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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.

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Titles At Your Library

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
ISBN: 0811877825

Chronicle Books. 2011

The #1 New York Times bestseller

As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest—so they'll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more.

Can't get enough of these tough trucks? The long-awaited sequel Mighty, Mighty, Construction Site is now available for preorder!

Steam Train, Dream Train
ISBN: 1452109206

Chronicle Books. 2013

The team behind the #1 New York Times bestseller Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site returns with another fabulous book for bedtime! The dream train pulls into the station, and one by one the train cars are loaded: polar bears pack the reefer car with ice cream, elephants fill the tanker cars with paints, tortoises stock the auto rack with race cars, bouncy kangaroos stuff the hopper car with balls. Sweet and silly dreams are guaranteed for any budding train enthusiasts!

Steam Train, Dream Train Colors
ISBN: 1452149151

Chronicle Books. 2016

"The beautiful illustrations alone make this story a favorite but the accompanying gentle text makes learning colors a relaxing experience." - Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor

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 smallest readers.

Steam Train, Dream Train 1-2-3
ISBN: 1452149143

Chronicle Books. 2016

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

Balzer + Bray. 2016

From the bestselling author of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, Sherri Duskey Rinker, and the award-winning creator of Me . . . Jane and The Skunk, Patrick McDonnell, comes this funny and tender love letter from a parent to her child.

Before YOU came along, so many things were different! But now there's a giggly baby, a house full of adventures and toys, a million little surprises. . . . And so much love.

Mighty, Mighty Construction Site
ISBN: 1452152160

Chronicle Books. 2017

The #1 New York Times bestseller

At last—here from the team behind the beloved international bestseller comes a companion to Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. All of our favorite trucks are back on the construction site—this time with a focus on team-building, friendship, and working together to make a big task seem small! Down in the big construction site, the crew faces their biggest job yet, and will need the help of new construction friends to get it done. Working as a team, there's nothing they can't do! The millions of fans of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site are in for a mighty good time!

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site: Let's Go!
ISBN: 1452164762

Chronicle Books. 2017

Tracks, treads, engines, lights, and more! The hardworking parts of kids' favorite construction vehicles from Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site can be explored in this playfully shaped board book with graduated pages. Each page is shaped like the vehicle on it and is sturdy enough to withstand wear and tear from the roughest, toughest readers. Handy labels highlight the different parts of each vehicle as an accompaniment to the charming rhyming text. From bulldozers to dump trucks, the youngest construction fans will be revved up and raring to go.

Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton
ISBN: 0544715578

HMH Books for Young Readers. 2017

In this loving tribute to Virginia Lee Burton, the New York Times best-selling creators Sherri Duskey Rinker and John Rocco pay homage to the storied life of one of the most beloved creators in children’s literature.
Everyone in Folly Cove knows Virginia Lee as “Jinnee.” With her magical wands she can draw whatever she imagines, but for her sons Aris and Michael, she draws the most wonderful characters of all: BIG MACHINES with friendly names like Mary Anne, Maybelle, and Katy. Her marvelous magical wands can make anything move—even a cheerful Little House.

The 12 Sleighs of Christmas
ISBN: 1452145148

Chronicle Books. 2017

Which elf will build the coolest sleigh for the Christmas ride? SANTA will decide!

When the elves discover that Santa's sleigh is in a terrible state, they let their imaginations go wild – and soon there are sleighs of every kind, inspired by big rigs, motorcycles, zeppelins, and much more!

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and the celebrated illustrator of Michael Chabon's The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man, team up for spirited vehicular silliness and classic Christmas cheer in this turbo-charged read-aloud destined to become a holiday classic.

Tiny and the Big Dig
ISBN: 0545904293

Scholastic Press. 2018

Sniff! Sniff-sniff!

I smell a bone. A bone that's BIG.

I'll get it out, I'll dig and dig.

A big, BIG bone! I know it's there!

It will take work, but I don't care!

Tiny may be a small dog, but don't let that fool you. He's a pooch with power who knows what he wants. And he's going for it. But oh, those pesky pessimists -- they're trying to rain on Tiny's dig-parade!

Thank goodness for one special boy who believes in Tiny, because in the end, this dog's grit proves that he's the little pup who could... dig up some giant surprises!


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.