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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jim Aylesworth  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Audience: Children;

Born: 1943 in Jacksonville, Florida


-- Website -- http://www.ayles.com
-- Jim Aylesworth on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=jim+aylesworth

E-Mail: -- oldfly@ayles.com


Illinois Connection

Aylesworth was 15 when his family moved to Hinsdale. He lived there until he moved to Chicago in 1996.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jim Aylesworth is an award-winning author and teacher. He attended Hinsdale Highschool and graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a B.A. in English. After college, he began a career as a stockbroker but, after a series of assignments as a substitute teacher, Aylesworth ended up in a primary classroom. He began teaching first grade students in Oak Park, Illinois in 1971 and entered Concordia College in River Forest, Illinois,and graduated with a degree in elementary education in 1978. Jim won several awards as a teacher. In 1975 the Illinois State Board of Education named him among ''Those Who Excel'' and in 1984 he was named a ''Governor's Master Teacher''. It was Aylesworth's experiences as a teacher that eventually led him to writing children's books. His students enjoyed his stories and encouraged him to pursue his dream of being a children's author. Aylesworth started writing his own books and was first published in 1980.Jim Aylesworth still teaches to this day but, not in just one classroom. He continues to entertain and teach through his writing and travels to speak to children in schools and at book events across the United States.


Awards

'''Body of Work'''
-- Prairie State Award for Excellence in Writing for Children Award, Illinois Reading Council, 2009

Old Black Fly


-- List of 100 Great Picture Books, New York Public Library
-- Reading Magic Award, Parenting Magazine
-- Recommended Reading, New York Public Library
-- Notable Book for Children Award, American Library Association

The Gingerbread Man


-- Starred Review, School Library Journal
-- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
-- Blue Ribbon Book, BCCB
-- Starred Review, BCCB

Aunt Pitty Patty's Piggy


-- Starred Review, Booklist

The Full Belly Bowl


-- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
-- Starred Review, Booklist

The Tale of Tricky Fox


-- Editor's Choice, School Library Journal
-- Starred Review, School Library Journal
-- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
-- Starred Review, Horn Book

Goldilocks and the Three Bears


-- Starred Review, School Library Journal
-- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

Our Abe Lincoln


-- Starred Review, School Library Journal
-- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

The Mitten


-- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
-- Starred Review, Horn Book, November-December 2009
-- Starred Review, BCCB, January 2010
-- Starred Review, School Library Journal
-- Starred Review, Booklist

Cock-A-Doodle-Doo, Creak, Pop-Pop, Moo


-- ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2014

My Grandfather's Coat


-- Publishers Weekly Best Books List, 2014
-- School Library Journal Best Books, 2014
-- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, 2014
-- Starred Review, Kirkus, 2014
-- Starred Review, School Library Journal, 2014
-- Honorable Mention, Best Picture Books of 2014, Best About Family Category, 2014
-- Sydney Taylor Award, Young Reader Category, 2015
-- ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2016

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes), Contact author by [mailto:oldfly@ayles.com Email] Aylesworth will work with any size group - large or small. He enjoys speaking at schools but will work with all ages and grade levels. He will also make presentations at conferences and book events.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Aunt Pitty Patty's piggy
ISBN: 0590899872. OCLC Number: 39981740

Scholastic Press,. .

A cumulative tale in which Aunt Pitty Patty's niece Nellie tries to get piggy to go through the gate.

Cock-a-doodle-doo, creak, pop-pop, moo
ISBN: 9780823430147. OCLC Number: 857714888

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Rhyming text divulges the many sounds heard on a farm, from a rooster's morning crow to an owl's goodnight call.

Cock-a-doodle-doo, creak, pop-pop, moo /
ISBN: 0823427544. OCLC Number: 681910781

Holiday House,. .

Rhyming text divulges the many sounds heard on a farm, from a rooster's morning crow to an owl's goodnight call.

Country crossing /
ISBN: 0689315805. OCLC Number: 21119240

Atheneum ;. .

Recreates the sights and sounds at a country crossing one summer night, as an old car patiently awaits the passing of a long and noisy freight train. Whooawoo!

Goldilocks and the three bears
ISBN: 0439674069. OCLC Number: 56763144

Scholastic,. .

A little girl walking in the woods finds the house of the three bears and helps herself to their belongings. Back cover has recipe for Mama Bear's porridge cookies.

Goldilocks and the three bears /
ISBN: 0439395453. OCLC Number: 50868168

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A little girl walking in the woods finds the house of the three bears and helps herself to their belongings. Back cover has recipe for Mama Bear's porridge cookies.

Hanna's hog
ISBN: 0689313675. OCLC Number: 15548841

Atheneum,. .

Hanna finds a way to protect her hog and chickens from a thieving neighbor.

Hush up!
ISBN: 0733911021. OCLC Number: 222292938

Longman,. .

Jim Aylesworth and you /
ISBN: 1591582563. OCLC Number: 540641069

Libraries Unlimited,. .

