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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sherri Duskey Rinker  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: 1966 in Chicago, Illinois

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Rinker lives in St. Charles, a suburb of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sherri Duskey Rinker is passionate about children’s literacy and has had a life-long love of books. She is a graphic designer and New York Times bestselling author. Her first picture book, ''Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site'' was inspired by her youngest son’s obsession with trucks. The book became an instant bestseller, won critical acclaim and received numerous honors.

Published Works

  • Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, Chronicle Books, 2011
  • Steam Train, Dream Train, Chronicle Books, 2013
  • Steam Train, Dream Train Colors, Chronicle Books, 2016
  • Steam Train, Dream Train 1-2-3, Chronicle Books, 2016
  • Silly Wonderful You, Balzer + Bray, 2016
  • Mighty, Mighty Construction Site, Chronicle Books, 2017
  • Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site: Let's Go, Chronicle Books, 2017
  • Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton, Houghton Mifflin, 2017
  • The 12 Sleighs of Christmas, Chronicle Books, 2017
  • Tiny and the Big Dig, Scholastic, 2018

Selected Titles At Your Library

Goodnight, goodnight, construction site /
ISBN: 0811877825. OCLC Number:

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At sunset, 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.

Steam train, dream train /
ISBN: 1452109206. OCLC Number:

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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.

Steam train, dream train colors /
ISBN: 1452149151. OCLC Number:

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All aboard for a rainbow of train cars and their lively animal crew! Vivid colors and cozy rhyming text inspired by the bestselling Steam Train, Dream Train will make learning colors a rich experience for the youngest readers.

Steam train, dream train 1-2-3 /
ISBN: 1452149143. OCLC Number:

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Cuddle up with the beloved animal friends from the bestselling Steam Train, Dream Train and count on lots of fun! Little train enthusiasts will love counting from one to ten along with the dreamy train cars!

Silly wonderful you /
ISBN: 0062271059. OCLC Number:

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In rhyming text, a mother describes all the ways her days have been changed by the addition of a toddler to her life.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Big machines :
ISBN: 0544715578. OCLC Number:

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Describes the life of the children's book author and illustrator, conveying her life at Folly Cove, her love of dance, and how she was able to create images of machinery, including those used in her book, Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel Mary Anne.

The 12 sleighs of Christmas /
ISBN: 1452145148. OCLC Number:

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When, two weeks before Christmas, the elves discover that Santa's sleigh is in a bad state, twelve teams of elves set out to build twelve different sleighs: a souped up hot rod, a semitruck that flies, a ship that sails in the sky, and each version is more elaborate than the one before--but which will Santa choose?

Tiny and the big dig /
ISBN: 0545904293. OCLC Number:

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Tiny is a small, but very determined dog and right now he smells a big bone buried deep in the earth of the garden--and he is going to get that bone no matter how far down he has to dig.


Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

  • International Bestseller
  • New York Times #1 Bestseller
  • New York Times Bestseller List for over one year
  • New York Times Notable Childrens Book
  • IndieBound Bestseller - in the top 15 for over one year
  • Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • ALA Notable Childrens Book Nominee
  • School Library Journal Starred Review
  • Booklist Starred Review
  • Top 10 Best Picture Books of 2011

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Contact Sherri at Rinker's school presentation, "Books Are Magic!" is designed to encourage and support students on their journey of reading and writing.