Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kevin Luthardt  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Illustrator

Audience: Children;

Born: 1973 in Schaumburg, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Luthardt was born and raised in Schaumburg and currently resides in the Chicago area.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kevin Luthardt is an artist, illustrator, author, and muralist whose work appears in galleries and other venues. He studied painting at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and is a former staff member at Skokie Public Library.



-- 2004 Children's Choice, IRA/CBC


-- 2004 Best Books of the Year Awards, Child Magazine
-- 2005 Children's Choice, IRA/CBC
-- 2005 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (primary), Kansas International Education Association


-- 2006 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (primary), Kansas National Educational Association
-- Best Read Aloud Picture Books, Curriculum Materials Center at Minnesota State University Moorhead

The Vowel Family

-- 2008 Booklinks Lasting Connections


-- 2010 Finalist Best Read Aloud Book Award, ReadBoston

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Findley the Funnel
ISBN: 0615914519. OCLC Number:

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Findley the Funnel is the story of a young boy rarely happy with what he receives. Findley learns that happiness can be found by doing good deeds for others.

ISBN: 9781561457243. OCLC Number: 243960470

Peachtree,. .

A boy's simple questions about why he cannot fly lead to an imaginative journey with his father.

Hats! /
ISBN: 0807531715. OCLC Number: 54753675

Albert Whitman & Company,. .

When three friends meet a mean boy who insults their hats, they make a friend of him.

Larabee /
ISBN: 1561453005. OCLC Number: 52775166

Peachtree,. .

The mailman's dog, Larabee, helps deliver letters and packages to everyone on the route except himself.

Mine! /
ISBN: 0689832370. OCLC Number: 42913744

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

Two brothers fight over their new toy dinosaur until it tears and they learn to share.

ISBN: 1561456829. OCLC Number: 50696465

Peachtree,. .

Although a boy is lonely after the hatchling duckling that followed him home finally joins other ducks, he soon meets another creature.

The Vowel family :
ISBN: 9780822579823. OCLC Number: 122701379

Carolrhoda Books,. .

The members of the Vowel family have a hard time talking until their children, Alan, Ellen, Iris, Otto, and Ursula, are born, and when one of them gets lost one day, it takes their Aunt Cyndy to fix the problem.

When Edgar met Cecil
ISBN: 9781561457069. OCLC Number: 809789677

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Edgar the robot is unhappy when his family moves to a new town, until he meets Cecil, an alien, and they become friends.

You're weird! /
ISBN: 0803729863. OCLC Number: 54930134

Dial Books for Young Readers,. .

Rabbit and Turtle each make fun of the other's peculiarities, but they turn out to have some things in common after all.

Zoom! /
ISBN: 1561453323. OCLC Number: 56058339

Peachtree,. .

Illustrations and rhyming, easy-to-read text describe a father and child's wild ride on a roller coaster.