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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Janet Riehecky  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Audience: Young Adult; Children; Children;

Born: 1953 in Waukegan, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

Riehecky resides in Elgin, Illinois. She graduated from: Illinois Wesleyan Univeristy, in Bloomington, Illinois; Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois and Northwestern Illinois University in Evanston, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Janet Riehecky is a full-time freelance writer for children, having published more than ninety books of both fiction and non-fiction. Her works range from preschool picture books to junior high social history and biography. Riehecky has a BA in English education from Illinois Wesleyan Univeristy, an MA in Communication from Illinois State University and an MA in English Literature from Northwestern Illinois University. She has also been a teacher and an editor.


Published Works

    Alphabet and Early Readers:
  • Polka-dot Puppy's Visitor: A Book About Opposites, Child's World, 1988
  • Polka-dot Puppy's Walk: A Book About Sequences, Child's World, 1988
  • Jack and Jill's Adventure in Alphabet Town, Children's Press, 1992
  • Little Lady's Adventure in Alphabet Town, Children's Press, 1992
  • Walrus's Adventure in Alphabet Town, Children's Press, 1992Biographies:
  • Carolina Herrera: International Fashion Designer, Children's Press, 1991
  • George Lucas, Heinemeann Library, 2001
  • Daniel Boone, Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 2003
  • Benjamin Franklin, Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 2003
  • Ulysses S. Grant: America's 18th President, Children's Press, 2004
  • William McKincley: Amercia's 25th President, Children's Press, 2004Countries, Places and Nations:
  • Irish Americans, Marshall Cavendish, 1995
  • China, Carolrhoda Books, 1999
  • A Ticket to China, Carolrhoda Books, 1999
  • Greece, Bridgestone Books, 2001
  • Sweden, Bridgestone Books, 2001
  • The Abolition of Slavery 1863: The Emancipation Proclamation, Heinemann Library, 2002
  • The Emancipation Proclamation: The Abolition of Slavery 1863, Heinemann Library, 2002
  • Indonesia, Bridgestone Books, 2002
  • Nicaragua, Bridgestone Books, 2002
  • The Plymouth Colony, Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2002
  • The Plymouth Colony, World Almanac Library, 2002
  • The Settling of Jamestown, Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2002
  • The Settling of Jamestown, World Almanac Library, 2002
  • The Siege of the Alamo, Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2002
  • The Siege of the Alamo, World Almanac Library, 2002
  • The Cree Tribe, Bridgestone Books, 2003
  • The Osage, Bridgestone Books, 2003
  • The Settling of St. Augustine, World Almanac, 2003
  • The Settling of St. Augustine, Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2003
  • The Wampanoag, The People of the First Light, Bridgestone Books, 2003
  • The Battle of the Alamo, World Alamanc Library, 2006
  • China, Lerner Publications Company, 2008Dinosaurs:
  • Allosaurus, Child's World, 1988
  • Apatosaurus, Child's World, 1988
  • Iguanodon, Child's World, 1988
  • Stegosaurus, Child's World, 1988
  • Triceratops, Childs World, 1988
  • Tyrannosaurus, Childs World, 1988
  • Anatosaurus, Child's World, 1989
