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I am a former elementary school teacher who has been working as a children's author and illustrator for the past 24 years. I have published nearly thirty books, including picture books, puzzle books, books of family activities, and a young adult novel.

When I am not writing, illustrating, or visiting schools as the author/illustrator-in-residence, I enjoy traveling, orienteering, playing games, and, of course, reading.

I also love to carve pumpkins and my creations have been featured for several years on "Good Morning America."

[Pronunciation guide: LaRochelle (la-row-shell)]

Moo!
written by David LaRochelle
illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
Walker, 2013
ages 4 to 8, ISBN 978-0802734099

When Cow gets her hooves on the farmer's car, she takes it for a wild ride through the country. Moooo! But a bump in the road brings this joy ride to a troublesome end. Moo-moo. . . Has Cow learned her lesson about living life in the fast lane? Moo?

  Moo!
Arlo's ARTrageous Adventure
written and illustrated by David LaRochelle
Sterling, 2013
ages 4 and up, ISBN 978-1402792267

Arlo's not thrilled when his grandmother says they're going to the museum WHETHER HE LIKES IT OR NOT. But when the paintings start coming hilariously to life, Arlo's in for a big surprise. With 50 fabulously funny flaps to flip, children will discover how cool art can be...if you let your imagination run wild.

  Arlo's Art-rageous Adventure
How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans
written by David LaRochelle
illustrated by Mark Fearing
Dial Books, 2013
ages 5 and up, ISBN 978-0803737662

Martha HATES green beans. When some mean, green bandits stroll into town, anyone who ever said "Eat your green beans" is in big trouble. But when the beans kidnap Martha's parents, Martha is forced to take action. She can think of only one way to stop the villainous veggies from taking over her town, and it's not pretty...or tasty.

Coloring sheet for Martha

Coloring sheet for mean green beans

Wanted poster

  How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans
It's a Tiger!
written by David LaRochelle
illustrated by Jeremy Tankard
Chronicle Books, 2012
ages preschool and up
ISBN 978-0-8118-6925-6

Are you ready for a story? Me too. But wait a minute. What's that lurking in the jungle? You don't think it could be...A TIGER!

No matter which way the narrator in this story runs, that pesky tiger keeps showing up. With plenty of opportunities for listeners to jump, duck, climb, and run, this energetic read-aloud will have young children shouting, “It's a tiger!”

Teaching guide

Activity kit

Awards & Recognition: Minnesota Book Award; Star of the North Picture Book Award nominee, 2013-14; Utah Beehive Book Award nominee, 2013-14; Missouri Building Block Award nominee, 2013; Texas 2x2 Reading List, 2013; Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books, 2013

  It's a Tiger!
The Haunted Hamburger and Other Ghostly Stories
written by David LaRochelle
illustrated by Paul Meisel
Dutton, 2011
ages 6 and up, ISBN 978-0525422723

What's scarier than a ghost story? Three ghost stories, of course. And these three stories, told to little ghosts at bedtime, are the scariest kind of ghost stories there are-they're about people! From a ghost who becomes the victim of a baby in need of a diaper to a hamburger that can win a scaring contest just by lifting its bun, these hilariously illustrated silly stories are sure to bring laughs to even the littlest ghosts.

Teaching guide

BOOkmarks to color

Haunted Hamburger coloring sheet

Mystery Picture puzzle

Fill-in-the-Blank story

Awards & Recognition: North Carolina Children's Book Award nominee, 2014

  Haunted Hamburger
Minnesota's Hidden Alphabet
written by David LaRochelle
photographed by Joe Rossi
Minnesota Historical Society, 2010
ages 4 to adult, ISBN 978-0873518086

Look at the natural world around you. Closer now. Can you find the letter “A” in a jumble of tree roots, the letter “I” in a cattail, the letter “O” in a bird’s nest? Joe Rossi traveled the state in search of all the letters of the alphabet, photographing scenes from Granite Falls to Chippewa National Forest, from Bemidji to St. Paul. Turn these pages and see what he found: does his imagination match yours?

Teaching guide

Awards& Recognition
Northeastern Minnesota Book Award

  Minnesota's Hidden Alphabet
1+1=5: and Other Unlikely Additions
written by David LaRochelle
illustrated by Brenda Sexton
Sterling, 2010
ages 4 to 10, ISBN 978-1402759956

How much is 1+1? Think the answer is 2? Not always, as this playful approach to addition proves!

1 goat + 1 unicorn = 3 horns!
1 set of triplets + 1 set of twins = 5 babies!
1 duet + 1 quartet = 6 musicians!
1 ant + 1 spider = 14 legs!
1 century + 1 decade = 110 years!

