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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 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.
Honor dad on Father's Day or any day with this funny and touching story about Little Critter pitching in to "help" his dad.
Mercer Mayer’s classic and beloved character, Little Critter, spends the whole day with his dad in this My First I Can Read book.
From getting rid of a beehive to working in the yard and going to the store, Little Critter wants to be the world’s best helper. Things might not always go as planned, but that doesn't stop Little Critter from trying his hardest!
Little Critter: Just Helping My Dad is a My First I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for shared reading with young children..
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 visits the firehouse!
Whoosh! goes the water hose. Ooo! Eee! Ooo! goes the siren. Ding! Ding! goes the fire alarm.
Little Critter and his classmates are taking a trip to the firehouse! Little Critter puts on his boots and jacket—now he's ready to help Fireman Joe. After checking the hose and ladder, Little Critter is ready for a fireman's helmet of his own. Join Little Critter as he learns to stop, drop, and roll with Fireman Joe!
Little Critter: Going to the Firehouse is a My First I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for shared reading with a child.
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
Join Mercer Mayer’s classic and beloved character, Little Critter® as he shows young readers around his hometown.
Welcome to Critterville!
Little Critter® shares what he knows about his neighbors and the places to go in Critterville. Who delivers the mail? Where does Little Critter go to see a movie? Who keeps everyone safe? Come explore the town with Little Critter and discover where everyone works and plays!
Little Critter: This Is My Town is a My First I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for shared reading with a child.
Wake up! It's time to get ready for school with Little Critter as he rides the bus, meets a new teacher, and makes new friends! Children ages four to six will love this full-color Step 2 Step-into-Reading Leveled Reader! Step 2 Readers use basic vocabulary and short sentences to tell simple stories. These readers are perfect for children who recognize familiar words and can sound out new words with help.
Little Critter and his sister decide to help out around the house when Mom gets sick. Before long, they learn how hard her job really is! Children ages two to five will enjoy this humorous full-color Little Golden Book about critters eager to help their mom!
Uh-oh, Dad needs help!
When Dad is locked in the basement, Little Critter knows just what to do. He picks up the phone to dial three numbers. The firemen arrive in just a few minutes to rescue Dad . . . but they can't stay long to share in the excitement. They have another job to do. Join Little Critter as he shares his 9-1-1 smarts!
Little Critter gets a piggy bank from Grandma and Grandpa--now he has to learn how to save his money instead of spending it all! Children ages three to seven will enjoy this humorous story, first published in 2001, which comes with game cards, stickers, and a poster!
It's birthday time for Little Critter's sister in this Step 2 Step into Reading leveled reader, first published in 1988! Little Critter wants to get the perfect present for his sister--will she want a doll that talks? Girls and boys ages 4 to 6 will adore this sweet tale--a perfect way to introduce youngsters to the concept of gift-giving!
Step 2 readers use basic vocabulary and short sentences to tell simple stories. They are perfect for children who recognize familiar words and can sound out new words with help.