Eve Bunting Books

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Eve Bunting is an Irish-American author that writes children’s novels. Born in 1928 in Maghera, North Ireland, her father (Sloan) was a postmaster. Her mother (Mary) was a housewife. Eve has a husband, children, grandchildren, and a few pets.

Order of Frog and Friends Series

1Frog and Friends (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
2Party at the Pond (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
3The Best Summer Ever (Short Story) 2012Description / Buy
4Frog's Flying Adventure (Short Story) 2012Description / Buy
5Outdoor Surprises (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy
6Frog Saves the Day (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy
7Frog's Lucky Day (Short Story) 2014Description / Buy
8Frog and Friends Celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy

Order of Discover the World Series

1S Is for Shamrock (Short Story) 2007Description / Buy

Order of Karen Kepplewhite & Janet Hamm Series

1Karen Kepplewhite is the World's Best Kisser (Short Story) 1983Description / Buy
2Janet Hamm Needs a Date for the Dance (Short Story) 1986Description / Buy

Order of Pirate Captain's Daughter Series

1The Pirate Captain's Daughter 2011Description / Buy
2Voyage of the Sea Wolf 2012Description / Buy

Order of Eve Bunting Standalone Books

1Just Like Everyone Else (Short Story) 1950Description / Buy
2Barney the Beard 1975Description / Buy
3One More Flight (Short Story) 1976Description / Buy
4Ghost of Summer 1977Description / Buy
5The Big Cheese (Short Story) 1977Description / Buy
6Winter's Coming (Short Story) 1977Description / Buy
7Magic and the Night River (Short Story) 1978Description / Buy
8The Haunting of Kildoran Abbey 1978Description / Buy
9Oh, Rick (Short Story) 1978Description / Buy
10Nobody Knows but Me 1978Description / Buy
11The Girl in the Painting 1978Description / Buy
12The Big Red Barn (Short Story) 1979Description / Buy
13Terrible Things (Short Story) 1980Description / Buy
14St. Patrick's Day in the Morning 1980Description / Buy
15The Undersea People 1980Description / Buy
16The Ghosts of Departure Point (Short Story) 1982Description / Buy
17The Traveling Men of Ballycoo 1983Description / Buy
18The Valentine Bears (Short Story) 1984Description / Buy
19Someone Is Hiding on Alcatraz Island (Short Story) 1984Description / Buy
20If I Asked You, Would You Stay? 1984Description / Buy
21Ghost Behind Me 1984Description / Buy
22Maggie the Freak 1984Description / Buy
23The Man Who Could Call Down Owls (Short Story) 1984Description / Buy
24Clancy's Coat (Short Story) 1984Description / Buy
25Face at the Edge of the World 1985Description / Buy
26The Haunting of Safekeep 1985Description / Buy
27Scary, Scary Halloween (Short Story) 1986Description / Buy
28The Mother's Day Mice (Short Story) 1986Description / Buy
29Sixth-Grade Sleepover (Short Story) 1986Description / Buy
30Ghost's Hour, Spook's Hour (Short Story) 1987Description / Buy
31Will You Be My POSSLQ? 1987Description / Buy
32A Sudden Silence (Short Story) 1988Description / Buy
33Is Anybody There? 1988Description / Buy
34How Many Days to America? (Short Story) 1988Description / Buy
35Jane Martin, Dog Detective (Short Story) 1988Description / Buy
36Happy Birthday, Dear Duck (Short Story) 1988Description / Buy
37The Ghost Children 1989Description / Buy
38The Wednesday Surprise (Short Story) 1989Description / Buy
39No Nap (Short Story) 1989Description / Buy
40Such Nice Kids (Short Story) 1990Description / Buy
41The Wall (Short Story) 1990Description / Buy
42In the Haunted House (Short Story) 1990Description / Buy
43Our Sixth-Grade Sugar Babies 1990Description / Buy
44Fly Away Home (Short Story) 1991Description / Buy
45A Turkey for Thanksgiving (Short Story) 1991Description / Buy
46The Hideout 1991Description / Buy
47A Perfect Father's Day 1991Description / Buy
48Jumping the Nail 1991Description / Buy
49Night Tree (Short Story) 1991Description / Buy
50Sharing Susan (Short Story) 1991Description / Buy
51Our Teacher's Having a Baby (Short Story) 1992Description / Buy
52Summer Wheels (Short Story) 1992Description / Buy
53Coffin on a Case (Short Story) 1992Description / Buy
54The Day Before Christmas (Short Story) 1992Description / Buy
55The Island of One (Short Story) 1992Description / Buy
56Someday a Tree (Short Story) 1993Description / Buy
57Red Fox Running (Short Story) 1993Description / Buy
58Flower Garden (Short Story) 1994Description / Buy
59A Day's Work (Short Story) 1994Description / Buy
60Nasty, Stinky Sneakers (Short Story) 1994Description / Buy
61Sunshine Home (Short Story) 1994Description / Buy
62Smoky Night (Short Story) 1994Description / Buy
63The In-Between Days (Short Story) 1994Description / Buy
64Night of the Gargoyles (Short Story) 1994Description / Buy
65Dandelions (Short Story) 1995Description / Buy
66Cheyenne Again (Short Story) 1995Description / Buy
67Spying on Miss Muller 1995Description / Buy
68S.O.S. Titanic 1996Description / Buy
69Train to Somewhere (Short Story) 1996Description / Buy
70I Don't Want to Go to Camp (Short Story) 1996Description / Buy
71Market Day (Short Story) 1996Description / Buy
72Sunflower House (Short Story) 1996Description / Buy
73Going Home (Short Story) 1996Description / Buy
