Larry Day

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General Information

Name: Larry Day

Pen Name: None

Born: in Gibson City, Illinois



Illinois Connection

Day grew up in Gibson City. He graduated from Southern Illinois University and currenlty lives in Downer’s Grove.

Biographical and Professional Information

Larry Day is an award-winning illustrator. He studied commercial art at Southern Illinois University. After graduating he worked as a technical illustrator drawing manuals for farm machinery. He has also worked as an illustrator for the pinball and video arcade industry and the advertising business drawing storyboards for Hallmark and Disney. During that time, he illustrated his first picture book, Taking Flight: The Story of the Wright Brothers.

Since then, he has illustrated several other books, his work has been exhibited and appeared in the Chicago Tribune Magazine. Day is married to Illinois author, Miriam Busch. Their first collaboration is the award-winning book, Lion, Lion.

Published Works

  • Taking flight, Simon & Schuster, 2000 - written by Stephen Krensky
  • William's House, Millbrook Press, 2001 - written by Ginger Howard
  • Pearl Harbor, Simon & Schuster, 2001 - written by Stephen Krensky
  • Who Was Annie Oakley?, Grosset & Dunlap, 2002 - written by Stephanie Spinner
  • Yankee Doodle and the Red Coats, Millbrook Press, 2002 - written by Susan Provost
  • The Monitor: The Iron Warship That Changed the World, Penguin, 2003 - written by Gare Thompson
  • Rosa Loves to Read, CreateSpace, 2004 - written by Diane Z Shore
  • Let It Begin Here, Walker & Company, 2005 - written by Dennis Brindell Fradin
  • Not Afraid of Dogs, Walker & Company, 2006 - written by Susanna Pitzer
  • George Did It, Dutton Children's Books, 2006 - written by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain
  • Duel: Burr & Hamilton's Deadly War of Words, Walker & Company, 2008 - written by Dennis Brindell Fradin
  • Bye-Bye, Baby!, Walker Books, 2009 - written by Richard Morris
  • Nanook & Pryce: Gone Fishing, HarperCollins, 2009 - written by Ned Crowley
  • Rosa Loves to Read, Scholastic, 2011 - written by Diane Zuhone Shore
  • Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and the True Story of an American Feud, Dutton, 2011 - written by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain
  • Civil War Drummer Boy, Putnam, 2012 - written by Verla Kay
  • Voices from the Oregon Trail, Dial Books, 2014 - written by Kay Winters
  • Lion, Lion, Balzer + Bray , 2014 - written with Miriam Busch
  • Colonial Voices: Hear Them Speak, Puffin Books, 2015 - written by Kay Winters

Titles at Your Library

Taking Flight : The Story of the Wright Brohters

ISBN: 0689812256
Release Date: 2000-07-01

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Pearl Harbor (Ready-To-Read: Level 3 Reading Alone)

ISBN: 0689842139
Release Date: 2001-05-01

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Who Was Annie Oakley?

ISBN: 0448424975
Release Date: 2002-02-18

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Yankee Doodle and the Redcoats

Release Date: 2003-02-01

The Monitor: Civil War Battleship, Level 4

ISBN: 0448432455
Release Date: 2003-09-29

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Rosa Loves to Read

ISBN: 1492996947
Release Date: 2004-05-12

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Duel!: Burr and Hamilton's Deadly War of Words

ISBN: 0802795846
Release Date: 2008-06-24

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Bye-Bye, Baby!

ISBN: 0802797725
Release Date: 2009-09-01

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Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and the True Story of an American Feud

ISBN: 0525479031
Release Date: 2011-12-08

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Lion, Lion

ISBN: 0062271040
Release Date: 2014-09-30

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Colonial Voices: Hear Them Speak: The Outbreak of the Boston Tea Party Told from Multiple Points-of-View!

ISBN: 0147511623
Release Date: 2015-03-10

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Literary Awards

Not Afraid of Dogs

  • SCBWI Golden Kite Award

Lion, Lion

  • NPR’s Best Books For 2014
  • Indie Bound Next List
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • 2015 ILLINOIS READS Book


  • Booklist Starred Review

Let it Begin Here!

  • Booklist Starred Review

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Larry Day's programs engage children in visual storytelling. He tailors his visits to each grade level. Larry leads groups through their own story creations as he draws everything from simple subjects to rough “thumbnail” story sketches. Students learn to more fully “read” illustrations as they experience the process of melding words with pictures. Through Larry’s approach, students gain visual literacy and have a blast in the process.

External Links

Larry Day on WorldCat


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