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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Paul O. Zelinsky  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Illustrator

Audience: Children;

Born: 1953 in Evanston, Illinois

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Zelinsky was born in Evanston and grew up in Wilmette.

Biographical and Professional Information

Paul O. Zelinsky is an author and illustrator. Since publishing his first book in 1978, he has become recognized as one of the most inventive and critically successful artists in the field. He illustrates others' work, as well as his own books. He won the 1998 Caldecott Medal for his illustrated retelling of Rapunzel, and three Caldecott Honors (for Hansel and Gretel (1985), Rumpelstiltskin (1987), and Swamp Angel (1995)).

His most popular book is The Wheels on the Bus, which has moving parts and sold millions.

Zelinsky now lives in Brooklyn, New York.


AWFUL OGRE RUNNING WILD : written by Jack Prelutsky

Junior Library Guild Selection

AWFUL OGRE'S AWFUL DAY : written by Jack Prelutsky

New York Times Best Illustrated Book

DEAR MR. HENSHAW : written by Beverly Cleary

Newbery Medal

Christopher Medal

DOODLER DOODLING : written by Rita Golden Gelman

ALA Notable Book

BolognaRagazzi Award Special Mention

DUST DEVIL : written by Anne Isaacs

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award Winner

Junior Library Guild Selection

New York Times Book Review Notable Book, 2010

Phoenix Picture Book Honor Award, 2014

EMILY UPHAM's REVENGE : written by Avi

Massachusetts Adventure novel

FIVE CHILDREN AND IT : written by E. Nesbit

Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection

HANSEL AND GRETEL : retold by Rika Lesser

Caldecott Honor Book, 1985

ALA Notable Book

SLJ Best Book

Bratislava Biennale selection


New York Times Best Illustrated Book

Parenting Magazine Best Book

Meggendorfer Award from the Movable Book Society, 2004

MORE ROOTABAGAS : written by Illinois author, Carl Sandburg

ALA Notable Book

RALPH S. MOUSE : written by Beverly Cleary

Golden Kite Award

RAPUNZEL : written by the Brothers Grimm

Caldecott Medal, 1998

Carl Sandburg Award, 1998

Texas Bluebonnet Award

RUMPELSTILTSKIN : written by the Brothers Grimm

Caldecott Honor Book, 1987

Redbook Award

Society of Illustrators Certificate of Merit

AIGA Certificate of Merit

Bratislava Biennale Selection

ALA Notable Book SLJ Best Book

Parents' Choice Award Book-of-the-Month Club selection

White Raven Book Selection of the International Youth Library

New York Public Library's 100 Great Children's Books/100 Years

SWAMP ANGEL : written by Anne Isaacs

Caldecott Honor Book, 1995

ALA Notable Book

SLJ Best Book

Book-of-the-Month-Club Selection

New York Times Best Illustrated Book

Parenting Magazine Reading Magic Award

CLA's Phoenix Picture Book Honor, 2014

THE ENCHANTED CASTLE : written by E. Nesbit

Book-of-the-Month Club Selection


Parents' Choice Award


New York Times Best Illustrated Book

SLJ Best Book

AIGA Certificate of Merit


Bratislava Biennale selection

THE SHIVERS IN THE FRIDGE : written by Fran Manushkin

Junior Library Guild Selection

Booklist Editors' Choice, 2006

Kirkus Best Books, 2006

New York Public Library's 100 titles, 2006


New York Times Best Illustrated Book

Parents' Choice Award

THE SUN'S ASLEEP BEHIND THE HILL : written by Mirra Ginsburg

Bratislava Biennale Selection

Honor list, Austrian National Award (for Austrian edition)


Book-of-the-Month Club Selection

Bratislava Biennale Selection

Parenting Magazine Reading Magic Award

ALA Notable Book

Redbook Award

TOYS COME HOME : written by Emily Jenkins

Wall Street Journal's Ten Best Children's Books, 2011

New York Public Library's 100 Best Children's Books, 2011

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award Winner

TOY DANCE PARTY : written by Emily Jenkins

Junior Library Guild Premiere Selection

Kirkus Best Children's Book, 2008

CBC/IRA's Children's Choices

CCBC Choices, 2009

TOYS GO OUT :written by Emily Jenkins

ALA Notable Book Book of the Month Club

Junior Library Guild Selection

New York Public Library's 100 titles, 2006

School Library Journal Best Book, 2006

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award Winner

Washington Post Best Book of the Week

BookSense Children's Pick, 2006

CCBC Choice, 2007

Z IS FOR MOOSE : written by Kelly Bingham

2013 E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor Book

Best Children's Book of the Year from Bank Street

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Selected Titles At Your Library

Awful Ogre running wild /
ISBN: 0066238668. OCLC Number: 163592582

Greenwillow Books,. .

