Peter Catalanotto

Books by This Illustrator

Happy Birthday, America

Illustrated by: Peter Catalanotto
Age Level: 6-9
Realistic watercolors present the summer celebration a boy shares with his family on the 4th of July. The day's activities range from a pet parade and games to a barbeque and concert. The patriotic performance concludes with fireworks, after which the family returns home, tired but happy. The story is inspired by an actual community gala.

We Wanted You

Illustrated by: Peter Catalanotto
Age Level: 6-9

"Beginning 'From the moment you were born — and even before that moment — we knew we wanted you,' a poetic text and Catalanotto's glowing illustrations distinguish this book on adoption. As the parents explain how they waited and searched and hoped for Enrique, the illustrations show the boy during several milestones of his life, beginning with his high school graduation on the title page and moving back through his life with his adoptive parents: catching the school bus, getting measles, fishing with his father." — School Library Journal