Teaching guide in color

Teaching guide in black-and-white

Number Hunt

The Secret Life of Numbers

Underwater Brainstorms

What is It?

Coloring sheet

Creativity Certificate

Award & Recognition
Minnesota Book Award finalist

  1+1=5
The End
written by David LaRochelle
illustrated by Richard Egielski
Arthur A. LevineBooks/Scholastic, 2007
ages 4 to 8, ISBN 978-0-439-64011-4

Usually a story begins at the beginning...but not this one! The End starts with "And they all lived happily ever after," then winds its way backwards past a soggy knight, a frightened dragon, 100 bunny rabbits, an enormous tomato, and a very hungry giant, until at last it arrives at a clever princess and "Once upon a time." Going backwards has never been so much fun!

Awards and Recognition
SCBWI Golden Kite Honor for Picture Book Text 2007; Bill Martin, Jr.,Picture Book Award nominee 2008-2009; Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award nominee 2009-2010; Wyoming Buckaroo Book Award nominee 2008-2009; Washington's Children's Choice Award nominee 2009; Maine's Chickadee Award nominee 2009; Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award nominee 2009-2010; Utah's Beehive Award nominee 2010

Teaching guide

Letter-writing activity

Knight coloring sheet: creative problem-solving

Writing BackWords

Bookmarks to color

How to Host a Backwards Party

  Absolutely, Positively Not
The Best Pet of All
written by David LaRochelle
illustrated by Hanako Wakiyama
Dutton Books, 2004
ages 4 to 8, ISBN 978-0-525-47129-5

Reading Guide available from Minnesota Storytime

This boy-wants-dog story with a twist is both snappy and endearing. The little boy's mother won't let him have a dog. Dogs are too messy and too loud. But she says he can have a dragon for a pet—if he can find one. Enter the coolest—but naughtiest—pet ever. The dragon is messier and louder than any dog. And he will not leave. How will the boy ever get a dog now?

Wry, stylish illustrations with an appealing retro look perfectly complement the spare, witty text. A comical, engaging story for anyone who's ever wanted a pet!

Awards and Recognition
2005 Minnesota Book Award; Child Magazine 2004 Best Books; Booksense Top Ten Children’s Books – Autumn 2004; 2006-07 California Young Reader Medal nominee; 2006 New Hampshire Ladybug Picture Book Award nominee

Reader's Theater script

  Best Pet of All
The Bookstore Valentine
written by Barbara Maitland
illustrated by David LaRochelle
Dutton, 2002
ages 4 to 8,
ISBN 978-0-525-46913-1

Love is in the air at the haunted bookstore! In this new addition to the popular easy-to-read series, Cobweb the cat plays Cupid. With the help of her ghostly friends, she sets out to bring together shy Mr. Brown and his sweet, bookish valentine. Hilarious illustrations and an entertaining story make The Bookstore Valentine a match made in heaven for beginning readers.
  Bookstore Valentine
Picture That! Christmas Puzzles
by David LaRochelle
Price SternSloan, 2002
ISBN978-0-613-98731-8

Picture That! Halloween Puzzels
Price Stern Sloan, 2002
ISBN 978-0-8431-4877-0

Picture That! Puzzles are adventure in the making. Using simple directions and clearly printed grids, these puzzles are assembled square-by-square until a Christmas or Halloween image appears on the page. Simple enough for younger kids, yet sufficiently challenging for adults, these unique puzzles will provide hourse of holiday fun!

 
Picture That! Christmas Puzzles

Picture That! Halloween Puzzles

The Mighty Big Book of Travel Mysteries
Price Stern Sloan, 2002
ages 9 to 12, ISBN 978-0-8431-7734-3

Here's a collection of five of the Detective Dave's titles from the Mad Mysteries puzzle series. Filled with over two hundred pages of puzzling activities, this big book will entertain the most lively of travelers, whether you go by car, boat, plane, or spacecraft!

