Chris Raschka

Books by This Illustrator

A Child's Christmas in Wales

Illustrated by: Chris Raschka
Age Level: 3-6
First published in book form in 1954, this haunting memoir of the poet's childhood Christmases is back in a well-designed package. Creating the art with ink and gouache on torn and textured paper, Raschka reflects the spirit of this read-aloud favorite without always adhering literally to descriptions in the text. Appearing on nearly every page, the pictures are alight with color and express an almost musical sense of movement.

A Poke in the I: A Collection of Concrete Poetry

Illustrated by: Chris Raschka
Age Level: 6-9
In this creative collection, words are used as objects to create images — both on the page and in the reader’s mind. These literal representations make poetry and imagery accessible even to very young children.

Foot in the Mouth: Poems to Speak, Sing, and Shout

Illustrated by: Chris Raschka
Age Level: 6-9
The team who created A Kick in the Head (2005) presents another appealing collection of poems in varied forms and from different time periods. All these poems shout to be shared aloud while illustrations deserve multiple looks.

Happy to Be Nappy

Illustrated by: Chris Raschka
Age Level: 3-6
Language: English

Exuberant language and jaunty illustrations seem to jump off the pages to celebrate "girlpie" hair, soft and billowy. With encouraging individuality, these girls love and accept themselves just the way they are.

Peter and the Wolf

Illustrated by: Chris Raschka
Age Level: 3-6
The symphonic story of a boy who captures a wolf and saves his fowl friend is told as a stage play. Energetic illustrations enhance the vivacious language and its satisfying, albeit slightly altered ending (the wolf goes to a zoo); engaging with or without music.

Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie

Illustrated by: Chris Raschka
Age Level: 3-6
Grandparents love their grandchildren no matter what mood they're in — sweetie pie or sourpuss. This charming sequel to Juster's The Hello, Goodbye Window (with Raschka's lively illustrations once again) perfectly captures the mercurial nature of a young child.

The Genie in the Jar

Illustrated by: Chris Raschka
Age Level: 3-6

A mother encircles her daughter like a bottle around a genie, and teaches her the craft of weaving and the world of possibilities before letting her out on her own. The lyrical poetry envelops the reader like the mother’s arms, and offers gentle protection and loving support.

The Hello, Goodbye Window

Illustrated by: Chris Raschka
Age Level: 3-6
The window at Nanna and Poppy's house looks like a regular window, but it's really a doorway to the child's world and a celebration of the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren. Celebrate family with this Caldecott Medal-winning book.