This book features Jim Aylesworth, a popular picture book author. It discusses his life and work as well as the researching, writing, and illustrating of selected books. Discussion of children's reading development, including strategies and the author's philosophy about using books with children is offered, while lesson plan ideas and activities for each title provide practical help. The book is a fascinating window into the life and work of this popular children's author, and gives insight into Old Black Fly, Tricky Fox, and each of his tales.

Jim Aylesworth and YOU.
ISBN: 1282409921. OCLC Number: 748208347

ABC-CLIO. .

This book features Jim Aylesworth, a popular picture book author. It discusses his life and work as well as the researching, writing, and illustrating of selected books. Discussion of children's reading development, including strategies and the author's philosophy about using books with children is offered, while lesson plan ideas and activities for each title provide practical help. The book is a fascinating window into the life and work of this popular children's author, and gives insight into Old Black Fly, Tricky Fox, and each of his tales.''This book features Jim Aylesworth, a popular picture book author. It discusses his life and work and the researching, writing, and illustrating of selected books. Discussion of children's reading development, including strategies and the author's philosophy about using books with children is included, while lesson plan ideas and activities for each title provide practical help and extend student learning. The book is a fascinating window into the life and work of this popular children's author and gives insight into Old Black Fly, Tricky Fox, and each of his tales.'Playing on the phrase, The author and you--a commonly taught reading comprehension strategy--this new series assists the teacher and teacher-librarian in understanding the underlying purposes of the author as they prepare learning activities for their students. The series (and this book) focuses primarily on books for the elementary age child (K-6) and features insights into the author's background, purposes, and goals in writing his books. By furnishing an overview of the author's works, the books in the series give teachers the big picture. Each book features personal information about the author, including insight into why he or she writes a particular type of book, plus ideas that will assist teachers in lesson plans and/or activities for each of the author's featured books. Lessons stress the particular interest of the author so the author and you (the teacher) can build a collaborative instructional relationship using the material provided. Each book is written by the featured author or in close collaboration with him or her. Grades K-6.

Jim Aylesworth's book of bedtime stories /
ISBN: 0689820771. OCLC Number: 40413820

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Four stories. In the 1st, a little girl mouse & a little girl person meet in the kitchen at bedtime & scare each other--only to dream of each other later. In the 2nd, Four beloved teddy bears each fear something at bedtime. As their little master explains away each fear, he makes the nighttime worry-free for himself, too. The 3rd story recounts the antics of a young mouse each hour after the clock strikes one. The 4th tells about the quiet activity of the nighttime world, ending with a child hearing a bedtime story & receiving a goodnight kiss.

Le bol magique
ISBN: 2878332695. OCLC Number: 466594956

Circonflexe,. .

Little Bitty Mousie /
ISBN: 0802796389. OCLC Number: 82673531

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Little Bitty Mousie sneaks into a house one night and discovers many tantalizing new things, as well as one very scary thing.

Mary's mirror
ISBN: 0030603927. OCLC Number: 7923360

Holt, Rinehart and Winston,. .

When Mary finds an old mirror, she doesn't like what she sees in it.

McGraw's Emporium
ISBN: 0613083296. OCLC Number: 176877446

Holt. .

McGraw's Emporium
ISBN: 0805057978. OCLC Number: 39495677

H. Holt,. .

A boy searches for a gift for a sick friend at the unique store, McGraw's Emporium, but finally settles on a free kitten.

Mother Halverson's new cat
ISBN: 4880129925. OCLC Number: 820739288

Shinseken,. .

Mr. McGill goes to town
ISBN: 0805020969. OCLC Number: 27004792

Henry Holt,. .

Mr. McGill and four of his friends agree to help each other finish their chores so that they will all have time to go to the town fair.

My grandfather's coat /
ISBN: 0439925452. OCLC Number: 726620606

. .

When my grandfather came to America he made himself a handsome coat! Then he wore it and he wore it and he wore it -- until it was all worn out! So what did he do? He snipped and he clipped, and he stitched and he sewed, and out of the still-good cloth of his coat, he made himself a smart jacket! How many things can Grandfather make over the years out of that old frayed coat?

My sister's rusty bike
ISBN: 0689317980. OCLC Number: 30546706

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

A rhyming tale of a zany, zigzag trip around America.

My son John /
ISBN: 0805055177. OCLC Number: 37916712

H. Holt,. .

A new version of the traditional Mother Goose rhyme with fourteen new verses describing the activities of a group of children on a large farm.

Naughty little monkeys /
ISBN: 0142405620. OCLC Number: 64666678

. .

Mom thinks all twenty-six of her monkeys are angelic, but from Andy's wayward airplane to Zelda's trip to the zoo, these little ones find a way to get into mischief for each letter of the alphabet.

Old black fly
ISBN: 9780805039245. OCLC Number: 32500542

. .

