Joan Holub, author of children's books
 
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Easy Readers (age 3-8)
Picture Books (age 6-11)
Lift-the-Flap Books, Board Books, Holiday Books
Chapter Books, Tween & MG (age 7-12)
NF Books (age 8-12)
Where to Buy Books

 

EASY READERS:

ANT HILL (7-book easy reader series, Aladdin paperbacks, Pre-Level 1, ages 3-6) illustrated by Will Terry:
• More Snacks! A Thanksgiving Play (isbns: 978-1-4169-0954-5 or 1-4169-0954-0)
The young ant pals of Ant Hill put on a play about their ancestors' first Thanksgiving--when they hopped aboard the Mayflower (right behind the Pilgrims) and sailed across the Atlantic to meet new friends around a big harvest feast.
Good Luck! A St. Patrick's Day Story (isbns: 978-1-4169-0955-2 or 1-4169-0955-9)
Excerpt: "Green ant," said Grant. "Chase him," said Jim.
The ants are performing in a St. Patrick's Day parade, complete with shamrocks and bagpipes. When a high-spirited leprechaun chase leads them to the end of a rainbow, the ants find a delightful surprise.
Scaredy Pants, A Halloween Story (2007)
When they visit a Halloween house, the other ants may be scared, but ... "Not me!" says Dee.
Big Hearts, A Valentine Story
(2008) A Scholastic Book Club bestseller in January 2011!
The ants work together to make a cool valentine, but who will get it? Lee? Bart? Hmmm. Maybe it should go to someone they know, who has a really "big" heart.
* Picnic! A Day in the Park
* Snow Day! A Winter Tale
* Spring is Here! A Story About Seeds

reviews

Shampoodle Random House Step Into Reading Pre-K to K
A Scholastic Book Club selection, Cybils finalist, and a Bank Street College Best Book!
Kirkus Reviews on Shampoodle: "Snappy rhyming verses. . .Very funny—there may be a short film in this."

Why Do Cats Meow? (NF easy reader)
Dial Books - hardcover Isbn 0803725035 $13.99
Puffin Books - paperback Isbn 0140567887 $3.99
ages 6-9, 48 pages, nonfiction, full color photos and illustration
**ABA PICK OF THE LISTS**
*As seen in Cat Fancy Magazine & Creative Classroom Magazine
*A Scholastic book club selection
Why Do Dogs Bark? (NF easy reader)
Dial Books - hardcover Isbn 0803725043 $13.99
Puffin Books - paperback Isbn 0140567895 $3.99
ages 6-9, 48 pages, nonfiction, full color photos and illustration
**ABA PICK OF THE LISTS**
Why Do Cats Meow? and Why Do Dogs Bark? were often reviewed together. See the following:
"...appealing color photos and sprightly cartoons with informative, easy to read text. New readers will enjoy learning about these animals on their own, and they'll certainly like the pictures."-- BOOKLIST
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...will set professionals to purring..." --THE NATIONAL BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS
"These easy-readers provide a wealth of information about cats and dogs in a kid-friendly way. Topics covered include the senses, size of litters, similarities to animals in the wild, methods of communication, and explanations for specific behaviors. Holub mixes interesting facts with information about pet care, stories about cat or dog heroes, and simple instructions for making inexpensive toys (Cats) or tips for training (Dogs). Cartoon illustrations are combined with candid full-color photographs of a variety of feline and canine breeds, kittens and puppies, and children interacting with their pets. The concise chapters with bold headings and clearly written texts make these titles solid choices for school reports on animals and great picks for reluctant readers. There is one small minus-the breeds shown in the photos aren't identified-but don't let that deter you from adding these engaging titles to your collection" ­ SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Why Do Horses Neigh? (NF easy reader)
Dial Books - hardcover $13.99
Puffin Books - paperback $3.99
ages 6-9, 48 pages, nonfiction, full color photos and illustration
Reviews and Awards:
**BANK STREET COLLEGE OF EDUCATION BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR **
*A Scholastic book club selection
"Holub continues her series of easy readers focusing on a particular animal with this offering that will be popular with the younger faction of the horse-crazy set. She uses a question and answer format as the structure to impart a broad overview of the equine world, including horse classifications, behavior, characteristics, care, and an introduction to riding. She works interesting tidbits of information into the text, including some surprising facts that children will enjoy, such as the fact that horses sleep only three hours per day or the statistics about the world's oldest horse on record. Humorous spot illustrations alternate with full-color photographs of horses, many being held or ridden by children. This combination of illustration styles provides an attractive visual variety, augmented by the leading questions on each page reproduced in purple type. The text is written for readers at the early fluency level, but this will find other uses as well: for younger children who are just getting interested in horses and for older children who are reading below grade level. The amount of information covered in a simple, interesting way makes this an excellent introduction to this popular topic." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS
"...A winning combination of tightly written narrative, age-appropriate vocabulary, and worthy illustrations guarantees that independent readers will enjoy these titles." ­ SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"..Presented in a question-and-answer format, the text is both interesting and informative. What are baby and adult horses called? Is a pony a horse? Are horses smart? These are just a few of the questions answered in an easy-to-read style... a bright, appealing format that combines jaunty original art and well-chosen photos." ­ BOOKLIST

