Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book


Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Janet Riehecky  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1953 in Waukegan, Illinois


-- Facebook -- http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=eva+ridenour&init=quick&tas=0.8767930956413459#!/profile.php?id=1434112765=janet+riehecky
-- Website -- http://www.janetriehecky.com
-- Janet Riehecky on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=janet+riehecky

E-Mail: -- jr@janetriehecky.com


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.


Awards

Summit Award for Best Children`s Non-fiction

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Selected Titles At Your Library

A ticket to China
ISBN: 1575051400. OCLC Number: 39052304

Carolrhoda Books,. .

Discusses the people, geography, history, religion, language, customs, lifestyle, and culture of the third largest country in the world.

African Americans
ISBN: 1854357808. OCLC Number: 30475723

Marshall Cavendish,. .

After you
ISBN: 0895655381. OCLC Number: 19512098

Child's World ;. .

Describes various situations in which it is appropriate to say, After you.

Allosaurus
ISBN: 0895654210. OCLC Number: 17674708

Created by Child's World ;. .

Introduces the physical characteristics, habits, and natural environment of the huge dinosaur whose name means different lizard.

Anatosaurus
ISBN: 0516062514. OCLC Number: 20167600

Created by Child's World ;. .

Describes the physical characteristics and probable behavior of this plant-eating duck-billed dinosaur.

Ankylosaurus
ISBN: 0895656213. OCLC Number: 22208041

Child's World,. .

Presents both hypothesized and factual information about the dinosaur Ankylosaurus, including its physical appearance and lifestyle.

Apatosaurus
ISBN: 0516062778. OCLC Number: 17674739

Child's World ;. .

Describes the physical characteristics and probable behavior of the huge dinosaur whose name means deceptive lizard.

Baryonyx /
ISBN: 0895656221. OCLC Number: 22181520

Child's World,. .

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

Benjamin Franklin
ISBN: 0739856758. OCLC Number: 50866796

Raintree Steck-Vaughn,. .

Examines the life of American statesman Benjamin Franklin, looking at his activities as a printer, writer, publisher, scientist, inventor, and philosopher, and discussing his role in the founding of the United States.

Brachiosaurus
ISBN: 9781609732400. OCLC Number: 1020793756

. .

Describes the physical characteristics and probable behavior of one of the largest dinosaurs.

Camouflage and mimicry :
ISBN: 9781429665087. OCLC Number: 747819355

Capstone Press,. .

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

Carefulness
ISBN: 0895655640. OCLC Number: 20826836

Child's World ;. .

Defines carefulness by presenting situations in which it is important to be careful.

Carolina Herrera :
ISBN: 0516041789. OCLC Number: 23015665

Childrens Press,. .

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.

Cave bear
ISBN: 9781429601139. OCLC Number: 76820823

Capstone Press,. .

Simple text and illustrations describe cave bears, how they lived, and how they became extinct--Provided by publisher.

China
ISBN: 9781580134880. OCLC Number: 232366045

Lerner,. .

China /
ISBN: 0822585073. OCLC Number: 74988175

. .

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

Cinco de Mayo /
ISBN: 0516406817. OCLC Number: 28292935

Childrens Press,. .

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.

Citizenship /
ISBN: 0736836764. OCLC Number: 55600729

Capstone Press,. .

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

Cobras :
ISBN: 1429623179. OCLC Number: 233635124

Capstone Press,. .

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

COBRAS :
ISBN: 1515762629. OCLC Number: 966567410

CAPSTONE PR INC,. .

Watch out this killer animal strikes without warning. Discover how cobras make the kill and swallow their prey whole.

Coelofisis
ISBN: 156766136X. OCLC Number: 29565202

Child's World,. .

Compsognathus
ISBN: 0895656248. OCLC Number: 22208031

Child's World,. .

Describes both known and hypothesized information about the dinosaur Compsognathus, including physical appearance and lifestyle.

