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Aaron Reynolds

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Reynolds is from O'Fallon and currently resides in Fox River Grove. He graduated from Illinois Wesleyan in Bloomington.

Biography: Aaron Reynolds is a New York Times Bestselling Author. He is the author of a graphic novel series and other great books for kids.

  • "Fart Quest"
  • -- Starred Review, Booklist
  • -- Illinois Reads Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2022
  • "The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter"
  • -- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • "Rescuing Mrs. Birdley"
  • -- Starred Review, School Library Journal
  • "Dude!"
  • -- Starred Review, Booklist
  • -- Starred Review, Kirkus
  • "Creepy Pair of Underwear!"
  • -- Illinois Reads Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2018
  • -- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • -- Starred Review, Booklist
  • -- Starred Review, Kirkus
  • "Nerdy Birdy"
  • -- Best Books of September, Amazon, 2015
  • -- Indy's First Pick, 2015
  • -- Starred Review, Kirkus
  • "Here Comes Destructo-Saurus!"
  • -- Best Books for Children, Amazon, 2014
  • -- 100 Magnificent Books of the Year, Fuse #8, 2014
  • -- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • "Carnivores"
  • -- Illinois Reads Book Selections, Illinois Reading Council, 2015
  • -- Chickadee Award, Maine Kids Choice Award
  • -- Buckeye Award, Ohio Kids Choice Award
  • -- Best Book of the Year, ABA, 2013
  • -- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • "Creepy Carrots"
  • -- Caldecott Honor Award Winner
  • -- New York Times Bestseller
  • -- Crystal Kite Award, SCBWI
  • -- Notable Book, American Library Association
  • -- Goldfinch Award, Iowa Kids Choice Award
  • -- Grand Canyon Award, Arizona Kids Choice Award
  • -- International School Kids Choice Award, Switzerland
  • -- Kids Choice Award, Pennsylvania
  • -- Black-Eyed Susan Award, Maryland Kids Choice Award
  • -- Buckaroo Award, Wyoming Kids Choice Award
  • -- Buckeye Award, Ohio Kids Choice Award
  • -- Gold Award Winner, National Parenting Publications, 2012
  • -- Junior Library Guild Selection, 2012
  • -- Top Ten Books, School Library Journal, 2012
  • -- 10 Books to Note for the Summer, 100 Scope Notes, 2012
  • -- Top Ten Notable Books, BEA, 2012
  • -- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • -- Starred Review, Kirkus
  • "Chicks and Salsa"
  • -- Illinois Reads Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2013
  • -- Master List, Monarch Award, 2010
  • -- Top 5 Children's Books of the Year, Houston Chronicle, 2005
  • -- Cuffie Award - Best Title, 2005
  • -- Nominee, Children's Book Award, North Carolina, 2006
  • -- Nominee, Young Reader's Award, Nevada, 2006
  • -- Blue Ribbon Book, Children's Playmate, 2006
  • -- BookSense Pick, 2005
  • "Joey Fly Private Eye: Creepy Crawly Crime"
  • -- Nominee, Edgar Allen Poe Mystery Award
  • -- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, 2010
  • "Joey Fly Private Eye: Big Hairy Drama"
  • -- Jr. Library Guild Selection, 2011
  • "Back of the Bus"
  • -- Notable Book Children's Book, American Library Association, 2011
  • -- Nominee, Maine Chickadee Book Award, 2012
  • -- Nominee, South Carolina Book Award, 2012
  • -- Nominee, Arkansas Diamond Award, 2012
  • -- Nominee, Alabama Camelia Award, 2012
  • -- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • "Superhero School"
  • -- Three Silly Chicks Pick, 2009

Primary Literary Genre(s): C:CHILDREN; Fiction


Selected Titles

Back of the bus /
ISBN: 0147510589 OCLC: 869903910

From the back of the bus, an African-American child watches the arrest of Rosa Parks.

Breaking out of the bungle bird /
ISBN: 0310709563 OCLC: 56371544

Zonderkidz, Grand Rapids, Mich. : ©2005.

Two insects try to escape from the stomach of a bungle bird in this rhyming story based on a Bible verse from the book of Proverbs about the wisdom of taking advice.

Buffalo wings
ISBN: 9781599903255 OCLC: 229028874

Bloomsbury Children's Books, New York : 2009.

While searching for the perfect Super Bowl snack, Rooster comes across a recipe for buffalo wings and, before reading it completely, goes in search of what he believes is the missing ingredient.

Carnivores /
ISBN: 0811866904 OCLC: 249133402

A lion, a great white shark, and a timber wolf, all meat-eaters who have been hurt by the cruelty of plant-eaters, form a support group which has limited success until their newest member, a great horned owl, shares some advice.

