didn't want all those gifts. But what a wonderful room to crawl between the boxes and suitcases and write stories!

"I was a math teacher in 1971 when my three-year-old nephew came to my house and asked me a question. And he kept asking questions. That led to my very first story, A Little at a Time. I sent it to Random House, my first story and my first submission, and after six months of consideration, it was accepted for publication. Then I wrote a few math books."

While his interests have ranged far and wide, Adler's talent for making mathematical themes such as Roman numerals, fractions, and dimensions understandable to young readers has continued to inspire math-themed books such as Base Five, How Tall, How Short, How Far Away, and You Can, Toucan, Math: Word-Problem Solving. In 1977, after Adler and his wife had their first child, he made a decision that was viewed as unusual at the time: he decided to shift to a career in writing so he could remain at home and raise his son, Michael. "I was shunned in the playground," Adler later recalled, "and even yelled at by an older woman I didn't know. She told me I should be at work and my wife should be at home. But I was at work, and working very hard."

The year 1977 was significant in Adler's career for another reason in addition to the birth of his son: it was also the year he gave birth to one of his most popular characters: Cam Jansen. "The idea to write a book about a girl with a photographic memory who solves mysteries came to me from a classmate of mine, a boy, in elementary school who was said to have such a memory. In fact, the first few drafts were not about a girl, but a boy with a great memory. And his nickname was not Cam—short for "The Camera"—but the name of a famous camera company. The company denied me permission to use its name, so the nickname Cam was invented. My editor asked me to change Cam from a boy to a girl and I readily agreed. The first series installment, Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds, was inspired by experiences I had while caring for my infant son. It wasn't easy taking him for a walk. I needed to take so much along and that brought me to the clue and the great idea that became my very first Cam. THANK YOU, MICHAEL!"

Although Alder's "Cam Jansen" novels—which have also inspired his spin-off "Young Cam Jansen" novel series—number in the dozens, they are easily overshadowed by his lengthy list of biographies. Frequently adopting a picture-book format, Adler's biographies introduce students to a wide range of men and women: sports heroes such as Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Joe Louis, and Gertrude Ederle; U.S. presidents George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy; political and social activists Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar Chavez, Rosa Parks, and Sojourner Truth; inventor Thomas Alva Edison; and explorers Lewis and Clark and Christopher Columbus. Each biography requires Adler to do in-depth research. As he explained of his work for the middle-grade biography B. Franklin, Printer: "I read hundreds of issues of colonial newspapers. I found them fascinating. I included in the book many excerpts from those newspapers including first-hand accounts of the first shots of the [American] Revolution."

Reviewing Adler's America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle, a Publishers Weekly critic reflected the frequent opinion other reviewers in dubbing the biography "an exciting story, well told." Discussing President George Washington: An Illustrated Biography, Margaret A. Bush described Adler's book as a "well-researched and thoughtfully structured account of the man and his

time," and a Publishers Weekly reviewer wrote that in profiling a well-known African-American pitcher in Satchel Paige: Don't Look Back Adler and illustrator Terry Widener create a "multidimensional portrait of an … athlete worthy of the spotlight."

One subject particularly close to Adler's heart is the plight of the Jewish people of Europe in the years up to and during World War II. He deals with the Holocaust in books such as Hilde and Eli, Children of the Holocaust, Child of the Warsaw Ghetto, A Hero and the Holocaust: The Story of Janusz Korczak and His Children, and A Picture Book of Anne Frank, as well as two of his best-known books: the poignant The Number on My Grandfather's Arm and We Remember the Holocaust, the latter a work of nonfiction that is composed of historical commentary, photographs, and interviews and recollections from survivors of the Nazi death camps. A Publishers Weekly reviewer noted that Adler's biography of well-known Dutch diarist Anne Frank "balances candor with discretion" and allows Frank's tragic story to "emerge … poignantly." Discussing A Picture Book of Anne Frank, Adler explained the challenge his subject presented. "I needed to write about Germany's problems following the First World War, the rise of Adolf Hitler and Nazism, the refusal of the world to accept refugees of extreme persecution, vital information about the Second World War, and the horrible truth about the death camps. I needed to do all that and still keep the book focused on the life and diary of Anne Frank, all for relatively young children, and all within fifteen hundred words."

