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About Mercer Mayer
MERCER MAYER began writing and illustrating children’s books in 1966, and since that time, he has published over 300 titles. Open almost any of the award-winning author/illustrator’s books, and out may pop dragons, cuddly monsters, wonderful creatures, and endearing critters.
“Most of my books are about things that happened to me when I was a little kid,” says Mercer. “Now that I’m a big kid, I write about things that happen now, especially with my own children. They always help remind me of what it was like.”
Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Mercer Mayer spent his childhood hunting lizards and snakes in the swamps near his home. During his teenage years, he attended the Honolulu Academy of Arts. He later received additional training at the Art Students League in New York City. Upon completion of his studies, he set out with pen and ink to write and illustrate a collection of children’s books, reflecting many of the adventures he experienced as a child.
In 2007, Mr. Mayer was commissioned by Laura Bush to create the artwork used for the National Book Festival held on September 29 on the National Mall. He was an honored guest to the event, giving a demonstration and autographing hundreds of books for fans who attended.
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Join Little Critter® as he learns why it’s important to be thankful for what he has—not to be upset about what he doesn't.
Since 1975, Mercer Mayer has been writing and illustrating stories about Little Critter® and the antics he stumbles into while growing up. Tommy Nelson is thrilled to bring this beloved brand to the Christian market with the Inspired Kids line of faith-based books featuring Little Critter.
In Being Thankful, Little Critter isn't gettinganything he wants. Gator gets cool brand-new sneakers, while Little Critter is stuck with his boring blue ones. Tiger’s dad has a boat—but not Little Critter’s dad. And even at the ice cream shop, Little Critter can’t enjoy his chocolate ice cream cone because he would rather have a huge ice cream sundae instead. But on a trip to the farm, Grandma shows Little Critter why thankfulness is so important and helps make any situation seem so much happier.
Based on Psalm 107:1, this book will show children what gratitude is and why we should be thankful for all of the blessings God has given us.
Features & Benefits:
- Little Critter® brand has humorously portrayed issues kids face for almost 40 years
- Faith-inspired message shows kids how to be thankful for the things they have
- More than 150 million Little Critter books sold
Join Mercer Mayer’s classic and beloved character, Little Critter®, on his snow day!
Snow is piled high and school is cancelled. But before Little Critter can build his snowman, he must help his sister wear her snow boots, his dad shovel the sidewalk, and Gator build a fort. Will Little Critter ever get to build a snowman?
This storybook about Little Critter’s fun-filled snow day is an exciting tale for fans old and new.
When Little Critter grows up, he wants to be just like his dad. One day, he will be able to hit a baseball, grow a garden, go to work and drive-- just like his dad does! This heartwarming Little Golden Bookcelebrates all the things that dads can do, and the special bond betweena father and child.
And for more fun with mom and dad, check out more Little Critter tales!
-Just Me and My Dad
-Just Me and My Mom
-Just For You
It's time to go trick-or-treating with Little Critter and friends! Children ages 3 to 7 will love this adorable Halloween storybook--now featuring cards, stickers, and a poster!
Little Critter's class is going to the Critterville Museum of Natural History, and everyone is excited. But when the class arrives, they find out the dinosaur exhibit is closed because of a missing Triceratops bone. Join Little Critter as he searches the Hall of Gems and Minerals, climbs the trees in the rain forest, and sneaks around the Planetarium—all to solve the mystery of the lost dinosaur bone.
Join Mercer Mayer’s classic and beloved character, Little Critter® in this My First I Can Read story.
Little Critter has a day off from school!
When Little Critter® feels just a little sick, Mom lets him stay home from school. Hooray! But between visiting the doctor and staying inside all day, missing school is not what Little Critter expected.
Little Critter: Just a Little Sick is a My First I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for shared reading with a child.
Join Mercer Mayer's classic and beloved character, Little Critter®, on a snowy day full of fun in this My First I Can Read book!
When Little Critter, Little Sister, and Dog go out play in the snow, they decide to build a big snowman. But when it's time to go inside for lunch, the Critters decide to feed their new snowy friends, too! And what does a snowman like to eat? Snowball soup, of course....
Little Critter: Snowball Soup is a My First I Can Read book, which means it's perfect for shared reading with a child. Books at this level feature basic language, word repetition, and whimsical illustrations, ideal for sharing with emergent readers. The active, engaging stories have appealing plots and lovable characters, encouraging children to continue their reading journey.
Join Mercer Mayer’s classic and beloved character, Little Critter® and his family on their exciting road trip to the Fall Festival! From apple picking to hayrides, discover how fun the harvest season can be.
Fall is an exciting season in Critterville!
Every year, Little Critter® and his family take a trip to one of the most beloved events in Critterville—the Fall Festival. From picking apples and taking hayrides to choosing the perfect pumpkin, no wonder everyone loves this time of year.
Little Critter: The Fall Festival is a My First I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for shared reading with a child.
Join Mercer Mayer’s classic and beloved character, Little Critter® as he goes green in this My First I Can Read book!
Little Critter learns that planting his own garden is a lot of fun and a lot of work. But the result—a green, green garden—is something he can cherish and enjoy.
Little Critter: A Green, Green Garden is a My First I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for shared reading with a child. Books at this level feature basic language, word repetition, and whimsical illustrations, ideal for sharing with emergent readers. The active, engaging stories have appealing plots and lovable characters, encouraging children to continue their reading journey.
Join Little Critter® as he learns why it’s important to tell the whole truth—and not just part of it.
Since 1975, Mercer Mayer has been writing and illustrating stories about a little ball of fur named Little Critter and the antics he stumbles into while growing up. Thomas Nelson is thrilled to bring this beloved brand to the Christian market with the launch of Inspired Kids, a new line of faith-based books featuring Little Critter.
Little Critter thinks that sometimes it’s easier to tell part of the truth instead of the whole truth. In this second book in the Inspired Kids line, Little Critter learns quickly that lying has consequences and that telling the truth, no matter how hard, is always the right thing to do.