Caveboy Dave: More Scrawny Than Brawny
ISBN: 0147516587 OCLC: 951017747

"A young caveman named Dave must complete a dangerous rite of passage with his peers"--

Caveboy Dave: Not so Faboo
ISBN: 0451475488 OCLC: 1011544321

"Twelve-year-old Dave Unga-Bunga is elected leader of the village after Shaman Faboo goes missing, and if Dave can't find Shaman Faboo and bring him back, he'll be doomed to take over as leader forever!"--

Chicks and salsa /
ISBN: 1599900998 OCLC: 57652184

Bloomsbury Children's Books, New York : 2005.

Soon after the chickens tire of their feed and decide to make tortilla chips and salsa, all the other animals on Nuthatcher Farm start to crave southwestern cuisine.

Creepy carrots! /
ISBN: 1442402970 OCLC: 668054877

The carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field are the fattest and crispiest around and Jasper Rabbit cannot resist pulling some to eat each time he passes by, until he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever he goes.

Creepy pair of underwear!
ISBN: 9781442402980 OCLC: 948960531

A young rabbit is frightened by his underwear--

Dude! /
ISBN: 1626726035 OCLC: 974439732

A platypus and a beaver who love surfing encounter a shark -- with unexpected results. Using just the one word "dude" this almost wordless picture book shows how much gnarly fun the dudes have surfing together.

Fart quest /
ISBN: 1250206367 OCLC: 1104299209

After their masters are vaporized in a goblin battle gone badly, Fart, Pan, and Moxie, three lowly apprentices, decide to impersonate their mentors and pick up the mantle as heroes of the realm. But they need more than a fancy robe, magic staff, and book of magical beasts to be real heroes. They need a quest! So when The Great and Powerful Kevin puts out a call for help, seeking the coveted Golden Llama and its magical golden fart, young Fart and his friends jump at the chance and embark on a journey they were destined for.

Fart Quest: The Barf of the Bedazzler
ISBN: 1250206383 OCLC: 1144484918

"After crushing their very first quest, young adventurers Pan, Moxie, and Fart are hungry for their next challenge. Luckily, the Great and Powerful Kevin has cooked up something for the trio: Locate a bedazzler--a rare and monstrous creature of truly horrific power--and bring back . . . its barf"--

Fart Quest: The Dragon's Dookie
ISBN: 1250206448 OCLC: 1202438776

Fart Quest: The Troll's Toe Cheese
ISBN: 1250206464 OCLC: 1237252187

Here comes Destructosaurus! /
ISBN: 145212454X OCLC: 843010342

Destructosaurus lays waste to a city, but he really is just looking for his teddy bear.

Joey Fly, private eye in Big hairy drama
ISBN: 9780805091106 OCLC: 430678915

Henry Holt, New York : 2010.

When Greta Divawing, butterfly star of the Scarab Beetle Theatre, goes missing a week before the opening performance of Bugliacci, Joey Fly is called in to investigate her puzzling disappearance.

Joey Fly, private eye in Creepy crawly crime /
ISBN: 0805087869 OCLC: 173659567

Henry Holt, New York : 2009.

Have you ever had one of those moments? You know--you're trying to find a stolen diamond pencil box for your beautiful butterfly customer, your mosquito witness won't give you any information, and your clumsy scorpion assistant has just tampered with your only bit of evidence?Joey Fly has those moments a lot.

Metal man /
ISBN: 1580891519 OCLC: 419805323

Charlesbridge ; Watertown, Mass. : 2010.

One hot summer day, a man who makes sculpture out of junk helps a boy create what he sees in his minds eye.

Nerdy Birdy /
ISBN: 1626721270 OCLC: 898125069

"A picture book about a nerdy birdy who just wants to hang out with the cool birds"--

Nerdy Birdy tweets
ISBN: 9781250180889 OCLC: 998740162

Spending all of his time on social media making online friends, Nerdy Birdy neglects his live friend, Vulture.

Pirates vs. cowboys /
ISBN: 0375858741 OCLC: 782251825

Alfred A. Knopf, New York : 2013.

A scurvy pirate crew, led by Burnt Beard, finds trouble when they try to hide their treasure in Old Cheyenne and have some miscommunication with Black Bob McKraw and his posse.

President Squid
ISBN: 9781452136479 OCLC: 881560452

A giant squid decides that he has the right stuff to be President Squid.

Rescuing Mrs. Birdley /
ISBN: 153442704X OCLC: 1078953588

Self-proclaimed animal expert Miranda Montgomery sees her teacher at the grocery store and decides to return her to her natural habitat, the classroom.

