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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Helen Lester  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Children's

Audience: Children;

Born: 1936 in Evanston, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

Lester was born in Evanston and spent several years teaching elementary school in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Helen Lester was an elementary school teacher since 1959. She taught at Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, Illinois from 1962-1969 and again from 1989-1982. Helen has also taught in Lexington, Maryland and in San Francisco, California. She now is retired and living in Pawling, New York.


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Selected Titles At Your Library

A porcupine named Fluffy
ISBN: 9780544003194. OCLC Number: 12693856

Houghton Mifflin,. .

A porcupine named Fluffy is happier with his name after he meets a similarly misnamed rhinoceros.

All for me and none for all
ISBN: 9781458640949. OCLC Number: 867719630

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Gruntly is a hog. Not just because he's a pig, but because he hogs everyone else's toys as well as his own. Will he ever learn to share?

All for me and none for all /
ISBN: 0547688342. OCLC Number: 744294371

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,. .

Gruntly is a real hog, and the other animals are tired of his greediness, but when he gets mixed up on a treasure hunt and is the last to reach the prize, Gruntly begins to realize the value of kindness and sharing.

Batter up Wombat
ISBN: 9780547346625. OCLC Number: 759581601

Houghton Mifflin,. .

An Australian wombat joins the Champs baseball team, and even though he is disastrously ignorant about the game, his innate talents save everyone when a tornado suddenly strikes.

Batter up Wombat /
ISBN: 0547015496. OCLC Number: 65201179

Houghton Mifflin,. .

An Australian wombat joins the Champs baseball team, and even though he is disastrously ignorant about the game, his innate talents save everyone when a tornado suddenly strikes.

Happy birdday, Tacky!
ISBN: 9781518251306. OCLC Number: 793910992

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children,. .

Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect have spent weeks planning the perfect party to celebrate Tacky's hatchday, and while nothing turns out quite as they expected, the penguins and their special guest have a wonderful time.

Hooway for Wodney Wat /
ISBN: 0618394044. OCLC Number: 413113554

Houghton Mifflin,. .

All his classmates make fun of Rodney because he can't pronounce his name, but it is Rodney's speech impediment that drives away the class bully.

Hooway for Wodney Wat /
ISBN: 061821612X. OCLC Number: 39936247

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All his classmates make fun of Rodney because he can't pronounce his name, but it is Rodney's speech impediment that drives away the class bully.

Hurty feelings
ISBN: 9780544106222. OCLC Number: 867727276

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It looks like trouble when Fragility, a hippopotamus whose feelings are easily hurt, meets Rudy, a rude elephant, on the soccer field.

Hurty feelings /
ISBN: 0618840621. OCLC Number: 54500461

Houghton Mifflin,. .

It looks like trouble when Fragility, a hippopotamus whose feelings are easily hurt, meets Rudy, a rude elephant, on the soccer field.

It Wasn't My Fault
ISBN: 0613296540. OCLC Number: 11134547

Tandem Library. .

It wasn't my fault :
ISBN: 9780544245754. OCLC Number: 883341687

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,. .

Lester and artist Munsinger ... team up again for another rib-tickling, off-the-wall tale. 'Booklist Murdley Gurdson is a spectacularly accident-prone boy. He falls into wastebaskets! He drops only the most valuable vases. Worse yet: Whatever happened, it was usually his fault. One day, as Murdley is taking a walk, a bird lays an egg above him and it splats on his head. How could that really be Murdley's fault' Turns out, it sort of is. Munsinger's hilarious illustrations help make this silly story about cause and effect as lighthearted as it is useful. This read-aloud favorite is now part of a fun hardcover series about life lessons. This ebook includes audio narration as well as a code for free downloadable audio.

Lin's backpack
ISBN: 0733901468. OCLC Number: 38837389

Addison Wesley Longman,. .

Lin's backpack /
ISBN: 0673361942. OCLC Number: 31218566

GoodYearBooks,. .

What is making Lin's backpack jump? Is it a frog or some other animal?

Listen, Buddy
ISBN: 0544003225. OCLC Number: 31242099

Houghton Mifflin,. .

A lop-eared rabbit named Buddy finds himself in trouble with the Scruffy Varmint because he never listens.

Listen, Buddy /
ISBN: 0613029909. OCLC Number: 777911532

Houghton Mifflin,. .

A lop-eared rabbit named Buddy finds himself in trouble with the Scruffy Varmint because he never listens.

Me first :
ISBN: 9780544245778. OCLC Number: 883341562

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,. .

This funny, fetching tale will bring chuckles'and a lesson'to any child with a tendency to echo Pinkerton's cries of 'Me first.' 'Publishers Weekly Pinkerton Pig will do anything to be first'first down the slide, first in line at the trough-a-teria, first on the bus. His pushy ploys backfire on a Pig Scouts hike when he hears the magic words Would you care for a sandwich' Little does he know, he's being tricked by a sandcastle-dwelling Sandwitch in need of care! How long will Pinkerton be doomed to powder her warty nose' This cheery look at the dangers of piggishness is now part of a fun hardcover series about life lessons. This ebook includes audio narration as well as a code for free downloadable audio.