Why Do Rabbits Hop? : And Other Questions About Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, and Gerbils (NF easy reader)
Dial Books - hardcover $13.99
Puffin Books - paperback $3.99
ages 6-9, 48 pages, nonfiction, full color photos and illustration
Reviews:
"A winning combination of tightly written narrative, age-appropriate vocabulary, and worthy illustrations guarantees that independent readers will enjoy these titles." ­ SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"..Presented in a question-and-answer format, the text is both interesting and informative...questions answered in an easy-to-read style. Rabbits delineates the differences between hamsters, gerbils, and guinea pigs and describes the way the small animals eat, move, play, and socialize... a bright, appealing format that combines jaunty original art and well-chosen photos." ­ BOOKLIST
*A Scholastic book club selection

Why Do Birds Sing? (NF easy reader)
Dial Books - hardcover $13.99
Puffin Books - paperback $3.99
ages 6-9, 48 pages, nonfiction, full color photos and illustration
Reviews:
"...The photos and attractive ink drawings that come two to three to a page result in a colorful presentation with illustrations in different styles from many sources." ­ BOOKLIST

Why Do Snakes Hiss? And Other Questions About Snakes, Lizards, and Turtles (NF easy reader)
Dial Books - hardcover $13.99, ISBN 0-8037-3000-4
Puffin Books - paperback $3.99, ISBN
0-14-240105-6
ages 6-9, 48 pages, nonfiction, full color photos and illustration
Reviews:
Younger readers with an affinity for all creatures green and scaly will linger over both the sharply detailed photos and the easy but specific text in this three-part Q&A. Holub poses and answers about a half-dozen similar questions for each type of reptile-how many kinds are there? What are the biggest and smallest ones? How well can they see, hear, and smell?-then closes with some basic provisos for prospective pet owners...the steady course steered here between the empty hype and numbing barrages of undigested fact offered by similar titles earns it above average marks." -- KIRKUS
"...The photos and attractive ink drawings that come two to three to a page result in a colorful presentation with illustrations in different styles from many sources." ­ BOOKLIST
*A Scholastic book club selection

Breakout at the Buglab (easy reader)
Dial Books - hardcover Isbn 0803725108 $13.99, also in Puffin paperback
by Ruth Horowitz, illus by Joan, ages 5-9, 48 pages
"...The illustrations have a warm, fuzzy, feel-good look...A book in which everything is just right."
--SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL **STARRED REVIEW**
"...New readers will enjoy this on their own, but the story will also work well as a read-aloud in first and second grade classrooms." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS
"The narrator and his brother think their mom has a cool job: she studies bugs at a nature lab...Max the hissing cockroach has escaped...the boys seek and capture the bug with the help of a mysterious woman...readers will enjoy the fun facts woven into the lively, well-paced text..."--BOOKLIST

Big Surprise in the Bug Tank (easy reader)
Dial Books - hardcover Isbn
0-8037-2874-3 $13.99, also in Puffin paperback
by Ruth Horowitz, illus by Joan, ages 5-9, 48 pages
Reviews:
Starred*Horowitz, Ruth. Big Surprise in the Bug Tank; illus. by Joan Holub. Dial, 2005 (Dial Easy to Read)
Breakout in the Bug Lab (BCCB 7/01) introduced readers to the narrator and his brother, Leo, and their entomologist mother. In this new outing, the boys wheedle their mother into letting them have an adorable pair of giant hissing cockroaches as pets, but the pair soon turns into a family with the threat of more to come. Much to their surprise, the brothers have difficulty finding welcoming homes for the cockroach offspring, and they begin to wonder if they're ever going to solve the problem of cockroach population explosion. The easy-reading story uses its pared down vocabulary cleverly, and running jokes, recurring refrains, and imaginative scenes make this into a witty and well crafted story even apart from its piquant buggy subject. Horowitz (herself locally, and one hopes affectionately, known as "The Cockroach Lady") portrays the cockroaches with a full understanding of their magnetism to kids ("Our pets are so cool," says Leo, "grown ups will not touch them") and the revulsion they inspire in most adults, giving the book an additional delicious frisson. Holub's illustrations are strong on verdant greens, energetic aquas, and warm ochres, playing off contrasts in every scene and overstuffing the ragged edge vignettes with roundly three dimensional figures and exaggeratedly expressive faces (sometimes on the cockroaches as well as the kids). Use this to spice up a biology unit, or just to provide a bracing alternative to emerging readers bored by cuddly protagonists. --THE BULLETIN FOR THE CENTER FOR CHLDREN'S BOOKS **STARRED REVIEW**
"The built-in "Ewwww!" factor will draw new readers like ants to a picnic..." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS

The 100th Day of School (easy reader)
by A. Medearis, illus by Joan
Scholastic, ages 4-8, 32 pages
paperback - 059025944X $3.99 / library binding - 0785775536
Activities / Info (link to Joan Holub's100th Day website)
OVER ONE MILLION COPIES SOLD!

