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Eve Bunting

Eve Bunting was born in Ireland and came to California with her husband and three children in 1958. She began writing in 1969 after enrolling in a creative writing course, and her first book, an Irish folktale, was published in 1972.

Since then she has published more than two hundred and fifty books for children, ranging from preschool to young adult.

Among her honors are awards from twenty-seven states voted on by children, and she was twice awarded the Young Readers’ Medal of California. Other honors include the Kerlan Award of the University of Minnesota, the Golden Kite from the Society of Children’s Book Writers, the Regina Medal (awarded by the American Catholic Library Association), the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allan Poe Award, and the Western Writers of America Award. She was given a Pen International Special Achievement Award for her contribution to children’s literature. In 1999 she received the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Children’s Book Award. The George Stone Center for Children’s Books, Claremont Graduate University bestowed a Recognition of Merit Award on her in 2002.

Eve’s book Smoky Night won the Caldecott Medal in 1995. In May 2000 she was given the Pasadena City College Distinguished Alumni Award, and she has twice been the recipient of the Commonwealth Club of California’s award in recognition of literary excellence.

In honor of her service to young people, the city of Pasadena designated May 6, 2004, Eve Bunting Day and the public library and the Pasadena school district celebrated her with a special luncheon. The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom honored her with their Jane Addams Peace Honor Award in 1990. In 2002 she was chosen to be Irish American Woman of the Year by the Irish American Heritage Committee of New York.

Eve Bunting’s newest book published by Holiday House is Pirate Boy, illustrated by Julie Fortenberry.

The reviews are in for Pirate Boy, an adventurous and reassuring tale of a mother’s love:

“A sweet Runaway Bunny book for the pirate set.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Reassuring.”—The New York Times Book Review

Books by Eve Bunting

Pirate Boy, Reinforced
Pirate Boy, Paperback
Pirate Boy, Board Book
Washday, Reinforced