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Happy Birthday Dan Yaccarino!

by: 
Rachel, Golden Library

Dan Yaccarino is an author, illustrator, artist, animator, and producer who was born on May 20, 1965 in Montclair, New Jersey.  He attended Parsons School of Design in New York and currently lives in New York City with his wife and two children.  Yaccarino has contributed to several shows on Nickelodeon; he creates and produces Oswald and is a character designer for the Backyardigans.  His art has also been used in advertising for companies like AT&T, Gardenburger, and Sony.  Check out some of our favorite Dan Yaccarino storybooks!

The Birthday Fish

In this story, a girl named Cynthia wishes for a pony every birthday and at Christmas but never gets one.  One birthday she gets a goldfish instead and is very upset.  She starts to dump him down the drain but the goldfish convinces her that he is magical.  Read this to find out what happens next.

Deep in the Jungle

Lion, the king of the jungle, is used to the other animals obeying his every command.  One day the lion meets a man who wants to take him to the city so he can perform in a circus.  At first, the lion is thrilled with the idea of being famous but soon enough he realizes he may have made a big mistake.

Every Friday

A young boy loves Fridays because he gets to have breakfast with his father in a local diner.  On the walk to the restaurant, they see a number of things, like buildings being built and people walking their dogs.

Go, Go America

This is a non-fiction book with some fun and interesting facts about each of the 50 states.  For example, did you know that, in Connecticut, it is illegal to cross the street while walking on your hands?  Or that more rubber chickens are made in Utah than anywhere else in the country?  Read this to discover more interesting state facts!

The Lima Bean Monster

Sammy, a boy who hates lima beans, decides it is a good idea to bury them in a hole in a vacant lot down the street from his house to hide from his mother the fact that he hasn’t been eating them.  Soon, this dirt mound develops into a lima bean monster that terrorizes the town. 

Unlovable

Alfred is a little pug who needs a boost of self-confidence.  The cat, goldfish and parrot he lives with all tell him he is unlovable so he spends most of his time in the backyard.  One day a new dog friend, Rex, moves in next door and neither he nor Alfred can see the other over the fence so Alfred decides to tell Rex he is a golden retriever.  Read this to see what happens when Alfred fibs!