The Gingerbread Kid Goes to School (easy reader)
Grosset & Dunlap, ages 5-7, 32 pages
paperback Isbn 0448426749 - $3.99 Beautifully illustrated by Debbie Palen
Teachers, coaches, lunch ladies, and even the principal try to stop a naughty gingerbread kid cookie from running through the school
*NOW ENJOYING ITS 7th PRINTING!!

Pajama Party (easy reader)
Grosset & Dunlap, 32 pages, ages 4-7
paperback - Isbn 0-448-41739-1 $3.99
library binding - Isbn 0-448-41739-1 $13.99
The joys of pajama parties: video-watching, popcorn munching, fingernail-painting. . .And best of all--staying up late!
Excerpt: [Tonight is my pajama party. / I can hardly wait. / My friends are coming over. / And we plan to stay up late.]
Review:
*RECOMMENDED*
"...a pajama party for six girls who plan to stay up all night after pizza, dancing, painting their nails, telling ghost stories,...Delightful rhyming story..." --The Puget Sound Library Council
*A Scholastic book club selection
*NOW ENJOYING ITS 9th PRINTING!!

The Garden That We Grew (easy reader)
Viking Books - hardcover Isbn 067089799X $13.99
Puffin Books - paperback Isbn 0141311983 $3.99
ages 5-8, 32 pages
Reviews:
"Here's a book that shares the necessary qualities of a beginning reader--simplicity, repetition, predictability, and pictorial cues--with those of a successful picture book. The catchy rhyming verse narrates a cycle of planting and harvest, carried out by happy, industrious children in the softly colored pictures. [Éxcerpt: This the the garden that we will grow. / This is the patch we will plant row by row. / This is the dirt, all warm and brown. / These are the seeds we push way down.] The pictures on the seed packets clue the reader in the the nature of the crop...pumpkins...The text blossoms with ample warmth, light, and a gentle sense of humor..."--HORN BOOK **STARRED REVIEW**
"...
easy nonfiction titles about seed cycles are always in demand for first- and second-grade science lessons, and Holub's story will also be used for preschool or kindergarten story hours..."-- KIRKUS REVIEWS
**Featured in The Peaceable Kingdom's children's calendar 2006**

The Pizza That We Made (easy reader)
Viking Books - hardcover Isbn 0670035203 $13.99
Puffin Books - paperback Isbn 0142300195 $3.99
ages 5-8, 32 pages

Scat, Cats! (easy reader)
Viking Books - hardcover Isbn 0670892793 $13.99
Puffin Books - paperback Isbn 0141309059 $3.99
ages 4-8, 32 pages
"A marauding band of neighborhood cats of every color invades the house of a red-haired little girl and her tow-headed brother in this amusing easy reader from the talented Holub. The satisfying conclusion shows the kitties curled up asleep all over the children's bedroom: 'Fat cats purr all day. Our cats here to stay.' Delightfully loose watercolors by Davis add humorous details and plenty of action A model for the genre: a funny, satisfying story with solid educational underpinnings."-- KIRKUS REVIEWS
**STARRED REVIEW**

Abby Cadabra, Super Speller (easy reader)
Grosset & Dunlap, ages 6-8, 48 pages
paperback Isbn 0-448-42168-2 $3.99
library binding - Isbn 0448422816 $13.99
Abby Cadabra and Wanda Cassandra are both determined to win the spelling bee. They cast spells and spell words until both are stumped by a compound word. Teamwork saves the day.
*A Scholastic book club selection

Silly Bears (easy reader, with activities)
Scholastic, ages 3-6, 32 pages
paperback Isbn 0439324734, $3.99

Backwards Day (easy reader)
Scholastic, ages 6-8, 32 pages
paperback Isbn 0-439-12964-8 $3.99
From saying no when they mean yes, to saying more when they want less,
these kids have a wacky school day when they do everything backwards.

No Fair! (math easy reader with activities)
by C. Holtzman, illus by Joan
Scholastic, ages 5-7, 32 pages
paperback 0590922300 $3.99
Two kids have a play date and decide what's fair and what's not.

Shadows Everywhere (science easy reader)
by Gina Shaw , illus by Joan
Scholastic, ages 5-7, 32 pages
paperback 0590522965 $3.99

My Soccer Mom from Mars (easy reader)
by Joan Holub writing as Rita Book, illus by Amy Wummer
Grosset & Dunlap, 48 pages, ages 6-8
paperback - Isbn 0488425998 $3.99
library binding - Isbn 0448426153 $13.99
Ryan has the most enthusiastic mom on the soccer field. But he figures out a way to ask her to cool it without hurting her feelings. And while reading to his little sister, he gets an idea that helps his soccer game.

The Spooky Sleepover(easy reader)
Grosset & Dunlap, 48 pages, ages 6-8,
paperback - Isbn 0-448-42025-2 $3.99
library binding - Isbn 0-448-42043-0 $13.99
(A not-too-scary book.) At a sleepover, Emily tells a scary story. Then Jen tells a scarier one.
But Sara tells a tale that will keep Emily and Jen up all night!

