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About Jonathan Stutzman
Hi! My name is Jonathan and I'm an author of children's books.
Some of my books are silly, some of them are sweet, some of them are a mix of both... and many of them have to do with food (I'm making myself hungry right now thinking about it). I grew up LOVING books of all kinds (I still do) and I'm so so happy I can spend my life writing stories that kids of all ages can enjoy.
One of the best parts of reading is finding books that we can enjoy over and over again. I found many through the years, and I'm still discovering new ones. I hope one (or ALL) of my books end up being special for you... or none, if they aren't quite your style...the most important part is finding something YOU love.
So happy searching and happy reading!
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU AREN'T WRITING?
I'm glad you asked!
- I read
- I play with Hugo (my french bulldog)
- I find ways to cheer people up
- I draw silly things
- I explore new places
- I swing dance
- I watch old movies
- I eat donuts (Yes, please)
- I make movies
- I take pictures
- I go on forest adventures
- I go on bookstore adventures
- I play video games (Anyone want to challenge me?)
- I read ALL THE BOOKS (Uh, of course.)
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
I live in the wilds of Pennsylvania, but I will be be traveling for events and readings, so if you see me please wave or come say hello!
Thanks for stopping by and have a spectacular book-filled day!
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Titles By Jonathan Stutzman
Tiny T. Rex has a HUGE problem. His friend Pointy needs cheering up and only a hug will do. But with his short stature and teeny T. Rex arms, is a hug impossible? Not if Tiny has anything to say about it! Join this plucky little dino in his very first adventure, Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug—a warm and funny tale that proves the best hugs come from the biggest hearts.
• Readers are sure to fall in love with Tiny!
• Full of sweet, adorable illustrations
• Teaches lessons in kindness, overcoming obstacles, and perseverance
Fans of Dragons Love Tacos, Grumpy Monkey, and Llama Destroys the World will enjoy following Tiny on his big adventure.
• Great family read aloud book
• Perfect for dinosaur enthusiasts
• Picture books for preschool and kindergarten
Tiny and Pointy love Halloween and they are eager to share their tips and tricks so that readers can have a perfect treat-filled Halloween! A heartwarming story, Tiny T. Rex and the Tricks of Treating reminds each of us that the sweetest Halloween treat has nothing to do with eating candy after all.
EVERYONE LOVES TINY: The first book about Tiny, Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug, was an immediate bestseller from the moment it was published. It's been a regional indie bookstore bestseller, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and an Amazon Best Book of the Year.
AN ADORABLE DINOSAUR HERO KIDS CAN RELATE TO: Kids of many ages, from babies to toddlers to five-year-olds, love dinosaurs! And Tiny is a dinosaur kids will understand and respond to, because he's a tiny dinosaur in a big world—just like them.
A FUNNY AND REASSURING INTRODUCTION TO HALLOWEEN: Halloween can be a scary holiday for very young children. In this book, Tiny shows them what to expect and how to have a good time. Best of all, Tiny shows kids how to make the holiday one that's about giving as well as receiving.
SWEET MESSAGE, GREAT VALUES: Every Tiny book features Tiny solving common childhood challenges with love, a positive attitude, and help from his friends.
MORE TINY BOOKS TO LOVE: Tiny has two picture books, Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug and Tiny T. Rex and the Very Dark Dark and one other board book, Tiny T. Rex and the Perfect Valentine, for readers to enjoy, with more adventures on the way!
Perfect for: parents and grandparents, dinosaur enthusiasts, educators
Valentine's Day is coming, which means showing the ones you love how much they mean to you, so Tiny has decided to make the perfect Valentine for his best friend Pointy.
But as Tiny discovers, making a Valentine isn't easy. It might take a few tries—until Tiny realizes the best Valentine might have been there all along.
• Teaches a valuable lesson in overcoming obstacles
• Sure to delight young dinosaur fans who love adventure
• Features adorable art of Tiny and his friend Pointy
Tiny may be a small dino in a big world, but that won't stop him from making friends, conquering his fears, and stomping his way into your heart.
Author Jonathan Stutzman and illustrator Jay Fleck team up to create an adorable and heartwarming story that shows young readers that love and kindness are the best gift of all.
• A sweet Valentine's Day book for the little dinosaur in your life
• Go-to choice for parents looking for an adorable, funny story with a holiday twist
• Perfect for dinosaur-loving babies and toddlers
• You'll love this book if you love books like Llama Llama I Love You by Anna Dewdney, Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar (The World of Eric Carle) by Eric Carle, and Pete the Cat: Valentine's Day Is Cool by Kimberly and James Dean.
In Llama Rocks the Cradle of Chaos, the latest installment of Jonathan Stutzman and Heather Fox's hilarious Llama series, our favorite doomsday-prone hero has yet another shot at saving the world (and more delicious desserts)…from himself.
Llama just ate a doughnut—the most scrumptious, most sprinkled doughnut in existence—and he needs to eat it again.
The problem? He can’t . . . He has already eaten it!
