Darleen Bailey Beard was raised in Levittown, PA, in the 1960s. Inspired by her fifth grade teacher to write, Darleen's first book was The Pumpkin Man from Piney Creek, (Simon & Schuster, 1995). She moved to Oklahoma at twelve, and at fifteen experienced an Oklahoma tornado which would turn her memories of the event into the book, Twister. As an author she spends time writing, editing, researching, interviewing people, and reading. Darleen also teaches others how to write for children, performs author visits at schools, and speaks at conferences, libraries and bookstores. She was Writer-in-Residence, at the Thomas H. Bowlus Fine Arts Center, in Iola, KS, Fall 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002.
Graduated 1979 Noble High School, Noble, OK. BA degree in Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma, 1986.
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
Oklahoma Book Awards 2003 for The Babb Switch Story, http://www.odl.state.ok.us/ocb/obaward.htm ; Gamma State Author Award 2003 for The Babb Switch Story; Best Book of the Year by Bank Street College of Education 1999 for The Flimflam Man; Junior Library Guild Selection 1999 for The Flimflam Man; Playrights to The Flimflam Man sold to LaJolla Playhouse in LaJolla, CA, 1999; Twister received starred and boxed reviews, 1999.
Parents born and raised here. Darleen has lived here since age 13.
BOOKS The Pumpkin Man from Piney Creek. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1995.
The Flimflam Man. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1998.
Twister. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1999.
The Babbs Switch Story. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2002.
Operation Clean Sweep. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2004.
"I enjoy writing books based on true stories set in Oklahoma's rich history. It's fun to find a historical tid-bit from our past and bring it to life with fictional characters. I enjoy speaking and teaching writing workshops throughout Oklahoma and the United States."
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