Pen Pals (easy reader)
Grosset & Dunlap, 48 pages, ages 6-8
paperback - Isbn 0-448-41612-3 $3.99

Reviews:
"...Holub catches the classroom tone well, and her characters' letters are authentic in tone and style...The benefits of writing are subtly suggested, and kids may well inquire about pen-pal projects of their own." --The National Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
".Daisy's second-grade class begins a letter-writing project and she has to write to a boy! In spite of this inauspicious start, Daisy and Bucky become friends. ...both format and subject matter will appeal to young readers." --Horn Book
"...children will delight in the turn of events as well as relate to the experiences..." --School Library Journal

Hector's Hiccups (easy reader)
Random House, 48 pages, ages 6-8, by Lee Wardlaw, illus by Joan
paperback - Isbn 0-679892001 $3.99
hardcover - Isbn 0-679992006 $13.99
Review:
".Young Hector has a universal problem..hiccups...An engaging family in which older siblings are quick to help their little brother, though they don't mind having a little fun in the process...just right for emerging readers." --Fort Worth Star Telegram

Easy to Read-Easy to Draw: Cars and Trucks
Easy to Read-Easy to Draw: Animals
Easy to Read-Easy to Draw: Dinosaurs
Easy to Read-Easy to Draw: Magical Creatures
publisher: Price Stern Sloan, paperbacks
easy readers with stories and step-by-step instructions
for kids to draw some of their favorite things


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Groundhog Weather School (hardcover picture book, Putnam and Sons, December 2009, illustrated by Kristen Sorra)
Professor Groundhog opens a school to train helpers who'll aid him in more accurately forecasting the weather next February 2nd.
A Scholastic Book Club bestseller in January 2011!
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Buyer's Pick in Ingram's magazine

Kirkus Reviews says it's: "...a clever look at the weather...good fun that will subtly teach in between laughs."
Booklist calls it "clever," "amusing," and "inviting," and says: "...the approach is so varied and so often witty that children will absorb the facts effortlessly."

Riddle-iculous Math (hardcover picture book)
publisher: Albert Whitman & Co., ages 7-10, 32 pgs., hardcover Isbn 0-8075-4996-7
Illustrator: Regan Dunnick
Math riddles and jokes. Learn basic math skills while reading about animal sleepover parties, cafeteria food fights, and a boy who made over 5 million dollars in one month!
Reviews and Awards:
"Where do math teachers eat? On multiplication tables." With verbal puns, rhymes, and wild watercolor-and-pencil illustrations, this book makes numbers a hilarious part of schoolyard play, from metric food fights to pizza fractions..." BOOKLIST
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Association of Booksellers for Children "Best Books for Children" list
**Kansas State Recommended Reading List
**SLJ Curriculum Guide

The Man Who Named the Clouds (NEW hardcover nonfiction picture book)
by mother-daughter team Julie Hannah and Joan Holub
publisher: Albert Whitman & Co., 40 pages, ages 7-12
Illustrator: Paige Billin-Frye
**A JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION**
An AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION "Book Connections of 2006" award (Booklinks, Jan. 2007)

Review:

"This combination biography and and science book is a fascinating look at one man's interest in weather. Luke Howard began keeping a weather journal at the age of ten. Always fascinated with clouds, studying the weather became a lifelong hobby. Howard created a system for naming the different cloud types that is the basis for our cloud names today. Information about Howard's time period puts his life and experiences in perspective for young readers. Scattered throughout the text are excerpts from an elementary school student's own weather journal. These are not just temperature recordings--the child explains the weather, including how rain and snow form, what fog is and how clouds can be used to predict weather. Budding meterologists can use her journal as a template for their own, and will find her project ideas helpful. Billin-Frye's watercolors bring the past to life. Actual paintings by Howard and photos of the cloud types, along with a diagram are included. An excellent combination of history and science, sure to spark the interest of future meterologists." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS
"...An attractive combination of biographical narrative and weather science."
-- BOOKLIST
Also favorably reviewed in several NATIONAL SCIENCE TEACHER ASSOCIATION newsletters and journals, including Washington and NC.

Knuckleheads publisher: Chronicle Books (2008)
Lots of good reviews that I haven't posted yet!

Twinkle, Star of the Week (Albert Whitman & Co, picture book)
Stars in Sky School take turns sharing what makes them special.
"A sympathetic portrayal of overcoming disappointment and discovering personal talents."-- Booklist

Geogra-fleas, Riddles All Over the Map
publisher: Albert Whitman & Co., 32 pages, ages 7-10
Illustrator: Regan Dunnick
**GRAND CANYON READER AWARD NOMINATION 2007**
Review:
Grade 1-3­A little brown dog travels the world over and comes across funny riddles and facts. The mostly two-page sections cover different geography-related topics that span the globe, such as "The Blue Planet," "Four Fabulous Oceans," "Cool Continents," "Guess that Country," "U.S.A. Big and Small," and "Kooky State Capital Riddles." Each spread presents several riddles along with humorous watercolor cartoons. Holub's insight into kid humor results in amusing selections that will have readers rolling in the aisles ("How does a puppy row a boat? With dog paddles").--SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
Pawsome! Fleamendous! Doggone good! -- Reviews by random dogs in Joan's neighborhood :o