Cooperation
ISBN: 0516065025. OCLC Number: 20759666

Child's World ;. .

Portrays situations illustrating the importance of cooperation.

Cooperation /
ISBN: 0736836780. OCLC Number: 56192471

Capstone Press,. .

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

Daniel Boone /
ISBN: 0739856723. OCLC Number: 48871466

Raintree Steck-Vaughn,. .

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.

Deinonychus
ISBN: 0895656256. OCLC Number: 21950082

Distributed by Childrens Press,. .

Presents knowledge and theory about the physical appearance and behavior of the dinosaur Deinonychus.

Dinosaur relatives
ISBN: 0895656264. OCLC Number: 22207079

Child's World,. .

Describes other reptiles that were alive during the age of dinosaurs, including creatures that lived in the sea and those that flew through the skies.

Diplodocus
ISBN: 0736853529. OCLC Number: 61130799

Pebble Plus,. .

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

Diplodocus /
ISBN: 0736869093. OCLC Number: 71044822

Capstone Press,. .

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

Discovering dinosaurs
ISBN: 0895656205. OCLC Number: 22207937

Child's World,. .

Describes some significant dinosaur discoveries and what scientists can learn from studying dinosaur fossils.

Excuse me
ISBN: 089565539X. OCLC Number: 19512111

Child's World ;. .

Describes various situations in which it is appropriate to say, Excuse me.

Fiesta! :
ISBN: 9780516088150. OCLC Number: 3869045

Children's Press,. .

Describes the commemoration of the victory of the Mexican army over the French army on May 5, 1862, a victory which signaled the end of foreign invasions of North America.

Flight of the monarch
ISBN: 9780022785840. OCLC Number: 276281175

Macmillan/McGraw-Hill,. .

Explains the life cycle of the monarch butterfly.

George Lucas
ISBN: 0431086516. OCLC Number: 48533584

Heinemann Library,. .

George Lucas :
ISBN: 0431086435. OCLC Number: 50056631

Heinemann Library,. .

Giant ground sloths
ISBN: 9781429600361. OCLC Number: 77116967

Pebble Plus,. .

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

Giant rhinoceros /
ISBN: 1429600373. OCLC Number: 77116969

Capstone Press,. .

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

Giganotosaurus
ISBN: 9781429600385. OCLC Number: 77116976

Pebble Plus,. .

Simple text and illustrations present prehistoric giganotosaurus, how it looked, and what it did--Provided by publisher.

Good sportsmanship
ISBN: 0516065033. OCLC Number: 20756714

Child's World :. .

Defines good sportmanship by presenting situations in which it is important to be a good sport.

Great white sharks :
ISBN: 1429623152. OCLC Number: 233635123

Capstone Press,. .

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

Great white sharks :
ISBN: 1515762653. OCLC Number: 1003679904

. .

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

Greece /
ISBN: 0736806288. OCLC Number: 43784816

Bridgestone Books,. .

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

Haunted houses
ISBN: 0895654547. OCLC Number: 18833361

Child's World ;. .

Describes supposedly true incidents in which houses have been haunted, in such categories as Friendly Ghosts, Animal Ghosts, and Vengeful Ghosts.

Hypsilophodon /
ISBN: 0895656280. OCLC Number: 22208213

Child's World,. .

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

I'm sorry
ISBN: 0895653893. OCLC Number: 17982182

Child's World ;. .

Describes various situations in which it is appropriate to say, I'm sorry.

Iguanodon /
ISBN: 0736853537. OCLC Number: 61130800

Capstone Press,. .

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

Iguanodonte
ISBN: 9780736876384. OCLC Number: 71044825

Capstone Press,. .

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

Indonesia /
ISBN: 0736811060. OCLC Number: 47120349

Bridgestone Books,. .

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

Jack and Jill's adventure in Alphabet Town
ISBN: 0516054104. OCLC Number: 23940070

Childrens Press,. .

