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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Eric Rohmann  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Illustrator

Audience: Children;

Born: 1957 in Riverside, Illinois

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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.


'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.

Selected Titles At Your Library

A kitten tale
ISBN: 9780553498318. OCLC Number: 897881335

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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.

Bless this mouse /
ISBN: 0547390092. OCLC Number: 609303790

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children :. .

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.

Bone dog /
ISBN: 1596431504. OCLC Number: 150336211

Roaring Brook Press,. .

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.

Bulldozer helps out /
ISBN: 1481458949. OCLC Number: 957696419

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"Bulldozer proves that he can help on the construction site"--

Bulldozer's big day
ISBN: 9781338112245. OCLC Number: 961189151

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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.

Bulldozer's Christmas dig /
ISBN: 1534438203. OCLC Number: 1227790953

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"It's Christmas Eve and Bulldozer doesn't know what to get his friends for Christmas. With a little creativity, he will turn trash into treasure"--

Clara y Asha
ISBN: 8426135471. OCLC Number: 70871862

Editorial Juventud, S.A.,. .

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

Giant squid /
ISBN: 1596435992. OCLC Number: 923728105

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

Honeybee :
ISBN: 0823442853. OCLC Number: 1043055885

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Describes the life cycle of the hard-working honeybee.

King Crow /
ISBN: 0517596342. OCLC Number: 29311100

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

Last Song
ISBN: B005IV1SUW. OCLC Number:

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My friend Rabbit /
ISBN: 031236752X. OCLC Number: 48817325

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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.

My friend Rabbit and the snow geese.
ISBN: 9781250016621. OCLC Number: 794037842

Square Fish,. .

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: 9780449814857. OCLC Number: 966672366

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

Once upon a camel /
ISBN: 1534406433. OCLC Number: 1227864791

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In 1910, Zada the camel treks across the West Texas desert to save two baby kestrels from an approaching haboob, a mountain-sized storm. sharing adventures from her youth in Turkey to keep them calm.

ISBN: 9780375983740. OCLC Number: 773826113

Alfred A. Knopf :. .

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

Strongheart :
ISBN: 1101934107. OCLC Number: 990838006

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A German shepherd is transformed from Etzel, a police dog in Berlin, to Strongheart, a silent movie star that will need his best acting skills to prove himself innocent of attacking a girl.

The cinder-eyed cats
ISBN: 9780385756167. OCLC Number: 1028736305

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From the creator of the Caldecott Honor winner Time Flies, here's a little boy's journey to a tropical dream world. Magnificent oil paintings and rhyming text bring to life a mysterious island where cinder-eyed cats move like shadows, boats float above the ocean, whales fly across the dawn sky, and a parade of fish dances in the light of a campfire.

The prairie train
ISBN: 9780385756150. OCLC Number: 1028736295

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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.

Time flies
ISBN: 0517595982. OCLC Number: 28675724

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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.