Yankee Doodle Riddles (hardcover picture book)
publisher: Albert Whitman & Co., ages 7-10, 32 pgs. hardcover Isbn 0-8075-9260-9
Dancing pilgrims, sneezing presidents, inventors, and hamsters in top hats star in this new riddle book with an American history focus. Jokes, riddles and rhymes cover topics from the 1400s to present day.
Reviews and Awards:
"
...An entertaining book of riddles, this broad overview of American history sneaks in dates, places, and people in a "test your knowledge" format. Explorers, Revolutionary War heroes, statesmen, inventors, important events, and presidents-all are the subjects of funny poems, rebuses, jokes, and puns..."What are six things most pioneers took traveling from Missouri to Oregon on the Oregon Trail? Months." A lighthearted look at the past, this book painlessly combines essential facts with the nonsensical: What do you get if you cross a "spy and a pioneer's transportation? An under-covered wagon." Humorous, brightly colored woodcut illustrations add to the fun. A unique reinforcement of facts for students who love wordplay with their learning."--SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
**
Kansas State Recommended Reading List*

Vincent van Gogh: Sunflowers and Swirly Stars (paperback picture book)
Grosset & Dunlap, 32 pages, Isbn - 20010448425211 $5.99
Written as though it's a class assignment research report done by an 8-year-old boy. Lots of paintings, Van Gogh facts, and humor.

Reviews:
"winning biographies in the Smart about Art series feature lively cartoon drawings as they introduce artists." --Booklist
"With a clear, accessible format...presents factual information about [the] artist in the style of a school report, interjecting the narrative with the voice of the child writer." --Publishers Weekly

The Halloween Queen (hardcover picture book) New!
publisher: Albert Whitman & Co., 32 pages
Illustrator: Theresa Smythe
Reviews:
"Kindergarten-Grade 2­Two children go trick-or-treating together, but one of them, the narrator, avoids a scary house on their route. Knowing that the other kids are not frightened and that the best treats are passed out by the Halloween Queen, she summons up her courage and approaches the door. She nervously enters on her own but, once inside, she finds a lively party in progress and all of her friends in attendance. Readers will appreciate the activities and treats described, and the happy ending when the woman's identity is revealed...Smythe's collages add lightness and warmth to the story. During scarier moments, the Queen's small, costumed dog appears, usually with a smile to assure readers that what is happening is all in fun...--SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

I Have A Weird Brother Who Digested A Fly (hardcover picture book)
publisher: Albert Whitman & Co., ages 5-9, hardcover Isbn 0-8075-3506-0, $13.95
A take-off on the Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly story, only in this case a girl's brother swallows a fly. The hapless fly's journey is traced through the boy's digestive system. Food and digestion facts and a diagram of the digestive system are included in the back of the book.
Reviews and Awards:
**Society of School Librarians International Honor Book**
"Holub's creative story takes readers on a whimsical tour of the digestive process ...easy to understand language with simple analogies...Children will chuckle over the toilet bowl scene... This is the type of book that gathers no shelf dust." ---School Library Journal
"...a great new science resource...a lot of potential for integrated instruction...At the primary level, the story and illustrations are engaging...For grades 3-4, sidebars contain facts about all stages of the digestive system...a useful addition to your library..."--STANYS Science Teachers Bulletin
"...Children will enjoy this book!..." --The Texas Council of Elementary Science

Cinderdog and the Wicked Stepcat (hardcover picture book)
publisher: Albert Whitman & Co.ages 4-8, 32 pages; hardcover - Isbn 0-8075-1178-1 $14.95
Dog and cat 'stepsiblings' must learn to get along after their owners marry.
*As seen in Cat Fancy Magazine and in Creative Classroom Magazine
*Selected for a juried exhibit at Seattle's Frye Art Museum
"Hilariously written and illustrated" -- San Diego Union-Tribune (11-01)
"...Irresistibly entertaining...The story twangs with catty insouciance and doggone good humor...The moral of "Cinderdog and the Wicked Stepcat" is so thoroughly cloaked in the wacky story line that children will "get" it without feeling that they're being lectured to...The twist at the end of the tale is a genuine howler.---Tacoma News Tribune
"...
helpful to children of blended families."--School Library Journal
"...humorous and helpful...Ideas about viewing things from another's point of view are valuable for young children...a memorable story." --Northwest Family Magazine

Valley of the Golden Mummies (paperback picture book)
Grosset & Dunlap, 32 pages
Written as though it's a class assignment research report done by an 8-year-old boy. Lots of humor and mummy facts.

Jack and the Jellybeanstalk (paperback picture book)
Grosset & Dunlap, 32 pages
Jack Rabbit trades his lunch for magic jellybeans, which grow a jellybeanstalk.

