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Kevin is the author and/or illustrator of eight
picture books for children.  Scroll down to find summaries,
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Flying!
Written and illustrated by Kevin Luthardt
2009 Peachtree Publishers
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*Best Read Aloud Book Award (Finalist)--ReadBoston 2010

A series of simple questions triggers a playful, imaginative exchange between a child and his father.
Papa, why can t I fly? a boy asks. His father s simple answer leads to another question, and then another, until the father playfully demonstrates to his son all the things the child can do. In the end the boy discovers that with a little imagination and some help from his dad he can fly even without wings!Author-illustrator Kevin Luthardt s highly expressive, comical full-color illustrations and simply worded text captures the special bond of love between father and son. Readers will enjoy the playful fun and easy-going relationship depicted in this delightful story.
The Vowel Family:
a Tale of Lost Letters

Written by Sally M. Walker
Illustrated by Kevin Luthardt
2008 Carolrhoda
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*Booklinks Lasting Connections 2008

Meet an unusual family with some very special children: Alan, Ellen, Iris, Otto, and Ursula. Sometimes they're visited by their very special aunt, Cyndy. As each child is born, the family becomes more complete-and each additional Vowel also makes the text easier to read! Because if you can imagine life without the Vowels, tlkng wld b vr hrd. Rdng wld b pzzlng. Are you ready to play the Vowel game?
Larabee
Written and illustrated by Kevin Luthardt
2004 Peachtree Publishers
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*Children's Choice--IRA/CBC 2005
*Best Books of the Year Awards--Child Magazine 2004
*Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (primary)--Kansas International Education Association 2005
*Writing Competition (Nominee, Children's)--Dog Writers Association of America 2004


Expressive illustrations and simple language demonstrate how a single expression of friendship can have profound effects.
Every morning, the mailman Mr. Bowman and his dog Larabee wake up very early to deliver the mail. Larabee likes riding in the mail
truck. He likes carrying the mailbag too. He likes delivering the mail and he always, always makes sure it is delivered on time. There's only one thing Larabee doesn't like: There is never a letter for him! Then one day, after all the mail has been delivered, Mr. Bowman reaches down into his bag and finds a letter…addressed to Larabee!
Peep!
Written and illustrated by Kevin Luthardt
2003 Peachtree Publishers
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*Children's Choice--IRA/CBC 2004

PEEP! A baby duck breaks through its shell and immediately attaches itself to the first thing it sees-a warmhearted young boy. The duck follows the boy home and soon the two are inseparable. But the baby duck is growing up. One day…QUACK! When a flock of ducks flies by the boy realizes with a great pang of sorrow that his friend will have to return to live among its own kind.
Author-illustrator Kevin Luthardt relies on his highly expressive, comical full-color illustrations and only a few well-placed words to poignantly and humorously dramatize this special tale of friendship and demonstrate the importance of learning to let go of something you love. The result is a deceptively simple story that deftly conveys complicated feelings and situations. The story's surprising, uplifting conclusion will reassure and amuse young children.
Zoom!
Written by Diane Adams
Illustrated by Kevin Luthardt
2005 Peachtree Publishers
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*Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (primary)--Kansas National Educational Association 2006
*Best Read Aloud Picture Books--Curriculum Materials Center at Minnesota State University Moorhead


"Click-click-clacking up the track. Sinking lower, peering back. Slowly climbing to the top. Edging closer toward the drop."
A timid young boy joins his eager father for a ride on a roller coaster. After zigzagging through the line, the pair boards the DinoCoaster for a fast-paced ride that takes them lurching and tilting upside down, round and round. When the roller coaster finally comes to a stop, the excited young boy is ready for another ride… but his queasy father has other ideas.
Diane Adams' simple, rhyming roller coaster adventure will thrill young readers, while artist Kevin Luthardt's highly expressive, comical full-color illustrations capture the sensations of the rollicking ride.
Hats!
Written and illustrated by Kevin Luthardt
2005 Albert Whitman and Co.
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When a young boy enters a hat shop and sees there is a sale that day, he carefully chooses the perfect hat. Proudly wearing his new hat, he walks through town. When he reaches the park, a bully tells him, "Dumb hat!" The boy is crushed--is his hat really dumb? But other kids who come along think the hat is pretty cool, and in a surprise twist, the boy and his new friends turn the tables on the bully.
You're Weird!
Written and illustrated by Kevin Luthardt
2005 Dial Books for Young Readers


Rabbit thinks Turtle is too strange-he likes watermelon . . . with peanut butter. Turtle finds Rabbit's habit of skateboarding in his scuba gear absolutely nuts. One likes this, one likes that, and both think the other is just TOO WEIRD! But hey, what if juggling tomatoes in the bathtub or eating cotton candy with ketchup is weird and tons of fun? Kids of all sorts of quirks and fancies will find plenty to giggle over in this happy celebration of what makes each of us a little weird . . . and very special!
Mine!
Written and illustrated by Kevin Luthardt
2001 Atheneum Books For Young Readers


When two brothers are given one toy, exactly whose toy is it? Both boys think it's MINE!, and when one brother marches off with it, mayhem ensues...until the boys learn that sharing one dinosaur is better than not having a dinosaur at all.
An ideal first picture book about sharing.