  The Might Big Book of Travel Mysteries
Before and After Christmas
by Debbie Trafton O'Neal
illustrated byDavid LaRochelle
Augsburg Fortress Press, 2001
ages 4 to 8, ISBN978-0-8066-4156-0

A treasury of ideas and activities for celebrating the days before Christmas, and also things to do after the Christmas tree is taken down. Specific activities, including crafts, service projects, and family worship ideas, are included for each day in Advent and through the twelve days of Christmas. In addition, each day offers a Bible passage for reading together. Full-color illustrations bring the text to life and make completing the activities a snap!
  Before and After Christmas
Before and After Easter :
Activities and Ideas for Lent to Pentecost

by Debbie Trafton O'Neal
illustrated by David LaRochelle
Augsburg Fortress Press, 2001
ages 9 to 12, ISBN978-0-8066-4157-7

Fascinating facts, activities, crafts, and recipes for observing each day of Lent and for celebrating the Easter season. Debbie O'Neal tells the fascinating history of Lent and Easter and then takes families on a day-by-day journey through the season, with interesting crafts, activities, recipes, and worship ideas—all colorfully illustrated by David LaRochelle. And there are celebrations and activities for Easter Day and each week of the Easter season, plus a BONUS punch-out butterfly mobile.

  Before and After Easter
Donna Erickson's Fabulous Funstuff for Families
by Donna Erickson
illustrated by David LaRochelle
Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 2001
ISBN 978-0-8066-4267-3

Take the most popular activities from the best-selling Prime Time books and organize them by seasons. Color-code each activity by the strength or quality it builds in children and add fresh new insights. The result is this wonderful collection by TV personality and parenting expert Donna Erickson. Each activity is designed to build stronger, healthier children and families.

  Donna Erickson's Fabulous Funstuff for Families
Mad Mystery Series
Detective Dave: Space Case
Miss Taken's Identity
Detective Dave's Bummer Vacation
The Pirate's Yo Yo Hoax
The Invisible Suit Case
A Dog Gone Dilemma
Trapped In Hill House!
The Case of the Missing Lynx
Price Stern Sloan, 1995-98
  Miss Taken's Identity
Donna Erickson's Great Outdoors Fun Book
(Prime Time Family Series)

by Donna Erickson
illustrated by David LaRochelle
Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 1997
ISBN 978-0-8066-3336-7

Donna Erickson comes up with over fifty nifty ideas to help readers have fun outdoors, from planning a block-party art fair, to gardening like a pro, to playing Backyard Golf with your family. Erickson is an expert in creative fun for building strong families.

  Donna Erickson's Great Outdoors Fun Book
Donna Erickson's Travel Fun Book
(Prime Time Family Series)

by Donna Erickson
illustrated by David Larochelle
Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 1997
ISBN 978-0-8066-3337-4

Donna Erickson, author of Prime Time Together...With Kids, offers fifty-plus ideas to help parents survive trips with children and to make the travel experience positive for all involved.

  Donna Erickson's Travel Fun Book
Donna Erickson's Year-Round Holiday Fun Book
by Donna Erickson
illustrated by David LaRochelle
Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 1996
ISBN 978-0-8066-2974-2

Donna Erickson's creative ideas for building strong families are augmented by publication of a new book of 50 great ideas to help families celebrate holidays throughout the year.

  Donna Erickson's Year-Round HolidayFun Book
Donna Erickson's Rainy Day Fun Book
by Donna Erickson
illustrated by David LaRochelle
Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN 978-0-8066-2984-1

These rainy-day interludes will fill the soul with meaning and pleasure. The activities that Donna Erickson has dreamed up will make the time you spend with your kids count—and provide fun for everyone.

  Donna Erickson's RainyDayFunBook
More Prime Time Activities With Kids
by Donna Erickson
illustrated by David LaRochelle
Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 1992
ISBN 978-0-8066-2606-2
  More Prime Time Activities with Kids
The Evening King
illustrated by Catherine Stock
Atheneum, 1993
ages preschool to 9, ISBN 978-0-689-31640-1
find at your library

A young boy holds tight to his strong imagination despite the practical nature of the family and friends who surround him.

  The Evening King
The Stingy Baker
by Janet Greeson
illustrated by David LaRochelle
Carolrhoda Books, 1990
ages 5 to 10, ISBN 978-0-87614-378-0
find at your library

The origin of the phrase "a baker's dozen" is told in this folktale about a baker whose greed gets him in trouble with a witch.

  Stingy Baker
Prime Time Together With Kids
by Donna Erickson
illustrated by David Larochelle
Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 1989
ISBN 978-0-8066-2430-3

Parents, prandparents, teachers and others can help strengthen a child's self-image with these 100 easy-to-do activities for children ages 3-12. Each activity is clearly explained with colorful art.

  Prime TimeTogether withKids
A Christmas Guest
by David LaRochelle
illustrated by Martin Skoro
Carolrhoda Books, 1988
all ages, ISBN 978-0-87614-325-4
find at your library

A young boy and his mother welcome a mysterious woman into their home on Christmas Eve, and later discover that she was a very special guest indeed.

  Christmas Guest

 

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