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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:CHILDREN Fiction Illustrator Non-Fiction

Born: 1953 in Nixon Township, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Lichtenheld was born in Nixon Township and grew up in Rockford. He currently resides in Geneva, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lichtenheld is an award-winning children's book author & illustrator. He writes and illustrates his own books as well as illustrates books for other children's authors. He doodled his way through school then worked as a sign painter, set designer, printer and advertising art director. After a successful career in advertising he gradually made the switch to creating children’s books.Tom’s books, many of which are New York Times Best Sellers, are consistently praised for their humor, expressive characters, and rich – sometimes hidden – detail. He’s known for creating books that appeal to children and adults alike, and his wide portfolio of books offers something for every age.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''Yes Day!''''' *A Junior Library Guild Selection *Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award 2010 *2010 Baker's Dozen (13 best books for Family Literacy) by Pennsylvania Center for the Book *Read On Wisconsin! Featured Book January 2010 *Magnolia Award 2013 Nominee '''''Everything I Know About Pirates''''' *Featured in Newsweek's "Books of Wonder," 2000 *2013 ILLINOIS READS Book '''''Zero the Hero''''' *Junior Library Guild Selection *Georgia Book Award Nominee 2013-14 *Cooperative Children's Book Center Best of 2013 selection '''''Wumbers''''' *2012 Parents' Choice Award