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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Christopher Raschka  

Pen Name: Chris Raschka

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: 1959 in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

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-- Christopher Raschka on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Raschka grew up in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Chris Raschka is an author, illustrator, and violist. He also illustrates other authors' books. Chris spent part of his childhood in Austria, his mother's homeland. A graduate of St. Olaf College, he currently resides in New York City.


Yo! Yes?

-- Caldecott Medal, 1994
-- 100 Books that Shaped the Century list, School Library Journal

Hello, Goodbye Window

-- Caldecott Medal, 2006

A Ball for Daisy

-- Caldecott Medal, 2012

A Poke in the I

-- Best Illustrated Books, New York Times

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A ball for Daisy
ISBN: 9780553537239. OCLC Number: 921187728

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A wordless picture book shows the fun a dog has with her ball, and what happens when it is lost.

A ball for Daisy /
ISBN: 037585861X. OCLC Number: 649926186

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A wordless picture book showing the fun a dog has with her ball, and what happens when it is lost. This story is about what it is like to lose something special, and find a friend.

A kick in the head :
ISBN: 9780763641320. OCLC Number: 55495168

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In this splendid and playful volume, acclaimed poetry anthologist Paul B. Janeczko and Caldecott Honor illustrator Chris Raschka present lively examples of twenty-nine poetic forms, demonstrating not only the (sometimes bendable) rules of poetry, but also the spirit that brings these forms so wonderfully to life. Featuring formal poems, some familiar and some never before published, from the likes of Eleanor Farjeon (aubade), X.J. Kennedy (elegy), Ogden Nash (couplet), Liz Rosenberg (pantoum), and William Shakespeare, the sonnet king himself, A Kick in the Head perfectly illustrates Robert Frost's maxim that poetry without rules is like a tennis match without a net. --

A poke in the I :
ISBN: 9780763623760. OCLC Number: 44578839

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A collection of thirty concrete poems with torn paper and mixed media illustrations.

Arlene sardine
ISBN: 9781453296233. OCLC Number: 832425161

Open Road,. .

Follows the short life of Arlene, from brisling to canned sardine.

Be boy buzz
ISBN: 9781484788400. OCLC Number: 966434497

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Celebrates being Bold, All Bliss Boy, All Bad Boy Beast, Boy running, Boy Jumping, Boy Sitting Down, and being in Love With Being a Boy.

Can't sleep
ISBN: 9781453296578. OCLC Number: 832432162

Open Road,. .

The moon comforts bedtime fears.

Charlie Parker played be bop
ISBN: 043957823X. OCLC Number: 54673022

Orchard Books,. .

Introduces the famous saxophonist and his style of jazz known as bebop. You don't have to know jazz, play the saxophone, or even have a cat to get into this most original picture book. The words were inspired by Night in Tunisia--The so-called bebop anthem that Charlie Parker (1920-1955) helped make famous--and reflect that wordless piece's rhythm and nuance.

Charlie Parker played be bop /
ISBN: 0531070956. OCLC Number: 24906048

Orchard Books,. .

Introduces the famous saxophonist and his style of jazz known as bebop.

Doggy Dog
ISBN: 9781419712036. OCLC Number: 856647716

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Simple words and illustrations detail some of the things that Doggy Dog is not, including a cat, a lampshade, and a potato.

Elizabeth imagined an iceberg
ISBN: 053106817X. OCLC Number: 28549532

Orchard Books,. .

By visualizing an iceberg and remembering how strong it can be, Elizabeth finds the inner strength to say, Get away from me! to a strange woman who is bothering her.

Everyone can learn to ride a bicycle
ISBN: 9780375870071. OCLC Number: 784123774

Schwartz & Wade Books,. .

A father teaches his daughter all about bicycle riding, from selecting the right bike to trying again after a fall.

Fishing in the Air
ISBN: 1591125219. OCLC Number: 224131565

HarperTrophy. .

Fishing in the air
ISBN: 0060281111. OCLC Number: 41580565

Joanna Cotler Books,. .

A young boy and his father go on a fishing trip and discover the power of imagination.

