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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Peggy Rathmann  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Illustrator

Audience: Children;

Born: 1953 in St. Paul, Minnesota

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Rathmann lived in Chicago for two years while she studied commercial art at the American Academy of Art.

Biographical and Professional Information

Peggy Rathmann is a children's book author and illustrator. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, she went on to study commercial art at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, fine art at Atelier Lack in Minneapolis, and children's book writing and illustration at Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles. Rathmann currently resides in California.


'Ruby the Copycat ' Most Promising New Author, Publishers Weekly, 1991 'Good Night, Gorilla ' ALA Notable Children's Book,1994 Bulletin Blue Ribbon, 1994 Horn Book Fanfare selection, 1995 Best Children's Books, Parenting Magazine, 1994 Children's Books 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, New York Public Library, 1995 Phoenix Picture Book Award Honor Book, Children's Literature Association, 2014 2016 ILLINOIS READS Book 'Officer Buckle & Gloria ' Caldecott Medal Winner, 1996 ALA Notable Children's Book Ohio Teachers' & Pupils' Reading Circle, 1996-97 Pick of the Lists, American Bookseller A Few Good Books List, Book Links, 1995 Editors' Choice, Booklist, 1995 Best Books, Child Magazine, 1995 Horn Book Fanfare selection Best Books, Parenting Magazine, 1995 Best Books, School Library Journal, 1995 Children's Books 100 Titles for Reading & Sharing, New York Public Library, 1995 '10 Minutes to Bedtime ' ALA Notable Children's Book, 1998 Parenting Magazine Reading Magic Award Best Book of the Year, Publishers Weekly Children's Literature Capital Choice

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10 minutes till bedtime /
ISBN: 039923103X. OCLC Number: 38168266

G.P. Putnam's Sons,. .

A boy's hamster leads an increasingly large group of hamsters on a tour of the boy's house, while his father counts down the minutes to bedtime.

Bootsie Barker bites
ISBN: 9780698114272. OCLC Number: 37872933

Putnam & Grossett Group,. .

Bootsie Barker only wants to play games in which she bites, until one day her friend comes up with a better game.

Good night, Gorilla
ISBN: 0399224459. OCLC Number: 26553002

Putnam,. .

An unobservant zookeeper is followed home by all the animals he thinks he has left behind in the zoo.

Officer Buckle and Gloria /
ISBN: 0399226168. OCLC Number: 29428649

G.P. Putnam's Sons,. .

The children at Napville Elementary School always ignore Officer Buckle's safety tips, until a police dog named Gloria accompanies him when he gives his safety speeches.

Ruby the copycat
ISBN: 9780439924955. OCLC Number: 138793566

Scholastic Inc.,. .

On the first day of school, Ruby arrives as a new student. She immitates everything her classmate Angela whom she sits behind does.

The day the babies crawled away /
ISBN: 039923196X. OCLC Number: 50982293

G.P. Putnam's Sons,. .

A boy follows fives babies who crawl away from a picnic and saves the day by bringing them back.