Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Aaron Reynolds  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;


-- Facebook --
-- Twitter --
-- Website --

Illinois Connection

Reynolds is from O'Fallon and currently resides in Fox River Grove. He graduated from Illinois Wesleyan in Bloomington.

Biographical and Professional Information

Aaron Reynolds is a New York Times Bestselling Author. He is the author of a graphic novel series and other great books for kids.


Fart Quest

Starred Review, Booklist

Illinois Reads Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2022

The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

Rescuing Mrs. Birdley

Starred Review, School Library Journal


Starred Review, Booklist

Starred Review, Kirkus

Creepy Pair of Underwear!

Illinois Reads Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2018

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

Starred Review, Booklist

Starred Review, Kirkus

Nerdy Birdy

Best Books of September, Amazon, 2015

Indy's First Pick, 2015

Starred Review, Kirkus

Here Comes Destructo-Saurus!

Best Books for Children, Amazon, 2014

100 Magnificent Books of the Year, Fuse #8, 2014

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly


Illinois Reads Book Selections, Illinois Reading Council, 2015

Chickadee Award, Maine Kids Choice Award

Buckeye Award, Ohio Kids Choice Award

Best Book of the Year, ABA, 2013

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

Creepy Carrots

Caldecott Honor Award Winner

New York Times Bestseller

Crystal Kite Award, SCBWI

Notable Book, American Library Association

Goldfinch Award, Iowa Kids Choice Award

Grand Canyon Award, Arizona Kids Choice Award

International School Kids Choice Award, Switzerland

Kids Choice Award, Pennsylvania

Black-Eyed Susan Award, Maryland Kids Choice Award

Buckaroo Award, Wyoming Kids Choice Award

Buckeye Award, Ohio Kids Choice Award

Gold Award Winner, National Parenting Publications, 2012

Junior Library Guild Selection, 2012

Top Ten Books, School Library Journal, 2012

10 Books to Note for the Summer, 100 Scope Notes, 2012

Top Ten Notable Books, BEA, 2012

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

Starred Review, Kirkus

Chicks and Salsa

Illinois Reads Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2013

Master List, Monarch Award, 2010

Top 5 Children's Books of the Year, Houston Chronicle, 2005

Cuffie Award - Best Title, 2005

Nominee, Children's Book Award, North Carolina, 2006

Nominee, Young Reader's Award, Nevada, 2006

Blue Ribbon Book, Children's Playmate, 2006

BookSense Pick, 2005

Joey Fly Private Eye: Creepy Crawly Crime

Nominee, Edgar Allen Poe Mystery Award

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, 2010

Joey Fly Private Eye: Big Hairy Drama

Jr. Library Guild Selection, 2011

Back of the Bus

Notable Book Children's Book, American Library Association, 2011

Nominee, Maine Chickadee Book Award, 2012

Nominee, South Carolina Book Award, 2012

Nominee, Arkansas Diamond Award, 2012

Nominee, Alabama Camelia Award, 2012

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

Superhero School

Three Silly Chicks Pick, 2009

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Selected Titles At Your Library

Back of the bus /
ISBN: 0147510589. OCLC Number: 869903910

. .

From the back of the bus, an African-American child watches the arrest of Rosa Parks.

Breaking out of the bungle bird /
ISBN: 0310709563. OCLC Number: 56371544

Zonderkidz,. .

Two insects try to escape from the stomach of a bungle bird in this rhyming story based on a Bible verse from the book of Proverbs about the wisdom of taking advice.

Buffalo wings
ISBN: 9781599903255. OCLC Number: 229028874

Bloomsbury Children's Books,. .

While searching for the perfect Super Bowl snack, Rooster comes across a recipe for buffalo wings and, before reading it completely, goes in search of what he believes is the missing ingredient.

Carnivores /
ISBN: 0811866904. OCLC Number: 249133402

. .

A lion, a great white shark, and a timber wolf, all meat-eaters who have been hurt by the cruelty of plant-eaters, form a support group which has limited success until their newest member, a great horned owl, shares some advice.

Caveboy Dave: More Scrawny Than Brawny
ISBN: 0147516587. OCLC Number: 951017747

. .

"A young caveman named Dave must complete a dangerous rite of passage with his peers"--

Caveboy Dave: Not so Faboo
ISBN: 0451475488. OCLC Number: 1011544321

. .