Regarding his habit of splitting his time between nonfiction and fiction, Adler once commented: "I find fiction-writing to be a wonderful release from all the painstaking research I must do for nonfiction, which is why I try to alternate between [the two]." As is the case with many adults who write for children, the events within his own family often make their way into Adler's books; in fact, "the main character in the book Benny, Benny Baseball Nut is based on one of my sons," the author admitted. "The characters in the ‘Andy Russell’ books [are based on] another son. He is an interesting boy with interesting questions such as, ‘Daddy, what if the Wright brothers had been Siamese twins, what would the cockpit of an airplane look like now?’ The other members of the family in the ‘Andy Russell’ books are based on our family. The baby born in It's a Baby, Andy Russell is based on my youngest son."

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As busy as his work has kept him, Adler has always made time for his top priority: his family. Flexibility has not been the writing life's only attraction, however. "I love my work," Adler once stated. "It allows me to pursue my many interests." In short, he explained, "I feel very fortunate that I can indulge my interests and call it work."

Biographical and Critical Sources

BOOKS

Adler, David A., My Writing Day, photographs by Nina Crews, R.C. Owen (Katonah, NY), 1999.

Wyatt, Flora R., Margaret Coggins, and Jane Hunter Imber, Popular Nonfiction Authors for Children, Libraries Unlimited (Englewood, CO), 1998.

PERIODICALS

Appraisal, winter, 1999, p. 6.

Booklist, November 1, 1995, Kay Weisman, review of One Yellow Daffodil: A Hanukkah Story, p. 476; August, 1996, Carolyn Phelan, review of Young Cam Jansen and the Dinosaur Game and Young Cam Jansen and the Missing Cookie, pp. 1909-1910; May 15, 1997, Ilene Cooper, review of Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man, p. 1575; April 15, 1998, Carolyn Phelan, review of A Picture Book of Amelia Earhart, p. 1447; August, 1998, Shelle Rosenfeld, review of The Many Troubles of Andy Russell, p. 2002; July, 2001, Carolyn Phelan, review of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., p. 2002; January 1, 2002, review of America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle, p. 864; January 1, 2002, Carolyn Phelan, review of B. Franklin Printer, p. 851, and Helen Rosenberg, review of Andy Russell, NOT Wanted by the Police, p. 855; December 1, 2002, Hazel Rochman, review of A Hero and the Holocaust: The Story of Janusz Korczak and His Children, p. 658; May 1, 2003, Hazel Rochman, review of Young Cam Jansen and the Zoo Note Mystery, p. 1530; February 15, 2005, Ilene Cooper, review of Bones and the Cupcake Mystery, p. 1082; May 15, 2005, Carolyn Phelan, review of It's a Baby, Andy Russell, p. 1656; September 1, 2005, Jennifer Mattson, review of Joe Louis: America's Fighter, p. 116; January 1, 2006, Carolyn Phelan, review of Cam Jansen and the Valentine Baby Mystery, p. 108; August 1, 2006, Carolyn Phelan, review of You Can, Toucan, Math: Word Problem-Solving Fun, p. 80; October 15, 2006, Carolyn Phelan, review of Cam Jensen and the Secret Service Mystery, p. 44; January 1, 2007, GraceAnne A. DeCandido, review of Satchel Paige: Don't Look Back, p. 107; February 1, 2007, Bill Ott, review of Campy: The Story of Roy Campanella, p. 59.

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, July-August, 1978; June, 1980; March, 1983; July-August, 1983; December, 1983; October, 1984; November, 1984; April, 1985; June, 1985; May, 1987; June, 1987; January, 1988; April, 1997, Janice M. Del Negro, review of Lou Gehrig, p. 270; March, 1993, Betsy Hearne, review of A Picture Book of Anne Frank, p. 204; November, 1994, Roger Sutton, review of Hilde and Eli, Children of the Holocaust, p. 79; November, 2004, Timnah Card, review of Bones and the Big Yellow Mystery, p. 112; December, 2005, review of Joe Louis, p. 169.

