Welcome readers, parents, teachers, librarians, friends, and fellow writers to the virtual home of Dana Meachen Rau. I'm the author of more than 340 books for children from preschool to high school. Explore to find out more about me, my books, my author visits, and my thoughts on writing and art. 
Recent Releases 
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Who Was Marie Antoinette? 2015
Grosset and Dunlap
106 pages, Grades 3&up
Illustrated by John O'Brien
Discover the whirlwind life of French royalty and the young girl who became queen and started a revolution.

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Who Was Harriet Beecher Stowe? 2015
Grosset and Dunlap
106 pages, Grades 3&up
Illustrated by Gregory Copeland
Meet a talented woman who used her powerful words to help end slavery in the United States.

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Who Was Gandhi? 2014
Grosset and Dunlap
106 pages, Grades 3&up
Illustrated by Jerry Hoare
Find out all about the life of this great man, his journey to bringing freedom to India, and the valuable lessons of peace that he passed on to the world.

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32 pages, Grades K to 2
Through simple text, discover the lives of these great men, and the ways they expanded our knowledge of the world.
Neil Armstrong 2014
George Washington Carver 2014

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ROBOT, GO BOT!, 2013
Random House
24 pages, Ages 4 to 6
When a girl puts together a robot from a kit, she makes a new friend! But she learns a lesson in what friendship means when the robot gets fed up with her orders.

Kirkus Starred Review!

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Robot, Go Bot! was included on Kirkus's Best Children's Books of 2013!
Read more about it here. 

Robot, Go Bot! is an ALSC 2014 Notable
 Children's Book!
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Robot, Go Bot! was named by Bank Street as one of the 2014 Best Books of the Year!

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DESSERT DESIGNER: Creations You Can Make and Eat! , 2013
Capstone Young Readers
112 pages,
Grades 3-9
Create desserts that are treats for the eyes! Decorate like a pro with these fun ideas and tips to make amazing creations, such as a lollipop disco ball, nail polish bottle cake pops, alien cookies, and armadillo cupcakes. You may decide your creations are too awesome to eat!

Winner of the 2013 Moonbeam Children's Book Award, Bronze, Activity Book 1-Games, Arts, & Crafts category


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48 pages, Grades 3-5
Explore the world through these culinary tours! 

Recipes from China
Recipes from India
Recipes from Italy
Recipes from Mexico 

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The Who Was/Is? Series from Grosset & Dunlap made the New York Times Best Seller List for Children's Series for the week of May 24, 2015!

My series Food Revolution (Compass Point Books), that includes the books Going Organic, Going Vegetarian, and Going Vegan, won the 2013 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Award in the category of Youth Nonfiction Series from the Santa Monica Public Library. What a thrill! If you are curious about other winners, please visit The Santa Monica Public Library here. 

In April 2011, I was awarded an Artist Fellowship Grant from the Connecticut Office of the Arts. This grant will support my continued development as a fiction writer and expand my creative opportunities. To read more about it, visit the Artist Fellowship Program. 

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My books in the news...

Teens Still Not Eating Enough Fruits and Vegetables
Boston.com, November 29, 2011, Globe Staff  
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Encouraging Beginning Readers with Nonfiction
by Alicia Eames, Curriculum Connections
School Library Journal, October 6, 2009  
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Welles Turner Library Visit, Glastonbury CT 
Glastonbury Reminder-News, July 22, 2008 

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