Five for a little one
ISBN: 0689845995. OCLC Number: 59098940

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A young rabbit explores the world using his five senses. If you are a bunny, try a taste, take a gander, snuffle a sniff, relish a sound, and share a hug. Everything around is waiting. If you are a boy, or a girl, or a dog, or a kitty do like our friend Bunny. And enjoy.

Give and take
ISBN: 9781442416550. OCLC Number: 825196531

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In his apple orchard, a farmer meets a little man named Take and follows his advice, which does not turn out well, and the next day meets a little man named Give, whose advice is just as bad.

Good sports :
ISBN: 9780375985812. OCLC Number: 761326833

Dragonfly Books,. .

A collection of poems about football, skating, basketball, karate, and other sports celebrates the joy of competitive play, teamwork, and the importance of good sportsmanship.

Goosey Goose
ISBN: 0786806419. OCLC Number: 42753175

Hyperion Books for Children,. .

If you mess with Goosey Goose, you will be in trouble.

Granny Torrelli makes soup
ISBN: 9780064409605. OCLC Number: 51053881

Joanna Cotler Books,. .

With the help of her wise old grandmother, twelve-year-old Rosie manages to work out some problems in her relationship with her best friend, Bailey, the boy next door.

Hip hop dog
ISBN: 9780061239632. OCLC Number: 243845190

Harper,. .

A neglected dog finds his purpose through rapping and rhyming.

John Coltrane's Giant steps
ISBN: 0874999723. OCLC Number: 50953257

Live Oak Media,. .

John Coltrane's musical composition is performed by a box, a snowflake, some raindrops, and a kitten.

John Coltrane's Giant steps /
ISBN: 1591124174. OCLC Number: 52614890

Live Oak Media,. .

John Coltrane's musical composition is performed by a box, a snowflake, some raindrops, and a kitten.

Like likes like
ISBN: 0789481898. OCLC Number: 48227598

DK Pub.,. .

Two cats fall in love in a rose garden.

Little black crow
ISBN: 9780689846014. OCLC Number: 436358380

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

A boy thinks about the life of a little black crow that he sees, wondering where it goes in the snow, where it sleeps, and whether or not it worries like he does.

Little tree
ISBN: 1423103351. OCLC Number: 74469117

Hyperion Books For Children,. .

Inspired by a poem by E.E. Cummings, this is the story of a little tree that finds its own special place in the world as a much-loved Christmas tree.

Moosey Moose
ISBN: 9781419712029. OCLC Number: 856647714

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Moosey Moose wants his long pants.

Mysterious Thelonious
ISBN: 0874996740. OCLC Number: 45431880

Live Oak Media,. .

Matches the tones of the diatonic scale to the values of the color wheel in presenting a portrait of the work of the Afro-American jazz musician and composer of Mysterioso.

Mysterious Thelonious /
ISBN: 1591124220. OCLC Number: 54464469

Live Oak Media,. .

Matches the tones of the diatonic scale to the values of the color wheel in presenting a portrait of the work of the Afro-American jazz musician and composer of "Mysterioso."

New York is English, Chattanooga is Creek
ISBN: 0689846002. OCLC Number: 56733085

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

New York City, though a bit boastful, decides to throw a party to make new friends of other unique cities like Chattanooga and Minneapolis.

Peter and the wolf
ISBN: 9780689856525. OCLC Number: 209690310

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

Retells the orchestral fairy tale in which a boy ignores his grandfather's warnings and captures a wolf with the help of a bird, a duck, and a cat.

Ring! Yo?
ISBN: 0789426145. OCLC Number: 42022282

DK Ink,. .

In a telephone conversation--of which the reader at first only hears one side--two friends, one black and one white, have a disagreement and then make up.

Simple gifts :
ISBN: 0805051430. OCLC Number: 36776496

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A Shaker hymn about acceptance and sharing.

Simple gifts :
ISBN: 9781453296585. OCLC Number: 832441567

Open Road,. .

A Shaker hymn about acceptance and sharing.

Skin again
ISBN: 078680825X. OCLC Number: 56897297

Hyperion Books for Children,. .

