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Mike Thaler

Born: Los Angeles, United States of America

Current Home: Canby, United States of America

Mike Thaler
Watch a video interview with Mike Thaler. "The most powerful nation in the world is IMAGINATION." Mike Thaler believes that story writing and riddles are the most useful tools in stimulating children's awareness of language and its creative use. An award-winning author and illustrator, Mike travels the world sharing his message with teachers and children. Mike has written over 250 books for children of all ages. He has also created word play games, software, and audiocassettes. He created and wrote "Letterman" for TV”s Electric Co. In addition, he launched the Jell-O Reading Rocket Program to motivate children to read. Mike was born in Los Angeles in 1936. After moving to New York City, he started his professional career drawing cartoons for adults. A children's book editor saw one of these cartoons and encouraged Mike to write children's books. The attempt was successful and Magic Boy was published in 1962. 250 books later, Mike has been called "one of the most creative people in children's books today." Thaler now lives in West Linn, Oregon, surrounded by his family, friends, and yellow, his favorite color. Become a Lagoony and visit Mike online at his website. Booklists/Awards The Cafeteria Lady from the Black Lagoon 1999 IRA Children”s Choice Award Cinderella Bigfoot, Hanzel & Pretzel, Princess and the Pea, and Schmoe White and the 7 Dorfs 1998 #1 Pick, USA Today The Librarian from the Black Lagoon 1997 The Bully Brothers at the Beach 1996 The Bully Brothers: Making the Grade 1995 The Principal from the Black Lagoon 1993 The Teacher from the Black Lagoon 1989