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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Peggy Rathmann  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: 1953 in St. Paul, Minnesota

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Rathmann lived in Chicago for two years while she studied commercial art at the American Academy of Art.

Biographical and Professional Information

Peggy Rathmann is a children's book author and illustrator. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, she went on to study commercial art at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, fine art at Atelier Lack in Minneapolis, and children's book writing and illustration at Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles. Rathmann currently resides in California.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Ruby the Copycat (Scholastic Bookshelf / Being Yourself)
ISBN: 0545005833

Scholastic Audio Books. 2007

A distinctive story about individuality, from award-winning author and illustrator Peggy Rathman

Ruby is a copycat! It's the first day of school, and Ruby is new. When her classmate Angela wears a red bow in her hair, Ruby comes back from lunch wearing a red bow, too. When Angela wears a flowered dress, suddenly Ruby's wearing one, too. Fortunately, Ruby's teacher knows a better way to help Ruby fit in-by showing Ruby how much fun it is to be herself.

Bootsie Barker Bites
ISBN: 0399221255

Putnam Juvenile. 1992

A little girl finds her life made miserable by the torments devised by the nasty, mischievous Bootsie Barker, until the terrible Bootsie receives her just punishment.

Good Night, Gorilla
ISBN: 0399230033

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. 1996

A must-have board book for all babies.

Good night, Gorilla.
Good night, Elephant.


It's bedtime at the zoo, and all the animals are going to sleep. Or are they? Who's that short, furry guy with the key in his hand and the mischievous grin?

Good night, Giraffe.
Good night, Hyena.


Sneak along behind the zookeeper's back, and see who gets the last laugh in this riotous good-night romp.

Officer Buckle & Gloria (CALDECOTT MEDAL BOOK)
ISBN: 0399226168

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. 1995

Officer Buckle

10 Minutes till Bedtime
ISBN: 039923103X

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. 1998

At One Hoppin' Place, the countdown to bedtime is about to begin when a family of hamsters -- a mother and father with nine kids and a baby all wearing numbered striped jerseys -- arrive at the front door. "All aboard!" the child's pet hamster, dressed as a tour guide, shouts, directing them to his bus. It's off to the kitchen for a snack, to the bathroom for toothbrushing, to the bedroom for a story. And just as the child begins to read, the tour guide looks out the window and shouts, "More coming!" Busloads and carloads of vacationing hamsters stream through the front door, and the escapades accelerate from one action-packed page to the next, as the countdown continues.


Book Details:
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Publication Date: 9/28/1998
  • Pages: 48
  • Reading Level: Age 2 and Up

The Day the Babies Crawled Away
ISBN: 039923196X

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. 2003

What a lovely day at the fair. Children lining up for pony rides . . . moms and dads in a pie-eating contest . . . babies chasing butterflies . . . babies heading for the trees . . . I SAY! Where are those babies GOING? Only a small boy sees them leaving and follows as the babies chase butterflies in trees, frogs in a bog, even bats in a cave, ignoring pleas to come back. But not to worry, our hero saves the day, making sure that all the babies get home safely from their appealing adventures.

Caldecott Medal winner Peggy Rathmann has created a highly original story told in a lilting text and a bold new style with classic black silhouettes against stunning skies of many colors that change and glow as afternoon turns into evening.


Awards

-- Ruby the Copycat

Most Promising New Author, Publishers Weekly, 1991 Good Night, Gorilla

ALA Notable Children's Book,1994

Bulletin Blue Ribbon, 1994

Horn Book Fanfare selection, 1995

Best Children's Books, Parenting Magazine, 1994

Children's Books 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, New York Public Library, 1995

Phoenix Picture Book Award Honor Book, Children's Literature Association, 2014

2016 ILLINOIS READS Book Officer Buckle & Gloria

Caldecott Medal Winner, 1996

ALA Notable Children's Book

Ohio Teachers' & Pupils' Reading Circle, 1996-97

Pick of the Lists, American Bookseller

A Few Good Books List, Book Links, 1995

Editors' Choice, Booklist, 1995

Best Books, Child Magazine, 1995

Horn Book Fanfare selection

Best Books, Parenting Magazine, 1995

Best Books, School Library Journal, 1995

Children's Books 100 Titles for Reading & Sharing, New York Public Library, 1995 10 Minutes to Bedtime

ALA Notable Children's Book, 1998

Parenting Magazine Reading Magic Award

Best Book of the Year, Publishers Weekly

Children's Literature Capital Choice