  • Brachiosaurus, Child's World, 1989
  • Maiosaura, Child's World, 1989
  • Ankylosaurus, Child's World, 1991
  • Baryonyx, Child's World, 1991
  • Coelophysis, Child's World, 1991
  • Compsognathus, Child's World, 1991
  • Deinonychus, Child's World, 1991
  • Dinosaur Relatives, Child's World, 1991
  • Diplodocus, Child's World, 1991
  • Hypsilophodon, Child's World, 1991
  • Oviraptor, Child's World, 1991
  • Troodon, Child's World, 1991
  • Oviraptor, Child's World, 1991
  • Pachycephalosaurus, Child's World, 1991
  • Parasaurolophus, Child's World, 1991
  • Protoceratops, Child's World, 1991
  • Saltasaurus, Child's World, 1991
  • Discovering Dinosaurs, Child's World, 1992
  • Stegosaurus, The Plated Dinosaur, Benchmark Books, 1998
  • Triceratops: The Horned Dinosaur, Benchmark Books, 1998
  • Tyrannosaurus: The Tyrant Lizard, Benchmark Books, 1998
  • Velociraptor: The Swift Hunter, Benchmark Books, 1998
  • Diplodocus, Capstone Press, 2006
  • Iguanodon, Capstone Press, 2006
  • Giganotosaurus, Capstone Press, 2009
  • Megalosaurus, Capstone Press, 2009
  • Show Me Dinosaurs, Capstone Press, 2013
  • Velociraptor, Capstone Press, 2014Holiday Books:
  • Cinco De Mayo, Children's Press, 1993
  • Kwanzaa, Children's Press, 1993
  • Japanese Boys' Festival, Children's Press, 1994
  • St. Patrick's Day, Children's Press, 1994Killer Animals:
  • Cobras: On the Hunt, Capstone Press, 2009
  • Great White Sharks: On the Hunt, Capstone Press, 2009 - reprinted 2016
  • Komodo Dragons: On the Hunt, Capstone Press, 2009
  • Killer Whales, Capstone Press, 2010
  • Scorpions: On the Hunt, Capstone Press, 2010Mystery and the Unknown:
  • Haunted Houses, Child's World, 1989
  • UFO's, Child's World, 1989
  • The Mystery of the UFO, Forest House Publishing, 1996
  • The Mystery of the Missing Money, Forest House Publishing, 1996Prehistoric Animals and Extinct Monsters:
  • Megalodon, Capstone Press, 2006
  • Pteranodon, Capstone Press, 2006
  • Cave Bear, Capstone Press, 2008
  • Sabertooth Cat, Capstone Press, 2008
  • Tasmanian Tiger, Capstone Press, 2008
  • Giant Ground Sloth, Capstone Press, 2009
  • Giant Rhinoceros, Capstone Press, 2009Science, the Environment and Nature
  • Robots: Here They Come!, Child's World, 1990
  • Saving the Forests: A Rabbit's Story, Child's World, 1990
  • Snow: When Will it Fall?, child's World, 1990
  • What Plants Give Us: The Gift of Life, Child's World, 1990
  • Television, Benchmark Books, 1996
  • Flight of the Monarch, Macmillan/McGraw Hill, 1997
  • Camouflage and Mimicry, Capstone Press, 2012
  • Poisons and Venom, Capstone Press, 2012
  • Slime, Poop, and Other Wacky Animal Defenses, Capstone Press, 2012
  • Teeth, Claws, and Jaws, Capstone Press, 2012
  • Orangutans, Capstone Press, 2013
  • Reptiles, Capstone Press, 2017Values, Character and Manners:
  • Responsibility, Child's World, 1988
  • Sharing, Child's World, 1988
  • Thank You, Child's World, 1989
  • After You, Child's World, 1989
  • I'm Sorry, Child's World, 1989
  • May I, Child's World, 1989
  • Please, Child's World, 1989
  • Excuse Me, Child's World, 1989
  • Carefulness, Child's World, 1990
  • Cooperation, Child's World, 1990
  • Good Sportsmanship, Child's World, 1990
  • The Child's World of Carefulness, Child's World, 1998
  • The Child's World of Responsibility, Child's World, 1998
  • Citizenship, Capstone Press, 2005
  • Cooperation, Capstone Press, 2005
  • Respect, Capstone Press, 2005