74Secret Place (Short Story) 1996Description / Buy
75The Blue and the Gray 1996Description / Buy
76December (Short Story) 1997Description / Buy
77I Am the Mummy Heb-Nefert (Short Story) 1997Description / Buy
78The Pumpkin Fair (Short Story) 1997Description / Buy
79Ducky (Short Story) 1997Description / Buy
80On Call Back Mountain (Short Story) 1997Description / Buy
81Trouble on the T-Ball Team (Short Story) 1997Description / Buy
82My Backpack (Short Story) 1997Description / Buy
83Twinnies (Short Story) 1997Description / Buy
84Some Frog! (Short Story) 1998Description / Buy
85The Day the Whale Came (Short Story) 1998Description / Buy
86Your Move (Short Story) ( With: James E. Ransome) 1998Description / Buy
87So Far from the Sea (Short Story) 1998Description / Buy
88Blackwater (Short Story) 1999Description / Buy
89A Picnic in October (Short Story) 1999Description / Buy
90Rudi's Pond (Short Story) 1999Description / Buy
91Too Many Monsters (Short Story) 1999Description / Buy
92I Have an Olive Tree (Short Story) 1999Description / Buy
93Butterfly House (Short Story) 1999Description / Buy
94Dreaming of America (Short Story) 1999Description / Buy
95Can You Do This, Old Badger? (Short Story) 2000Description / Buy
96Swan in Love (Short Story) 2000Description / Buy
97Moonstick (Short Story) 2000Description / Buy
98I Like the Way You Are (Short Story) 2000Description / Buy
99Wanna Buy an Alien? (Short Story) 2000Description / Buy
100The Memory String (Short Story) 2000Description / Buy
101Doll Baby (Short Story) 2000Description / Buy
102Who Was Born This Special Day? (Short Story) 2000Description / Buy
103Dear Wish Fairy 2000Description / Buy
104Gleam and Glow (Short Story) 2001Description / Buy
105Little Badger, Terror of the Seven Seas (Short Story) 2001Description / Buy
106The Days of Summer (Short Story) 2001Description / Buy
107Riding the Tiger (Short Story) 2001Description / Buy
108Jin Woo (Short Story) 2001Description / Buy
109The Summer of Riley 2001Description / Buy
110Peepers (Short Story) ( With: James E. Ransome) 2001Description / Buy
111We Were There (Short Story) 2001Description / Buy
112One Candle (Short Story) 2002Description / Buy
113The Bones of Fred McFee (Short Story) 2002Description / Buy
114Little Badger's Just-About Birthday (Short Story) 2002Description / Buy
115Sing a Song of Piglets (Short Story) 2002Description / Buy
116Girls A to Z (Short Story) 2002Description / Buy
117Christmas Cricket (Short Story) 2002Description / Buy
118The Wedding (Short Story) 2003Description / Buy
119Anna's Table (Short Story) 2003Description / Buy
120Whales Passing (Short Story) 2003Description / Buy
121Little Bear's Little Boat (Short Story) 2003Description / Buy
122The Presence 2003Description / Buy
123My Big Boy Bed (Short Story) 2003Description / Buy
124Snowboarding on Monster Mountain (Short Story) 2003Description / Buy
125My Special Day at Third Street School (Short Story) 2004Description / Buy
126I Love You, Too (Short Story) 2004Description / Buy
127The Lambkins 2005Description / Buy
128Walking to School (Short Story) 2005Description / Buy
129My Red Balloon (Short Story) 2005Description / Buy
130One Green Apple (Short Story) 2006Description / Buy
131That's What Leprechauns Do (Short Story) 2006Description / Buy
132My Robot (Short Story) 2006Description / Buy
133My Mom's Wedding (Short Story) 2006Description / Buy
134Reggie (Short Story) 2006Description / Buy
135The Baby Shower (Short Story) 2007Description / Buy
136Baby Can (Short Story) 2007Description / Buy
137Hurry! Hurry! (Short Story) 2007Description / Buy
138Emma's Turtle (Short Story) 2007Description / Buy
139The Man with the Red Bag 2007Description / Buy
140You Were Loved Before You Were Born (Short Story) 2008Description / Buy
141Mouse Island (Short Story) 2008Description / Buy
142Our Library (Short Story) 2008Description / Buy
143The Banshee (Short Story) 2009Description / Buy
144Finn McCool and the Great Fish (Short Story) 2009Description / Buy
145Will It Be a Baby Brother? (Short Story) 2010Description / Buy
146Green Shamrocks (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
147Hey Diddle Diddle (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
148Tweak Tweak (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
149Pirate Boy (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
150Ballywhinney Girl (Short Story) 2012Description / Buy
151The Cart That Carried Martin (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy
152Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy
153Big Bear's Big Boat (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy
154Washday (Short Story) 2014Description / Buy
155P is for Pirate (Short Story) 2014Description / Buy
156Yard Sale (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
157Whose Shoe? (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
158Forbidden 2015Description / Buy
159Thunder Horse (Short Story) 2017Description / Buy
160I'm a Duck (Short Story) 2018Description / Buy
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Most of her education took place in Northern Ireland, specifically Belfast. A former student of Methodist College and Queen’s University, Eve was still studying when she stumbled upon her future husband. She met the business executive in college and the two started a family soon after.