For Awful Ogre, the coming of summer offers opportunities to get outside and swim, visit a favorite hotel, and climb an isolated mountain. Throughout this set of whimsical poems, youngsters will be entertained not only by Awful Ogre's actions but also by the rhythm of the poetry.

Awful Ogre's awful day
ISBN: 0060774592. OCLC Number: 42923506

Greenwillow Books,. .

In a series of poems, Awful Ogre rises, grooms himself, dances, pens a letter, and goes through other activities as the day passes.

Circle, square, Moose
ISBN: 9780062290038. OCLC Number: 846520396

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When Zebra and his enthusiastic friend Moose are asked to exit a book about shapes, Moose has other plans.

Dear Mr. Henshaw
ISBN: 068802405X. OCLC Number: 9371228

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In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.

Doodler doodling /
ISBN: 0688166458. OCLC Number: 50851965

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Teachers teach, flyers fly, painters paint, climbers climb--and teachers fly, climbers paint ...

Dust devil
ISBN: 9780375867224. OCLC Number: 465866543

Schwartz & Wade Books,. .

Having moved to Montana from Tennessee in the 1830s, fearless Angelica Longrider--also known as Swamp Angel--changes the state's landscape, tames a wild horse, and captures some desperadoes.

Earwig and the witch
ISBN: 9780062075130. OCLC Number: 880681707

Greenwillow Books,. .

Although an orphan, Earwig has always enjoyed living at St. Morwald's, where she manages to make everyone do her bidding, but when she is taken in by foster parents who are actually a witch and a demon, she has a hard time trying to turn the situation to her advantage.

Emily Upham's revenge :
ISBN: 0688118984. OCLC Number: 25628830

Morrow Junior Books,. .

During the summer of 1875, a seven-year-old girl is sent to live with her wealthy uncle in Massachusetts and becomes involved in a very suspicious bank robbery.

Five children and it
ISBN: 0688135455. OCLC Number: 40473683

William Morrow,. .

When four brothers and sisters discover a Psammead, or sand-fairy, in the gravel pit near the country house where they are staying, they have no way of knowing all the adventures its wish-granting will bring them.

Hansel and Gretel
ISBN: 0698114078. OCLC Number: 36318461

PaperStar,. .

A poor woodcutter's children, lost in the forest, come upon a house made of bread, cakes, and candy, occupied by a wicked witch who likes to have children for dinner.

How I hunted the little fellows
ISBN: 0396076920. OCLC Number: 4832372

Dodd, Mead,. .

Fascinated by the life-like miniature of a steamer on his grandmother's shelf, a young boy becomes convinced that there are little people inside and, ignoring the admonition not to touch, decides to find out for himself.

Knick-knack paddywhack!
ISBN: 0141380136. OCLC Number: 53390200

Puffin,. .

More rootabagas /
ISBN: 0679800700. OCLC Number: 25963908

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A selection of Sandburg's fanciful, humorous short stories peopled with such characters as the Potato Face Blind Man, Susan Slackentwist, and Dippy the Wisp.

Ralph S. Mouse
ISBN: 0590687301. OCLC Number: 8281393

William Morrow and Co.,. .

Presents the further adventures of a motorcycle-riding mouse who goes to school and becomes the instigator of an investigation of rodents and the peacemaker for two lonely boys.

Rapunzel /
ISBN: 0613608321. OCLC Number: 51110128

Puffin Books,. .

A retelling of a folktale in which a beautiful girl with long golden hair is kept imprisoned in a lonely tower by a sorceress. Includes a note on the origins of the story.

Rumpelstiltskin /
ISBN: 0613005031. OCLC Number: 47942465

Puffin Books ;. .

