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BOOKS FOR KIDS


‘TWAS THE LATE NIGHT OF CHRISTMAS
Illustrations by Nancy Hayashi
eFrog Press
 2013
Paperback ISBN 978-0-9894356-2-8

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This delightful retelling of the classic poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas gives Mrs. Saint Nick a starring role and the recognition she deserves.

‘Twas the Late Night of Christmas and all through the house everyone was exhausted, even the mouse. The children were whining. The house was a mess. Mom slumped in despair from all of the stress.

The perfect gift for hassled parents overwhelmed by the crazy-making business of Christmas.

REVIEWS

“This is a clever version of ‘Twas the Night before Christmas featuring Mrs. Claus, someone every mother would love to have come into her home this time of year.

And the book has a cute twist to the usual ending. Reading this book to kids will give them a new insight into Christmas.” ~C. Iverson

“A delightful Christmas story as much for moms as for the kids. A modern day look at a Christmas favorite.” ~L. S. Sessions

“Charming book for the parents of young children. It takes off from the Clement Moore classic with gentle humor and lovely illustrations.” ~M. S. Steinberg

BOOK TRAILER

Starring Jane Kaczmarek,

Mom from Malcom in the Middle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9unMBhrehY

We Wish you a Merry Christmas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWHZeIZdwO8

WORD BUILDER
Simon & Schuster
Books for Young Readers
Spring 2009
ISBN-13:978-1-4169-3981-8
ISBN-10: 1-4169-3981-4

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Where would a sentence be without words? And what’s a word without letters?

Just like when you’re constructing a building, you build your words from the ground up.

REVIEWS

“A great way to attract reluctant boys to writing, but so visually stirring it has broad appeal.” ~School Library Journal—October, 2011

World builder will provide teachers with a great introduction to writing, especially for children just beginning to put words and sentences together.” ~School Library Journal—January 2009

CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

Download Teacher’s Guide

 TORTUGA IN TROUBLE
Illustrated by Ethan Long
Holiday House
Spring 2009
Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-0-8234-2180-0
10: 9-8234-2180-5

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Tortuga’s friends are worried his basket will fall off his shell before he reaches his grandmother’s house and that Coyote will eat him . . . or are they? Maybe they’re just interested in the food in his basket. Little Red Riding Hood is updated to a desert setting with a glossary of Spanish words.

REVIEWS

“A lively text sprinkled with Spanish words . . .and desert-colored artwork full of funny moments make this a winner.” ~Booklist

“This effervescent tale with its big bold pictures is sure to see lots of storytime action” ~The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“This fresh look on an old classic is sure to be a hit with children.” ~School Library Journal

COUNT ON CULEBRA:
Go from 1 to 10 in Spanish

Illustrated by Ethan Long
Holiday House 2008
ISBN 13: 978-0-8234-2124-4

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Iguana has stubbed her toe. Luckily Doctor Culebra (the snake) knows what to do. Or does he?

His recommendation is to tie un rolling pin, does kettles, tres skillets to the patient’s tail. This zany tale includes a glossary of Spanish words.

REVIEWS

“Count on Paul and Long to dish up another silly, entertaining tale in Spanish and English.” ~Publisher’s Weekly

“The situational humor of her (Iguana’s) weighty predicament will appeal to kids and Paul and Long play it to the hilt.” ~Kirkus Reviews

CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

Make a picture chart of one to ten, in Spanish and English, of fruits, vegetables, toys, sports equipment or cars.

Make a list of ten things you’d see at the market, at school, at the park or anywhere else.

Click here to download teaching guides and fun student sheets.

IF ANIMALS KISSED GOOD NIGHT
Pictures by David Walker
Melanie Kroupa Books
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008
ISBN 13: 978-0-374-38051-9
Board book 978-0-374-30021-0-50799

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If animals kissed
like we kiss goodnight
Giraffe and his calf
would stretch their necks high
and kiss just beneath
the top of the sky.
But what about Mama Python and hatchling,
and Seal and his calf?
What about sloth and her cub?
What about sloth and her cub?

AWARDS

A Junior Library Guild Selection

REVIEWS

“Perfect for capturing the attention of the littlest listeners. The imaginative possibilities alone make this one stand out.” ~Kirkus Reviews

“There are probably not enough synonyms for “cute” to cover this survey of hypothetical smooches between animal parents and offspring. . . .The book exudes the affectionate silliness of a beloved bedtime ritual.” ~Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review

CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

Download Teacher guide.

