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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kevin Luthardt  

Pen Name: None

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Born: 1973 in Schaumburg, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Luthardt was born and raised in Schaumburg, Illinois. He studied painting at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He currently resides in the Chicago area.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kevin Luthardt is an artist,illustrator,author, and muralist based in the Chicago area.


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Titles At Your Library

Mine!
ISBN: 0689832370

Atheneum. 2001

When only one toy is found in the package from grandma, two brothers decide to fight for it claiming that it is their present, but when the stuffed dinosaur gets ripped in half, they come to realize that their selfishness led them to both lose out in the end.

Peep!
ISBN: 1561450464

Peachtree Pub Ltd. 2003

Carmen Deedy combines the rich traditions of both her Southern upbringing and her Latin American culture in a blend of delightful stories, many of which have been heard on NPR.

Larabee
ISBN: 1561453005

Peachtree Publishers. 2004

Every morning, Mr. Bowman and his dog deliver the mail. Larabee likes riding in the mail truck. He likes carrying the mail bag, too. He likes delivering the mail and he always makes sure it is delivered on time. But there is one thing Larabee doesn't like: there is never a letter addressed to him!

Hats!
ISBN: 0807531715

Albert Whitman & Company. 2004

When a young boy enters a hat shop and sees there is a sale that day, he carefully chooses the perfect hat. Then a bully tells him, "Dumb hat!" The boy is crushed--is his hat really dumb? But other kids who come along think the hat is pretty cool.

Zoom!
ISBN: 1561453323

Peachtree Publishers. 2005

A timid young boy joins his eager father for a ride on a roller coaster. When the roller coaster finally comes to a stop, the excited young boy is ready for another ride...but his queasy father has other ideas.

You're Weird!
ISBN: 0803729863

Dial. 2005

Even though Turtle thinks Rabbit’s skateboarding style in scuba gear is strange and Rabbit thinks Turtle’s crazy eating habits are odd, the two unlikely companions eventually find a middle ground in their weirdness in order to become the best of friends!

The Vowel Family: A Tale of Lost Letters
ISBN: 0822579820

Carolrhoda Books. 2008

Meet an unusual family with some very special children: Alan, Ellen, Iris, Otto, and Ursula. Sometimes they're visited by their very special aunt, Cyndy. As each child is born, the family becomes more complete--and each additional Vowel also makes the text easier to read! Because if you can imagine life without the Vowels, tlkng wld b vr hrd. Rdng wld b pzzlng. Are you ready to play the Vowel game?

Flying
ISBN: 1561454303

Peachtree Publishers. 2009

A series of simple questions triggers a playful, imaginative exchange between a child and his father.


Papa, why can t I fly? a boy asks his father. His father s simple answer leads to another question, and then another, until the father playfully demonstrates to his son all the things the child can do. In the end the boy discovers that with a little imagination and some help from his dad he can fly even without wings!


Author-illustrator Kevin Luthardt s highly expressive, comical full-color illustrations and simply worded text captures the special bond of love between father and son. Readers will enjoy the playful fun and easy-going relationship depicted in this delightful story.

When Edgar Met Cecil
ISBN: 156145706X

Peachtree Publishers. 2013

When Edgar's family moves to a new town, everything seems strange and scary. The kids look different. They dress weird. They listen to bizarre music. They eat strange food. And the biggest, weirdest looking kid keeps staring at Edgar. What does he want?

Findley the Funnel
ISBN: 0615914519

David Sherman. 2013

Findley the Funnel is the story of a young boy rarely happy with what he receives. Findley learns that happiness can be found by doing good deeds for others.


Awards

-- Peep!

2004 Children's Choice, IRA/CBC

2014 ILLINOIS READS Book Larabee

2004 Best Books of the Year Awards, Child Magazine

2005 Children's Choice, IRA/CBC

2005 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (primary), Kansas International Education Association Zoom!

2006 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (primary), Kansas National Educational Association

Best Read Aloud Picture Books, Curriculum Materials Center at Minnesota State University MoorheadThe Vowel Family

2008 Booklinks Lasting Connections Flying!

2010 Finalist Best Read Aloud Book Award, ReadBoston