The skin I'm in is just a covering. It cannot tell my story. The skin I'm in is just a covering. If you want to know who I am you have got to come inside and open your heart way wide. Celebrating all that makes us unique and different, Skin Again offers new ways to talk about race and identity. Race matters, but only so much, what's most important is who we are on the inside. Looking beyond skin, going straight to the heart, we find in each other the treasures stored down deep. Learning to cherish those treasures, to be all we imagine ourselves to be, makes us free. Skin Again celebrates this freedom. Like layers of skin, readers will peel away the pages of this visionary work from the creators of Happy to Be Nappy, and inside reveal all that is needed for us to be loving and accepting of one another. bell books is the author of a number of groundbreaking books, including Happy to Be Nappy, an NAACP Image Award Nominee; Homemade Love, a Bank Street College Children's Book of the Year; and Be Boy Buzz. She lives in New York City.

Sluggy Slug
ISBN: 0786805846. OCLC Number: 41981870

Hyperion Books for Children,. .

Sluggy Slug will not go because he is sluggy.

Snaily Snail
ISBN: 0786806397. OCLC Number: 42690033

Hyperion Books for Children,. .

Snaily Snail is loved all the time, no matter what he is doing.

Talk to me about the alphabet
ISBN: 0805067825. OCLC Number: 49664248

Henry Holt,. .

Illustrations and simple text for each letter of the alphabet demonstrate the sounds made by that letter.

The hello, goodbye window
ISBN: 9780616354698. OCLC Number: 1011735913

CNIB,. .

The kitchen window at Nanna and Poppy's house is, for one little girl, a magic gateway. Everything important happens near it, through it, or beyond it. 2005 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honors. Grades K-3. 2005.

The owl and the tuba /
ISBN: 1878925024. OCLC Number: 26386106

Brotherstone,. .

Fred the tuba player can't toot & Hoomer the owl can't hoot. So Hoomer tries tooting, becomes a tuba virtuoso, & starts a brass band. Fred tries hooting, learns the owls' language, & becomes a great ornithologist. The squirrels are disgusted by the whole thing, but there's nothing they can do about it. Readers of all ages will be entertained & encouraged by the unlikely accomplishments of Fred the boy & Hoomer the owl.

The purple balloon
ISBN: 9780375841460. OCLC Number: 70839665

Schwartz & Wade Books,. .

Easy-to-read text reveals that dying is hard work, for the old and especially the young, and how good it is that so many people help when a person dies, from medical staff to clergy and friends to family members.

Thingy things.
ISBN: 9781453296653. OCLC Number: 832439109

Open Road,. .

Four silly tales of animals who love to make mischief--no matter what!Whaley Whale is hiding. Is she on the table? Is she in a basket? We don't know! Moosey Moose is angry. Why is Moosey Moose angry? Because he wants to put on his long pants! Wormy Worm is wiggling. Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle. Wormy Worm wiggles so much, he doesn't know which end is which. And Sluggy Slug? Well, Sluggy Slug just won't go. Nope. No matter what we do, he just won't go. In these short stories from master illustrator Chris Raschka, four funny animals will do as they please--even if it means wiggling all day!

Thingy things.
ISBN: 9781453296615. OCLC Number: 832439081

Open Road,. .

Four animals have no choice but to be themselves--even if it means being silly! What is Doggy Dog? Is he a cat? Is he a potato? Is he a lampshade? No! He is a dog! Goosey Goose is a goose, and that means she is trouble. Mess with her and you will see just how tough a goose can be. Lamby Lamb is very sweet--until you try to make her put on her clothes. How do you make Lamby Lamb get dressed? Trick her! We love Snaily Snail no matter what. We love her when she's here; we love her when she's there. We love her every day--and you will too! In these succinct, quirky stories from master illustrator Chris Raschka, four silly animals learn that it's important to be themselves.

Waffle /
ISBN: 0689838387. OCLC Number: 44612961

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A child who is always worried finds a way to overcome his fears.

What you need is - table manners :
ISBN: 074458518X. OCLC Number: 48153148

Walker,. .

Wormy Worm
ISBN: 078680582X. OCLC Number: 41958961

Hyperion Books for Children,. .

As Wormy Worm wiggles and woggles, it is hard to tell which end is front and which end is back.

Yo! Yes?
ISBN: 9781417759385. OCLC Number: 264025987

Orchard Books,. .

Two lonely characters, one black and one white, meet on the street and become friends.