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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jeff Ebbeler  

Pen Name: Jeffrey Ebbeler

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;


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Illinois Connection

Ebbeler lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ebbeler is an illustrator and artist. He has been creating art for children for nearly a decade. His work spans a wide range of media from illustration to paper engineering, large-scale murals, puppets, and even performance arts. And his whimsical sense of humor shines through in his illustrations, especially his quirky characters. He lives in Chicago with his wife Eileen, where he works as an illustrator and makes school visits to take children through the creative process of the picture book. Ebbeler has worked on a variety of projects including illustrations for magazines, CD covers, and book covers as well as paper engineering for pop-up books, creating large scale murals for schools and churches, and sculpting puppets and preforming for several marionette theaters.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Jingle Bells
ISBN: 0824918274

CandyCane Press. 2009

A timeless Christmas classic comes to life with whimsical illustrations.

Dashing through the snow,
In a one-horse open sleigh,
O'er the fields we go,
Laughing all the way!

Who hasn't sung along to this favorite carol with a child he or she loves? Now, join the boisterous ride as a family sets out on a one-horse sleigh to find their perfect Christmas tree. The illustrations tell a tale alongside the song, and a new second verse adds pages of snowtime fun! Ages 2 to 5.

One Is a Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale (Adventures of Mouse)
ISBN: 0823422313

Holiday House. 2009

Perfect for Thanksgiving, this warm and humourous picture book gently reminds us to give thanks for the little things. The Thanksgiving feast is over. Leftover turkey and pumpkin pie litter the table. Mouse peeps out of his hidey-hole and spots a small green pea. the perfect feast for one mouse. Yes, one green pea, one red cranberry, one plate of mashed potatoes, and one roasted turkey, that should make a very fine feast for Mouse. But can he get it all back to his hidey-hole?

I'm Really Not Tired
ISBN: 0979974615

Flashlight Press. 2008

Even before Dad tucks him in, Samuel McKay has devised a plan to find out what really goes on in his house after bedtime—he waits until Dad has shut the light before tiptoeing out of his room with his trusted furry accomplice, Petey Bear, determined to find the truth. Sam imagines fish swimming in the bathroom pipes, a thousand toy trains in the basement, a zoo in the guest room, and a rocket in Dad's parking place. Each wildly imagined activity is highlighted on the wall by Pete's flashlight beam as the daring pair quietly and carefully creep through the house. They persist, finally reaching the den and the moment of truth. Sam's parents, of course, are simply relaxing Dad does the crossword, and Mom is reading. Disappointed, Sam and Petey trudge back up to bed. This romping, rhyming adventure will prove once and for all that kids aren't missing out on anything special after bedtime. Or are they? In the final wordless image, Mom and Dad are eating pink ice cream and cake at a private little party, perhaps celebrating that they've won the bedtime battle—at least until tomorrow night.

Our Walk in the Woods
ISBN: 1587264374

Mitten Pr. 2008

As a young girl and her dog stroll through the woods at the beginning of spring, they each have a very different perspective of their walk together.

A Good Team: A Cooperation Story (Main Street School ~ Kids with Character Set 2) (Main Street School Set 2)
ISBN: 1602702721

Looking Glass Library. 2008

The students in Miss K's class experience situations that occur in schools everywhere. A group of children learns the importance of teamwork in A Good Team. Megan, Yasmin, Sophia, and Latasha work together to solve the problem of how to complete their project. What Do You Think? quetions, Miss K's Classroom rules, and a glossary aid teachers in classroom discussions about the character trait of fairness featured in this stunning picture book. Special thanks to content consultant Vicki F. Panaccione Ph.D. Looking Glass Library is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO Publishing Group. Grades preK-4.

The Runaway Garden: A delicious story that's good for you, too!
ISBN: 1587264366

Mitten Press. 2007

The idea for The Runaway Garden came to Schatzer when he heard the staggering statistics of runaways in the United States today. With one in seven children running away at some time in their young lives, Schatzer wanted to tell a story that could open discussion in a positive light about what could happen if a child left home. When he sat down to think of who could do the running away and what situations could develop, vegetables came to mind, using their names with homonyms and puns. All the green peas split for town the tomatoes stewed and stirred. Celery and her friend sweet corn stalked off without a word.
What made the snap beans snap?
How did the berries get into a jam?
What happened to the cauliflower’s head?
Read along as Grandpa spins a tale about the night that all the plants in the garden get up and run away. At first they think running away is fun, but it isn’t long before things go terribly wrong.

Scissors, Paper and Sharing (Main Street School) (Main Street School)
ISBN: 160270032X

Magic Wagon. 2007

The students in Miss K s class experience situations that occur in schools everywhere. Omar's first-person narratives teach about sharing with brilliant illustrations and humorous text.

Times Tables Cheat (Main Street School) (Main Street School)
ISBN: 1602700346

Magic Wagon. 2007

The students in Miss K s class experience situations that occur in schools everywhere. Isaiah's first-person narratives teach about cheating with brilliant illustrations and humorous text.

Show Some Respect (Main Street School) (Main Street School)
ISBN: 1602700338

Magic Wagon. 2007

The students in Miss K s class experience situations that occur in schools everywhere. Jack's first-person narratives teach about respect with brilliant illustrations and humorous text.

Bake You a Pie [With CD]
ISBN: 1582461856

Tricycle Press. 2006

Sure to provoke giggles, this book is an increasingly silly tour through different musical styles (and, of course, pies!) As one by one, sweet young'uns ask for and receive their favorite pie, readers feast upon bluegrass and gospel, opera, jazz, rock 'n' roll, and more. They might even be inspired to make up their own crazy kind of pie and sing out loud!

Punxsutawney Phyllis
ISBN: 082342040X

Holiday House. 2006

Phyllis can't convince Uncle Phil to get out of bed to make his prediction on Groundhog Day. When Uncle Phil realizes he has missed all the signs of an early spring, he knows it's time to retire and pass on the title of Punxsutawney Phil, Only this time, it's Punxsutawney Phyllis!

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Ebbeler is especially fond of making presentations to schools.