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Loren Long

Biography

Loren Long

Loren Long is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling picture books OTIS, OTIS AND THE TORNADO, OTIS AND THE PUPPY and the forthcoming  AN OTIS CHRISTMAS (October 2013). He is the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of President Barack Obama’s picture book OF THEE I SING, the re-illustrated edition of THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD by Watty Piper and MR. PEABODY'S APPLES by Madonna.

Books by Loren Long

by Loren Long - Children's, Children's 4-8, Friendship

When a barn fire causes some kittens to be in danger, Otis of course rushes in to save them! He gets all the kittens out but then the floor collapses with a CRASH, trapping the tractor, Now Otis, the friend everyone can count on, must count on his friends.

by Loren Long - Children's 5-8, Family Life, Science

Autumn arrives, and with it the cool winds that ruffle Little Tree's leaves. One by one the other trees drop their leaves, facing the cold of winter head on. But not Little Tree --- he hugs his leaves as tightly as he can. Year after year Little Tree remains unchanged, despite words of encouragement from a squirrel, a fawn and a fox, his leaves having long since turned brown and withered. As Little Tree sits in the shadow of the other trees, now grown sturdy and tall as though to touch the sun, he remembers when they were all the same size. And he knows he has an important decision to make.

by Loren Long - Children's, Picture

On the farm where Otis the tractor lives, the farmer has introduced someone new—a scarecrow to shoo away the pesky crows. But when Otis and the animals greet the scarecrow with friendly smiles, the scarecrow’s frown never leaves his face. So everyone leaves him alone.

by Loren Long - Children's 3-6, Picture

Otis and all his farm friends are enjoying a summer's day, but the bull has no interest in playing and stays in his pen. Suddenly the day turns frightening and stormy: it's a tornado! Otis takes all of the animals to safety, but the bull is still locked in his pen! Quick as his tires will take him, Otis putt puff puttedy chuffs back to the farm to save the day.

Written by Jon Scieszka, Illustrated by David Shannon, Loren Long, David Gordon - Children's, Picture, Youth Fiction

Melvin worries his way around Trucktown trying to find out who gave him a valentine. After everyone he asks says no, little Rita beeps her way to Melvin's attention. Did she give Melvin the valentine?

by Loren Long

When Otis is replaced with the big yellow tractor, he is cast away behind the barn, unused, unnoticed... until the little calf gets stuck in Mud Pond. New York Times bestselling author/artist Loren Long creates an unforgettable children's classic.

written by Angela Johnson, illustrated by Loren Long - Historical Fiction, Youth Fiction

With fleeting prose and transcendent imagery, this book  reveals how a boy's love of flight takes him on a journey from the dusty dirt roads of Alabama to the war-torn skies of Europe and into the hearts of those who are only now beginning to understand the part these brave souls, the celebrated Tuskegee Airmen, played in the history of America.