Selected Titles At Your Library

Baryonyx /
ISBN: 0895656221. OCLC Number:

Child's World,. Mankato, MN :. ©1991.

Presents facts and speculations about the physical characteristics and behavior of this fish-eating dinosaur.

Diplodocus /
ISBN: 0736869093. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. Mankato, Minn. :. ©2006.

Describes the life, physical characteristics and behavior of the Diplodocus.

Hypsilophodon /
ISBN: 0895656280. OCLC Number:

Child's World,. Mankato, MN :. ©1991.

Describes the physical characteristics, habits, and natural environment of the small dinosaur whose build suggests that it was a swift runner.

Troodon /
ISBN: 0895656361. OCLC Number:

Child's World,. Mankato, MN :. ©1991.

Presents facts and speculations about the physical characteristics and behavior of this small, swift, carnivorous dinosaur.

Cinco de Mayo /
ISBN: 0516406817. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. Chicago :. ©1993.

Although Maria is not too successful at helping her family prepare for Cinco de Mayo, she wins an art contest at the library and gets to break the pinata back home. Includes instructions for making tacos and three crafts.

St. Patrick's Day /
ISBN: 0516406965. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. Chicago :. ©1994.

Explains the story of St. Patrick's Day.

Stegosaurus :
ISBN: 0761406042. OCLC Number:

Benchmark Books,. New York :. ©1998.

Describes a day in the life of the plant-eating stegosaurus, noting its behavior, environment, and physical appearance.

Greece /
ISBN: 0736806288. OCLC Number:

Bridgestone Books,. Mankato, Minn. :. ©2001.

Discusses the land, history, people, food, clothes, sports, and culture of Greece.

Indonesia /
ISBN: 0736811060. OCLC Number:

Bridgestone Books,. Mankato, Minn. :. ©2002.

Introduces the geography, animals, food, and culture of Indonesia.

Nicaragua /
ISBN: 0736811079. OCLC Number:

Bridgestone Books,. Mankato, Minn. :. ©2002.

Introduces the geography, animals, food, and culture of Nicaragua.

Sweden.
ISBN: 0736847383. OCLC Number:

Social Studies Collection,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 2000.

The settling of St. Augustine /
ISBN: 0836833953. OCLC Number:

Gareth Stevens Pub.,. Milwaukee, WI :. 2003.

Before the Europeans -- The Spanish come to Florida -- Founding the settlement -- Life in St. Augustine -- The Missions.

The Osage /
ISBN: 0736813675. OCLC Number:

Bridgestone Books,. Mankato, Minn. :. ©2003.

An overview of the past and present lives of the Osage Indians, including a description of their family life, government, the I'n-Lon-Schka ceremonial dances, and the impact of the discovery of oil on the Osage reservation.

The Wampanoag :
ISBN: 0736815686. OCLC Number:

Bridgestone Books,. Mankato, Minn. :. ©2003.

An introduction to the history, social structure, customs, beliefs, ceremonies, and day-to-day life of the Wampanoag Indians who had been living in the southern New England area for thousands of years before the arrival of English settlers in 1620.

Slime, poop, and other wacky animal defenses /
ISBN: 1429680091. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. Mankato, Minn. :. 2012.

"Describes how animals use slime, poop, and other wacky traits as weapons and defenses"--Provided by publisher.

Camouflage and mimicry :
ISBN: 1429680075. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. Mankato, Minn. :. 2012.

"Describes how animals use camouflage and mimicry as weapons and defenses"--Provided by publisher.

Velociraptor /
ISBN: 1491408197. OCLC Number:

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"Introduces young readers to Velociraptor, including physical characteristics, diet, habitat, and life cycle"--

Teeth, claws, and jaws :
ISBN: 1429680121. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. North Mankato, Minn. :. ©2012.

"Describes how animals use teeth, jaws, and claws as weapons and defenses"--Provided by publisher.

The settling of St. Augustine /
ISBN: 0836854047. OCLC Number:

World Almanac Library,. Milwaukee, WI :. 2003.

Traces the history of St. Augustine, Florida, from its founding and development as a Spanish colony and military outpost in 1565 through the early eighteenth century, and discusses the impact of European colonialization on the native Timucuan Indians.

The Plymouth Colony /
ISBN: 0836853547. OCLC Number:

World Almanac Library,. Milwaukee, WI :. 2002.

Describes the establishment of the English colony at Plymouth, Massachusetts, from its planning phase to the 1620 translantic journey of settlers, as well as the experiences of those settlers in the new land.

Citizenship /
ISBN: 0736836764. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. Mankato, Minn. :. ©2005.

Introduces citizenship through examples of everyday situations where this character trait can be used.

Megalodon /
ISBN: 0736853545. OCLC Number:

Pebble Plus,. Mankato, Minn. :. ©2006.

"Simple text and illustrations present the life of megalodon, how it looked, and its behavior"--Provided by publisher.

Tasmanian tiger /
ISBN: 1429601183. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. Mankato, Minn. :. ©2008.

Simple text and illustrations describe Tasmanian tigers, how they lived, and how they became extinct.

Cooperation /
ISBN: 0736836780. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. Mankato, Minn. :. ©2005.

Introduces cooperation through examples of everyday situations where this character trait can be used.

Carolina Herrera :
ISBN: 0516041789. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. Chicago :. ©1991.

