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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Tom Lichtenheld  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Illustrator Non-Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: 1953 in Nixon Township, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Lichtenheld was born in Nixon Township and grew up in Rockford. He currently resides in Geneva, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lichtenheld is an award-winning children's book author & illustrator. He writes and illustrates his own books as well as illustrates books for other children's authors. He doodled his way through school then worked as a sign painter, set designer, printer and advertising art director. After a successful career in advertising he gradually made the switch to creating children’s books.Tom’s books, many of which are New York Times Best Sellers, are consistently praised for their humor, expressive characters, and rich – sometimes hidden – detail. He’s known for creating books that appeal to children and adults alike, and his wide portfolio of books offers something for every age.


'Yes Day! ' A Junior Library Guild Selection Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award 2010 2010 Baker's Dozen (13 best books for Family Literacy) by Pennsylvania Center for the Book Read On Wisconsin! Featured Book January 2010 Magnolia Award 2013 Nominee 'Everything I Know About Pirates ' Featured in Newsweek's Books of Wonder, 2000 2013 ILLINOIS READS Book 'Zero the Hero ' Junior Library Guild Selection Georgia Book Award Nominee 2013-14 Cooperative Children's Book Center Best of 2013 selection 'Wumbers ' 2012 Parents' Choice Award

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) Lichtenheld is available for school and library appearances.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Bridget's beret
ISBN: 9780805087758. OCLC Number: 317778010

Henry Holt,. .

When Bridget loses the beret that provides her with artistic inspiration like other great artists, she thinks she will never be able to draw again. Includes facts about famous artists and reproductions of some of their paintings.

Camp Buccaneer /
ISBN: 0689843844. OCLC Number: 45493401

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

After spending summer vacation learning to be a real pirate at Camp Buccaneer, Marlon feels much better prepared to return to school and face Carla, the bully who has pestered her since kindergarten.

Cloudette /
ISBN: 0805087761. OCLC Number: 613292849

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Cloudette, the littlest cloud, finds a way to do something big and important as the other clouds do.

Duck! Rabbit! /
ISBN: 0811868656. OCLC Number: 243601706

Chronicle Books,. .

From the award-winning author of Little Pea, Little Hoot, and Little Oink comes a clever take on the age-old optical illusion: Is it a duck or a rabbit? Depends on how you look at it! Readers will find more than just Amy Krouse Rosenthal's signature humor here, there's also a subtle lesson for kids who don't know when to let go of an argument. A smart, simple story that will make readers of all ages eager to take a side, Duck! Rabbit! makes it easy to agree on one thing, reading it again!

ISBN: 9781452136424. OCLC Number: 889835090

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It's an e-mergency! The letter E took a tumble and the only way to get her back on her foot is for people to stop using her. But who can take her place? The other letters have to make a decision ASAP. Z is too sleepy and Y asks way too many questions. Thankfully, O rolls in to try and save the day. Chock-full of verbal and visual puns, this zany book is sure to tickle both the brain and the funny bone.

Everything I know about cars :
ISBN: 0689843828. OCLC Number: 54034834

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

The author offers a caveat at the beginning of the book: "I don't know much about real cars, but I'm an expert on made-up cars, so this book is a big traffic jam of mostly made-up cars." He recounts a history of cars that involves prehistoric cavemen, ancient Egyptians, Vikings, and two horses named Winnie and Nay.

Everything I know about monsters /
ISBN: 0689861230. OCLC Number: 56641571

Simon & Schuster,. .

Everything I know about pirates :
ISBN: 0689860099. OCLC Number: 41967014

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

A collection of made-up facts, educated guesses, and silly pictures about pirates.

Exclamation mark /
ISBN: 0545436796. OCLC Number: 801928210

Scholastic Press,. .

A punctuation mark feels bad that he does not fit in with the others until a friend reveals the possibilities that exist when differences are accepted.

Friendshape /
ISBN: 0545436826. OCLC Number: 900624085

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Friends shape who we are. They make us laugh. They fill us with fun. They stand by us during life's up and downs. And even when we disagree with our friends, if they're tried-and-true, they don't stay bent out of shape for long. That's the beauty of a good buddy. This joyous book rejoices in the simple beauties of friendship, and reminds readers of all ages that it's good to have a group of pals--Provided by publisher.

Goodnight, goodnight, construction site /
ISBN: 1452111731. OCLC Number: 972094196

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When their work is done for the day, a crane truck, a cement mixer, and other pieces of construction equipment make their way to their resting places and go to sleep.

Goodnight, goodnight, construction site :
ISBN: 1452164762. OCLC Number: 1008552823

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Bulldozer and the rest of the construction vehicle crew are back at work in this sequel to Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. Features graduated die-cut board pages shaped like five construction vehicles.

Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown
ISBN: 0545883792. OCLC Number: 972092943

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Groovy Joe is a guitar playing dog who loves to sing and dance, and when many other dogs come and join him his home gets a little crowded, but the party is fun, and Joe is definitely a guitar hero.

Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs
ISBN: 9780545925600. OCLC Number: 922572480

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Groovy Joe is a fun-loving dog with a tub full of ice cream--which he shares with his unexpected dinosaur guests.