SNAIL’S GOOD NIGHT
Illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger
Holiday House, 2008
ISBN 13: 978-0-8234-1912-8
(out-of-print)

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REVIEWS

“This gently amusing story (is) just right for beginning readers, but younger children will enjoy hearing it read aloud.” ~Booklist

CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

teacher- Snail’s Good Night – activities

FIESTA FIASCO
Illustrated by Ethan Long
Holiday House 2007
ISBN-13 978-0-8234-2037-7

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It’s fiesta time! Everyone is shopping for just the right birthday present for Culebra the snake. Conejo, the rabbit has lots of strange gift ideas. His friends wonder what snake would do with new pants? A fiasco is in the making. A Spanish glossary is included.

REVIEWS

“The characters of Manaña Iguana return in this humorous, entertaining tale.” ~Booklist

“A creatively executed original trickster tale.” ~The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“This sunny tale . . . will help acquaint younger children with both the sound of Spanish, and a few words of the language.” ~Kirkus Reviews

“A welcome addition to most libraries.” ~School Library Journal

CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

    1. Use an English-Spanish dictionary to find the Spanish words for other animals and other articles of clothing.
    2. What gift would you choose to buy from your friend’s birthday?
    3. Click here to download teaching guides and fun student sheets.

HOP! HOP! HOP!
Illustrated by Jan Gerardi
Random House, 2005
ISBN 037592857X | Paperback ISBN 0375828575 | Board Book ISBN-10: 0375845372
ISBN-13: 978-0375845376

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Step into Reading, Level 1

Big Rabbit hops big hops.
Little Rabbit hops little hops.
How can Little Rabbit keep up?

REVIEWS

“Fledgling readers will be encouraged as Little Rabbit makes his own way around the last object. The positive message about believing in one’s self and succeeding on one’s own terms will be appreciated. Overall, a solid addition.” ~School Library Journal

MAÑANA, IGUANA
Illustrated by Ethan Long
Holiday House, 2004
Hardcover ISBN 0823418081
Paperback ISBN 0823419800

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Iguana is planning a party. Tortuga the Tortoise, Conejo the Rabbit and Culebra the snake all want to come, but will they help? An update of The Little Red Hen with a glossary of Spanish words.

AWARDS

Selected by the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education as one of the Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2005

Nominated for several State Reader Awards

REVIEWS

“The little red hen goes south of the border . . .for this bilingual twist on an old favorite . . . 
A hoot.” ~Publishers Weekly

“A first choice for all libraries.” ~School Library Journal

“A clever dual-language update of The Little Red Hen. An excellent chance for young readers to learn some Spanish vocabulary.” ~Kirkus Reviews

“A wonderful read aloud for everyone.” ~The Reading Teacher

CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

Click here to download a fun crossword puzzle.

LITTLE MONKEY SAYS GOOD NIGHT
Pictures by David Walker
Melanie Kroupa Books
Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2003
Hardcover ISBN 0-374-34609-7
Paperback ISBN-10: 1844581624 13: 978-1844581627 (out-of-print)

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Also available in Spanish,
Hasta Mañana, Monito
Groupa Editorial norma 2003
Paperback ISBN 958-04-7073-1


AWARDS

Children’s Book Committee of Bank Street College of Education, Under Five category for Best Children’s Books of 2003

REVIEWS

“As lively as Barnum and Bailey,
Little Monkey’s Circus Adventure is just plain fun.” ~Publishers Weekly

“ . . . a perfect good-night read.
The only drawback is that when listeners reach the end, they’ll ask to start again.” ~Kirkus Reviews

“This book is sure to send little ones rocking off to bed with sweet circus dreams of their own” ~The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books.

CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

 

  1. The animals in this book live in many parts of the world. Draw a picture of an animal and place it in its home on a map.
  2. Write your own poem about how an animal not in the book might kiss.

SILLY SADIE, SILLY SAMUEL
Illustrated by Sylvie Wickstrom
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2000
ISBN 0-689-81689-8
(Out-of-print)

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REVIEWS

A ready-to-read book about Sadie and Samuel who never get things right, but in the end still know what’s important.

