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Evelyn Bunting born 1928, is an author with more than 250 books. Her books are diverse in age groups, from picture books to chapter books, and topic, ranging from Thanksgiving to riots in Los Angelesmarker. She has won several awards. She went to school in Irelandmarker and grew up with storytelling. In Ireland, “There used to be Shanachies… the shanachie was a storyteller who went from house to house telling his tales of ghosts and fairies, of old Irish heroes and battles still to be won. Maybe I’m a bit of a Shanchie myself, telling stories to anyone who will listen .” This storytelling began as an inspiration for Bunting and continues with her work.

In 1958, Bunting moved to the United Statesmarker with her husband and three children. A few years later, Bunting enrolled in a community college writing course . She felt the desire to write about her heritage. Bunting’s first published story, Two Giants, focused an Irish folktale about Finn McCool who out smarted Culcullan, a terrible Scottish giant . The first published work gave Bunting confidence and passion to pursue a writing career.

Bunting has taught writing classes at UCLAmarker. She now lives in Pasadena, Californiamarker and has six grandchildren .


During her writing career, Bunting has won several awards for her books. She received the Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in 1976 for One More Flight . Other honors include the Southern California council on Literature for Children and Young People Award, PEN Los Angeles Center Literacy Award for Special Achievement in Children’s Literature, and Southern California council on Literature for Children and Young People Award Excellence is a Series Award. Coffin on a Case won Mystery Writers of America in 1993 .

Eve Bunting has also received the Heal the World award from a school.

In 1995 her book Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, won the Caldecott medal. A young reader wrote Bunting to notify her of the achievement. She said, “It is among of the most cherished honors I have ever received and the plaque hangs proudly above my desk .”

In 2006, Bunting's book One Green Apple, illustrated by Ted Lewin, won the inaugural Arab American Book Award for books written for Children/ Young Adults. One Green Apple tells the story of a young girl who just immigrated to America from an Arab country and how she discovers that her differences are what makes her special.

Bunting is proud of her writing and how it affects children of all ages.


Bunting's best-known writings include:

  • Someone is Hiding on Alcatraz Island

  • Fly Away Home Award Winning Novel
A father and son are homeless and they sleep at the airport. The son watches the planes fly away and hopes one day he will be able to leave.

  • The Summer of Riley

A young boy wakes up in the middle of the night and his family is forced to leave their house due to riots. Despite hatred in the city, two families are bonded by the events.

  • One More Flight (1976, Warne). Awarded Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

  • Coffin on a Case! (1992) Received the 1993 Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery

  • Is Anybody There? (1988). Edgar nominee.

  • Spying on Miss Muller (1995). Edgar nominee

  • Moon Stick

  • Dandelions

  • The Memory String
A young girl remembers her family, including her mother, by a string full of buttons. Each button belongs to a certain family member and memory. She is dealing with change as her stepmother and father paint the house. This story focuses on how the young girl copes with the pain of losing her mother and gaining a stepmother.

  • How Many Days to America?
This book describes a family secretly leaving their country and boarding a boat to America. When they reach America, they celebrate and have Thanksgiving. This is a very powerful Thanksgiving story.

  • Night Tree
A family travels through a forest and decorates a Christmas tree with oranges and popcorn. They sing and drink hot chocolate with the animals. The family leaves the tree for the animals to celebrate Christmas.

  • The Sixth Grade Sleepover. Won the 1989 Sequoyah Children's Book Award. [73481]

  • Nasty, Stinky Sneakers. Won the 1997 Sequoyah Children's Book Award. [73482]

  • S.O.S Titanic
The same theme as Titanic but a different story board.

  • A Sudden Silence
Jesse Harmon searches for the hit-and-run driver who killed his brother Bry.


With over 250 titles, Eve Bunting has included diversity in her work. Every title focuses on a different issue. Smoky Night discusses racism and the Los Angeles riots with colorful illustrations. Fly Away Home illustrates a homeless father and son who live in an airport. Bunting has also discussed topics, such as death, war, and troubled family life. Her writing speaks about important social issues with clarity and empowerment.

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