Chris Raschka

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Chris Raschka
Raschka in 2013
Christopher Raschka

(1959-03-06) March 6, 1959 (age 64)
Occupation(s)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]

Raschka 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 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[edit]

  • Another Important Book (illustrator)
  • Arlene Sardine[5]
  • 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[6]
  • 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[edit]


  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.
  5. ^ "Review of Arlene Sardine ". Publishers Weekly. August 31, 1998. Retrieved January 10, 2022.
  6. ^ Gurdon, Meaghan Cox (7 June 2019). "Children's Books: Why They Love to Hop on Pop Picture books that celebrate the tender, playful, capable modern father (book review)". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 7 June 2019.

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