Tom Lichtenheld

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General Information

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Name: Tom Lichtenheld

Pen Name: None

Born: 1953 in Nixon Township, Illinois

Website: www.tomlichtenheld.com

Blog: https://tomlichtenheld.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tom.lichtenheld

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tlichtenheld

Email: tomvisits@att.net


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

Books Written and Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld:

  • Everything I Know About Pirates, Topeka Bindry, 2003
  • Everything I Know About Monsters, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 2004
  • Everything I Know About Cars, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 2005
  • What's With This Room, Little, Brown Young Readers, 2005
  • What Are You So Grumpy About? Little, Brown Young Readers, 2007
  • Bridget's Beret, Henry Holt and Co., 2010
  • Cloudette, Henry Holt and Co, 2011
  • What Mess?, Little, Brown Books, 2012


Illustrator for Amy Krouse Rosenthal Books:

  • The OK Book, Harper Collins, 2007
  • It's Not Fair, Harper Collins, 2008
  • Yes Day!, Harper Collins, 2009
  • Duck! Rabbit!, Chronical Books, 2009
  • Wumbers, Chronicle Books, 2012
  • Exclamation Mark, Scholastic, 2013
  • I Wish You More, Chronicle Books, 2015
  • Friendshape, Scholastic, 2015
  • Holy Cow, I Sure Do Love You!: A Little Book That's Oddly Moo-ving, Abrams, 2016


Illustrator for Sherri Duskey Rinker Books:

  • Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, Chronicle Books, 2011
  • Steam Train, Dream Train, Chronicle Books, 2013
  • Steam Train, Dream Train Colors, Chronicle Books, 2016
  • Steam Train, Dream Train 1-2-3, Chronicle Books, 2016


Illustrator for Individual Author Books:

  • Camp Buccaneer, Aladdin, 2002 - written by Pam Smallcomb
  • Shark vs. Train, Little Brown Books, 2010 - written by Chris Barton
  • E-MERGENCY!, Chronicle Books, 2011 - written with Ezra Fields-Meyer
  • Zero the Hero, Henry Holt and Co, 2012 - written by Joan Holub
  • Sing, Henry Holt, 2013 - written by Joe Raposo
  • This Is a Moose, Little, Brown Books, 2014 - written by Richard T. Morris
  • One Big Pair of Underwear, Beach Lane Books, 2014 - written by Laura Gehl
  • Stick and Stone, HMH, 2015 - written by Beth Ferry
  • Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs, Orchard Books, 2016 - written by Eric Litwin

Titles at Your Library

What's With This Room?

ISBN: 0316592862
Release Date: 2005-09-01

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What Are You So Grumpy About?

ISBN: 0316065897
Release Date: 2007-04

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Bridget's Beret

ISBN: 9780805087758
Release Date: 2010-04-27

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Yes Day!

ISBN: 0061152595
Release Date: 2009-05-05

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Duck! Rabbit!

ISBN: 0811868656
Release Date: 2009-03-11

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Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

ISBN: 0811877825
Release Date: 2011-05-04

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Steam Train, Dream Train 1-2-3

ISBN: 1452149143
Release Date: 2016-03-01

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Sing

ISBN: 0805090711
Release Date: 2013-05-28

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Stick and Stone

ISBN: 054403256X
Release Date: 2015-04-07

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Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs (Groovy Joe #1)

ISBN: 0545883784
Release Date: 2016-08-30

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Literary Awards

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: Picture Books
  • 2012 Little Bird Award, ChildrensBooksGuide.com
  • One of the 30 Best Children’s Books of 2012 by ChildrensBooksGuide.com

E-MERGENCY!

  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2011
  • Association for Library Service to Children, Notable Children's Picture Books 2012 nominee
  • ChildrensBookGuide.com Best Children's Books of 2011 selection
  • Boston Globe, Best Books of the Year 2011 selection
  • 2013 Sakura Medal Award, Tokyo, Japan
  • ForeWord Reviews, 2011 Book of the Year Honorable Mention

Bridgete's Beret

  • Monarch Award 2012 Master List
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award 2012 Nominee
  • Georgia Children's Book Award 2011/12 Nominee
  • 2011 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
  • 2011 Choice, Cooperative Children's Book Center/University of Wisconsin
  • Book Page Top Children's Books of 2010
  • Booklist Top 10 Arts Books for Youth
  • Junior Library Guild 2010 Selection
  • Nebraska Golden Sower Primary Award 2012-13 nominee
  • Chosen for Birdville Independent School District Battle of the Books

Shark Vs. Train

  • Association for Library Service to Children 2015 Summer Reading List Selection
  • Chosen for 2014 Building a Home Library List by ALA-CBC
  • Number One on Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books 2010
  • Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Books 2010
  • School Library Journal: Best Picture Books of 2010
  • Washington Post: Best of 2010 Books for Young Readers
  • A Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Parents' Choice Awards: Picture Books 2010 Silver Award
  • 2011 Kiddo Award Editorial Pick
  • Children's Book Council: Finalist, 2011 Children's Choice Book Awards
  • Chicago Public Library Best of the Best 2011
  • 2011 Texas 2 x 2 Reading List
  • Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Awards Master List 2011/12
  • 2012-13 Young Hoosier Book Award Winner
  • 2011 Buckeye Children's Book Award Winner K-2
  • Beehive Book Awards/Utah Children's Literature Association 2012 Nominee
  • Indie Booksellers Kids' Next List 2010
  • 2012 ISLMA Monarch Award Winner
  • 2012 Colorado Children's Book Award winner
  • Magnolia Award 2013 nominee
  • North Carolina Children’s Book Award Nominee 2012

Cloudette

  • Selection, 2011 Society of Illustrators Exhibit, New York
  • New York Public Library's Best Children's Picture Books 2011 selection
  • Book Page Best Children's Books of 2011 selection
  • Society of Illustrators 2011 Original Children's Book Art Show selection
  • New York State Reading Association 2014 Charlotte Award nominee
  • 2014 Bresnahan Award Nominee

Duck! Rabbit!

