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Individual Author Record

General Information

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Genre: C:CHILDREN Fiction Illustrator

Born: 1953 in Evanston, Illinois

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Zelinsky was born in Evanston and grew up in Wilmette.

Biographical and Professional Information

Paul O. Zelinsky is an author and illustrator. Since publishing his first book in 1978, he has become recognized as one of the most inventive and critically successful artists in the field. He illustrates others' work, as well as his own books. He won the 1998 Caldecott Medal for his illustrated retelling of Rapunzel, and three Caldecott Honors (for Hansel and Gretel (1985), Rumpelstiltskin (1987), and Swamp Angel (1995)).

His most popular book is The Wheels on the Bus, which has moving parts and sold millions.

Zelinsky now lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Published Works Expand for more information


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Awards

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-- """AWFUL OGRE RUNNING WILD""": written by Jack Prelutsky

-- *Junior Library Guild Selection

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-- """AWFUL OGRE'S AWFUL DAY""": written by Jack Prelutsky

-- *New York Times Best Illustrated Book

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-- """DEAR MR. HENSHAW""": written by Beverly Cleary

-- *Newbery Medal

-- *Christopher Medal

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-- """DOODLER DOODLING""": written by Rita Golden Gelman

-- *ALA Notable Book

-- *BolognaRagazzi Award Special Mention

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-- """DUST DEVIL""": written by Anne Isaacs

-- *Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award Winner

-- *Junior Library Guild Selection

-- *New York Times Book Review Notable Book, 2010

-- *Phoenix Picture Book Honor Award, 2014

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-- """EMILY UPHAM's REVENGE""": written by Avi

-- *Massachusetts Adventure novel

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-- """FIVE CHILDREN AND IT""": written by E. Nesbit

-- *Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection

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-- """HANSEL AND GRETEL""": retold by Rika Lesser

-- *Caldecott Honor Book, 1985

-- *ALA Notable Book

-- *SLJ Best Book

-- *Bratislava Biennale selection

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-- """KNICK-KNACK PADDYWHACK!"""

-- *New York Times Best Illustrated Book

-- *Parenting Magazine Best Book

-- *Meggendorfer Award from the Movable Book Society, 2004

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-- """MORE ROOTABAGAS""": written by Illinois author, Carl Sandburg

-- *ALA Notable Book

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-- """RALPH S. MOUSE""": written by Beverly Cleary

-- *Golden Kite Award

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-- """RAPUNZEL""": written by the Brothers Grimm

-- *Caldecott Medal, 1998

-- *Carl Sandburg Award, 1998

-- *Texas Bluebonnet Award

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-- """RUMPELSTILTSKIN""": written by the Brothers Grimm

-- *Caldecott Honor Book, 1987

-- *Redbook Award

-- *Society of Illustrators Certificate of Merit

-- *AIGA Certificate of Merit

-- *Bratislava Biennale Selection

-- *ALA Notable Book *SLJ Best Book

-- *Parents' Choice Award *Book-of-the-Month Club selection

-- *White Raven Book Selection of the International Youth Library

-- *New York Public Library's 100 Great Children's Books/100 Years

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-- """SWAMP ANGEL""": written by Anne Isaacs

-- *Caldecott Honor Book, 1995

-- *ALA Notable Book

-- *SLJ Best Book

-- *Book-of-the-Month-Club Selection

-- *New York Times Best Illustrated Book

-- *Parenting Magazine Reading Magic Award

-- *CLA's Phoenix Picture Book Honor, 2014

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-- """THE ENCHANTED CASTLE""": written by E. Nesbit

-- *Book-of-the-Month Club Selection

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-- """THE LION AND THE STOAT"""

-- *Parents' Choice Award

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-- """THE MAID AND THE MOUSE AND THE ODD-SHAPED HOUSE"""

-- *New York Times Best Illustrated Book

-- *SLJ Best Book

-- *AIGA Certificate of Merit

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-- """THE RANDOM HOUSE BOOK OF HUMOR FOR CHILDREN""": selected by Pamela Pollack

-- *Bratislava Biennale selection

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-- """THE SHIVERS IN THE FRIDGE""": written by Fran Manushkin

-- *Junior Library Guild Selection

-- *Booklist Editors' Choice, 2006

-- *Kirkus Best Books, 2006

-- *New York Public Library's 100 titles, 2006

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-- """THE STORY OF MRS. LOVEWRIGHT AND PURRLESS HER CAT""": written by Lore Segal

-- *New York Times Best Illustrated Book

-- *Parents' Choice Award

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-- """THE SUN'S ASLEEP BEHIND THE HILL""": written by Mirra Ginsburg

-- *Bratislava Biennale Selection

-- *Honor list, Austrian National Award (for Austrian edition)

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-- """THE WHEELS ON THE BUS"""

-- *Book-of-the-Month Club Selection

-- *Bratislava Biennale Selection

-- *Parenting Magazine Reading Magic Award

-- *ALA Notable Book

-- *Redbook Award

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-- """TOYS COME HOME""": written by Emily Jenkins

-- *Wall Street Journal's Ten Best Children's Books, 2011

-- *New York Public Library's 100 Best Children's Books, 2011

-- *Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award Winner

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-- """TOY DANCE PARTY""": written by Emily Jenkins

-- *Junior Library Guild Premiere Selection

-- *Kirkus Best Children's Book, 2008

-- *CBC/IRA's Children's Choices

-- *CCBC Choices, 2009

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-- """TOYS GO OUT""":written by Emily Jenkins

-- *ALA Notable Book *Book of the Month Club

-- *Junior Library Guild Selection

-- *New York Public Library's 100 titles, 2006

-- *School Library Journal Best Book, 2006

-- *Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award Winner

-- *Washington Post Best Book of the Week

-- *BookSense Children's Pick, 2006

-- *CCBC Choice, 2007

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-- """Z IS FOR MOOSE""": written by Kelly Bingham

-- *2013 E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor Book

-- *Best Children's Book of the Year from Bank Street