Horn Book, September-October, 1997, Susan Bloom, review of Chanukah in Chelm, p. 584; January-February, Margaret A. Bush, review of President George Wash-ington: An Illustrated Biography, p. 105; January-February, 2006, Betty Carter, review of Joe Louis, p. 95.

Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 1994, review of Hilde and Eli, Children of the Holocaust, p. 1521, review of A Picture Book of Jackie Robinson, pp. 1521-1522; October 15, 1997, review of Hiding from the Nazis, p. 1578; September 15, 2002, review of A Hero and the Holocaust: The Story of Janusz Korczak and His Children, p. 1382; February 15, 2003, review of Mama Played Baseball, p. 298; March 15, 2003, review of A Picture Book of Lewis and Clark, p. 458; October 1, 2003, review of Heroes of the Revolution, p. 1219; August 15, 2004, review of Bones and the Big Yellow Mystery, p. 801; August 1, 2006, review of You Can, Toucan, Math, p. 779; February 1, 2007, review of Campy, p. 119.

Newsday, December 5, 1989.

New York Times Book Review, April 23, 1989; February 28, 1993, p. 22; November 12, 1995, p. 31; June 8, 1997, p. 27.

Publishers Weekly, April 9, 1982; July 23, 1982; October 22, 1982; April 5, 1993, review of A Picture Book of Anne Frank, p. 76; February 24, 1997, review of Lou Gehrig, p. 91; October 20, 1997, review of Hiding from the Nazis, p. 76; August 17, 1998, review of The Many Troubles of Andy Russell, p. 73; May 10, 1999, review of The Babe and I, p. 67; March 6, 2000, review of America's Champion Swimmer, p. 111; December 11, 2006, review of Satchel Paige, p. 68.

School Library Journal, May, 1993, Cheryl Cufari, review of A Picture Book of Anne Frank, pp. 92-93; December, 1994, Tom S. Hurlburt, review of A Picture Book of Jackie Robinson, p. 94; October, 1995, Jane Marino, review of One Yellow Daffodil, p. 34; February, 1998, Lesley McKinstry, review of Wacky Jacks, p. 96; April, 1998, Cheryl Cufari, review of A Picture Book of Amelia Earhart, p. 112; January, 1999, Kit Vaughan, review of Cam Jansen and the Catnapping Mystery, p. 79; January, 2001, Wendy S. Carroll, review of Cam Jensen and the Birthday Mystery, p. 91; June, 2002, Kay Bowes, review of Young Cam Jensen and the Double Beach Mystery, p. 80; April, 2003, Steven Engelfried, review of Mama Played Baseball, p. 114; December, 2004, Corrina Austin, review of Bones and the Dog Gone Mystery, p. 96; March, 2005, Jennifer Cogan, review of It's a Baby, Andy Russell, p. 164, and Ellen Loughran, review of Enemies of Slavery, p. 190; June, 2005, Suzanne Myers Harold, review of A Picture Book of Samuel Adams, p. 132; October, 2005, Be Astengo, review of Bones and the Dinosaur Mystery, p. 102; November, 2005, Jennifer Cogan, review of President George Washington, p. 111; December, 2005, Barbara Auerbach, review of Joe Louis, p. 122; October, 2006, Jill Heritage Maza, review of You Can, Toucan, Math, p. 132.

Tribune Books (Chicago, IL), February 5, 2006, Mary Harris Russell, review of Joe Louis, p. 7.

Voice of Youth Advocates, December, 1986; June, 1995, Charlene Strickland, "Chapter One," pp. 116-117.

ONLINE

David A. Adler Home Page,http://www.DavidAAdler.com (April 1, 2007).

Cam Jansen Web site,http://www.CamJansen.com/ (April 1, 2007).

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