Songju Ma Daemicke grew up in Jilin, China and came to the United States in 1996.  Songju lives in Glenview, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, with her husband and their daughters.



Coming Soon
 Picture book
 Chong Cao Weighs an Elephant 
           Illustrated by Christina Wald ,by   Arbordale Publishing          
2017  Fall

     How does one weigh a huge elephant in ancient China without the use of a modern day scale? This question confused all the most learned advisers, but not seven year old Chong Cao, who cleverly uses a science principle to solve the problem of determining the weight of an elephant.
Picture book 
A Case of Sense  
                 Illustrated by Shennen Bersani ,   Arbordale Publishing
 August 2016 
     The greedy and calculating Fu Wang cooks a feast in his yard and then demands that his neighbors pay for the delicious smells.  How will the judge rule in this unusual case?  Should the neighbors have to pay?
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     A wonderful start to 2017
     A Case of Sense,  was just selected by the Kansas NEA Reading Circle for their 2017 catalog. School library-media specialists across the state use this catalog to buy great books for their school libraries.

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Monarch Award Nominee

A Case of Sense

While I did not make the finalists list, I am still very proud of my book and feel honored to have been nominated.

A Case of Sense is on the "Holiday reading for the little ones and their middle-school siblings" recommended book list. See East Bay Times and San Jose Mercury News (California Newspapers)

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"A folktale retelling that's well-suited to a new generation of young readers." KIRKUS Reviews

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Book Signing
2016 ISLMA Conference

Friday, Nov. 4 , 2016 2:00-4:00pm
SCBWI-IL Booth,  2016 ISLMA Conference 

Tinley Park Convention Center Holiday Inn.
18451 Convention Center Drive,
Tinley Park, IL. 60477

Songju was featured in the Chinese of Chicago


    马松桔计划在未来出版儿童教育类系列丛书,《闻香案》(The Case of Sense)是第一本,此系列的第二本(Chong Cao Weighs an Elephant),则预期将在明年面世。《闻香案》也在亚马逊书城和Barnes & Nobles正式发行。


Songju Ma Daemicke was featured in the China Daily

      Songju Ma Daemicke was born in Jilin, one of China's northeastern provinces, and came to the United States in 1996 to advance her education, eventually earning a master's in computer science. She married and moved to the northern Chicago suburb of Glenview, working as a software engineer for Motorola until her twin daughters were born.

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