Initially migrating to Scotland, Eve and Edward eventually decided to move to the US. That was in 1958. A decade later, she became a United States citizen. She was already older than most aspiring authors when Eve finally sat down to write fiction.

As a child, the author was obsessed with Northern Ireland’s rich storytelling culture. She was particularly fascinated by the so-called Shanachies, storytellers that went from home to home spreading ancient folktales. While she thought that she fit the idea of a Shanachie, Eve did not necessarily harbor notions of pursuing a publishing career.

Everything changed when she immigrated to the US. Eve Bunting spent several years raising her three children. But eventually, they did not need her quite as much. She stumbled upon a brochure promoting a writing class at the local Junior college.

Eve knew that there was no shortage of ideas for stories in her mind. And she understood that writing them down would give her great joy. But, still, she wasn’t certain of her future in publishing. None the less, she signed up for the class, honed her skills, and published her first novel.

Having taken up the pen in her mid-thirties, Eve Bunting was 40 when her first book was finally published. It was an exploration of a folktale that followed the exploits of an Irish giant and his conflict with a Scottish giant.

The story was so common in Ireland that Eve thought everyone knew it. Once she realized that Finn McCool wasn’t quite as well known as she presumed, Eve made him the center of her story. The exotic setting and foreign concepts in her work won Eve many adoring fans.

She went on to write many more novels, building an extensive bibliography with over 200 published works over a relatively short period. The author writes children’s books. She tries to produce content to fit all ages. She has always wanted to write for every child, not just the pre-schooler but the middle grader and the older teens.

Her bibliography also includes adult-oriented novels. Her stories are not afraid to tackle difficult subjects. She always adds as much diversity as possible, introducing children to characters of all backgrounds. Eve’s stories tackle happiness, death, immigration, basically every concept that is present in the real world regardless of how negative it might be.

Eve Bunting Awards

Bunting has been the recipient of the PEN Los Angeles Center Literacy Award, the Arab American Book Award, and the Golden Kite Award

Best Eve Bunting Books

Even though so many of her works are set in Ireland, Eve Bunting makes an effort to be as inclusive as possible with the characters she uses, with some of the best titles in her bibliography including:

Smoky Night: A young boy and his mother live quiet lives in an apartment building. They keep to themselves, minding their own business. The same goes for their neighbors. Everyone avoids unnecessary interactions with everyone else. When violent riots descend on Los Angeles, the pair is forced to kindle bonds with their neighbors at a time where they must all unit to survive the looting.

This picture book tackles racial tensions and rioting.

Fly Away Home: Andrew is a boy without a home. He stays with his father in an airport because it is better than living on the street. Survival isn’t easy. They have to keep moving from terminal to terminal. This is the only way to keep the relevant authorities from noticing them. What seems like a bleak situation takes a curious turn when a bird that was trapped gains its freedom.

This book is 32 pages long because it is aimed towards children, hence the illustrations. But it still discusses homelessness in such a straightforward manner.

When Does The Next Eve Bunting book come out?

Eve Bunting doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is I'm a Duck and was released on March, 13th 2018.


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