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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Helen Lester  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Children's

Audience: Children; 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.


Published Works

  • Tacky the Penguin, Houghton Mifflin, 1988
  • A Porcupine Named Fluffy, Houghton Mifflin, 1989
  • Three Cheers for Tacky, Houghton Mifflin, 1994
  • Lin`s Backpack, Addison-Wesley, 1994
  • Listen Buddy, Houghton Mifflin, 1995
  • Wuzzy Takes Off, Candlewick, 1995 - written with Robin Lester
  • Tacky in Trouble, Houghton Mifflin, 1998
  • Hooway for Wodney Wat, Houghton Mifflin, 1999
  • Me First, Topeka Bindry, 1999
  • Tacky and the Emperor, Houghton Mifflin, 2000
  • Princess Penelope's Parrot, Houghton Mifflin, 2001
  • It Wasn't My Fault, Topeka Bindry, 2001
  • Hooway for Wodney Wat, Houghton Mifflin, 2002
  • Something Might Happen, Houghton Mifflin, 2003
  • Tackylocks and the Three Bears, Houghton Mifflin, 2004
  • Tacky and the Winter Games, Houghton Mifflin, 2007
  • Hurty Feelings, Houghton Mifflin, 2007
  • Batter Up Wombat, Sandpiper, 2008
  • Tacky Goes To Camp, Houghton Mifflin, 2009
  • Tacky's Christmas, Houghton Mifflin, 2010
  • Wodney Wat's Wobot, Houghton Mifflin, 2011
  • All for Me and None for All, Houghton Mifflin, 2012
  • Happy Birdday, Tacky!, Houghton Mifflin, 2013


Selected Titles At Your Library

Tacky the penguin /
ISBN: 0547133448. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. New York :. [2008?]

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.

A porcupine named Fluffy /
ISBN: 0395520185. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 1986.

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

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

. .

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

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

GoodYearBooks,. Glenview, Ill. :. ©1994.

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

Listen, Buddy /
ISBN: 0613029909. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. [1997], ©1995.

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

Wuzzy takes off /
ISBN: 1564024989. OCLC Number:

Candlewick Press,. Cambridge, Mass. :. ©1995.

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.

Tacky in trouble /
ISBN: 0618380086. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston, Mass. :. 1998.

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.

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

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. ℗2003.

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.

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

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 2000.

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

Princess Penelope's parrot /
ISBN: 0618138455. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 1996.

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.

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

. .

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.

Something might happen /
ISBN: 0618254064. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin Co.,. Boston :. 2003.

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

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

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 2002.

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.

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

Houghton Mifflin Co.,. Boston :. 2005.

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.

Batter up Wombat /
ISBN: 0547015496. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 2006.

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.

Hurty feelings /
ISBN: 0618840621. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 2004.

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

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

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children,. Boston :. 2009.

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's Christmas /
ISBN: 0547172087. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children,. Boston :. ©2010.

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.

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

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children,. Boston :. 2011.

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.

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

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,. Boston :. 2012.

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.

Happy birdday, Tacky! /
ISBN: 0547912285. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children,. Boston :. 2013.

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.


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