A strange little man helps the miller's daughter spin straw into gold for the king on the condition that she will give him her first-born child.

ISBN: 9780061972423. OCLC Number: 374061506

HarperCollins e-books,. .

In a series of diary entries, Leigh tells how he comes to terms with his parents' divorce, acquires joint custody of an abandoned dog, and joins the track team at school.

Swamp Angel
ISBN: 9781461909743. OCLC Number: 806295743

Weston Woods Studios, Inc.,. .

Along with other amazing feats, Angelica Longrider, also known as Swamp Angel, wrestles a huge bear, known as Thundering Tarnation, to save the winter supplies of the settlers in Tennessee.

The history of Helpless Harry :
ISBN: 0688053033. OCLC Number: 30625305

Beech Tree Books,. .

Eleven-year-old Harry's adventures, involving lies, attempted robbery, and the possibility of murder, begin when his parents go away for a few days and he is left in the care of the young Miss Trowbridge.

The lion and the stoat /
ISBN: 0688025625. OCLC Number: 9826151

Greenwillow Books,. .

Two great artists, a lion and a stoat, are in constant competition.

The maid and the mouse and the odd-shaped house :
ISBN: 0525450955. OCLC Number: 28879127

Dutton Children's Books,. .

An oddly-shaped house takes on the appearance of a cat as the maid and mouse who live there make various changes in it.

The Random House book of humor for children
ISBN: 0394880498. OCLC Number: 15018443

Random House,. .

A humor collection for middle graders composed of thirty-four prose selections--short stories and chunks from novels.

The Shivers in the fridge /
ISBN: 0525469435. OCLC Number: 65165304

Dutton Children's Books,. .

One-by-one, the members of the Shivers family disappear from the inside of their chilly refrigerator home.

The song in the walnut grove /
ISBN: 0394855191. OCLC Number: 8389007

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A young cricket goes out into the daylight in search of answers to his questions and discovers friendship.

The story of Mrs. Lovewright and Purrless her cat
ISBN: 0689873271. OCLC Number: 60401411

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

Mrs. Lovewright is sure that a cat is just what she needs until she acquires a cat that has a mind of its own.

The sun's asleep behind the hill
ISBN: 0802776000. OCLC Number: 7596674

Greenwillow Books,. .

The sun, the breeze, the leaves, the bird, the squirrel, and the child all grow tired after a long day and go to sleep.

The wheels on the bus /
ISBN: 0525446443. OCLC Number: 22582572

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The wheels on the bus go round, the wipers go swish, the doors open and close, and the people go in and out in this movable book version of the classic song. Not only do children get to read the words to the song over and over again in this book, they can also move parts of the book over and over again. In this wittily illustrated, cleverly engineered book with moving parts, based on the popular play-rhyme, Zelinsky introduces all kinds of characters, slyly humorous subplots, and parts that go round and round, in and out, back and forth, up and down.

Three romances :
ISBN: 0437717054. OCLC Number: 11039065

World's Work,. .

A modern prose retelling of three stories of romantic love from tales of King Arthur's court.

Toy dance party :
ISBN: 9780375855252. OCLC Number: 462883440

Yearling,. .

Six stories relate further adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys, as they encounter a fearsome (possible) shark, enjoy a dance party, and deal with rejection by The Girl, who is growing up.

Toys come home
ISBN: 9780375862007. OCLC Number: 595738681

Schwartz & Wade Books,. .

When a little girl gets a plush stingray for her birthday, it makes friends with some of her other toys as they all try to navigate in the world of real people.

Toys go out :
ISBN: 0385736614. OCLC Number: 185032734

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Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys.

Toys meet snow :
ISBN: 9780385373326. OCLC Number: 876833402

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While Little Girl is away on winter vacation, her toys, Lumphy, StingRay, and Plastic, decide to go outside and learn more about snow.

Z is for Moose
ISBN: 9780060799854. OCLC Number: 707022968

Greenwillow Books,. .

Moose, terribly eager to play his part in the alphabet book his friend Zebra is putting together, then awfully disappointed when his letter passes, behaves rather badly until Zebra finds a spot for him.

Zoo doings :
ISBN: 0590053914. OCLC Number: 58918951

Trumpet Club,. .

A collection of forty-six animal poems.