LaRochelle, David

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Book Category: Nonfiction, Picture Books, Young Adult Fiction
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Children’s Books

Isle of You. Illus. by Jaime Kim, Candlewick Books, 2018.

Monster & Son. Illus. by Joey Chou. Chronicle Books, 2016.

This is NOT a Cat! Illus. by Mike Wohnoutka. Sterling Books, 2016.

How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans. Illus. by Mark Fearing. Dial Books, 2013.

Arlo’s ARTrageous Adventure! Sterling Children’s Books, 2013.

Moo! Illus. by Mike Wohnoutka. Walker Books for Young Readers, 2013.

It’s a Tiger!. Illus. by Jeremy Tankard. Chronicle Books, 2012.

The Haunted Hamburger and Other Ghostly Stories. Illus. by Paul Meisel. Dutton, 2011.

Minnesota’s Hidden Alphabet. Photographs by Joe Rossi. Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2011.

1 + 1 = 5 and Other Unlikely Additions. Illus. by Brenda Sexton. Sterling, August 2010.

The End. Illus. by Richard Egielski. Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, January 2007.

The Best Pet of All. Illus. by Hanako Wakiyama. Dutton, 2004.

The Bookstore Valentine. Written by Barbara Maitland. Dutton, 2002.

The Evening King. Illus. by Catherine Stock. Atheneum, 1993.

The Stingy Baker. Written by Janet Greeson. Carolrhoda, 1990.

A Christmas Guest. Illus. by Martin Skoro. Carolrhoda, 1988 I am also the creator of the Mad Mysteries and Picture That puzzle series published by Price Stern Sloan, and have illustrated all of Donna Erickons books on creative parenting.

Chapter Books (Children’s Fiction)

Planet of the Penguins. Sterling Books, 2019.

I was an Outer-Space Chicken. Sterling Books, 2019.

Young Adult Books

Absolutely, Positively Not. Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, 2005.


I am a former fourth grade teacher who has been writing and illustrating children’s books since 1988. My work has appeared in many magazines, including “Cricket” and “Spider.” When I am not writing, illustrating, or visiting schools, I love to hike at Minnesota’s state parks, play board games, and carve pumpkins. And of course I love to read!


This is NOT a Cat. Minnesota Book Award finalist, 2017; Iowa Bridge to Reading Picture Books, Award, 2018.

Moo! Minnesota Book Award, 2014; Star of the North Children’s Choice Award, 2015; Colorado Libraries Bell Award for Early Literacy; ALA Notable Book.

It’s a Tiger! Minnesota Book Award, 2013; Iowa Bridge to Reading Picture Book Award, 2014; Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books, 2013.

How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans. North Carolina Picture Book Award, 2014.

Minnesota’s Hidden Alphabet. Northeastern Minnesota Book Award, 2010.

1 + 1 = 5 and Other Unlikely Additions. Minnesota Book Award Finalist, 2011; Grand Canyon Reader Award, 2013.

The End. SCBWI Golden Kite Honor Award for picture book text, 2007.

Absolutely, Positively Not. 2005 Sid Fleischman Humor Award; ALA Best Books for Young Adults, 2005; Booklist Top Ten Novel by a New Author, 2005; Choice Books of 2005 by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center.

The Best Pet of All. Minnesota Book Award, 2005; Child Magazine’s “Best Books of 2004”; Childrens Book Sense Top Ten Selection, Fall 2004.

I have conducted hundreds of residencies at elementary schools throughout Minnesota, the Upper Midwest and even around the world. My background as a teacher enables me to work comfortably and effectively with both students and teachers. A list of recommendations from teachers and principals can be found on my website. During a typical presentation I discuss the process of writing a story from first draft to published book, emphasizing the importance of revisions. I also incorporate interactive storytelling and quick sketching.  Along with group presentations I’m available to conduct creative writing activities in the classroom. My residencies have lasted from one day to one week.


Please contact me for my current rates and availability.