Rhyming text and illustrations follow a mischievous old black fly through the alphabet as he has a very busy bad day landing where he should not be. A big bad fly wreaks alphabetical havoc on a household in lilting rhyme that brings readers to a resounding Swat! on the very last page. A solid refrain invites partial participation, but the whole sordid story, accompanied by Gammell's energetic vision of this watercolor pest, is easy to remember and chant. Nothing drives a family crazy faster than an old black fly on a hot summer day, especially when the family's a little crazy already. And this fly is as bad as they come. He knows every low-down trick in the book--and won't rest until he's gone through them all. He ate on the crust of the Apple pie. He bothered the Baby and made her cry. Shoo fly! Shoo fly! Shooo.

Our Abe Lincoln :
ISBN: 9780439925488. OCLC Number: 163707079

Scholastic Press,. .

Rhythmic verse tells the story of Abraham Lincoln's life, from his childhood in the wilderness of Illinois to his famous achievements as president--Provided by publisher.

Shenandoah Noah
ISBN: 0030037492. OCLC Number: 11343941

Holt, Rinehart, and Winston,. .

Shenandoah Noah's reputation for laziness gets him into trouble when he catches fleas from his hounds and decides he has to take a bath.

Siren in the night
ISBN: 0807573744. OCLC Number: 9324564

A. Whitman,. .

A mother reassures her little boy when their quiet family walk is disturbed by a loud firetruck blowing its siren.

Teddy Bear Tears.
ISBN: 9781442047242. OCLC Number: 319493633

Paw Prints. .

The bad dream
ISBN: 0807505064. OCLC Number: 11622130

A. Whitman,. .

When a little boy is awakened by a bad dream, his parents comfort him by reminding him that nightmares are not real.

The burger and the hot dog /
ISBN: 0689838972. OCLC Number: 44669392

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

Collects rhymes and pictures involving food-based characters and their interactions.

The cat & the fiddle & more /
ISBN: 0689317158. OCLC Number: 24374478

. .

Presents new variations on the traditional rhyme "Hey Diddle Diddle."

The Cat in the Hat
ISBN: 9780008183509. OCLC Number: 983198280

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When Sally and her brother are left alone, they think they're in for a dull day. Then the Cat in the Hat steps in on the mat, bringing with him mayhem and madness.

The completed hickory dickory dock /
ISBN: 0689718624. OCLC Number: 29913791

Aladdin Paperbacks,. .

Recounts the antics of a young mouse each hour after the clock strikes one.

The folks in the valley :
ISBN: 0694009814. OCLC Number: 38540836

HarperFestival,. .

A rhyming alphabet book about the people and activities of a Pennsylvania Dutch settlement in a rural valley.

The gingerbread man
ISBN: 9781338187342. OCLC Number: 1004511268

. .

An interactive reading experience that allows young ones to read together with an adult, answer questions within the text, and play with activities suggested at the end of the story. A freshly baked gingerbread man escapes when he is taken out of the oven and eludes a number of pursuers until he meets a clever fox.

The good-night kiss /
ISBN: 0689315155. OCLC Number: 24845300

Atheneum ;. .

The nighttime world includes lots of quiet activity, from animals moving in the woods to cars on the city streets to a child hearing a bedtime story and receiving a goodnight kiss.

The mitten /
ISBN: 0439925444. OCLC Number: 77520379

Scholastic Press,. .

A retelling of the traditional tale of how a boy's lost mitten becomes a refuge from the cold for an increasing number of animals.

The tale of Tricky Fox :
ISBN: 0439095433. OCLC Number: 43684683

Scholastic Press,. .

Tricky Fox uses his sack to trick everyone he meets into giving him ever more valuable items.

Through the night /
ISBN: 0689806426. OCLC Number: 36470200

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

Daddy drives through the night, thinking of his wife and children, who greet him upon his arrival home.

Tonight's the night
ISBN: 0807580201. OCLC Number: 7247861

A. Whitman,. .

Daniel tries to find out exactly how it feels to fall asleep.

Two terrible frights
ISBN: 0140508651. OCLC Number: 877792496

Puffin,. .

A little girl mouse and a little girl person meet while getting a snack in the kitchen at bedtime and scare each other--only to dream of each other later.

Wake up, little children :
ISBN: 068931857x. OCLC Number: 34424480

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

Wake up, little children is a song celebrating the daytime that awaits a waking child. In all there is a world full of beauty just waiting to be explored and enjoyed in ways that only children know how.

Ye ye de wai tao =
ISBN: 9787559012241. OCLC Number: 1052499005

Xin jiang qing shao nian chu ban she,. .

Ben shu jiang shu le:woye ye shi yi ge cai feng,Lai dao mei guo de shi hou,Ji zi ji zuo le yi jian shuai qi de wai tao.Ran hou,Ta jiu chuan zhe ta,Chuan zhe ta,Chuan zhe ta,Zhi dao ba wai tao chuan huai,Nei ta zen me ban ni,Ta you jian you cai,You feng you bu,Ta yong zhei jian wai tao reng ran bu cuo de bu liao,Ji zi ji zuo le yi jian piao liang de jia ke.