Jim Aylesworth

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General Information

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Name: Jim Aylesworth

Pen Name: None

Born: 1943 in Jacksonville, Florida

Website: www.ayles.com

Email: oldfly@ayles.com

Illinois Connection

Aylesworth was 15 when his family moved to Hinsdale. He lived there until he moved to Chicago in 1996.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jim Aylesworth is an award-winning author and teacher. He attended Hinsdale Highschool and graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a B.A. in English. After college, he began a career as a stockbroker but, after a series of assignments as a substitute teacher, Aylesworth ended up in a primary classroom. He began teaching first grade students in Oak Park, Illinois in 1971 and entered Concordia College in River Forest, Illinois,and graduated with a degree in elementary education in 1978.

Jim won several awards as a teacher. In 1975 the Illinois State Board of Education named him among Those Who Excel and in 1984 he was named a Governor's Master Teacher.

It was Aylesworth's experiences as a teacher that eventually led him to writing children's books. His students enjoyed his stories and encouraged him to pursue his dream of being a children's author. Aylesworth started writing his own books and was first published in 1980.

Jim Aylesworth still teaches to this day but, not in just one classroom. He continues to entertain and teach through his writing and travels to speak to children in schools and at book events across the United States.

Published Works

  • Hush Up!, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1980
  • Tonight's The Night, Albert Whitman, 1981
  • Mary's Mirror, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1982
  • Siren In The Night, Albert Whitman, 1983
  • The Bad Dream, Albert Whitman, 1985
  • Shenandoah Noah, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1985
  • Two Terrible Frights, Atheneum, 1987
  • One Crow, HarperCollins, 1988
  • Hanna's Hog, Atheneum, 1988
  • Mother Halverson's New Cat, Atheneum, 1989
  • Mr. McGill Goes to Town, Henry Holt, 1989
  • The Completed Hickory Dickory Dock, Atheneum, 1990
  • Country Crossing, Atheneum, 1991
  • The Folks in the Valley, HarperCollins, 1991
  • Old Black Fly, Henry Holt, 1992
  • The Cat & The Fiddle & More, Atheneum, 1992
  • The Good-Night Kiss, Atheneum, 1993
  • My Son John, Henry Holt, 1994
  • McGraw's Emporium, Henry Holt, 1995
  • Wake Up, Little Children, Atheneum, 1996
  • My Sister's Rusty Bike, Atheneum, 1996
  • Teddy Bear Tears, Atheneum, 1997
  • The Gingerbread Man, Scholastic Press, 1998
  • Jim Aylesworth's Book of Bedtime Stories, Atheneum, 1998
  • Through The Night, Antheneum, 1998
  • Aunt Pitty Patty's Piggy, Scholastic Press, 1999
  • The Full Belly Bowl, Atheneum, 1999
  • The Tale of Tricky Fox, Scholastic Press, 2001
  • The Burger and the Hot Dog, Atheneum, 2002
  • The Naughty Little Monkeys, Dutton, 2003
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Scholastic, 2003
  • Jim Aylesworth and YOU, Libraries Unlimited, 2005
  • Little Bitty Mousie, Walker Books for Young Readers, 2007
  • Our Abe Lincoln, Scholastic, 2009
  • The Mitten, Scholastic, 2009
  • Cock-a-doodle-doo, Creak, Pop-pop, Moo, Holiday House, 2012
  • My Grandfather's Coat, Scholastic, 2014

Titles at Your Library

Country Crossing

ISBN: 0689315805
Release Date: 1991-03-30

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Cat and the Fiddle and More, The

ISBN: 0689317158
Release Date: 1992-09-30

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My Son John (Holt Owlet Book)

ISBN: 0805055177
Release Date: 1997-09-15

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McGraw's Emporium

ISBN: 0613083296
Release Date: 1999-10

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Teddy Bear Tears

ISBN: 0689835256
Release Date: 2000-05-01

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The Gingerbread Man

ASIN: B000EKE97G
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Full Belly Bowl

ISBN: 0689810334
Release Date: 1999-10-01

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The Tale Of Tricky Fox

ISBN: 0439095433
Release Date: 2001-03-01

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Naughty Little Monkeys

ISBN: 0142405620
Release Date: 2006-03-02

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Goldilocks And The Three Bears

ISBN: 0439395453
Release Date: 2003-09-01

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Our Abe Lincoln

ISBN: 0439925487
Release Date: 2009-01-01

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Cock-a-doodle-doo, Creak, Pop-pop, Moo

ISBN: 0823427544
Release Date: 2013-01-01

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Literary Awards

Body of Work

  • Prairie State Award for Excellence in Writing for Children Award, Illinois Reading Council, 2009

Old Black Fly

  • List of 100 Great Picture Books, New York Public Library
  • Reading Magic Award, Parenting Magazine
  • Recommended Reading, New York Public Library
  • Notable Book for Children Award, American Library Association

The Gingerbread Man

  • Starred Review, School Library Journal
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • Blue Ribbon Book, BCCB
  • Starred Review, BCCB

Aunt Pitty Patty's Piggy

  • Starred Review, Booklist

The Full Belly Bowl

  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • Starred Review, Booklist

The Tale of Tricky Fox

  • Editor's Choice, School Library Journal
  • Starred Review, School Library Journal
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • Starred Review, Horn Book

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

  • Starred Review, School Library Journal
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

Our Abe Lincoln

  • Starred Review, School Library Journal
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

The Mitten

  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • Starred Review, Horn Book, November-December 2009
  • Starred Review, BCCB, January 2010
  • Starred Review, School Library Journal
  • Starred Review, Booklist

Cock-A-Doodle-Doo, Creak, Pop-Pop, Moo

  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2014

My Grandfather's Coat

  • Publishers Weekly Best Books List, 2014
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 2014
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, 2014
  • Starred Review, Kirkus, 2014
  • Starred Review, School Library Journal, 2014
  • Honorable Mention, Best Picture Books of 2014, Best About Family Category, 2014
  • Sydney Taylor Award, Young Reader Category, 2015
  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2016

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes,

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Aylesworth will work with any size group - large or small. He enjoys speaking at schools but will work with all ages and grade levels. He will also make presentations at conferences and book events.

External Links

Jim Aylesworth on WorldCat

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