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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:CHILDREN Fiction Illustrator

Born: 1953 in St. Paul, Minnesota


Illinois Connection

Rathmann lived in Chicago for two years while she studied commercial art at the American Academy of Art.

Biographical and Professional Information

Peggy Rathmann is a children's book author and illustrator. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, she went on to study commercial art at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, fine art at Atelier Lack in Minneapolis, and children's book writing and illustration at Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles. Rathmann currently resides in California.

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Titles At Your Library


-- '''''Ruby the Copycat''''' *Most Promising New Author, Publishers Weekly, 1991 '''''Good Night, Gorilla''''' *ALA Notable Children's Book,1994 *Bulletin Blue Ribbon, 1994 *Horn Book Fanfare selection, 1995 *Best Children's Books, Parenting Magazine, 1994 *Children's Books 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, New York Public Library, 1995 *Phoenix Picture Book Award Honor Book, Children's Literature Association, 2014 *2016 ILLINOIS READS Book '''''Officer Buckle & Gloria''''' *Caldecott Medal Winner, 1996 *ALA Notable Children's Book *Ohio Teachers' & Pupils' Reading Circle, 1996-97 *Pick of the Lists, American Bookseller *A Few Good Books List, Book Links, 1995 *Editors' Choice, Booklist, 1995 *Best Books, Child Magazine, 1995 *Horn Book Fanfare selection *Best Books, Parenting Magazine, 1995 *Best Books, School Library Journal, 1995 *Children's Books 100 Titles for Reading & Sharing, New York Public Library, 1995 '''''10 Minutes to Bedtime''''' *ALA Notable Children's Book, 1998 *Parenting Magazine Reading Magic Award *Best Book of the Year, Publishers Weekly *Children's Literature Capital Choice