“A giggly salute to the absurd . . .an all-around great addition to any new reader’s library,” ~Kirkus Reviews

“New Readers will enjoy the messy affection and the innocent slapstick nonsense.” ~Booklist

CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

  1. Students love to share silly things they have done. Have them write about it.
  2. These ready-to-read stories make fun plays for students to act out. The narrative sections are the stage directions to each actor, telling her or him what to do. The tags, like “Samuel said” and “Sadie said” tell each actor when to read. Break your classroom into six groups and have each one act out a different story in the book.
  3. Talk about how some things look silly to outsiders, but seem perfectly logical to the person doing them. Has this ever happened to your students?

ALL BY HERSELF
14 Girls Who Made a Difference

Illustrated by Michael Steirnagle
Harcourt, Inc. 1999
ISBN 0-15-201477-2
(Out-of-print)

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“Compelling verse celebrating the bravery of 14 American Girls prove that every girl is capable of making a difference.”

REVIEWS

“An intriguing hybrid of history, poetry and art.” ~Publishers Weekly

“A commemorative book that honors both quiet and noisy acts of heroism.” ~Kirkus Reviews

“A handsome book.” 
~Booklist

CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

Have students write about something they have done that was helpful, brave, or unique.

Research other people who as children acted in a way that made a difference.

EVERYTHING TO SPEND THE NIGHT
Illustrated by Maggie Smith
Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Inc., 1999
ISBN 0-7894-2511-4
Paperback ISBN 0-7894-8186-3
(Out-of-print)

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What’s in the overnight bag?
Find out in this lively, rhyming book that captures all the delights of spending a night away from home—non-stop fun from A to Z!

REVIEWS

“This charmer may keep young readers up at night stalling for bedtime with their own alphabetical treasures.” ~Hornbook

“Paul’s text has a wonderful loosey-goosey feel.” ~Publishers Weekly—Starred Review

“Sprightly romp of rhyming verse, dancing type line, and exuberant watercolor illustrations.” ~School Library Journal

CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

 

  1. What would your student’s pack in this overnight bag? Have them fill it with everything from A to Z.
  2. Talk about how what they brought would make a different story.

HELLO TOES! HELLO FEET!
Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Inc., 1998
ISBN 0-7894-2481-9
Paperback ISBN 0-7894-2664-1
Only available in this edition ISBN 9781502427304

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With a joyful rhyme, follow a girl through her day from a foot’s-eye view.

AWARDS

National Parenting Center’s “Seal of Approval”

REVIEWS

“Exuberant verse, delightful watercolor illustrations.” ~The New York Times

“Sheer fun, pure and simple.” ~School Library Journal

“Cheerful and bouncy poem narrates the activities of a spunky heroine.” ~Publishers Weekly

“A jolly rhyming text . . . in perfect accord with readers’ interests and perspectives.” ~Kirkus Reviews

CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

  1. Make a silly shoe out of clay. Have students step barefoot into flat, wet clay. Cut around that shape. Students can stick scraps to build up the area around the toes and heel into a shoe, and stick bent pipe cleaners into the wet clay for straps. Cover clay with paint and glue. Then decorate with buttons, feathers, confetti, etc. Let dry.
  2. Trace student’s feet onto paper—have them cut around them and then color them. Hang them as decorations on your bulletin board.
  3. Bring to class lots different shoes—or your students could each bring one shoe from home (jogging shoes, high heel shoes, dancing shoes, hiking boots, skiing boots, etc.) and talk about where each might be worn.
  4. While reading, have your students act out the book—stomp and jump and skip and spin, etc.

 THE SEASONS SEWN:
A Year in Patchwork

Illustrated by Michael McCurdy
Browndeer Press, Harcourt Brace, Inc., 1996
ISBN 0-15-276918-8
Paperback ISBN 0-15-202107-8
(out-of-print)

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This unique book uses quilt patterns to explain the seasonal flow of life in our country during the 19th Century.

AWARDS

Winner 1996 Carl Sandburg Literary Arts Award for Children’s Literature

1996 NAPPA Award

One of the New York Times Best Illustrated Books for 1996

Notable Social Studies Trade Book of 1996

REVIEWS

“So beautiful and so filled with real archetypal patterns that it could easily make quilt lovers, if not quilt makers, of us all.” ~The New York Times

“A commanding vision of American history.” ~Publishers Weekly—Starred Review

“Innovative and unexpectedly poignant nonfiction.” ~The Los Angeles Times

“An attractive combination of craft and history.” ~Booklist

CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

  1. Talk about how our lives are different and/or similar to the lives of pioneer people.
  2. Try to duplicate some of the activities from pioneer days. For example, make butter out of cream, or create Christmas decorations out of cookies and strands of popcorn and cranberries. Make a fan to keep cool on summer days, or a kite to fly on windy days, or a Yankee puzzle to play with on rainy or snowy days.
  3. What are the different shapes in each pattern in the book? How many of each shape is in each pattern?
  4. Create your own 9-patch pattern. Download the form for use in your classroom.

