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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: Sherri Duskey Rinker

Genre: C:CHILDREN Fiction

Born: 1966 in Chicago, Illinois



Illinois Connection

Rinker lives in St. Charles.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sherri Duskey Rinker is passionate about children’s literacy and has had a life-long love of books. She is a graphic designer and New York Times bestselling author. Her first picture book, ''Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site'' was inspired by her youngest son’s obsession with trucks. The book became an instant bestseller, won critical acclaim and received numerous honors.

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Titles At Your Library


-- "Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site"

-- *International Bestseller

-- *New York Times #1 Bestseller

-- *New York Times Bestseller List for over one year

-- *New York Times Notable Children's Book

-- *IndieBound Bestseller - in the top 15 for over one year

-- *Publishers Weekly Bestseller

-- *ALA Notable Children's Book Nominee

-- *School Library Journal Starred Review

-- *Booklist Starred Review

-- *Top 10 Best Picture Books of 2011

-- *Illinois Reads List, Illinois Reading Council, 2013


-- "Steam Train, Dream Train"

-- *New York Times #1 Bestseller

-- *Illinois Reads List, Illinois Reading Council, 2016


-- "Silly Wonderful You"

-- *Illinois Reads List, Illinois Reading Council, 2017


-- "Mighty, Mighty Construction Site"

-- *New York Times #1 Bestseller


-- "Construction Site on Christmas Night"

-- *New York Times #1 Bestseller


-- "It's So Quiet: A Not-Quite Going-to-Bed-Book"

-- *Illinois READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2022

-- *Starred Review - Kirkus

-- *Starred Review - Booklist

-- *Starred Review - Publishers Weekly