Casanova, Mary

Contact Information
E-mail: [email protected]
Snail Mail: 420 3rd Street, International Falls, MN 56649


Book Category: Children’s Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books
Age Group: K-12 and up


Picture Books

Hush Hush, Forest. University of Minnesota Press, 2018. Ill. by Nick Wroblewski.

Wake Up, Island! University of Minnesota Press, 2016. Ill. by Nick Wroblewski.

One-Dog Sleigh. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2013. Ill. by Ard Hoyt.

Some Cat! Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2012. Ill. by Ard Hoyt.

The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2011. Ill. by Ard Hoyt.

Utterly Otterly Night. Simon & Schuster, 2011. Ill. by Ard Hoyt.

Utterly Otterly Day. Simon & Schuster, 2008. Ill. by Ard Hoyt.

Some Dog! Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2007. Ill. by Ard Hoyt.

One-Dog Canoe. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2002. Ill. by Ard Hoyt.

The Hunter. Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, 2000. Ill. by Ed Young.

Chapter Books

Dog Watch Series – Aladdin Books/Simon & Schuster, 2006.
Trouble in Pembrook
Danger at Snow Hill
To Lure a Burglar
Extreme Stunt Dogs
The Turtle-Hatching Mystery

American Girl

Menace at Mammoth Cave: A Kit Mystery. American Girl, 2017.

The Showstopper: A Rebecca Mystery. American Girl, 2017.

Grace; Grace Stirs it Up; Grace Makes it Great. American Girl, 2015. Ill. by Sarah Davis.

McKenna and McKenna, Ready to Fly!. American Girl, 2011. Ill. by Brian Hailes.

Chrissa and Chrissa Stands Strong. American Girl, 2009. Ill. by Richard Jones.

Jess. Pleasant Company, 2002. Ill. by Jean-Paul Tibbles.

Cecile: Gates of Gold. Pleasant Company, 2002. Ill. by Jean-Paul Tibbles.

Novels: Early Middle Grade to Young Adult

Waterfall. University of Minnesota Press, 2021.

Ice-Out. University of Minnesota Press, 2016.

Frozen. University of Minnesota Press, 2012.

The Klipfish Code. Houghton Mifflin, 2007.

When Eagles Fall. Hyperion, 2002.

Curse of a Winter Moon. Hyperion, 2000.

Stealing Thunder. Hyperion, l999.

Wolf Shadows. Hyperion, l997.

Riot. Hyperion, l996.

Moose Tracks. Hyperion, l995.

*Republished by University of Minnesota Press


Mary Casanova and You (The Author and YOU series.) Libraries Unlimited, 2006.


Mary Casanova is an award-winning children’s author of novels and picture books. Many of her books stem from her life on the Minnesota-Canadian border; yet some of her stories have taken her as far away as France, Norway, and Belize for research. Whatever the setting for her books, Casanova writes stories that matter–and stories that kids can’t put down.

Her book awards include: American Library Association “Notable,” Aesop Accolades by the American Folklore Society, Parents’ Choice “Gold” Award, Booklist Editor Choice, and two Minnesota Book Awards. Her books frequently land on state children’s choice book master lists across the country. “The greatest reward for me,” Casanova states, “is when a young reader tells me she or he loves one of my books. For me, it’s all about communicating writer-to-reader through a character and story.”

She says, “I grew up in a family of ten children in St. Paul, Minnesota. In a bustling camp-like atmosphere, I rarely felt heard. I was a can’t-sit-still-reader, and now I always share my path from being ashamed of a secret reading problem to discovering my passion for reading and writing and its power to connect us  Words are my paintbrush–my way of understanding the world around me.”

Now, with 38 books published and more forthcoming, she divides her time between writing and traveling. Nationally and internationally, at schools and conferences, Casanova shares her passion for reading and writing with audiences of all ages. 


ALA Notable Children’s Book
Parent’s Choice Gold Award
Booklist Editor’s Choice
American Bookseller’s Pick of the List
American Folktale Society Aesop Accolades winner
Anne Izard Storyteller’s Choice Award
BCCB “Blue Ribbon List”
National Parenting Publications Award
Maud Hart Lovelace Book Master List
Junior Library Guild Selection
Northeastern Minnesota Book Award 
Midwest Booksellers’ Award
Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club selection


Grades K-12, conference keynote, writing workshop presenter.

In lively, engaging presentations tailored to her audience, Casanova shares the stories behind her stories, her writing process, and her journey of finding her voice as an author. She shares a wealth of writing tools and believes everyone has stories to tell. She encourages audiences of all ages to draw from what they know, to research what they don’t know, and to make a difference.


For current fees and availability, please contact Lisa Nadel, booking agent:
(646) 522-3264
[email protected]