Holy cow, I sure do love you! :
ISBN: 1419722174. OCLC Number: 938991265

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A series of simple illustrations of a spotted cow paired with bovine puns share all the ways to love someone.

I wish you more
ISBN: 9781452126999. OCLC Number: 859253227

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In simple text and pictures, the author and illustrator create a compendium of small daily moments.

If you're groovy and you know it, hug a friend! /
ISBN: 0545883806. OCLC Number: 1029064459

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Set to the rhythm of the classic children's song, Groovy Joe invites the reader to laugh, sing, explore, and best of all, hug a friend.

It's not fair /
ISBN: 0061152579. OCLC Number: 145377987

HarperCollinsPublishers,. .

Assorted children, animals, creatures, and objects all wonder why life is not always fair.

Louis /
ISBN: 1328498069. OCLC Number: 1120783659

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Tired of the "dangerous adventures" with his human boy, a teddy bear decides to run away but reconsiders when bedtime arrives.

Mighty, mighty construction site /
ISBN: 1452152160. OCLC Number: 951710781

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Told in rhyming text, Excavator, Bulldozer, Crane Truck, Dump Truck, and Cement Mixer will all need to work together as they tackle their biggest job yet--a massive building.

Moo-moo, I love you! /
ISBN: 1419747061. OCLC Number: 1196062731

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Udderly perfect expressions of affection to share between any cow and calf: I love you no matter your moo-d. I love giving you a big s-moo-ch. My love for you is as big as . . . a MOO-SE! With a universal message and warm, funny text that families will read and reread together.

One big pair of underwear /
ISBN: 1442453362. OCLC Number: 862222282

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Progressively larger groups of animals try to share a limited number of scooters, cookbooks, nap mats, and underwear.

Shark vs. train /
ISBN: 0316007625. OCLC Number: 349248319

Little, Brown,. .

A shark and a train compete in a series of contests on a seesaw, in hot air balloons, bowling, shooting baskets, playing hide-and-seek, and more, as two boys play.

ISBN: 9780805090710. OCLC Number: 806456152

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An illustrated presentation of the classic Sesame Street song about self-expression and the celebration of music.

Steam train, dream train
ISBN: 9781452152172. OCLC Number: 805654994

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In this book with rhyming text, the dream train pulls into the station and all the different cars are loaded by the animal workers, each with the appropriate cargo.

Stick and Stone
ISBN: 9781328714329. OCLC Number: 878050862

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Stick and Stone are both lonely until Pinecone's teasing causes one to stick up for the other, and a solid friendship is formed.

Stick and Stone: Best Friends Forever!
ISBN: 0358473020. OCLC Number: 1258266719

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Ten rules of the birthday wish /
ISBN: 152474154X. OCLC Number: 1022977468

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A child presents ten essential rules of birthday wishes, from planning the right party through having the right dessert--with a light to blow out--to keeping the wish secret.

The OK book
ISBN: 9780061152559. OCLC Number: 73741648

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A character enumerates a great many things that it enjoys doing, although not great at any of them, knowing that someday it will excel at something.

This is a moose
ISBN: 9780997075601. OCLC Number: 843025663

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Director Billy Waddler is trying to film a documentary about moose, but the moose in question has no intention of spending his life in the woods and his animal friends, who have dreams of their own, help him prove his point.

What are you so grumpy about?
ISBN: 9780316065894. OCLC Number: 49277332

Little, Brown and Co. ;. .

A collection of cartoons that present various reasons for being grumpy, such as eating grown-up cereal, getting a boring birthday present, doing chores, and being touched by your brother or sister.

What mess?
ISBN: 9780316201230. OCLC Number: 776523821

Little, Brown,. .

A discussion between a boy and his parents about a bedroom, that is so dirty he would have to clean up just to call it a mess, ends with a blast.

What's with this room? /
ISBN: 0316592862. OCLC Number: 56632027

Little, Brown,. .

A discussion between a boy and his parents about a bedroom, that is so dirty he would "have to clean up just to call it a mess," ends with a blast.

When my brother gets home /
ISBN: 1328498050. OCLC Number: 1099540115

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"In this warm, funny story from beloved creator Tom Lichtenheld, a younger sister impatiently awaits her older brother's return from school. As his bus draws closer, she imagines all the fantastical adventures that await them. From climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in the playground to building a cardboard castle, every adventure, large or small, is more fun . . . when my brother gets home."--Amazon.

Wumbers :
ISBN: 1452110220. OCLC Number: 756586235

Chronicle Books,. .

Shares illustrated clues and alphanumeric combinations that substitute numbers for letters with the same sound.

Yes Day! /
ISBN: 0061152595. OCLC Number: 236082065

HarperCollins,. .

A little boy gets everything he asks for on Yes Day, a special day that only comes once a year.

Zero the hero /
ISBN: 0805093842. OCLC Number: 726620614

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Zero believes that he is a hero, but the counting numbers think he is worthless until they get into trouble with some Roman numerals, and only Zero can help.