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Peggy Rathmann

Born: 1953 in St. Paul, Minnesota
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Rathmann lived in Chicago for two years while she studied commercial art at the American Academy of Art.

Biography: Peggy Rathmann is a children's book author and illustrator. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, she went on to study commercial art at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, fine art at Atelier Lack in Minneapolis, and children's book writing and illustration at Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles. Rathmann currently resides in California.

  • '''''Ruby the Copycat'''''
  • -- Most Promising New Author, Publishers Weekly, 1991 '''''Good Night, Gorilla'''''
  • -- ALA Notable Children's Book,1994
  • -- Bulletin Blue Ribbon, 1994
  • -- Horn Book Fanfare selection, 1995
  • -- Best Children's Books, Parenting Magazine, 199

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Illustrator

Primary Audience(s): Children


Selected Titles

10 minutes till bedtime /
ISBN: 039923103X OCLC: 38168266

G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York : ©1998.

A boy's hamster leads an increasingly large group of hamsters on a tour of the boy's house, while his father counts down the minutes to bedtime.

Bootsie Barker bites
ISBN: 9780698114272 OCLC: 37872933

Putnam & Grossett Group, New York : 1997, ©1992.

Bootsie Barker only wants to play games in which she bites, until one day her friend comes up with a better game.

Good night, Gorilla
ISBN: 0399224459 OCLC: 26553002

Putnam, New York : ©1994.

An unobservant zookeeper is followed home by all the animals he thinks he has left behind in the zoo.

Officer Buckle and Gloria /
ISBN: 0399226168 OCLC: 29428649

G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York : ©1995.

The children at Napville Elementary School always ignore Officer Buckle's safety tips, until a police dog named Gloria accompanies him when he gives his safety speeches.

Ruby the copycat
ISBN: 9780439924955 OCLC: 138793566

Scholastic Inc., New York : ℗2006.

On the first day of school, Ruby arrives as a new student. She immitates everything her classmate Angela whom she sits behind does.

The day the babies crawled away /
ISBN: 039923196X OCLC: 50982293

G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York : ©2003.

A boy follows fives babies who crawl away from a picnic and saves the day by bringing them back.