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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Bob Raczka  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: 1963 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Bob was born in Chicago and raised in DesPlaines, Illinois. He currently resides in Glen Ellyn.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bob attended the University of Illinois and majored in Graphic Design. After working for ten years in the advertising business he turned to writing childrens books, by shareing his enthusiasm for fine art through books and talks with younger children.

Published Works

  • No One Saw, Millbrook Press , 2001
  • More Than Meets The Eye: Seeing Art With All Five Senses, Millbrook Press, 2003
  • Art Is, Millbrook Press, 2003
  • Here's Looking at Me: How Artists See Themselves , Millbrook Press, 2006
  • Unlikely Pairs, Millbrook Press, 2005
  • Who Loves the Fall, Albert Whitman, 2007
  • 3-D ABC: A Sculptural Alphabet , First Avenue Editions, 2007
  • Spring Things, (Illustrated by Judy Stead) Albert Whitman & Company, 2007
  • Snowy, Blowy Winter, Albert Whitman, 2008
  • Where in the World?: Around the Globe in Thirteen Works of Art, First Avenue Editions, 2008
  • Summer Wonders, Albert Whitman & Company, 2009
  • Art of Freedom, First Avenue Editions, 2009
  • Artful Reading, First Avenue Editions, 2009
  • Name That Style: All About Isms in Art, First Avenue Editions, 2009
  • Action Figures: Paintings of Fun, Daring, and Adventure, First Avenue Editions, 2010
  • Speaking of Art: Colorful Quotes by Famous Painters, Millbrook Press, 2010
  • The Vermeer Interviews: Conversations with Seven Works of Art, First Avenue Editions, 2010
  • GUYKU: A Year of Haiku for Boys, (With Peter Reynolds) Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010
  • Before They Were Famous: How Seven Artists Got Their Start, Millbrook Press, 2011
  • Lemonade: and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word, (With Nancy Doniger) Roaring Brook Press, 2011
  • Fall Mixed Up, (With Chad Cameron) Scholastic, 2012
  • Santa Clauses: Short Poems from the North Pole, Carolrhoda Books, 2014
  • Joy in Mudville, Carolrhoda Books, 2014
  • Presidential Misadventures: Poems That Poke Fun at the Man in Charge, Roaring Brook Press, 2015
  • Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems, Roaring Book Press, 2016
  • New York is My Playground, POW!, 2016

Selected Titles At Your Library

No one saw :
ISBN: 0761316485. OCLC Number:

Millbrook Press,. Brookfield, Conn. :. ©2002.

Reproductions of famous paintings-from the art of Georgia O'Keeffe to Paul Klee-combine with simple texts to introduce children to the unique visions of individual artists and encourage them to experience art with all their senses.

More than meets the eye :
ISBN: 0761319948. OCLC Number:

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Provides images of paintings and new, sensory ways to experience them, such as tasting the milk in Vermeer's "The Milkmaid," hearing the music in Tanner's "The Banjo Lesson," or feeling the fur in da Vinci's "Lady with an Ermine."

Art is- /
ISBN: 0761318321. OCLC Number:

Millbrook Press,. Brookfield, Conn. :. ©2003.

Rhyming text and photographs show that art is much more than just what can be hung on a wall or set on a pedestal.

Here's looking at me :
ISBN: 0822573059. OCLC Number:

Millbrook Press,. Minneapolis, Minn. :. ©2006.

Fourteen famous artists' self-portraits illustrating their different styles and views of themselves.

Unlikely pairs :
ISBN: 0761323783. OCLC Number:

Millbrook Press,. Minneapolis, Minn. :. ©2006.

Invites the reader to look at twenty-six paintings from different eras and styles presented in pairs. Each pair lends itself to a story the reader can discover by looking at the paintings in a new way.

Who loves the fall? /
ISBN: 0807590371. OCLC Number:

Albert Whitman,. Morton Grove, Ill. :. 2007.

Rhyming text and illustrations portray the sights and sounds of autumn, from "rakers, leapers, and corn crop reapers" to "trickers, treaters, and turkey eaters."

3-D ABC :
ISBN: 0822564742. OCLC Number:

Millbrook Press,. Minneapolis, Minn. :. ©2007.

Learn the alphabet by looking at very unusual sculptures.

Spring things /
ISBN: 0807575968. OCLC Number:

Albert Whitman,. Morton Grove, Ill. :. 2007.

