Mike Wohnoutka

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Mike Wohnoutka

Ever since Mike can remember he knew he wanted to be an artist. His dad, who was an engineer at the Hiway Department, would bring home reams of paper that had hiway plans on one side and were blank on the other. He would be so excited to have all that paper to draw on and would fill each sheet with race cars, snowmobiles, baseball players, super heroes - everything he was interested in. In high school his art teacher, Mr. Chase, encouraged Mike to pursue art as a career. This, along with a scholarship, led him to the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. Since graduating with a B.F.A. in Illustration, Mike has illustrated over 20 books for children. He has worked with various clients including Random House, Dutton Children's Books, Clarion Books, Holiday House, Scholastic Books, Bloomsbury Publishing, Walker & Co., Hyperion Books, Sterling Books, Cricket Magazine Group, General Mills, 3M, and Peaceable Kingdom Press.

"Dad's First Day", Mike's second book as illustrator AND author, was published Fall 2015 by Bloomsbury. His first book as both illustrator and author, "Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster", came out September 2014.

A native of Spicer, Minnesota, Mike currently resides in Minneapolis with his wife and two children.

Mike also enjoys visiting schools and talking to students about creating books. For availability or questions please contact him at:

mwtka@yahoo.com or 612-729-8631

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Awards and good things

- Society of Illustrators Original Art Show Selection - Jack's House
- National Jewish Book Award for Illustrated Children's Book - Hanukkah Bear
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Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award - Davey's Blue-Eyed Frog
- ALA Notable Book - MOO!
- Minnesota Book Award - MOO!
- Star of the North Picture Book Award - MOO!
- Once Upon A Reader Inaugural Selection - MOO!

- Junior Library Guild Selection - MOO!
- Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) Bell Picture Book Award - MOO!
- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon - MOO!
- Amazon Best Book of 2014 - MOO!
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Missouri Building Block Award Runner-Up - MOO!
- Missouri Building Block Award nominee - Dad's First Day
- Minnesota Book Award Finalist - This Is NOT a Cat!
- Minnesota Book Award Finalist - Dad's First Day
- Minnesota Book Award Finalist - Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster
- A Bank Street College Best Children's Book * Outstanding Merit * - Dad's First Day
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A Bank Street College Best Children's Book - Jack's House
- A Bank Street College Best Children's Book - Hanukkah Bear
- A Bank Street College Best Children's Book - Clementine Sweet
- A Bank Street College Best Children's Book - My Bibi Always Remembers

- Buckaroo Award nomination - Cowboy Sam
- Volunteer State Book Award nominee, 2016-2017 - MOO!
- Best Books of 2016: Preschool & Elementary - Atlanta PARENT - This Is NOT a Cat!


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