"Twelve-year-old Dave Unga-Bunga is elected leader of the village after Shaman Faboo goes missing, and if Dave can't find Shaman Faboo and bring him back, he'll be doomed to take over as leader forever!"--

Chicks and salsa /
ISBN: 1599900998. OCLC Number: 57652184

Bloomsbury Children's Books,. .

Soon after the chickens tire of their feed and decide to make tortilla chips and salsa, all the other animals on Nuthatcher Farm start to crave southwestern cuisine.

Creepy carrots! /
ISBN: 1442402970. OCLC Number: 668054877

. .

The carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field are the fattest and crispiest around and Jasper Rabbit cannot resist pulling some to eat each time he passes by, until he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever he goes.

Creepy pair of underwear!
ISBN: 9781442402980. OCLC Number: 948960531

. .

A young rabbit is frightened by his underwear--

Dude! /
ISBN: 1626726035. OCLC Number: 974439732

. .

A platypus and a beaver who love surfing encounter a shark -- with unexpected results. Using just the one word "dude" this almost wordless picture book shows how much gnarly fun the dudes have surfing together.

Fart quest /
ISBN: 1250206367. OCLC Number: 1104299209

. .

After their masters are vaporized in a goblin battle gone badly, Fart, Pan, and Moxie, three lowly apprentices, decide to impersonate their mentors and pick up the mantle as heroes of the realm. But they need more than a fancy robe, magic staff, and book of magical beasts to be real heroes. They need a quest! So when The Great and Powerful Kevin puts out a call for help, seeking the coveted Golden Llama and its magical golden fart, young Fart and his friends jump at the chance and embark on a journey they were destined for.

Fart Quest: The Barf of the Bedazzler
ISBN: 1250206383. OCLC Number: 1144484918

. .

"After crushing their very first quest, young adventurers Pan, Moxie, and Fart are hungry for their next challenge. Luckily, the Great and Powerful Kevin has cooked up something for the trio: Locate a bedazzler--a rare and monstrous creature of truly horrific power--and bring back . . . its barf"--

Fart Quest: The Dragon's Dookie
ISBN: 1250206448. OCLC Number: 1202438776

. .

Fart Quest: The Troll's Toe Cheese
ISBN: 1250206464. OCLC Number: 1237252187

. .

Here comes Destructosaurus! /
ISBN: 145212454X. OCLC Number: 843010342

. .

Destructosaurus lays waste to a city, but he really is just looking for his teddy bear.

Joey Fly, private eye in Big hairy drama
ISBN: 9780805091106. OCLC Number: 430678915

Henry Holt,. .

When Greta Divawing, butterfly star of the Scarab Beetle Theatre, goes missing a week before the opening performance of Bugliacci, Joey Fly is called in to investigate her puzzling disappearance.

Joey Fly, private eye in Creepy crawly crime /
ISBN: 0805087869. OCLC Number: 173659567

Henry Holt,. .

Have you ever had one of those moments? You know--you're trying to find a stolen diamond pencil box for your beautiful butterfly customer, your mosquito witness won't give you any information, and your clumsy scorpion assistant has just tampered with your only bit of evidence?Joey Fly has those moments a lot.

Metal man /
ISBN: 1580891519. OCLC Number: 419805323

Charlesbridge ;. .

One hot summer day, a man who makes sculpture out of junk helps a boy create what he sees in his minds eye.

Nerdy Birdy /
ISBN: 1626721270. OCLC Number: 898125069

. .

"A picture book about a nerdy birdy who just wants to hang out with the cool birds"--

Nerdy Birdy tweets
ISBN: 9781250180889. OCLC Number: 998740162

. .

Spending all of his time on social media making online friends, Nerdy Birdy neglects his live friend, Vulture.

Pirates vs. cowboys /
ISBN: 0375858741. OCLC Number: 782251825

Alfred A. Knopf,. .

A scurvy pirate crew, led by Burnt Beard, finds trouble when they try to hide their treasure in Old Cheyenne and have some miscommunication with Black Bob McKraw and his posse.

President Squid
ISBN: 9781452136479. OCLC Number: 881560452

. .

A giant squid decides that he has the right stuff to be President Squid.

Rescuing Mrs. Birdley /
ISBN: 153442704X. OCLC Number: 1078953588

. .

Self-proclaimed animal expert Miranda Montgomery sees her teacher at the grocery store and decides to return her to her natural habitat, the classroom.

Sea Monkey & Bob
ISBN: 9781481406765. OCLC Number: 951070960

. .

