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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Peggy Rathmann  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children; Children;

Born: 1953 in St. Paul, Minnesota

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Illinois Connection

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.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Ruby the Copycat (Scholastic Bookshelf / Being Yourself)
ISBN: 0545005833

Scholastic Audio Books. 2007

A distinctive story about individuality, from award-winning author and illustrator Peggy Rathman

Ruby is a copycat! It's the first day of school, and Ruby is new. When her classmate Angela wears a red bow in her hair, Ruby comes back from lunch wearing a red bow, too. When Angela wears a flowered dress, suddenly Ruby's wearing one, too. Fortunately, Ruby's teacher knows a better way to help Ruby fit in-by showing Ruby how much fun it is to be herself.

Bootsie Barker Bites
ISBN: 0399221255

Putnam Juvenile. 1992

A little girl finds her life made miserable by the torments devised by the nasty, mischievous Bootsie Barker, until the terrible Bootsie receives her just punishment.

Good Night, Gorilla
ISBN: 0399230033

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. 1996

A must-have board book for all babies.

Good night, Gorilla.
Good night, Elephant.

It's bedtime at the zoo, and all the animals are going to sleep. Or are they? Who's that short, furry guy with the key in his hand and the mischievous grin?

Good night, Giraffe.
Good night, Hyena.

Sneak along behind the zookeeper's back, and see who gets the last laugh in this riotous good-night romp.

Officer Buckle & Gloria (CALDECOTT MEDAL BOOK)
ISBN: 0399226168

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. 1995

"Besides the beguiling story, the affable illustrations of the smiling Gloria, the accidental mayhem in the background, and the myriad safety tips -- such as 'always pull the toothpick out of your sandwhich' and 'never lick a stop sign in the winter' -- add to the enjoyment. A glorious picture book." -- The Horn Book"Rathmann is a quick rising star in the world of chidren's books. In this book, she again shows her flair for creating real characters, dramatic situations and for knowing what will make young audiences giggle and think." -- Children's Book Review Magazine"Rathman brings a lighter-than-air comic touch to this outstanding, solid-as-a-brick picture book." -- Publisher's Weekly"A five-star performance." -- School Library Journal

10 Minutes till Bedtime
ISBN: 039923103X

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. 1998

Bedtime routines have never been so hilarious!

At One Hoppin' Place, the countdown to bedtime is about to begin when a family of hamsters arrives at the front door."All aboard!" the child's pet hamster, dressed as a tour guide, shouts, directing them to his bus. It's off to the kitchen for a snack, to the bathroom for toothbrushing, to the bedroom for a story. And just as the child begins to read, the tour guide looks out the window and shouts, "More coming!" Busloads and carloads of vacationing hamsters stream through the front door, ready to enjoy the escapades as the countdown continues.

A sure-fire toddler pleaser from the creator of Good Night, Gorilla.

The Day the Babies Crawled Away
ISBN: 039923196X

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. 2003

What a lovely day at the fair. Children lining up for pony rides . . . moms and dads in a pie-eating contest . . . babies chasing butterflies . . . babies heading for the trees . . . I SAY! Where are those babies GOING? Only a small boy sees them leaving and follows as the babies chase butterflies in trees, frogs in a bog, even bats in a cave, ignoring pleas to come back. But not to worry, our hero saves the day, making sure that all the babies get home safely from their appealing adventures.

Caldecott Medal winner Peggy Rathmann has created a highly original story told in a lilting text and a bold new style with classic black silhouettes against stunning skies of many colors that change and glow as afternoon turns into evening.


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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