Sea Monkey & Bob
ISBN: 9781481406765 OCLC: 951070960

A sea monkey who is afraid of sinking and a pufferfish afraid of floating to the surface conquer their fears by sticking together.

Snowbots /
ISBN: 0375858733 OCLC: 403851458

Alfred A. Knopf, New York : ©2010.

Rhyming tale of a fun day young robots spend playing in new-fallen snow.

Superhero School
ISBN: 9781599901664 OCLC: 243544397

Bloomsbury, New York : 2009.

When Leonard starts attending Superhero School he is disappointed to find that all they learn is math, but when the ice zombies strike, Leonard and his classmates put their newly-acquired knowledge to good use.

Tale of the poisonous yuck bugs /
ISBN: 0310709555 OCLC: 55597136

Zonderkidz, Grand Rapids, Mich. : ©2005.

The fabulous reinvention of Sunday school :
ISBN: 9780310274339 OCLC: 77573825

Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Mich. : ©2007.

The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter
ISBN: 1368051839 OCLC: 1100445386

Cursed by an old carnival game, sixth-grader Rex Dexter uses his new ability to communicate with dead animals to investigate the mysterious deaths of endangered zoo animals.

The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter: Everybunny Loves Magic 3
ISBN: 0316105376 OCLC: 1257293733

The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter: Narwhal I'm Around 2
ISBN: 0759555230 OCLC: 1195440671

"Sixth grader Rex Dexter uses his ability to communicate with dead animals to investigate a narwhal's mysterious death"--

The nineteenth of maquerk /
ISBN: 0310709547 OCLC: 55597135

Zonderkidz, Grand Rapids, Mich. : ©2005.

Discovering the rewards of diligence can certainly be fun, but see how one lazy caterpiller learns what happens when you don't finish what you start.--Publisher description.

Tiger Moth and the dragon kite contest /
ISBN: 1598892290 OCLC: 64585848

Stone Arch Books, Minneapolis : 2007.

Fourth-grade ninjas Tiger Moth and Kung Pow have fun with their classmates celebrating the Chinese New Year. tiger's rivals, the Fruit Fly Boys, enter the kite-flying contest and the result is a sky-high disaster.

Tiger Moth, insect ninja /
ISBN: 1598892282 OCLC: 64585847

Stone Arch Books, Minneapolis : 2007.

In graphic novel format, Young Tiger Moth is a ninja-in-training, a martial arts warrior who fights evil in the streets and classrooms of the bug world. With the help of his best friend, pillbug Kung Pow, he works for truth and justice, while still hoping to finish the fourth grade.

Tiger Moth.
ISBN: 9781434230324 OCLC: 702339606

Stone Arch Books, Mankato, Minn. : ©2011.

Every bug in school asks Tiger Moth for his superhero help. And like a moth to a flame, this Insect Ninja can't resist aiding insects in need. He fends off foul stinkbugs, takes on the rotten Fruit Fly Boys, and battles the evil mastermind Weevil--all while trying to survive the perils of fourth grade.--Page 4 of cover.

Tiger Moth: Kung Pow Chicken
ISBN: 1434205053 OCLC: 163603853

Weevil's evil goons have captured Tiger Moth! The fate of this fourth-grade ninja rests in the hands of Kung Pow and his kid sister, Amber. Have Tiger's lessons prepared his young apprentice for this life or death bug battle? Or will Kung Pow fail the ultimate ninja test?

Tiger Moth: The Dung Beetle Bandits
ISBN: 9781598893175 OCLC: 71581483

Stone Arch Books, Mankato, Minn. : ©2007.

Tiger Moth and his sidekick, Kung Pow, visit a dung beetle ranch owned by Tiger's Uncle Aphid, but when they arrive, the beetles are missing. It looks like the work of Stinky McCree. Tiger is convinced, however, that somewhere out among the desert cacti, a darker evil lurks.

Tiger Moth: The Fortune Cookies of Weevil
ISBN: 1598894137 OCLC: 71581487

Stone Arch Books, Mankato, Minn. : ©2007.

Who is sending all those fortune cookies around the city? What sinister message is tucked inside? Why are the Scorpions working with the Yellow Jacket Hive? Fourth-grade ninjas, Tiger Moth and Kung Pow, smell something crummy in the air, and it's not the jumbo hot chocolate from Starbugs.

Tiger Moth: The Pest Show on Earth
ISBN: 1434205045 OCLC: 163603859

Stone Arch Books, Minneapolis : ©2008.

When the carnival comes to town, Tiger Moth and his sidekick, Kung Pow, let their ninja guard down. But not for long! This funfest is an evil trick by Weevil, the world's evilest insect. Now, the fourth-grade ninja duo must stop the show before the main attraction-- the deadly Wing Kong!