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Christopher Raschka

(1959-03-06) March 6, 1959 (age 64)
Occupation Author, artist and illustrator

Chris Raschka (born March 6, 1959) is an American illustrator, writer, and violist. He contributed to children's literature as a children's illustrator. He was U.S. nominee for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 2012.

Yo! Yes? was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1994 but Raschka may be most famous for his Hello, Goodbye Window, winner of the 2006 Caldecott Medal, and his book A Ball for Daisy, which won the 2012 Caldecott Medal.

Raschka was born in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Though he grew up in suburban Chicago, Illinois, he spent part of his childhood in Austria, his mother's homeland. He is a graduate of St. Olaf College. Now he lives in New York City.

Raschka is the author and illustrator of Charlie Parker Played Be Bop, an introduction to the saxophone player and composer Charlie Parker (Scholastic, 1997).

Selected works

  • Another Important Book (illustrator)
  • Arlene Sardine
  • A Ball for Daisy
  • The Blushful Hippopotamus
  • Can't Sleep
  • Charlie Parker Played Be Bop
  • Circle Time (shorts for Playhouse Disney)
  • Daisy Gets Lost
  • Elizabeth Imagined an Iceberg
  • Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle
  • Farmy Farm
  • Fishing in the Air (illustrator)
  • Five for a Little One
  • A Foot in the Mouth (illustrator)
  • The Genie in the Jar (illustrator)
  • Good Sports: Rhymes about Running, Jumping, Throwing, and More (illustrator)
  • Granny Torrelli Makes Soup (illustrator)
  • Grump Groan Growl (illustrator)
  • Happy to Be Nappy (illustrator)
  • Home at Last (children's book)|Home at Last (illustrator)
  • The Hello, Goodbye Window (illustrator)
  • Hip Hop Dog (author)
  • John Coltrane's Giant Steps
  • A Kick in the Head (illustrator)
  • Little Black Crow
  • Little Tree (illustrator)
  • Moosey Moose
  • Mysterious Thelonious
  • Peter and the Wolf (adaptor, illustrator)
  • A Poke in the I (illustrator)
  • The Purple Balloon
  • Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking about What They See, by Megan Dowd Lambert, Charlesbridge, 2015.
  • Ring! Yo?
  • Seriously, Norman
  • Side by Side : A Celebration of Dads
  • Simple Gifts: A Shaker Hymn
  • Talk To Me About the Alphabet
  • Whaley Whale
  • Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?( illustrator)
  • Wormy Worm
  • Yo! Yes?
  • If You Were a Dog

See also

Black History Month on Kiddle
African-American Artists you should know:
John T. Biggers
Thomas Blackshear
Mark Bradford
Beverly Buchanan
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