Wojahn, Rebecca H.

Biography

Rebecca Hogue Wojahn is a Wisconsin author through and through. She grew up in northwestern Wisconsin, went to college at UW-Madison, and got her MLIS at UW-Milwaukee‘s School of Information Studies. Now she and her family (husband, 2 sons, and a dog) live in Eau Claire County, where she is both an author and an elementary school librarian.

Wojahn has written 14 books for children, including the award-winning series Follow That Food Chain, which she co-wrote with her husband, who is also a school librarian. A Savanna Food Chain was named an Honor Book by the Society of School Librarians International, in the Science Book, K-6 category, 2009. Wojahn also writes articles and gives presentations for adults, especially librarians and reading teachers.

Selected Work:

Dr. Kate: Angel in Snowshoes

Dr. Kate: Angel in Snowshoes

Title: Dr. Kate: Angel on Snowshoes

Author: Rebecca Hogue Wojahn

Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society Press

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Paperback: 104 pages

Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society Press; 1st Edition edition (March 14, 2009)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0870204211, 978-0870204210

Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.8

MARC Record

This biography of Dr. Kate Pelham Newcomb was one of the first doctors practicing in far northwestern Wisconsin, and one of the first female doctors in the state. In 1956, another biographer, Adele Comandini, wrote a book about her by the same title, but that book was written for adult readers and has gone out of print.

Dr. Newcomb founded and was the first Medical Director of Lakeland Memorial Hospital. The effort to launch this hospital inspired not only the community of Woodruff, Wisconsin, where it was located, but the entire country. The students of Arbor Vitae-Woodruff High School launched a “Million Penny Parade” to raise money for the hospital, and the story eventually brought Dr. Newcomb to the television program “This is Your Life.” That appearance led to over $100,000 in donations from viewers around the United States.

Here’s what Wojahn says about her book on “Dr. Kate.”

Other Works:

Evan Early. Illustrated by Ned Gannon. Woodbine House, 2006.  Here’s what Wojahn says about the book.

The 12-volume series Follow That Food Chain. Lerner Publishing, 2008, 2009.

More Information

Rebecca Hogue Wojahn’s official web site. (Works best in Internet Explorer; as of April 2010, some things did not work properly in the Firefox browser.)

Interview with the Wojahns.

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