The solution? A pair of time-travel pants, of course!
But when Llama goes way farther back than he intended, the dessert he winds up taking has an owner who’s more than willing to travel through time to retrieve it.
"Both the colorful illustrations and the deadpan wit make this an adventure kids will want to relieve again and again." —Entertainment Weekly
Tiny T. Rex and his friend Pointy are having a campout in the backyard! It is what best friends do. But without their nighty-lights, the dark outside suddenly seems VERY dark . . . and very full of spooky things. Good thing Tiny has a super-secret plan to keep the dark at bay! Full of warmth and plenty of laughs, this new adventure starring Tiny T. Rex shows that friends will always find a way to face their fears together—even when those fears are not what they seem!
• A great read-aloud book for parents and children
• Hip, colorful art and delightful text make Tiny T. Rex an instant favorite of any dinosaur-loving toddler.
• A perfect book to help toddlers and children overcome a fear of the dark
Fans of silly picture books like Dinosaur vs Bedtime, We Don't Eat Our Classmates, and Llama Destroys the World will love the sweet spirit and continuing adventures of Tiny T. Rex.
Meet Tiny T-Rex! He may be a small dino in a BIG world, but that won't stop him from making friends, conquering his fears, and stomping his way into your heart.
• Read-aloud books for ages 3–5
• Dinosaur picture books for kids
• Friendship books for toddlers
In the hilarious follow-up to Llama Destroys the World, author/illustrator team Jonathan Stutzman and Heather Fox give Llama another shot at saving the world…from himself, in Llama Unleashes the Alpacalypse.
Llama’s back and ready to destroy the world AGAIN… this time with his best camelid, Alpaca!
Llama loves cooking. And baking. And, above all, eating.
For breakfast, Llama makes one epic spread…as well as a big mess.
But Llama hates cleaning.
So by lunch, Llama has cooked up something really devious—an idea!—and by second lunch, Llama has cloned his most fastidious friend, Alpaca, to clean his house. And Llama doesn’t stop at just one clone.
By dinner, the alpaca clones threaten to tidy the world into utter destruction—THE ALPACALYPSE* IS HERE!
Will Llama be able to fix it all before dessert?
*That’s “apocalypse” with an alpaca—get it?
Meet Llama, the next great picture-book megastar, who has most definitely driven a bus and who loves tacos way more than you.
He also loves cake, and that’s where our story begins.
On Monday, Llama discovers a pile of cake, which he promptly eats.
On Tuesday, Llama squeezes into his dancing pants, which he promptly rips.
The force of the rip creates a black hole (naturally).
By Friday, Llama will (indirectly) destroy the world.
In their debut picture book, author/illustrator team Jonathan Stutzman and Heather Fox introduce young readers to the comical, the studious, the oblivious Llama, a picture-book hero for the ages. So grab some cake and your dancing pants and prepare for Llama Destroys the World... because THE TIME FOR LLAMA IS NIGH!
The dynamic team behind Llama Destroys the World returns with a laugh-out-loud tale about the dangers…of feeding pigeons!
When you see a coo, you will be tempted to give it a treat.
Coos are adorable, peaceful, kind of silly.
But DON'T FEED THE COO!
If you feed one, they will ALL come...
So begins Don't Feed the Coos, a cautionary tale that details the fallout when a little girl decides to share some bread with a coo (aka pigeon). From the park to home to the arcade to karate practice, the coos follow the generous-but-foolish girl who didn’t heed the warning. Because when you give a coo a crumb…the entire population of coos will come! But fret not: our spunky little heroine will discover that even the biggest of problems can be solved with a little determination.
In the grand tradition of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Don't Feed the Coos reminds us that the most disastrous of reactions can come from the most innocent of actions. Jonathan Stutzman and Heather Fox deliver another ridiculous and hilarious story, sure to delight fans of The Bad Seed and I Want My Hat Back.
Big ones, little ones, round ones and flat ones, furry ones and prickly ones--butts are everywhere, and each one is special! These powerful muscles make it possible for people and animals to jump, sit, and everything in between. The gluteus really is the maximus!
This funny, sweet, and commercial picture book celebrates one of our most useful (and hilarious) body parts, and is sure to become a favorite read-aloud for children and parents alike.
The dynamo team behind Llama Destroys the World continue their delightful and hilarious ghostly hijinks in their early reader graphic novel series, perfect for fans of Elephant & Piggie and Narwhal & Jelly.
Fitz and Cleo are:
- Siblings (the closest)
- Ghosts (the friendliest)
- Best friends (the tightest)
- Cat owners (Mister Boo approves..of Cleo)
- And now bandmates (only the gnarliest!), writers (watch out Hemingway!), filmmakers (auteurs), artists (the list goes on?!)...
These two know how to keep spirits high and the good times rolling! In their first-ever second book, join the most adorable apparitions this way of the afterlife through ten gut-busting creative farces, including flexing their storytelling muscles with ghost stories, songwriting, and directing their first film.