I Love You Mom, by Iris Arno (paperback picture book)

I Love You Dad, by Iris Arno (paperback picture book)

Happy Monster Day! (paperback picture book)
Scholastic, ages 4-8, Isbn - 0-439-06753-7 $3.25
Read the clues, fill in the blanks, and guess words in the secret messages as Mac Monster
creates his own special holiday--Monster Day--and learns to appreciate his family and all that he has.


LIFT-THE-FLAP, NOVELTY, BOARD, & HOLIDAY BOOKS FOR AGES 1-7
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Boo Who? A Spooky Lift the Flap Book (hardcover)
Scholastic, ages 1-6, 24 pgs, Isbn 0-590-05905-X $6.95
Simple riddles such as: "Guess who says Boo?"
"Riddle lovers will appreciate the not-too-tough questions posed and answered by lifting the large flaps. --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"An engaging book for youngsters anticipating the excitement of Halloween...The last page is a special delight as a mylar mirror is cleverly attached over a monster's face so 'the scariest monster..it's you!' A wonderful one-on-one choice..."
-- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
NOW ENJOYING ITS 10TH PRINTING!

Eek-A-Boo! A Spooky Lift the Flap Book (hardcover)
Scholastic, ages 1-6, 24 pgs, Isbn 0-439-17324-8 $6.95. Excerpt:
[Vampires snooze. Nap Nap Nap. / Skeletons rattle. Tap Tap Tap.
Spiders crawl. Spin Spin Spin / Pumpkins smile. Grin Grin Grin]

NOW ENJOYING ITS 6TH PRINTING

Five Spring Fairies (NEW spring 2007)
illustrated by Kathy Couri
publisher: Little Simon (Simon & Schuster)

Somebunny Loves Me (with fuzzy flocked areas - for all ages)
publisher: Little Simon (Simon & Schuster)
ISBN 068985157X, $4.99, hardcover board book
A rhyming springtime story celebrating love between youngsters and their parents.

Light the Candles, A Hannukah Lift-the-Flap Book
publisher: Puffin Books (paperback), Isbn 0-14-056757-7
2 Reviews:
"Stretch out in front of the fireplace with your little ones and read..Light the Candles...Children learn about eating latkes, spinning dreidels. and lighting candles on the menorah."--Parents Magazine, Dec. 2000
"On Thursday, Jews all over the world will celebrate the beginning of Hanukka...Light the Candles has pictures and sayings for each night of Hanukka as the candles are lit. It ends as friends visit on the last day...and "Happy Hanukka" wishes are expressed."
--The Jerusalem Post

Company's Coming: A Passover Lift-the-Flap Book
publisher: Puffin Books

Apples and Honey, A Rosh Hashanah Lift-the-Flap Book
publisher: Puffin Books, ISBN 0142501360

Kwanzaa Kids: A Lift-the-Flap Book
publisher: Puffin Books

Hooray for St. Patrick's Day! A Lift-the-Flap Book
publisher: Puffin Books

Dragon Dance: A Chinese New Year Lift-the-Flap Book
publisher: Puffin Books
Review:
"A Chinese New Year Lift-the-Flap Book by Joan Holub, illus. by Benrei Huang, tells how Chinese families celebrate the New Year with special foods, gifts of money tucked into red envelopes for good luck, fireworks and parades with dramatic dragon puppets. The bouncy, rhyming text and large flaps on sturdy pages are just right for young children, and directions for making a dragon puppet extend the fun. --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Ten Little Ballerinas, by W. Lewison (jewel sticker book)
paperback Isbn 0448414910 $3.95


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GODDESS GIRLS
Join the class at Mount Olympus Academy with Goddess Girls, a new series that puts a modern spin on classic Greek myths!
8-book paperback series, ages 8-12, co-authored with Suzanne Williams, cover art by Glen Hanson
*Athena the Brain
*Persephone the Phony
*Aphrodite the Beauty
*Artemis the Brave
*Athena the Wise
*Aphrodite the Diva
2 more books to come

Aladdin link to Goddess Girls
Goddess Girls on Facebook
Aphrodite the Beauty is a January 2011 Scholastic Book Clubs (Arrow) Best Seller! (#3 on the list)
Goddess Girls named to list of Cynsational Books of 2010
Goddess Girls on Scholastic's 10 trends in children's books for 2010 list.

“…a clever take on Greek deities…” ~ Booklist
“…an enchanting mythological world with middle-school woes compounded by life as a deity…” ~ School Library Journal
Series scoop:
Athena the Brain Finding out she’s a goddess and being sent to Mount Olympus brings Athena new friends, a weird dad, and the meanest girl in mythology—Medusa!
Persephone the Phony Hiding her feelings works fine for Persephone until she meets a guy she can be herself with—Hades, the bad-boy of the Underworld.
Aphrodite the Beauty Sure Aphrodite is beautiful, but it’s not always easy being the goddessgirl of love. NEW!
Artemis the Brave She may be the goddess of the hunt, but that doesn’t mean Artemis always feels brave. (Dec. 2010)
Athena the Wise Zeus says Heracles has to do twelve tasks or he'll get kicked out of MOA! Although she's not sure it's wise, Athena agrees to help out. (April 5, 2011)
Aphrodite the Diva Isis claims she's the goddess of love? Ha! But to keep the title all to herself, Aphrodite has to find the perfect match for Pygmalion, the most annoying boy ever. (August 2011) Two more Goddess Girls books to come!

