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A Ball for Daisy

A Ball for Daisy is a 2011 children's picture book written and illustrated by Chris Raschka. Raschka won the 2012 Caldecott Medal for his illustrations in the book.[1]

A Ball for Daisy
Chris Raschka - A Ball for Daisy.jpeg
AuthorChris Raschka
IllustratorChris Raschka
PublisherSchwartz & Wade
Publication date
May 10, 2011
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
LC ClassPZ7.R1814 Bal 2011


Over fifty books have been illustrated by Chris Raschka. He has not only illustrated children's books for other authors but also illustrated his own books. Raschka's illustrating technique uses oil or crayon to visually amuse the audience/reader. He uses many different and vibrant colors to capture the story.

Plot summaryEdit

A Ball for Daisy is a children's picture book that tells the story of a white dog named Daisy and her favorite ball. Daisy is so obsessed with the ball that she takes it everywhere with her, sleeps with it and overall has to be near it constantly. As her owner takes Daisy out for a walk one day, her ball gets snatched by a brown dog wanting to play. Daisy tried her hardest to get the ball back but the other dog insists on playing with it and accidentally pops it. Daisy's owner then throws the ball in the trash and takes Daisy home. For a while Daisy acts distraught over her loss. Later, Daisy's owner takes her for another walk and on the walk they see the same dog that popped Daisy's ball but this time that dog has a shiny new blue ball. The other dog gives the blue ball to Daisy, which makes her very happy.


  • National Center for Children (2012). "Chris Raschka," "National Center for Children", Scholastic (2013). "Chris Raschka." Scholastic Online.
Preceded by
A Sick Day for Amos McGee
Caldecott Medal recipient
Succeeded by
This is Not My Hat