Jack and Jill meet several j words on their adventure in Alphabet Town. Includes alphabet activities.

KILLER WHALES :
ISBN: 1515762408. OCLC Number: 966560848

CAPSTONE PR INC,. .

Whether on land or in water, killer whales will stop at nothing to find food. Find out how this underwater giant earns the name killer whale.

Komodo dragons :
ISBN: 9781429623186. OCLC Number: 233635122

Capstone Press,. .

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

Kwanzaa /
ISBN: 0516406868. OCLC Number: 28182762

Childrens Press,. .

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.

Little Lady's adventure in Alphabet Town
ISBN: 0516054120. OCLC Number: 23940075

Childrens Press,. .

Before going out to lunch, the little lady searches for several objects that start with the letter L. Includes alphabet activities.

May I?
ISBN: 0895653885. OCLC Number: 17982175

Distributed by Childrens Press :. .

Describes various situations in which it is appropriate to say, May I?

Megalodon /
ISBN: 0736853545. OCLC Number: 61130801

Pebble Plus,. .

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

Megalosaurus
ISBN: 9781429600392. OCLC Number: 77116970

Capstone Press,. .

Simple text and illustrations present megalosaurus, how it looked, and what it did--Provided by publisher.

Minibeasts
ISBN: 0516081195. OCLC Number: 29566538

Childrens Press,. .

Nicaragua /
ISBN: 0736811079. OCLC Number: 47142099

Bridgestone Books,. .

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

Orangutans
ISBN: 9781429685870. OCLC Number: 777642310

Capstone Press,. .

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

Oviraptor
ISBN: 0895656310. OCLC Number: 22210115

Child's World,. .

Describes known and hypothesized information about the dinosaur Oviraptor, including physical appearance and lifestyle.

Pachycephalosaurus
ISBN: 0895656329. OCLC Number: 22180296

Child's World,. .

Presents known and hypothesized information about the dinosaur Pachydephalosaurus, including its discovery, physical appearance, and lifestyle.

Parasaurolophus
ISBN: 0895656337. OCLC Number: 22209895

Child's World,. .

Describes the physical characteristics and probable behavior of this duck-billed dinosaur.

Please
ISBN: 0895653869. OCLC Number: 17982218

Distributed by Childrens Press :. .

Describes various situations in which it is appropriate to say, Please.

Poisons and venom :
ISBN: 9781429696500. OCLC Number: 829174651

Capstone Press,. .

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

Poisons and venom :
ISBN: 1429680083. OCLC Number: 747819356

Capstone Press,. .

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

Polka-dot puppy's visitor :
ISBN: 0895653788. OCLC Number: 17768008

Child's World ;. .

Everything Polka-Dot Puppy wants to do, Cousin Petey wants to do the opposite.

Polka-dot puppy's walk :
ISBN: 0895653796. OCLC Number: 17768006

Child's World ;. .

Relates the things Polka-Dot Puppy sees when he goes for a walk, and how they are all in the process of changing into something else.

Protoceratops
ISBN: 0895656345. OCLC Number: 22208142

Child's World,. .

Presents both known and hypothesized information about the dinosaur Protoceratops, including its physical appearance and lifestyle.

Pteranodon
ISBN: 9781429610506. OCLC Number: 784106700

Capstone Press,. .

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

Pteranodon /
ISBN: 0736853553. OCLC Number: 61130817

Capstone Press,. .

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

Reptiles
ISBN: 9781474734691. OCLC Number: 1065399540

. .

Reptiles /
ISBN: 1515739392. OCLC Number: 962359985

. .

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.

Respect
ISBN: 073685150X. OCLC Number: 56192444

Capstone Press,. .

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

Responsibility
ISBN: 0895654180. OCLC Number: 17324749

Child's World ;. .

Suggests ways to show responsibility, such as remembering to feed kitty, eating one's peas, and wearing boots in the rain.