YOUNG PRINCESSES AROUND THE WORLD (early chapter book series for ages 6-9)
Aladdin paperbacks, $3.99
• Elizabeth and the Royal Pony
(isbns: 978-0-789-87191-7 or 0-689-87191-0)
Princess Elizabeth of England is trying to teach her golden pony to jump over a stone wall--but no matter what she tries, he won't budge! After seeking advice from people in the kingdom, the princess finally asks her father, King Henry VIII, for help. and what he says just might help her navigate more than a stone wall.
• Cleopatra and the King's Enemies (isbns: 978-0-689-87194-8 or 0-689-87194-5)
Princess Cleopatra wonders if beauty is more important than wisdom, as her older sisters say. But when unrest among the kingdom's peasants puts her father in danger, she finds that her wisdom does come in handy.
• Isabel Saves the Prince
Princess Isabel of Spain is forced to leave home to go to the court of her half brother, King Henry. There, she must protect her younger brother Alfonso, the future king, from danger.
• Lydia and the Island Kingdom

Princess Lydia Liliuokalani attends the Royal School in the Hawaiian islands, with her family and friends. Little does she know she'll one day be crowned the last queen of Hawaii.

DOLL HOSPITAL chapter book series for ages 7-10 (Scholastic, $3.99)
The books in this series have two interwoven plot lines: The modern-day story is about two sisters named Rose and Lila who live with their grandmother. They discover that she has a doll hospital in the turret of her Victorian home. As each doll is repaired, it tells the captivating story of its life.
Series received positive reviews in Doll Reader magazine, Doll News magazine, and Doll Castle magazine.
FREE PAPER DOLLS are available at www.scholastic.com/titles/dollhospital
*Doll Hospital #1 Tatiana Comes to America
Isbn 043940178X $3.99 - A lovely bisque doll named Tatiana, belonged to Anya, a Russian girl. In 1904, their town became dangerous. Together, they sailed to Ellis Island in America, and ended up by themselves. Would Anya and her doll Tatiana be all alone in America?
*Doll Hospital #2 Goldie's Fortune
(A doll is created to look like its girl-owner during the Great Depression.)
*Doll Hospital #3 Glory's Freedom
(A beautiful wax doll travels on the Underground Railroad.)
*Doll Hospital #4 Saving Marissa (A sweet 1950s baby doll is adopted.)
*Doll Hospital #5 Danielle's Dollhouse Wish
(
A French dollhouse family in 1890s Paris resides in a girls' boarding school.)
*Doll Hospital #6 Charlotte's Choice
(A paper mache doll is discovered in a Shaker village.

Ivy Green, Cootie Queen (early chapter book, paperback)
publisher: Scholastic, ages 6-9, 48 pgs, Isbn 0-8167-4522-6 $2.95
When Ivy decides to do her book report on a book about bacteria that has pictures of eyelash bugs, Rose nicknames her 'Cootie Queen'. Ivy overcomes her fear of public speaking, and learns that not even Rose is perfect.
"In this funny tale, a gutsy girl named Ivy Green outwits some mean kids...will keep kids laughing with every turn of the page..." ---Our Kids magazine

Space Dogs on Planet K-9 (chapter book, paperback)
publisher: Troll, ages 7-10, 64 pages, Isbn 0-8167-4811-X $2.95
One minute Clark is in New Jersey, and the next he's on a strange planet where dogs are in charge and kids are pets!
2 Reviews:
"...The fact that pets have feelings and needs just as people do is the theme that's subtly infused into this unusual, funny storyline..." --Dog & Kennel Magazine
"...accented with fun, imagination, and adventure...an action packed saga."--The Seattle Times


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How to Find Lost Treasure in All Fifty States and Canada, Too
(ages 8-12) Aladdin Paperbacks, Isbn 0689826435 $4.99
One tale of fabulous lost treasure in each state in the USA, and some in Canada:
2 Reviews:
"Retelling legends of sunken pirate hoards, secret gold mines and gangsters' stashes, this book may inspire a summer adventure. Along with a healthy serving of apocrypha, Holub offers "helpful hints", including what to do "if you discover a historical treasure such as Hawaiian King Kamehameha's." --Publisher's Weekly forecasts
"...The book is packed full of the kinds of quirky details middle graders love. The light and casual writing style is well suited to the topic and appealing to its audience..."---School Library Journa

The Haunted States of America
(ages 8-12) Aladdin Paperbacks, Isbn 0689839111 $4.99
One spooky legend about each state in the USA, and some in Canada.
Gold rush ghosts in Alaska, a witch in Tennessee, a lighthouse ghost in Oregon, a spooky Ouija board in Missouri, and more -- many people believe these spirits are or were real and that these spooky events really happened.
Review:
"Gr 3-6- In this haunted guidebook, readers are asked, "Do you believe in ghosts?" and told to "-read on, IF YOU DARE-." The scares are delivered as promised. White House ghosts, the infamous Winchester House of San Jose, Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau of New Orleans, and so much more are offered to those looking to have a fright or two. The chapters are short-most are two or three pages long. ... Spooky words such as "apparition" and "exorcist" are included in the glossary. This title will be as popular as Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Robert San Souci's A Terrifying Taste of Short and Shivery. Fans of those books will certainly gravitate toward this creepy-but oh such a fun-offering."
--School Library Journal


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(Books are written by Joan Holub unless otherwise noted.)

