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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Larry Day  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Illustrator

Audience: Children;

Born: in Gibson City, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Day grew up in Gibson City. He graduated from Southern Illinois University and currently lives in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Larry Day is an award-winning author and illustrator. He studied commercial art at Southern Illinois University. After graduating he worked as a technical illustrator drawing manuals for farm machinery. He has also worked as an illustrator for the pinball and video arcade industry and the advertising business drawing storyboards for Hallmark and Disney. During that time, he illustrated his first picture book, ''Taking Flight: The Story of the Wright Brothers.'' Since then, he has illustrated several other books, his work has been exhibited and appeared in the ''Chicago Tribune Magazine''. Day is married to Illinois author, Miriam Busch. Their first collaboration is the award-winning book, ''Lion, Lion''.

Published Works

  • Taking flight, Simon & Schuster, 2000 - written by Stephen Krensky
  • William's House, Millbrook Press, 2001 - written by Ginger Howard
  • Pearl Harbor, Simon & Schuster, 2001 - written by Stephen Krensky
  • Who Was Annie Oakley?, Grosset & Dunlap, 2002 - written by Stephanie Spinner
  • Yankee Doodle and the Red Coats, Millbrook Press, 2002 - written by Susan Provost
  • The Monitor: The Iron Warship That Changed the World, Penguin, 2003 - written by Gare Thompson
  • Rosa Loves to Read, CreateSpace, 2004 - written by Diane Z Shore
  • Let It Begin Here, Walker & Company, 2005 - written by Dennis Brindell Fradin
  • Not Afraid of Dogs, Walker & Company, 2006 - written by Susanna Pitzer
  • George Did It, Dutton Children's Books, 2006 - written by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain
  • Duel: Burr & Hamilton's Deadly War of Words, Walker & Company, 2008 - written by Dennis Brindell Fradin
  • Bye-Bye, Baby!, Walker Books, 2009 - written by Richard Morris
  • Nanook & Pryce: Gone Fishing, HarperCollins, 2009 - written by Ned Crowley
  • Rosa Loves to Read, Scholastic, 2011 - written by Diane Zuhone Shore
  • Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and the True Story of an American Feud, Dutton, 2011 - written by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain
  • Civil War Drummer Boy, Putnam, 2012 - written by Verla Kay
  • Voices from the Oregon Trail, Dial Books, 2014 - written by Kay Winters
  • Lion, Lion, Balzer + Bray , 2014 - written by Miriam Busch
  • Colonial Voices: Hear Them Speak, Puffin Books, 2015 - written by Kay Winters
  • Nice Work, Franklin!, Dial, 2016 - written by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain
  • Raisin, The Littlest Cow, Balzer + Bray, 2017 - written by Miriam Busch
  • Voices of the Underground Railroad, Dial, 2018 - written by Kay Winters

Selected Titles At Your Library

Taking flight :
ISBN: 0689812256. OCLC Number:

Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2000.

Describes how the Wright Brothers came to build and fly the first powered aircraft.

William's house /
ISBN: 0761316744. OCLC Number:

Millbrook Press,. Brookfield, CT :. 2001.

Arriving in New England in 1637, William is determined to recreate his home in England but realizes that the climate requires modifications to it.

Pearl Harbor /
ISBN: 0689842139. OCLC Number:

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"Bringing a dramatic moment of World War II to vivid life, author Stephen Krensky answers questions about the historic importance of the military action at Pearl Harbor. Written in simple yet clear language, the book teaches readers about the political scene before and after the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in December 1941, and how this event shaped our country's place in the world."

Who was Annie Oakley? /
ISBN: 0448424975. OCLC Number:

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An account of the life and exploits of the sharpshooting entertainer.

The Monitor :
ISBN: 0448432455. OCLC Number:

Grosset & Dunlap,. New York :. 2003.

Discusses the Monitor and the Virginia, ironclad warships that confronted each other at the Civil War battle at Hampton Roads, Virginia, detailing what became of the ships after the battle and how the sunken Monitor was later investigated by scientists.

Let it begin here! :
ISBN: 0802789455. OCLC Number:

Walker & Co.,. New York :. ©2005.

Describes the events that led up to the historic battles that began the American Revolution and discusses the consequences for the leaders and soldiers who fought in them.

Not afraid of dogs /
ISBN: 0802780679. OCLC Number:

Walker & Co. :. New York :. 2006.

