In "If Nathan Were Here", author Mary Bahr gently explores the grief of a young boy whose best friend has died. With the help of an understanding teacher, a kind neighbor, and an empathetic parent, the boy finds ways to give expression to his questions and sorrow and to reach out to someone else who needs him. Mary Bahr's evocative text conveys a child's grief with honesty and sensitivity, while Karen Jerome's soft watercolors poignantly capture the tender nature of children's friendships.
Mary Bahr, who describes herself as a "librarian by profession and an author by addiction," graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Library Science from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has won numerous awards for her writing, which includes over 125 stories and articles for both juvenile and adult publications as well as inspirational pieces published in five anthologies. Her picture-book Memory Box (Albert Whitman) received multiple honors for its sensitive portrayal of a child dealing with a grandparent's Alzheimer's disease. In addition to writing, Mary has led writing workshops, has served as the SCBWI retreat Director for the Rocky Mountain Region, and reviews children's books for The Five Owls. Mary currently lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.