Robots :
ISBN: 0895655772. OCLC Number: 21230513

Distributed by Childrens Press,. .

Describes the functional and recreational tasks that can be performed by robots, both at home and in the workplace.

Sabertooth cat
ISBN: 9781429601177. OCLC Number: 76828759

Capstone Press,. .

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

Saltasaurus
ISBN: 0895656353. OCLC Number: 22181556

Created by Child's World ;. .

Presents facts and speculations about the physical characteristics and behavior of this armored dinosaur.

Scorpions :
ISBN: 9781429633888. OCLC Number: 299151005

Capstone Press,. .

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

Sharing
ISBN: 0895654164. OCLC Number: 17299033

Child's World :. .

Suggests ways of sharing things with family and friends.

Show me dinosaurs
ISBN: 9781474733465. OCLC Number: 1001364551

. .

Show me dinosaurs :
ISBN: 1620659166. OCLC Number: 808216648

Capstone Press,. .

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

Slime, poop, and other wacky animal defenses /
ISBN: 1429680091. OCLC Number: 747819358

Capstone Press,. .

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

Snow :
ISBN: 0895655608. OCLC Number: 20563086

Child's World ;. .

Discusses the characteristics, benefits, and disadvantages of snow.

St. Patrick's Day
ISBN: 0516006959. OCLC Number: 29702034

Childrens Press,. .

Explains the story of St. Patrick's Day.

Stegosaurus :
ISBN: 0761406042. OCLC Number: 36017161

Benchmark Books,. .

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

Sweden
ISBN: 0736806296. OCLC Number: 43487325

Bridgestone Books, an imprint of Capstone Press,. .

Discusses the land, people, and culture of Sweden.

Sweden.
ISBN: 0736847383. OCLC Number: 947760090

Social Studies Collection,. .

Tasmanian tiger
ISBN: 9781429601184. OCLC Number: 76183635

Capstone Press,. .

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

Teeth, claws, and jaws :
ISBN: 9781429696548. OCLC Number: 829181558

Capstone Press,. .

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

Teeth, claws, and jaws :
ISBN: 1429680121. OCLC Number: 747819357

Capstone Press,. .

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

Television
ISBN: 0761400451. OCLC Number: 33162604

Benchmark Books,. .

An illustrated history of television, from its precursors such as telegraph and radio to its impact on society and projections for its future.

Thank you
ISBN: 0516062492. OCLC Number: 17982204

Child's World ;. .

Describes various situations in which it is appropriate to say, Thank you.

The abolition of slavery 1863 :
ISBN: 0431069433. OCLC Number: 59488847

Heinemann Library,. .

Each title in this series examines a major historical watershed. The books recount the chain of circumstances leading up to the event and the repercussions, both intermediate and long term.

The child's world of carefulness
ISBN: 156766394X. OCLC Number: 35978615

Child's World,. .

Defines carefulness by presenting situations in which it is important to be careful.

The child's world of responsibility
ISBN: 1567663923. OCLC Number: 35924809

Child's World,. .

Suggests ways to show responsibility, such as remembering to feed the cat, putting candy wrapers in the trash can, and going to bed without fussing.

The Cree Tribe /
ISBN: 0736813667. OCLC Number: 49285506

Bridgestone Books,. .

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

The mystery of the missing money
ISBN: 1566747015. OCLC Number: 806324434

Forest House Publishing Co.,. .

The mystery of the UFO
ISBN: 1566740886. OCLC Number: 30035133

Lake Forest Pub. Co.,. .

When UFO sightings are reported at Sunrise Campground, detectives Kyle and Karen and their friend Patrick are determined to investigate.

The Osage /
ISBN: 0736813675. OCLC Number: 49276761

Bridgestone Books,. .

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 Plymouth Colony
ISBN: 0836853407. OCLC Number: 49356117

World Almanac Library,. .

