Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:CHILDREN Fiction Illustrator

Born: in Gibson City, Illinois



Illinois Connection

Day grew up in Gibson City. He graduated from Southern Illinois University. He lived in the western suburbs of Chicago for many years.

Biographical and Professional Information

Larry Day is an award-winning author and illustrator of many children's books. He is the recipient of three gold medals from the Society of Illustrators and the SCBWI Golden Kite Award.

Day 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 Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """Not Afraid of Dogs"""

-- *Golden Kite Award, SCBWI


-- """Lion, Lion"""

-- *Best Books List, NPR, 2014

-- *Next List, Indie Bound

-- *Junior Library Guild Selection

-- *ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2015


-- """Duel!"""

-- *Starred Review, Booklist


-- """Let it Begin Here!"""

-- *Starred Review, Booklist


-- """Raisin, The Littlest Cow"""

-- *ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2018


-- """Beware!"""

-- *Starred Review, School Library Journal

-- *ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2020