  • New York Times Bestseller
  • Monarch Award 2012 Master List
  • Grand Canyon Reader Award 2012 Winner
  • Winner, 2011 Utah Beehive Award
  • Colorado Children's Book Award 2011 Nominee
  • Read at the 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll
  • 2010 Baker’s Dozen (13 best books for Family Literacy) by Pennsylvania Center for the Book
  • American Library Association Notable Children's Book of 2010
  • Time Magazine Top Ten Children's Book of 2009, #1
  • Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books of the Year, 2009
  • Barnes & Noble Best Kids' Books of 2009
  • 2009 iParenting Media Award Winner – Book Category
  • National Parenting Publications Awards 2009 – Gold Award
  • IndieBound Summer 2009 Top-10 Indie Next Kids' Pick
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, 2009 Best Book Award – Gold
  • Booklist 2009 Editors' Choice
  • Goodreads.com Best Picture Book of 2009 Nominee
  • About.com's Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2009

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

  • New York Times Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller for over 3 years
  • The Atlantic Staff Selections: The Best Book I Read This Year (2014)
  • USA Today Best Selling Books of 2012
  • Selected for Common Sense Media's "Essential Books for Kids and Teens"
  • Outstanding Achievement by a Wisconsin Author/Illustrator, Wisconsin Library Association
  • 2013 Illinois Reads Selection, Illinois Reading Council
  • 2012 E. B. White Read-Aloud Honor Award
  • Featured in New York Times 2011 Holiday Gift Guide
  • PAL (Play Advances Language) 2011 Top Ten Books
  • Indie Bestseller List
  • Great Lakes Great Reads 2011 List
  • Selection, 2011 Society of Illustrators Exhibit, New York
  • Association for Library Service to Children, Notable Children's Picture Books 2012 nominee
  • Texas Library Association 2 x 2 Reading List selection
  • An Indie Best Seller Illustrated Children's Books (22 weeks in the top 15)
  • ChildrensBookGuide.com Best Children's Books of 2011 selection Indies Choice Nominee
  • Society of Illustrators 2011 Original Children's Book Art Show selection

Exclamation Mark

  • New York Times Bestseller
  • 2015 Grand Canyon Reader Award, Picture Books, nominee
  • Bank Street Books Best Book of 2014
  • 2015 California Young Reader Medal winner
  • Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Books of 2013
  • Newsday Top 10 Children's Books of 2013
  • Parents' Choice Spring 2013 Picture Books Silver Honor
  • A Junior Library Guild selection
  • School Library Journal, Best Books of 2013
  • Colorado Children’s Book Award, 2014 nominee
  • Virginia Readers' Choice Award, 2014-15 nominee
  • Bank Street College of Education 2014 Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adult
  • Selected for Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2014
  • Master List, 2013 Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens
  • 2014 Maine Chickadee Book Award Nominee

Steam Train, Dream Train

  • New York Times Bestseller
  • Bank Street Books Best Book of 2014
  • School Library Journal, Best Books of 2013
  • Bank Street College of Education 2014 Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adult
  • 2016 ILLINOIS READS Book

This is a Moose

  • 2016 Beehive Picture Book Nominee
  • 2016 Illinois Monarch Award Master List
  • 2015-16 Florida Sunshine State Young Reader Award Junior List
  • 2015-16 Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Selection
  • International Literacy Association 2015 Choices List
  • 2015 Outstanding Book, Wisconsin Library Association
  • 2015 Cooperative Children's Book Center Selection
  • 2015 E. B. White Read-Aloud Award Finalist
  • Best Children's Books of 2014, Kirkus Reviews
  • Booklist Books for Youth Editors' Choice 2014
  • Best Picture Books 2014, Imagination Soup
  • Best Books of the Year: Ages 3-5, Amazon
  • 2014 Midwest Booksellers Choice Award: Children's Picture Books
  • Chicago Public Library, Best Picture Books of 2014 selection
  • 2014 Cybils Award Finalist

One Big Pair of Underwear

  • International Literacy Association 2015 Children's Book Awards/Primary Fiction/Honor Award
  • CCBC Charlotte Zolotow Award, Highly Commended Title 2015
  • Booklist Books for Youth Editors' Choice 2014
  • Mathical: Books for Kids from Tots to Teens 2014 Winner

I Wish You More

  • New York Times Bestseller
  • 2015 Wisconsin State Reading Association "Picture This!" List
  • Goodreads Best Picture Books 2015, top ten
  • National Indie Bestseller List
  • Amazon Best Books of 2015 So Far: Ages 3-5

Stick and Stone

  • New York Times Bestseller
  • Amazon Best Books of 2015 So Far: Ages 3-5

Friendshape

  • National Parenting Publications Silver Award 2015
  • 2016 ILLINOIS READS Book

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Lichtenheld is available for school and library appearances.

External Links

Tom Lichtenheld on WorldCat

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