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.

The settling of Jamestown
ISBN: 9780836853414. OCLC Number: 49525799

World Almanac Library,. .

Examines the founding of the English colony at Jamestown, its struggle for survival, and its eventual decline. The story of how Jamestown, Virginia, struggled into existence is a tale of hardship and misadventure. This book details the failures and successes of the Jamestown colony, from the Starving Time to the tobacco boom. It is also a tale of perseverance and opportunity. This English settlement in North America was home to the first legislative assembly, the basis for local government today. The Virginia colony, however, was founded at a terrible cost -- both to the Native people who suffered loss of lands, ways of life, and life itself, and to the colonists who were ill prepared for the rigors of their venture.

The settling of St. Augustine
ISBN: 0836853768. OCLC Number: 50960936

World Almanac Library,. .

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 settling of St. Augustine /
ISBN: 0836833953. OCLC Number: 50716429

Gareth Stevens Pub.,. .

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

The siege of the Alamo
ISBN: 0836853423. OCLC Number: 49284237

World Almanac Library,. .

Describes the causes, events, and aftermath of the battle between the Texans and the Mexicans at the Alamo on March 6, 1836. To many Americans, the Alamo has become a symbol of a certain spirit, that of courage in the face of insurmountable odds. This book shows that courage was indeed present when Texan rebels faced the Mexican army. As the background to the conflict is detailed, however, questions arise. Was this a stand against oppression or an attempt to seize Mexican lands for the rapidly growing United States? Was it a fight for freedom or for the right to own slaves? The complexities of the situation are clearly presented here, together with lively portrayals of the central characters and of life in Texas at the moment of its independence.

The siege of the Alamo
ISBN: 0836832264. OCLC Number: 49531292

Gareth Stevens Pub.,. .

Describes the causes, events, and aftermath of the battle between the Texans and the Mexicans at the Alamo on March 6, 1836.

The Wampanoag :
ISBN: 0736815686. OCLC Number: 50285364

Bridgestone Books,. .

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.

Tolerance
ISBN: 0736861394. OCLC Number: 56967132

Capstone Press,. .

Introduces tolerance through examples of everyday situations where this character trait can be used--Provided by publisher.

Triceratops
ISBN: 9781491408117. OCLC Number: 869066513

. .

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

Triceratops :
ISBN: 0761406026. OCLC Number: 36017162

Benchmark Books,. .

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

Troodon /
ISBN: 0895656361. OCLC Number: 22110955

Child's World,. .

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

Tyrannosaurus :
ISBN: 0761406018. OCLC Number: 35927063

Benchmark Books,. .

Describes a day in the life of a huge, meat-eating tyrannosaurus, its behavior, environment, and its physical charactistics.

UFOs
ISBN: 0895654539. OCLC Number: 18414198

Distributed by Childrens Press,. .

Traces the history of UFO sightings and describes the general characteristics and official explanations of encounters with unidentified flying objects.

Ulysses S. Grant :
ISBN: 0516228684. OCLC Number: 52706543

Children's Press,. .

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

Velociraptor /
ISBN: 1491408197. OCLC Number: 871536443

. .

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

Velociraptor :
ISBN: 0761406034. OCLC Number: 35927429

Benchmark Books,. .

Describes the lives of the small, but ferocious dinosaurs that became widely known after being featured in the movie, Jurassic Park.

Walrus's adventure in Alphabet Town
ISBN: 0516054236. OCLC Number: 25367997

Childrens Press,. .

One Wednesday when Walrus is bored, he decides to have a water party and invites his friends Whale, Woodchuck, and Woodpecker.

What plants give us :
ISBN: 0895655705. OCLC Number: 21117709

Distributed by Childrens Press,. .

Describes, in simple text and illustrations, the importance of plants and their many uses.

William McKinley :
ISBN: 0516229664. OCLC Number: 54373297

Children's Press,. .

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