Darcy Pattison

Children’s book author and indie publisher Darcy Pattison writes award-winning fiction and non-fiction books for children. Five books have received starred PW, Kirkus, or BCCB reviews. Awards include the Irma Black Honor award, five NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books, two Eureka! Nonfiction Honor book, two Junior Library Guild selections, two NCTE Notable Children’s Book in Language Arts, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book, an Arkansiana Award, and the Susannah DeBlack Arkansas Children’s History Book award. She’s the 2007 recipient of the Arkansas Governor’s Arts Award for Individual Artist for her work in children’s literature. Her books have been translated into ten languages.
In 1999, Darcy created the highly acclaimed Novel Revision Retreat and has since taught it across the United States; alumni of that retreat include Kirby Larson with Hattie Big Sky and Caroline Starr Rose with May B. For seven years, Darcy has teamed up with Leslie Helakoski to teach PB&J: Picture Books and All that Jazz at the Highlights Foundation.

Picture books by Darcy Pattison:
Greatest, illustrated by Rich Davis, Tapestry/Mims House, 2023

Friday Comes on Tuesday: An Adventure at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, illustrated by Rich Davis, University of Arkansas Press, December 2021. Susannah deBlack Children’s Arkansas History Book Award

Goldilocks: The Name-Fame-Dame, illustrated by Soraya Bartholomé, Mims House, 2021

The Plan for the Gingerbread House, illustrated by John Joven, Mims House, 2021.

I Can Make Wise Choices, illustrated by Camille Wood, Mims House, 2019.

This Little Light of Mine, illustrated by Hannah Skelton. Dayspring Books, 2019. A pop-up book.

Rowdy: The Pirate Who Could Not Sleep, illustrated by Ewa O’Neill. Mims House, 2016.


  • I Want a Dog: My Opinion Essay, Book 1. Illustrated by Ewa O’Neill. Mims House, 2015
  • I Want a Cat: My Opinion Essay, Book 2. Illustrated by Ewa O’Neill. Mims House, 2015. Cat Muse Illustrators Medallion from Cat Fanciers Association.
  • My Crazy Dog: My Narrative Essay, Book 3. Illustrated by Ewa O’Neill. Mims House, 2015.
  • My Dirty Dog: My Informative Essay , Book 4. Illustrated by Ewa O’Neill. Mims House, 2018.

11 Ways to Ruin a Photograph: A Military Family Story. Mims House, 2014.

19 Girls and Me, illustrated by Steven Salerno, Philomel/Penguin 2006. Translated into Chinese (Commonwealth Magazine Co./Taiwan), Arabic (Dar El Shorouk/Egypt) and German. Children’s Book of the Month Club selection.

Searching for Oliver K. Woodman, illustrated by Joe Depeda, 2005. 2007-8 Arkansas Diamond Award Reading list.

The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman, illustrated by Joe Cepeda, 2003. Starred reviews in Kirkus and CCBC. Autumn 2003 Children’s Booksense 76. Child and Nick Jr. Family Magazine Best Books of the Year 2003. Irma S. and James H. Black Picture Book Award Honor Book. Nutmeg Media Children’s Picture Books on Video, June 2005; 2006 ALA Notable Video. 2008 Houghton Mifflin reading series. Paperback version, spring, 2009. Digital textbook, 2013.

The River Dragon, illustrated by Jean and Mou-sien Tseng, 1991.

I Am the Thirsty Desert, illustrated by Jordan Kim, Mims House, 2023

George Washington’s Engineer: How Rufus Putnam Won the Siege of Boston Without Firing a Shot, illustrated by Terry Kole, Mims House, 2023

Field Notebooks: How Scientists Record and Write About Observations, Mims House, 2021

A Little Bit of Dinosaur by Elleen Hutcheson and Darcy Pattison. Mims House, 2021. Starred Kirkus Review, 2021 Arkansiana Award, Eureka! Nonfiction Honor (California Reading Assn.), 2023-24 Indiana Hoosier Children’s Book Award – Picture Books

MOMENTS IN SCIENCE series, illustrated by Peter Willis

  • Burn: Michael Faraday’s Candle (Mims House, 2016) Translated into Chinese and Korean.
  • Clang: Ernst Chladni’s Sound Experiments (Mims House, 2018) 2019 NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book. Translated into Chinese and Korean.
  • Pollen: Darwin’s 130 Year Prediction (Mims House, 2019) Junior Library Guild selection, Starred Kirkus review, 2020 NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book, and a Eureka! Nonfiction Honor Book (California Reading Association). Translated into Chinese and Korean.
  • Eclipse: How the 1919 Eclipse Proved Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity (Mims House, 2019) Translated into Chinese and Korean.
  • Erosion: How Hugh Bennett Saved America’s Soil and Stopped the Dust Bowl (Mims House, 2020) 2021 NSSTA Notable Social Studies Book. Translated into Chinese and Korean.
  • A.I. How Patterns Helped Artificial Intelligence Defeat World Champion, Lee Sedol (Mims House 2021)
  • FEVER: How Tu YouYou Adapted Traditional Chinese Medicine to Find a Cure for Malaria, Mims House March 2022
  • AQUARIUM: How Jeannette Powers Invented the Aquarium to Study the Argonaut Octopus, Mims House, 2023
  • MAGNETS, Mims House 2024

The Nantucket Sea Monster: A Fake News Story, illustrated by Peter Willis, Mims House, 2017. Junior Library Guild selection, 2018 NCTE Notable Children’s Book in Children’s Literature, and translated into Korean.


  • Diego, the Galapagos Giant Tortoise: Saving a Species from Extinction, illustrated by Amanda
    Zimmerman, Mims House, 2022. Starred Kirkus Review.
  • Rosie the Ribeter: The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, illustrated by Nathaniel
    Gold, Mims House, 2018
  • Nefertiti, the Spidernaut: How a Jumping Spider Learned to Hunt in Space, illustrated by Valeria Tisnes, Moms House, 2017. 2017 National Science Teaching Association Outstanding Science Trade Book and Alabama Camellia Children’s Choice Book Award 2016-17 List.
  • Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma: The True Story of an Orphaned Cub, illustrated by Kitty Harvill, Mims House, 2014. 2015 NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book. Translated into Portuguese (Brazil).
  • Wisdom, the Midway Albatross: Surviving the Japanese Tsunami and Other Disasters for Over 60 Years, illustrated by Kitty Harvill, Mims House 2012. Starred review in Publisher’s Weekly

Desert Baths, illustrated by Kathleen Rietz, Arbordale, 2012. 2013 NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book. Editor’s Choice Library Media Connection

Prairie Storms, illustrated by Kathleen Rietz, Arbordale, 2011.

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