A sea monkey who is afraid of sinking and a pufferfish afraid of floating to the surface conquer their fears by sticking together.

Snowbots /
ISBN: 0375858733. OCLC Number: 403851458

Alfred A. Knopf,. .

Rhyming tale of a fun day young robots spend playing in new-fallen snow.

Superhero School
ISBN: 9781599901664. OCLC Number: 243544397

Bloomsbury,. .

When Leonard starts attending Superhero School he is disappointed to find that all they learn is math, but when the ice zombies strike, Leonard and his classmates put their newly-acquired knowledge to good use.

Tale of the poisonous yuck bugs /
ISBN: 0310709555. OCLC Number: 55597136

Zonderkidz,. .

The fabulous reinvention of Sunday school :
ISBN: 9780310274339. OCLC Number: 77573825

Zondervan,. .

The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter
ISBN: 1368051839. OCLC Number: 1100445386

. .

Cursed by an old carnival game, sixth-grader Rex Dexter uses his new ability to communicate with dead animals to investigate the mysterious deaths of endangered zoo animals.

The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter: Everybunny Loves Magic 3
ISBN: 0316105376. OCLC Number: 1257293733

. .

The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter: Narwhal I'm Around 2
ISBN: 0759555230. OCLC Number: 1195440671

. .

"Sixth grader Rex Dexter uses his ability to communicate with dead animals to investigate a narwhal's mysterious death"--

The nineteenth of maquerk /
ISBN: 0310709547. OCLC Number: 55597135

Zonderkidz,. .

Discovering the rewards of diligence can certainly be fun, but see how one lazy caterpiller learns what happens when you don't finish what you start.--Publisher description.

Tiger Moth and the dragon kite contest /
ISBN: 1598892290. OCLC Number: 64585848

Stone Arch Books,. .

Fourth-grade ninjas Tiger Moth and Kung Pow have fun with their classmates celebrating the Chinese New Year. tiger's rivals, the Fruit Fly Boys, enter the kite-flying contest and the result is a sky-high disaster.

Tiger Moth, insect ninja /
ISBN: 1598892282. OCLC Number: 64585847

Stone Arch Books,. .

In graphic novel format, Young Tiger Moth is a ninja-in-training, a martial arts warrior who fights evil in the streets and classrooms of the bug world. With the help of his best friend, pillbug Kung Pow, he works for truth and justice, while still hoping to finish the fourth grade.

Tiger Moth.
ISBN: 9781434230324. OCLC Number: 702339606

Stone Arch Books,. .

Every bug in school asks Tiger Moth for his superhero help. And like a moth to a flame, this Insect Ninja can't resist aiding insects in need. He fends off foul stinkbugs, takes on the rotten Fruit Fly Boys, and battles the evil mastermind Weevil--all while trying to survive the perils of fourth grade.--Page 4 of cover.

Tiger Moth: Kung Pow Chicken
ISBN: 1434205053. OCLC Number: 163603853

. .

Weevil's evil goons have captured Tiger Moth! The fate of this fourth-grade ninja rests in the hands of Kung Pow and his kid sister, Amber. Have Tiger's lessons prepared his young apprentice for this life or death bug battle? Or will Kung Pow fail the ultimate ninja test?

Tiger Moth: The Dung Beetle Bandits
ISBN: 9781598893175. OCLC Number: 71581483

Stone Arch Books,. .

Tiger Moth and his sidekick, Kung Pow, visit a dung beetle ranch owned by Tiger's Uncle Aphid, but when they arrive, the beetles are missing. It looks like the work of Stinky McCree. Tiger is convinced, however, that somewhere out among the desert cacti, a darker evil lurks.

Tiger Moth: The Fortune Cookies of Weevil
ISBN: 1598894137. OCLC Number: 71581487

Stone Arch Books,. .

Who is sending all those fortune cookies around the city? What sinister message is tucked inside? Why are the Scorpions working with the Yellow Jacket Hive? Fourth-grade ninjas, Tiger Moth and Kung Pow, smell something crummy in the air, and it's not the jumbo hot chocolate from Starbugs.

Tiger Moth: The Pest Show on Earth
ISBN: 1434205045. OCLC Number: 163603859

Stone Arch Books,. .

When the carnival comes to town, Tiger Moth and his sidekick, Kung Pow, let their ninja guard down. But not for long! This funfest is an evil trick by Weevil, the world's evilest insect. Now, the fourth-grade ninja duo must stop the show before the main attraction-- the deadly Wing Kong!