Princess Penelope's parrot
ISBN: 9780544106062. OCLC Number: 33971194

Houghton Mifflin,. .

An arrogant and greedy princess's chances with a handsome prince are ruined when her parrot repeats to him all the rude comments the princess has made.

Something might happen /
ISBN: 0618254064. OCLC Number: 51505482

Houghton Mifflin Co.,. .

Twitchly Fidget the lemur worries about almost everything until his Aunt Bridget Fidget pays him a visit and shows him another way to live.

Tacky and the Emperor
ISBN: 9780547347516. OCLC Number: 770125766

Houghton Mifflin,. .

While awaiting a visit from the Emperor, a group of penguins fail to recognize their friend Tacky in the Emperor's clothes.

Tacky and the Emperor /
ISBN: 0618260099. OCLC Number: 43186032

Houghton Mifflin,. .

While awaiting a visit from the Emperor, a group of penguins fail to recognize their friend Tacky in the Emperor's clothes.

Tacky and the haunted igloo
ISBN: 9780544673250. OCLC Number: 907294344

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Tacky is not very helpful as Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect plan and prepare for Halloween, turning their igloo into a haunted house and making treats, but while Tacky is finishing his costume something really frightening arrives, and only he can chase it away.

Tacky and the Winter Games
ISBN: 9780547346717. OCLC Number: 759836341

Houghton Mifflin Co.,. .

Tacky and his fellow penguins on Team Nice Icy Land train hard for the Winter Games, but Tacky's antics make their chances of winning a medal seem slim.

Tacky and the Winter Games /
ISBN: 0618956743. OCLC Number: 57531508

Houghton Mifflin Co.,. .

Tacky and his fellow penguins on Team Nice Icy Land train hard for the Winter Games, but Tacky's antics make their chances of winning a medal seem slim.

Tacky goes to camp /
ISBN: 0618988122. OCLC Number: 245597107

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children,. .

Tacky the penguin and his friends go to Camp Whoopihaha where they scare each other by telling ghost stories around the campfire, never expecting that one of the frightening stories will come true.

Tacky Goes to Camp.
ISBN: 9780606239929. OCLC Number: 793578481

Turtleback Books,. .

Tacky in trouble
ISBN: 9780547345567. OCLC Number: 748286674

Houghton Mifflin,. .

Tacky the exuberant penguin accidentally goes sailboarding and winds up on a tropical island, where he meets an elephant who demands proof of Tacky's identity.

Tacky in trouble /
ISBN: 0618380086. OCLC Number: 36219312

Houghton Mifflin,. .

Tacky the exuberant penguin accidentally goes sailboarding and winds up on a tropical island, where he meets an elephant who demands proof of Tacky's identity.

Tacky the penguin /
ISBN: 0547133448. OCLC Number: 213305601

Houghton Mifflin,. .

Tacky the penguin does not fit in with his sleek and graceful companions, but his odd behavior comes in handy when hunters come with maps and traps.

Tacky's Christmas
ISBN: 9780545427104. OCLC Number: 760070772

Scholastic,. .

Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, Perfect, and Tacky are having a wonderful Christmas, complete with an unusual tree, when Tacky's odd Christmas gift saves them from a group of hunters.

Tacky's Christmas /
ISBN: 0547172087. OCLC Number: 505420708

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children,. .

Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, Perfect, and Tacky are having a wonderful Christmas, complete with an unusual tree, when Tacky's odd behavior saves them from a group of hunters.

Tackylocks and the three bears
ISBN: 0439637716. OCLC Number: 55475615

Scholastic Inc.,. .

Tackylocks and the three bears /
ISBN: 0618439536. OCLC Number: 49031804

Houghton Mifflin,. .

Tacky the penguin and his friends perform a play for the little penguins in Mrs. Beakly's class, but with Tacky in the lead role, things do not go exactly as planned.

Three cheers for Tacky /
ISBN: 039582740X. OCLC Number: 28334340

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Tacky the penguin adds his own unique touch to his team's routine at the Penguin Cheering Contest, with surprising results.

Three Cheers for Tacky.
ISBN: 9781442050013. OCLC Number: 319500255

Paw Prints. .

Wodney Wat's wobot
ISBN: 9780547752105. OCLC Number: 774281329

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children,. .

When Wodney Wat, who cannot pronounce the letter R, gets a talking robot for his birthday, it turns out to be more than just a fun gift.

Wodney Wat's wobot /
ISBN: 0547367562. OCLC Number: 693750912

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children,. .

When Wodney Wat, who cannot pronounce the letter R, gets a talking robot for his birthday, it turns out to be more than just a fun gift.

Wuzzy takes off
ISBN: 0763600970. OCLC Number: 36985193

Candlewick Press,. .

Wuzzy, a real live teddy bear who has always lived in the woods, makes what he thinks is a trip to the moon and ends up at a nearby playground.

Wuzzy takes off /
ISBN: 1564024989. OCLC Number: 32396604

Candlewick Press,. .

Wuzzy, a real live teddy bear who has always lived in the woods, makes what he thinks is a trip to the moon and ends up at a nearby playground.