Winter melts into spring with the sights and sounds of hopping and skipping, sowing and mowing, and blading and lemonading.

Snowy, blowy winter /
ISBN: 0807575267. OCLC Number:

Albert Whitman & Co.,. Morton Grove, Ill. :. 2008.

Illustrations and simple rhyming text portray winter activities, from snowman-building, sledding, and sitting by a fire to feeding birds.

The art of freedom :
ISBN: 1580138810. OCLC Number:

Millbrook Press,. Minneapolis :. ©2008.

What is America? Shape a fascinating image of the United States through the eyes of eighteen artists who have painted, sculpted, and photographed the U.S. landscape and culture.

Where in the world? :
ISBN: 082256372X. OCLC Number:

Millbrook Press,. Minneapolis :. ©2007.

Pay a virtual visit to thirteen different places and times via thirteen works of art.

Summer wonders /
ISBN: 0807576530. OCLC Number:

Albert Whitman,. Morton Grove, Ill. :. 2009.

Illustrations and rhyming text celebrate the sights and sounds of summer, from days of diving and swimming to nights of stargazing and fireflies.

Artful reading /
ISBN: 1580138802. OCLC Number:

Millbrook Press,. Minneapolis :. ©2008.

Introduces art works that feature people reading.

Name that style :
ISBN: 1580138241. OCLC Number:

Millbrook Press,. Minneapolis [Minn.] :. ©2009.

Learn about fourteen different artists and their different styles.

Speaking of art :
ISBN: 0761350543. OCLC Number:

Millbrook Press,. Minneapolis :. ©2010.

Art lover Bob Raczka pairs thought-provoking (and sometimes funny) quotes by famous painters with colorful examples of their best work. From Edgar Degas' The Rehearsal (1878-79) to Georgia O'Keeffe's Evening Star, No. III (1917) to Romare Bearden's Family (1986), you'll discover the works--and the wisdom--of eighteen artistic masters.

The Vermeer interviews :
ISBN: 1580138829. OCLC Number:

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In this look at seven paintings by Jan Vermeer, author Bob Raczka takes on the role of interviewer and the people in the paintings become his willing subjects.

Action figures :
ISBN: 0761341722. OCLC Number:

Millbrook Press,. Minneapolis, MN :. 2010.

These eighteen paintings by Raczka cover a wide range of times, places, and artistic styles.

Before they were famous :
ISBN: 0761373004. OCLC Number:

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This book focuses on the childhood works of seven artists, with lots of interesting facts about who or what influenced them when they were children and young adults. Three works from each artist are included, showing how their style developed and changed over time.

Lemonade, and other poems squeezed from a single word /
ISBN: 1596435410. OCLC Number:

Roaring Brook Press,. New York :. 2011.

Part anagram, part rebus, part riddle - this brand new poetic form turns word puzzles into poetry.

Santa Clauses :
ISBN: 146771805X. OCLC Number:

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Twenty-five haiku give readers a fresh, humorous perspective on Santa's December preparations, and rich illustrations pull readers into every wintry scene.

Joy in Mudville /
ISBN: 0761360158. OCLC Number:

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The day after Mighty Casey's strikeout, the Mudville Nine are in a crucial game when a relief pitcher--a girl--is sent in and quickly proves herself to the crowd using moves from football, tennis, and soccer.

Presidential misadventures :
ISBN: 1596439807. OCLC Number:

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"A book of poetry about the presidents written in clerihews"--

Wet cement :
ISBN: 1626722366. OCLC Number:

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"Who says words need to be concrete? This collection shapes poems in surprising and delightful ways. Concrete poetry is a perennially popular poetic form because they are fun to look at. But by using the arrangement of the words on the page to convey the meaning of the poem, concrete or shape poems are also easy to write! From the author of the incredibly inventive Lemonade: And Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word comes another clever collection that shows kids how to look at words and poetry in a whole new way"--

New York is my playground /
ISBN: 1576877892. OCLC Number:

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This book shows children how New York's streets, structures, and landmarks can provide a unique playspace.



  • ILLINOIS READS Book, Illinois Reading Council, 2014
  • Lemonade

  • Starred Review, Booklist
  • Santa Clauses

  • Starred Review, Kirkus
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • Wet Cement

  • Starred Review, Kirkus
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • Starred Review, School Library Journal
  • Starred Review. Bulletin of the Center for Childrens Books

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

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