Young Daniel must confront his fear of dogs when his mom dog sits his aunt's pet.

George did it /
ISBN: 0525475605. OCLC Number:

Dutton Children's Books,. New York :. ©2006.

George Washington could always be counted on, but there was one job he was not interested in and he tried to avoid it.

Duel! :
ISBN: 0802795846. OCLC Number:

Walker & Co.,. New York :. 2008.

In the early morning hours of July 11, 1804, two men stood facing each other on a New Jersey cliff side. One was the U.S. vice president, Aaron Burr, and the other was Alexander Hamilton, the secretary of the treasury. They were ready to fight to the death for honor.

Bye-bye, baby! /
ISBN: 0802797725. OCLC Number:

Walker & Co.,. New York :. 2009.

Felix does not like his new baby sister and thinks his parents should take her back, until a trip to the zoo makes him realize that she might not be as bad as he thought.

Nanook & Pryce :
ISBN: 0061336416. OCLC Number:

Harper,. New York :. ©2009.

Parka-clad friends Nanook and Pryce and their dog Yukon encounter many different types of ocean life and adventure on an unexpected voyage.

Rosa loves to read /
ISBN: 0531271781. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. ©2012.

Presents reading activities that focus on vocabulary, counting, and sound awareness, in a text that includes a story about the activities that go on around Rosa as she reads her book.

Worst of friends :
ISBN: 0525479031. OCLC Number:

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John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were good friends with very different personalities. But their differing views on how to run the newly created United States turned them into the worst of friends. They each became leaders of opposing political parties, and their rivalry followed them to the White House. This is the story of two of America's most well-known presidents and how they learned to put their political differences aside for the sake of friendship.

Civil War drummer boy /
ISBN: 0399239928. OCLC Number:

G.P. Putnam's Sons,. New York :. ©2012.

When the Confederate Army calls, Johnny puts aside playing games with his sisters and leaves his plantation home to serve as a drummer boy.

Voices from the Oregon Trail /
ISBN: 0803737750. OCLC Number:

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"An account of several families and individuals making the long and often dangerous trek across the United States from Missouri to the West Coast in the 1800s"--

Lion, lion /
ISBN: 0062271040. OCLC Number:

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A young boy encounters a lion while trying to find his pet cat--meeting a number of other animals along the way.

Colonial voices :
ISBN: 0147511623. OCLC Number:

Dutton Children's Books,. New York :. ©2008.

Kay Winters' poems in the voices of different colonists, enhanced by historical notes, provide a glimpse into life in colonial times and the dramatic events of a famous rebellion.

Nice work, Franklin! /
ISBN: 0803738005. OCLC Number:

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The story of a president who overcame both his personal challenges and the ones facing the nation.

Raisin, the littlest cow /
ISBN: 0062427636. OCLC Number:

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Raisin enjoys being the littlest cow in the herd, but everything changes when her baby brother arrives.

Voices from the Underground Railroad /
ISBN: 0803740921. OCLC Number:

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"From the creators of Voices from the Oregon Trail and Colonial Voices, an unflinching story of two young runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad, told in their voices and those who helped and hindered them It's the 1850s and enslaved siblings Jeb and Mattie are about the make a break for freedom. The pair travel north from Maryland to New Bedford, Massachusetts along the Underground Railroad. Each spread tells about a step of their journey through a poem in the first person perspective. The main and repeating voices are Jeb and Mattie, but we also hear from the station masters and conductors, those who offer them haven, as well as those who want to capture them. Like its predecessors in the Voices series, this richly researched and beautifully illustrated picture book brings a difficult chapter of American history to life for young readers"--


Not Afraid of Dogs

  • Golden Kite Award, SCBWI
  • Lion, Lion

  • NPR�s Best Books For 2014
  • Indie Bound Next List
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • 2015 ILLINOIS READS Book
  • Duel!

  • Starred Review, Booklist
  • Let it Begin Here!

  • Starred Review, Booklist

    'Raisin, The Littlest Cow


  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2018

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Larry Day's programs engage children in visual storytelling. He tailors his visits to each grade level. Larry leads groups through their own story creations as he draws everything from simple subjects to rough "thumbnail" story sketches. Students learn to more fully "read" illustrations as they experience the process of melding words with pictures. Through Larry's approach, students gain visual literacy and have a blast in the process.