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My Books

Picture books, educational, graphic novel style, and more. I'm a versatile illustrator able to create in many styles. I'm also an author and you'll be seeing more books here that I have both illustrated and written. Happy reading!

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Itsy Bitsy Teddy Bear's Adventure

Written by Marilyn Van Wager & Traci Van Wagoner
Illustrated by Traci Van Wagoner
Blue Bear Stories, September 21, 2020

Itsy Bitsy Teddy Bear's Adventure is an endearing story time picture book for children ages 4-8. Itsy Bitsy Teddy Bear Willie gets teased awfully because he is so small. One day he's had enough bullying, and he runs away on a dangerous quest. To prove his bravery and worth, he will take an egg from Mama Eagle's nest on top of the mountain. All the teddy bears in the village are terrified of Mama Eagle.

Lush and colorful illustrations build on the imagination, creating a full world where teddy bear cubs live and breathe and conquer their fears. Grab some cookies, cuddle your teddy bear, and snuggle in for the telling.

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“One of the best ways to get kids excited about STEM is to show them how every aspect of daily life is intrinsically connected to science and technology. The reliable Inquire and Investigate series takes on this task by offering titles brimming with information...”
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Ruth Asawa

Written by Joan Schoettler
Illustrated by Traci Van Wagoner
Pelican Publishing, October 1, 2018

In this extraordinary picture book, author Joan Schoettler imparts the life of a remarkable woman, teacher, and artist. From the Japanese-American internment camps to the creation of the San Francisco School of the Arts, Ruth Asawa's life journey is one filled with injustice, learning, and expression. Known as the "Fountain Lady" of San Francisco due to the many fountains she designed, Asawa experimented with unconventional mediums, using lines, space, and wire to create dimensional sculptures. The thorough research of illustrator Traci Van Wagoner is vividly apparent in the dynamic depictions of Asawa and her life that are sure to fascinate and inspire young readers.

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The Mermaid's Gift

Written by Claudia McAdam
Illustrated by Traci Van Wagoner
Pelican Publishing, Fall 2015

In this extraordinary picture book, author Joan Schoettler imparts the life of a remarkable woman, teacher, and artist. From the Japanese-American internment camps to the creation of the San Francisco School of the Arts, Ruth Asawa's life journey is one filled with injustice, learning, and expression. Known as the "Fountain Lady" of San Francisco due to the many fountains she designed, Asawa experimented with unconventional mediums, using lines, space, and wire to create dimensional sculptures. The thorough research of illustrator Traci Van Wagoner is vividly apparent in the dynamic depictions of Asawa and her life that are sure to fascinate and inspire young readers.

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Cody and Grandpa's Christmas Tradition

Written by Claudia McAdam
Illustrated by Traci Van Wagoner
Pelican Publishing, Fall 2015

A boy and his grandfather remember those who served.

It's Christmas Eve, and Cody's family has all gathered for their traditional Christmas party--all except Grandpa, who is sitting quietly in his room, looking out his window at the cloudy sky. Grandpa tells Cody about his time in Vietnam and the Christmas Eve when a bright star appeared through the clouds, giving the soldiers hope. All of the men promised to look for the star every year and remember each other and those who didn't come home. Cody makes a new tradition: now the whole family will join Grandpa in looking for the star. This touching family story, accompanied by rich illustrations, tells the importance of traditions and honoring those who served their country.

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Ellie and Her Emotional Dragons series

Written by Joseph E. Goodrich
Illustrated by Traci Van Wagoner
Wisdom House Books November, 2018

Ellie the elephant has four magic dragons: Naz, who assists her when she's afraid; Nali, who consoles her when she's sad; Tully, who helps her check her anger; and Hani, who shares her happiness.

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Nelson Beats the Odds series

Written by Ronnie Sidney, II, MSW
Illustrated by Traci Van Wagoner
Creative Medicine

A series of graphic novel style picture books for the older age set addressing tough issues teens face in our world today.

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Booker T. Bear, Let's Go Series Presented by The Library Store,

Written by Jen Miller
Illustrated by Traci Van Wagoner
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Adventures at home in Juneberry Square prompt Booker T. Bear and Dahlya Dragonfly to jet to real-life destinations around the globe. All senses are ignited as Booker, Dahlya, and readers explore and experience the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures of foreign places and cultures. Along the way, Booker’s backpack bulges with all the things an adventurer needs: Bee-Nutty Snacks, ‘Magination Maker camera, Let’s GO! Travel Guide, Booker’s travel journal, and more.

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Anything Can Happen in Mrs. Whynot's Room

Written by Jane E. Peters
Illustrated by Traci Van Wagoner

In Mrs. Whynot's classroom writing is magical; pencils hover and clay characters come to life. But... everyone has something they find difficult and Marcy is no exception. She would like to do ANYTHING but write. She has NOTHING to write about. By talking to her classmates, playing with words and listening to stories, Marcy realizes she has lots of tales to tell.

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Daddy Did I Ever Say? I Love You, Love You, Every Day

Written by Daryl K. Cobb
Illustrated by Traci Van Wagoner

Kirkus Reviews calls Daddy Did I Ever Say? Love You, Every Day a] charming tale. A cute, curly-haired, kindergarten-aged girl opens the story by asking her father if she's ever told him how much she loves him. She loves him, she explains, because of how he plays, tickles, squeezes, chases, even roughhouses with her. She loves him because whenever she's afraid at night, she knows she can always find him, and he'll make her feel better. ... T]he sentiment is sweet and Van Wagoner's illustrations are eye catching, though it's the little girl's expression that shines through on every page. The verse Cobb has penned is appealing and... t]he idea behind the story of the little girl and her doting father is charming .] --Kirkus Reviews