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Illinois Center for the Book

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

  • Ruby the Copycat, Scholastic, 1991
  • Bootsie Barker Bites, Putnam, 1992 - written by Barbara Bottner
  • Good Night, Gorilla, Putnam, 1994 - Spanish edition available
  • Officer Buckle & Gloria , Putnam, 1995
  • 10 Minutes till Bedtime, Putnam, 1998
  • The Day the Babies Crawled Away, Putnam, 2003

Selected Titles At Your Library

Ruby the copycat /
ISBN: 0545005833. OCLC Number:

Scholastic Audio,. [New York] :. ℗2006.

Ruby insists on copying Angela, until her teacher helps her discover her own creative resources.

Bootsie Barker bites /
ISBN: 0399221255. OCLC Number:

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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: 0399230033. OCLC Number:

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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:

G.P. Putnam's Sons,. New York :. ©1995.

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.

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

G.P. Putnam's Sons,. New York :. ©1998.

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.

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

G.P. Putnam's Sons,. New York :. ©2003.

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


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

    Speaking Engagements

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