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Creator / Helen Lester

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Helen Lester (June 12, 1936) is an author of numerous children's books, most famously the Tacky The Penguin books. She was born in Illinois, and, after a number of moves, has settled in the rural town of Pawling, New York.

Mrs. Lester credits many of her writing ideas to her earlier career as a schoolteacher. She claims many of her famous children's book characters were inspired by the second graders she taught. This close-to-life inspiration informs the relatable themes of Lester's books, which include everyday issues such as anxiety and bullying and the value of the odd person out.

Mrs. Lester's prose frequently gets paired with illustrator Lynn Munsinger's pictures, though she did illustrate at least one book herself, Author: A True Story, which covers the process of creating a book.

When not writing children's books, Mrs. Lester speaks to children across the country, encouraging the authors of tomorrow, and enjoys knitting, reading, cooking, snowshoeing, and badminton.

     Helen Lester's Books 
  • A Porcupine Named Fluffy
  • Tacky The Penguin
  • The Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chicken
  • It Wasn't My Fault
  • Pookins Gets Her Way
  • Me First
  • Wuzzy Takes Off
  • Princess Penelope's Parrot
  • Three Cheers for Tacky
  • Listen, Buddy
  • Tacky in Trouble
  • Tacky and the Emperor
  • Author: A True Story
  • Hooway For Wodney Wat
  • Score One For The Sloths
  • Something Might Happen
  • Tackylocks and the Three Bears
  • Tacky and the Winter Games
  • Batter Up Wombat
  • Hurty Feelings
  • The Sheep in Wolf's Clothing
  • Tacky Goes to Camp
  • Tacky's Christmas
  • Wodney Wat's Wobot
  • Happy Birdday, Tacky!
  • Tacky and the Haunted Igloo
  • Boris and the Worrisome Wakies

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