I'm all about books

I write books—everything from picture books for the youngest to young adult novels. Fiction and non fiction. More than 30 books in all.

By day I’m the Children’s Books Editor at Booklist Magazine, the review journal of the American Library Association. Every book published in a year comes into my office and I look at almost every one. All 6,000 of them.

I’m surrounded by books. 

And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Woman in the HousePraise for A Woman in the House (and Senate)

"A must-have."
—Kirkus, starred review

"This is an empowering book for tweens and teens."

"A great resource for anyone interested in the topic of women in American politics, particularly in Congress. I also recommend it for anyone simply looking for a good book to read. "
—Kids Reads

Check out A Woman in the House.

More Books by Ilene

Jakes Best Thumb The Golden Rule Sam I Am Oprah Jake's Best Thumb
"A familiar story line becomes unexpectedly moving in the experienced hands of Cooper"
—Publishers Weekly
Starred Review

The Golden Rule
"Teachers, parents, and religious leaders will welcome it as a clear introduction to an important subject." —School Library Journal

Up Close: Oprah Winfrey
"Cooper tackles one of the richest and most famous women in the world, recounting her complicated life and extraordinary history with honesty and clarity . . . sure to find a rapt audience." —Kirkus Reviews

Sam I Am
"Rarely, very rarely, a book comes along that is more than just a story. It becomes a Very Important Book, carrying far more weight than just the stack of its pages. Ilene Cooper has written such a book."
—The Trades

"Refreshingly honest."
—ALAN Review