Follows the life of the prominent dress designer, from her childhood in Venezuela through her growing interest in fashion to her current success in design.

Giant ground sloths /
ISBN: 1429600365. OCLC Number:

Pebble Plus,. Mankato, Minn. :. ©2007.

"Simple text and illustrations present prehistoric giant ground sloths, how they looked, and what they did"--Provided by publisher.

Ulysses S. Grant :
ISBN: 0516228684. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. 2004.

A biography of the eighteenth president of the United States, with information on his childhood, family, political career, presidency, and legacy.

Poisons and venom :
ISBN: 1429680083. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. Mankato, Minn. :. 2012.

"Describes how animals use poison and venoms as weapons and defenses"--Provided by publisher.

Orangutans /
ISBN: 1429685875. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. North Mankato, Minn. :. ©2013.

Describes the life cycle and characteristics of orangutans, including physical and environmental threats to the species.

Sabertooth cat /
ISBN: 1429601175. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. Mankato, Minn. :. ©2008.

"Simple text and illustrations describe sabertooth cats, how they lived, and how they became extinct"--Provided by publisher.

The Cree Tribe /
ISBN: 0736813667. OCLC Number:

Bridgestone Books,. Mankato, Minn. :. ©2003.

An overview of the past and present lives of the Cree, including a description of their homes, clothing, family life, religion, and government.

Komodo dragons :
ISBN: 1429623187. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. Mankato, Minn. :. ©2009.

"Describes Komodo dragons, their physical features, how they hunt and kill, and their role in the ecosystem"--Provided by publisher.

Show me dinosaurs :
ISBN: 1620659166. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. North Mankato, Minn. :. ©2013.

"Defines through text and photos core terms related to dinosaurs"--Provided by publisher.

William McKinley :
ISBN: 0516229664. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. ©2004.

An account of the life and career of William McKinley, the twenty-fifth president of the United States.

China /
ISBN: 0822585073. OCLC Number:

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Presents information on the geography, climate, people, native animals, regional vocabulary, festivals and customs of China.

Daniel Boone /
ISBN: 0739856723. OCLC Number:

Raintree Steck-Vaughn,. Austin, TX :. 2003.

A brief biography of Daniel Boone, from his early years in Pennsylvania and Virginia through his exploration of land in Tennessee and Kentucky and later life in Missouri.

George Lucas :
ISBN: 0431086435. OCLC Number:

Heinemann Library,. Oxford :. ©2001.

Great white sharks :
ISBN: 1429623152. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. Mankato, Minn. :. ©2009.

Introduces great white sharks and describes their physical characteristics, their hunting techniques, and why they are important.

Kwanzaa /
ISBN: 0516406868. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. Chicago :. ©1993.

Introduces Kwanzaa, the holiday in which African Americans celebrate their cultural heritage. The rituals connected with Kwanzaa -- like the candles, fruit, and special mat -- are explained with full-color illustrations.

Cobras :
ISBN: 1429623179. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. Mankato, Minn. :. ©2009.

"Describes cobras, their physical features, how they hunt and kill, and their role in the ecosystem"--Provided by publisher.

Respect /
ISBN: 0736836829. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. Mankato, Minn. :. ©2005.

Introduces respect through examples of everyday situations where this chartacter trait can be used.

Iguanodon /
ISBN: 0736853537. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. Mankato, Minn. :. ©2006.

"Simple text and illustrations present the life of iguanodon, what it looked like, and how it behaved"--Provided by publisher.

Pteranodon /
ISBN: 0736853553. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. Mankato, Minn. :. 2006.

"Simple text and illustrations present the life of pteranodon, how it looked, and its behavior"--Provided by publisher.

Giant rhinoceros /
ISBN: 1429600373. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. Mankato, Minn. :. ©2009.

"Simple text and illustrations present prehistoric giant rhinoceros, how they looked, and what they did"--Provided by publisher.

Reptiles /
ISBN: 1515739392. OCLC Number:

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Presenting turtles, lizards, snakes, alligators, and crocodiles! Reptiles is a photo-filled animal-science reference book for young readers and browsers. Not only will kids discover basic topics such as habitat, anatomy, and diet, but they'll also be treated to close-up looks at Komodo dragons and the SuperCroc -- all written in a clear, concise way.


Awards

Summit Award for Best Children`s Non-fiction

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)