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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Eric Rohmann  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: 1957 in Riverside, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Rohmann was born in Riverside. He graduated from Illinois State University and now lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Eric Rohmann is an author and illustrator of children's books. He is also an artist and a former teacher. He has exhibited his artwork at numerous galleries and museums. A graduate of Illinois State University and Arizona State University, he currently resides in Chicago. Rohmann won the 2003 Caldecott Medal for his illustrations of ''My Friend Rabbit''. His book ''Time Flies'', his first book for children, won the 1995 Caldecott Honor Award and was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.In addition to writing and illustrating children’s books, he has taught drawing and printmaking. His artwork has been featured in various exhibitions and permanent collections throughout the country.

Published Works

    Books written and illustrated by Rohmann:
  • Time Flies, Crown, 1994
  • Clara and Asha, Knopf, 1997
  • The Cinder-Eyed Cats, Knopf, 1997
  • Pumpkinhead, Knopf, 2002
  • My Friend Rabbit, Roaring Book Press, 2002
  • A Kitten Tale, Knopf, 2008
  • Last Song: A Poem by James Guthrie, Roaring Book Press, 2010
  • Bone Dog, Roaring Brook Press, 2011
  • My Friend Rabbit and the Snow Geese, Square Fish, 2013Books Written by Illinois Author, Candace Fleming:
  • Oh No!, Schwartz & Wade, 2012
  • Bulldozer's Big Day, Atheneum Books, 2015
  • Giant Squid, Atheneum Books, 2016Books Written by Other Authors:
  • King Crow, Knopf, 1995 - written by Jennifer Armstrong
  • The Prairie Train, Crown, 1999 - written by Antoine O'Flatharta
  • Bless This Mouse, Houghton Mifflin, 2011 - written by Lois Lowry

Selected Titles At Your Library

Time flies /
ISBN: 0517885557. OCLC Number:

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A wordless tale in which a bird flying around the dinosaur exhibit in a museum has an unsettling experience when it finds itself back in the time of living dinosaurs.

Clara and Asha /
ISBN: 1596430311. OCLC Number:

Roaring Brook Press,. New Milford, Conn. :. 2005.

Young Clara would rather play with her imaginary giant fish, Asha, than settle down to sleep.

The cinder-eyed cats /
ISBN: 0440417430. OCLC Number:

Dragonfly Books,. New York :. 2001, ©1997.

A boy makes a magical trip to a tropical island where he and five tiger-like cats watch as various sea creatures emerge from the ocean to dance by the light of their campfire.

Pumpkinhead /
ISBN: 0375824162. OCLC Number:

Alfred A. Knopf :. New York :. 2003.

A boy with a pumpkin for a head has a perilous adventure and learns a valuable lesson about what it means to be different.

My friend Rabbit /
ISBN: 031236752x. OCLC Number:

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Something always seems to go wrong when Rabbit is around, but Mouse lets him play with his toy plane anyway because he is his good friend.

A kitten tale /
ISBN: 0517709155. OCLC Number:

Alfred A. Knopf,. New York :. 2008.

As four kittens who have never seen winter watch the seasons pass, three of them declare the reasons they will dislike snow when it arrives, while the fourth cannot wait to experience it for himself.

Last song :
ISBN: 1596435089. OCLC Number:

Roaring Brook Press,. New York :. 2010.

A squirrel family spends the day together--waking, playing, and nestling down to sleep under the eye of a watchful parent. Based on an old Scottish poem. Illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner Eric Rohmann.

Bone dog /
ISBN: 1596431504. OCLC Number:

Roaring Brook Press,. New York :. 2011.

Although devastated when his pet dog dies, a young boy goes trick-or-treating and receives a timely visit from an old friend during a scary encounter with graveyard skeletons.

My friend Rabbit and the snow geese.
ISBN: 1250016614. OCLC Number:

Square Fish,. New York, NY :. 2013.

On the first day of winter, the Gibble Goose Girls sulk when the snow has made their favorite outdoor activities impossible, so it's up to Rabbit and Mouse to prove that the cold season has its own charms.

Oh, no! /
ISBN: 0375842713. OCLC Number:

Schwartz & Wade Books,. New York :. ©2012.

A series of animals falls into a deep hole, only to be saved at last by a very large rescuer.

Bulldozer's big day /
ISBN: 1481400975. OCLC Number:

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Bulldozer wants to invite all of his co-workers to a party to celebrate his special day, but to them it is just another day for scooping, sifting, stirring, and more.

Giant squid /
ISBN: 1596435992. OCLC Number:

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"A nonfiction picture book exploring the mysterious life of the elusive giant squid"--

King Crow /
ISBN: 0517596342. OCLC Number:

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Jailed by an evil foe, a king receives invaluable help from a crow that regularly brings him the latest news.

The prairie train /
ISBN: 0553113348. OCLC Number:

Dell Dragonfly Books,. New York :. 2004, ©1999.

As a young Irish immigrant boy travels by steam-engine across the American prairie to a new life, memories of the old country pull at his heart.

Bless this mouse /
ISBN: 0547390092. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children :. Boston :. 2011.

Mouse Mistress Hildegarde musters all her ingenuity to keep a large colony of church mice safe from the exterminator and to see that they make it through the dangerous Blessing of the Animals.


Body of Work

  • Prairie State Award for Excellence in Writing for Children,

    Illinois Reading Council, 2013

    Clara and Asha

  • Notable Children's Books, American Library Association
  • The Cinder-eyed Cats

  • Starred Review, Booklist
  • Prairie Train

  • Storyteller Award, The Western Writers of America Spur Awards
  • My Friend Rabbit

  • Caldecott Medal, 2003
  • Parents Choice Recommended
  • Gold Award, National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA)

  • Kids Reading List Selection,
  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2013
  • Time Flies

  • Caldecott Honor, 1999
  • Best Children's Book, New York Times Book Review
  • Notable Book, American Library Association
  • A Kitten Tale

  • Starred Review, Library School Journal
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • Starred Review, Kirkus
  • Parents' Choice Recommended
  • Gold Award, National ParentinPublications Awards (NAPPA)

  • "Kids Reading List" Selection,
  • Last Song

  • Starred Review, Kirkus
  • Bone Dog

  • Starred Review, Library School Journal
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • Starred Review, Kirkus
  • Starred Review, The Horn Book
  • Oh No!

  • Starred Review, Library School Journal
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, 2012
  • Starred Review, Kirkus, 2012
  • Bulldozer's Big Day

  • Starred Review, Kirkus
  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017
  • Giant Squid

  • Honor Book, Charlotte Zolotow
  • Best Books, Chicago Public Library, 2016
  • Horn Book Fanfare, 2016
  • Orbis Pictus Honor Book, NCTE
  • Outstanding Science Trade Books, NSTA/CBC, 2016
  • Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book, 2017
  • Best New Children's Books, Wall Street Journal
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • Starred Review, Library School Journal
  • Starred Review, The Horn Book

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Rohmann enjoys making presentations for students. He likes to work interactively with students of all ages and will adapt his talk to fit the students' interests.