Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kevin Luthardt  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children; Children;

Born: 1973 in Schaumburg, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Luthardt was born and raised in Schaumburg, Illinois. He studied painting at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He currently resides in the Chicago area.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kevin Luthardt is an artist,illustrator,author, and muralist based in the Chicago area.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Mine! /
ISBN: 0689832370. OCLC Number:

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. New York :. 2001.

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

Peep! /
ISBN: 1561450464. OCLC Number:

Peachtree,. Atlanta :. ©2003.

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

Larabee /
ISBN: 1561453005. OCLC Number:

Peachtree,. Atlanta :. ©2004.

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

Hats! /
ISBN: 0807531715. OCLC Number:

Albert Whitman & Company,. Morton Grove, Ill. :. 2004.

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

Zoom! /
ISBN: 1561453323. OCLC Number:

Peachtree,. Atlanta, Ga. :. ©2005.

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

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

Dial Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2005.

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

The Vowel family :
ISBN: 0822579820. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis :. ©2008.

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.

Flying /
ISBN: 1561454303. OCLC Number:

Peachtree,. Atlanta :. ©2009.

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

When Edgar met Cecil /
ISBN: 156145706X. OCLC Number:

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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.



  • 2004 Children's Choice, IRA/CBC
  • 2014 ILLINOIS READS Book
  • Larabee

  • 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
  • Flying!

  • 2010 Finalist Best Read Aloud Book Award, ReadBoston

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