MY SEASONS SEWN QUILT

SHADOWS ARE ABOUT
Illustrated by Mark Graham
Scholastic Inc., 1992
ISBN 0-590-44842-0
Paperback ISBN 0-590-4483-9
(out-of-print)

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Romp with shadows
as they run, skip, turn a flip and do much more.
This rhyming text with lush illustrations will inspire children to pay attention
to the lives of shadows.

AWARDS

A Junior Library Club Selection
A 1992 Outstanding Science Trade Book

REVIEWS

“This book’s execution is a classic example of the best of the genre—word and illustration mesh completely.” ~School Library Journal

“A book to save and share with future generations.” ~Family ABC

“The soft oil paintings and simple, rhythmic text create a nostalgic and sentimental world.” ~Horn Book

EIGHT HANDS ROUND:
A Patchwork Alphabet

Illustrated by Jeanette Winter
HarperCollins, 1991
ISBN 0-06-024689-8
Paperback ISBN 0-06-443464-8

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This delightful, informative alphabet book uses the names of early American patchwork patterns to describe life in this country during the first one hundred years
after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

AWARDS

A 1991 Notable Social Studies Book

The New York Times Notable Book of 1991

REVIEWS

“Like a quilt that grows old gracefully,
this book promises to become well-thumbed over the years.” ~The New York Times

“The cleverest history book of the year.” ~Smithsonian

“A novel way to introduce patchwork’s economic, social and artistic role while relating it to history.” ~Kirkus Reviews

CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

 

  1. Talk about how our lives are different and/or similar to the lives of pioneer people.
  2. Try to duplicate some of the activities from pioneer days. For example, make butter out of cream, or create Christmas decorations out of cookies and strands of popcorn and cranberries. Make a fan to keep cool on summer days, or a kite to fly on windy days, or a Yankee puzzle to play with on rainy or snowy days.
  3. What are the different shapes in each pattern in the book? How many of each shape is in each pattern?
  4. Create your own 9-patch pattern. Download the form for use in your classroom.

MY EIGHT HANDS ROUND QUILT

OWL AT NIGHT
Illustrated by Catherine Stock
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1985
ISBN 0-399-21001-6
(out-of-print)

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While a rabbit, a robin, a dog and a brother and sister sleep, fly with Owl as he explores his night-time world.

REVIEWS

“A gentle touch and a lyrical voice.” ~ Publisher’s Weekly

“A cozy catalog of nighttime activity.” ~School Library Journal

BOOKS FOR ADULTS


WRITING PICTURE BOOKS
A Hands-On Guide From Story Creation to Publication

Cover Art and Illustrations by Amelia Haviland
Writers Digest Books, 2009
ISBN-10: 1-58297-556-6

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Whether you’re just starting out as a picture book writer, or have tried unsuccessfully to get your work published, WRITING PICTURE BOOKS with a mix of instruction and hands-on exercises, is just what you need to craft picture books that will appeal to children and parents, agents, and most importantly editors.

REVIEWS

“The book is exceptionally well-written, personal yet professional, with many practical, useful ideas for how to improve your writing and become an objective critic of your own work. I absolutely love this book and rave about it to everyone!” ~Zook Book Nook

“While there are many books on writing the children’s picture book, Ann Whitford Paul gives us the first to focus on revising a completed manuscript. She honestly and generously shares her own early mistakes (including writing about cutesy critters!), reinforces just-taught skills with common-sense exercises, and provides the reader with a nice balance between the encouraging gentle nudge and the often-necessary kick in the rear. This is a welcome and overdue addition to the list of titles focusing on writing children’s books.” ~Kirby Larson/Author of Hattie Big Sky 2007 Newbery Honor

“Fantastic guide and companion! Wise gentle thorough. The only thing better would be to have the author herself standing at your shoulder.” ~Maria D. Laslo Founder and Editor Chixlit.com

DOWNLOADS

Bibliography–pdf

Sammy Skunk—pdf

BOOK TRAILER

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cwSMuFf_kg

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