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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Daniel Pinkwater  

Pen Name: 

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1941 in Memphis, Tennessee

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Illinois Connection

Pinkwater's family moved to Chicago when he was two years old. When he was eight, the family moved to Los Angeles. He went back to Chicago as a teenager and graduated from Lake View High School.

Biographical and Professional Information

Daniel Pinkwater is and author, illustrator and radio commentator on National Public Radio. He has presented on NPR's ''All Thing Considered'' and been a book reviewer on NPR's ''Weekend Edition Saturday''. He currently resides in New York.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Beautiful Yetta: The Yiddish Chicken
ISBN: 0312558244

Feiwel & Friends. 2010

Yetta, beautiful Yetta, manages to escape from the butcher's shop. But now she is lost in Brooklyn―a strange place filled with rude rats and dangerous buses!



Oh, dear!

But then, brave Yetta saves a small green bird from a sneaky cat, and his friends, the wild parrots of Brooklyn, are very grateful.

¡Muchas gracias, gallina hermosa!

¡mooCHAS grahSEEas, gahYEEna ehrMOsa!

Thank you very much, beautiful chicken!

Has beautiful Yetta found her new home?

Inspired by real events, this multilingual story is a witty, warm, and wonderful read-aloud for any age.

Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl P
ISBN: 0547550022

Young Readers. 2011

Big Audrey is a girl . . .
with cat’s whiskers . . .
and sort of cat’s eyes.
But, is there an other cat-whiskered, sort of cat-eyed girl?

Big Audrey waves goodbye to her friends Iggy and Neddie, Seamus, and Crazy Wig, in Los Angeles and hitches a ride with bongo-playing-while-driving Marlon Brando across the country to Poughkeepsie, New York, city of mystery. She finds she has questions needing answers—and a bit of inter-plane-of-existence traveling to do.

Big Audrey and her telepathic friend Molly zigzag off on an incredibly strange and kooky adventure, and solve the mystery of the cat-whiskered doppelganger.

Bear in Love
ISBN: 0763645699

Candlewick. 2012

Could the bear have a secret friend? Who is leaving him surprises? The ever-lovable Daniel Pinkwater spins a funny and sweetly offbeat story.

One morning, the bear finds something just outside his cave. It is orange and long and pointy and has bushy green leaves at one end. And it’s sweet and crunchy! Where did it come from? Did someone leave it for him? Then there are two more of the sweet crunchy things the next morning! The bear knows that someone nice is leaving him these treats. If only he could discover who it is! Should he leave something tasty in return? With the help of Will Hillenbrand’s endearing illustrations, the inimitable Daniel Pinkwater spins a charming little mystery about unexpected kindnesses and finding that extra-special someone.

Bushman Lives!
ISBN: 0547385390

HMH Books for Young Readers. 2012

“What Pinkwater does is magic, and I’m grateful for it.” --Neil Gaiman (about The Neddiad)

Is Bushman the gorilla alive? According to the papers, he died a long time ago. Why is he so important to the high school senior and aspiring Great Artist Harold Knishke? It’s a hot summer in 1960s Chicago, and people are on the streets late at night, including the Chicken Man and Molly the dwerg. While reading this hilarious young adult novel (with illustrations by Calef Brown!) teens will ask themselves, “Why am I reading this?” and “Is Harold about to embark on a voyage of great adventure?” He is.

Sleepover Larry
ISBN: 1477847650

Two Lions. 2013

Larry is a polar bear with style. He likes blueberry muffins, enjoys dancing ballet, and takes pride in his job as a lifeguard. He lives with the Frobisher family in the hotel that they named after him. One day, Larry invites his bear friends from the zoo for a sleepover. That’s when all the fun begins! Jill Pinkwater’s pen-and-ink and colored-marker illustrations capture Larry’s appealing character as he and his friends have the best sleepover ever.


  • American Library Association Notable Book for ''Lizard Music'', 1976
  • New York Times Outstanding Book for ''The Last Guru'', 1978
  • Children's Choice, International Reading Association/Children's Book Council for ''The Wuggie
  • Norple Daniel Pinkwater Story'', 1981
  • Parents' Choice Award (literature)

    for ''Roger's Umbrella'', 1982

  • Emphasis on Reading Award (grades K-1)

    for ''The Big Orange Splot'', 1983-84

  • Charles Flint Kellogg Medal, Bard College, 1999.

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Pinkwaters agent is Jennifer Laughran of the Andrea Brown Literary agency - http //