Helen Lester

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General Information

Name: Helen Lester

Pen Name: None

Genre: Children's

Born: 1936 in Evanston, Illinois

Website: helenlester.com

Email: N/A

Illinois Connection

Helen Lester was born in Evanston and spent several years teaching elementary school in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lester was an elementary school teacher since 1959. She taught at Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, Illinois from 1962-1969 and again from 1989-1982. Helen has also taught in Lexington, Maryland and in San Francisco, California. She now is retired and living in Pawling, New York.

Published Works

  • Tacky the Penguin, Houghton Mifflin, 1988
  • A Porcupine Named Fluffy, Houghton Mifflin, 1989
  • Three Cheers for Tacky, Houghton Mifflin, 1994
  • Lin`s Backpack, Addison-Wesley, 1994
  • Listen Buddy, Houghton Mifflin, 1995
  • Wuzzy Takes Off, Candlewick, 1995 - written with Robin Lester
  • Tacky in Trouble, Houghton Mifflin, 1998
  • Hooway for Wodney Wat, Houghton Mifflin, 1999
  • Me First, Topeka Bindry, 1999
  • Tacky and the Emperor, Houghton Mifflin, 2000
  • Princess Penelope's Parrot, Houghton Mifflin, 2001
  • It Wasn't My Fault, Topeka Bindry, 2001
  • Hooway for Wodney Wat, Houghton Mifflin, 2002
  • Something Might Happen, Houghton Mifflin, 2003
  • Tackylocks and the Three Bears, Houghton Mifflin, 2004
  • Tacky and the Winter Games, Houghton Mifflin, 2007
  • Hurty Feelings, Houghton Mifflin, 2007
  • Batter Up Wombat, Sandpiper, 2008
  • Tacky Goes To Camp, Houghton Mifflin, 2009
  • Tacky's Christmas, Houghton Mifflin, 2010
  • Wodney Wat's Wobot, Houghton Mifflin, 2011
  • All for Me and None for All, Houghton Mifflin, 2012
  • Happy Birdday, Tacky!, Houghton Mifflin, 2013

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Tacky the Penguin

ISBN: 0547133448
Release Date: 2008-08-25

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A Porcupine Named Fluffy

ISBN: 0395520185
Release Date: 1989-10-30

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Three Cheers for Tacky (Tacky the Penguin)

ISBN: 039582740X
Release Date: 1999-07-15

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Lin's Backpack, Let Me Read Series, Level 2 (Ages 3 to 5)

ISBN: 0673361942
Release Date: 1994-09-01

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Wuzzy Takes Off (Gund Children's Library)

ISBN: 1564024989
Release Date: 1995-10-02

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Tacky in Trouble (Tacky the Penguin)

ISBN: 0618380086
Release Date: 2005-05-31

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Hooway for Wodney Wat Book & Cassette (Carry Along Book & Cassette Favorites)

ISBN: 0618394044
Release Date: 2003-08-25

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Me First (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

ISBN: 0785799257
Release Date: 1995-03-27

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Tacky and the Emperor (Tacky the Penguin)

ISBN: 0618260099
Release Date: 2002-09-30

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Hooway for Wodney Wat

ISBN: 061821612X
Release Date: 2002-05-27

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Something Might Happen

ISBN: 0618254064
Release Date: 2003-09-29

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Tackylocks and the Three Bears

ISBN: 0618439536
Release Date: 2004-05-10

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Tacky and the Winter Games (Tacky the Penguin)

ISBN: 0618956743
Release Date: 2007-10-29

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Hurty Feelings

ISBN: 0618840621
Release Date: 2007-03-26

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Tacky's Christmas (Tacky the Penguin)

ISBN: 0547172087
Release Date: 2010-09-27

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Happy Birdday, Tacky! (Tacky the Penguin)

ISBN: 0547912285
Release Date: 2013-05-14

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Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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Contact Meredith Wilson at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - Meredith.Wilson@hmhpub.com

External Links

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