Chris Raschka

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Chris Raschka
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Chris Raschka at the 2013 Mazza Summer Conference
Born Christopher Raschka
(1959-03-06) March 6, 1959 (age 57)
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.[1]

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.[2][3]

Rashka was born in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Though he grew up in suburban Chicago, Illinois,[4] he spent part of his childhood in Austria, his mother's homeland. He is a graduate of St. Olaf College. Now he currently 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).

Two of his books have met with controversy: Happy to Be Nappy, written by bell hooks, and his own Arlene Sardine.[who?]

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  1. ^ "2012 Awards". Hans Christian Andersen Awards. International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).
      "Chris Raschka". Hans Christian Andersen Awards. IBBY. Retrieved 2013-07-19.
  2. ^ "Caldecott Medal & Honor Books, 1938–Present". Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). American Library Association (ALA).
      "The Randolph Caldecott Medal". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved 2013-07-19.
  3. ^ "A Ball (And A Caldecott) For 'Daisy' The Dog". National Public Radio. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Artist Profile: Chris Raschka". NCCIL. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 

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