Aladdin Paperbacks (Simon & Schuster): 1-800-223-2336:
*Young Princesses Around the World (early chapter book series, ages 6-9):
Elizabeth and the Royal Pony
(about Princess Elizabeth I of England)
Cleopatra and the King's Enemies
(about Cleopatra of Egypt)
Isabel Saves the Prince
(about Princess Isabel of Spain)
(title to come-about Lydia Liliuokalani, Princess of Hawaii)
•Ant Hill (easy reader series, ages 3-6):
More Snacks! A Thanksgiving Play
Good Luck! A St. Patrick's Day Story
Scaredy Pants! A Halloween Story
Big Heart, A Valentine Story

*How to Find Lost Treasure in All Fifty States and Canada, Too (ages 8-12)
*The Haunted States of America (ages 8-12)

Albert Whitman: 1-800-255-7675 (fax: 1-847-581-0039)
*The Man Who Named the Clouds (hardcover nonfiction picture book, 7-12)
*Yankee Doodle Riddles: American History Fun (hardcover picture book)
*Riddle-iculous Math (hardcover picture book)
*Geogra-fleas! Riddles all over the map (hardcover picture book)
•I Have A Weird Brother Who Digested A Fly (hardcover picture book)
*Cinderdog and the Wicked Stepcat (hardcover picture book)
*The Halloween Queen (hardcover picture book)

Scholastic: 1-800-242-7737, 1-800-724-6527, 1-800-325-6149
*The 100th Day of School, by A. Medearis (easy reader)
*Boo Who? A Spooky Lift the Flap Book
*Eek-A-Boo! A Spooky Lift the Flap Book
*Silly Bears (easy reader)
*Backwards Day (easy reader)
*Happy Monster Day! (paperback picture book)
*No Fair!, by C. Holtzman (math easy reader)
*Shadows Everywhere, by Gina Shaw (science easy reader)
*Ivy Green, Cootie Queen (early chapter book)
*I Love You Mom, by Iris Arno (paperback picture book)
*Red, Yellow, Green...What Do Signs Mean? (paperback picture book)
*Doll Hospital (chapter book series, ages 8-12) :
#1 Tatiana Comes to America
#2 Goldie's Fortune
#3 Glory's Freedom
#4 Saving Marissa
#5 Danielle's Dollhouse Wish
#6 Charlotte's Choice

Chronicle Books:
*Knuckleheads (hardcover picture book, 2008)

Grosset & Dunlap: 1-800-847-5515
*Who Was Johnny Appleseed? (chapter book, ages 7-12)
•Who Was Marco Polo? (chapter book, ages 7-12)
•The Gingerbread Kid Goes to School (paperback easy reader)
*Jack and the Jellybeanstalk (paperback picture book)
*Vincent Van Gogh: Sunflowers and Swirly Stars (paperback picture book)
*My Soccer Mom from Mars (easy reader)
*Abby Cadabra, Super Speller (easy reader)
*Pajama Party (easy reader)
*Ten Little Ballerinas, by W. Lewison (jewel sticker book)
out of print:
*Valley of the Golden Mummies (paperback picture book)
*The Spooky Sleepover(easy reader)
*Pen Pals (easy reader)

Dial/Puffin: 1-800-847-5515
*Why Do Cats Meow? (NF easy reader)
*Why Do Dogs Bark? (NF easy reader)
*Why Do Horses Neigh? (NF easy reader)
*Why Do Rabbits Hop? And Other Questions About Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, and Gerbils (NF easy reader)
*Why Do Birds Sing? (NF easy reader)
*Why Do Snakes Hiss? And Other Questions About Snakes, Lizards, and Turtles (NF easy reader)
*Breakout at the Buglab -by Ruth Horowitz (easy reader)
*Big Surprise in the Bug Tank -by Ruth Horowitz (easy reader)

Viking/Puffin: 1-800-847-5515
*Scat Cats! -(easy reader)
*The Pizza That We Made - (easy reader)
*The Garden That We Grew -(easy reader)

Puffin: 1-800-847-5515
*Light the Candles, A Hannukah Lift-the-Flap Book
*Company's Coming: A Passover Lift-the-Flap Book
*Hooray for St. Patrick's Day! A Lift-the-Flap Book
*Kwanzaa Kids, A Lift-the-Flap Book
*Apples and Honey, A Rosh Hashanah Lift-the-Flap Book
*Dragon Dance, A Chinese New Year Lift-the-Flap Book

Troll:
*Space Dogs on Planet K-9 (chapter book)
*I Love You Dad, by Iris Arno (paperback picture book)

Little Simon (Simon & Schuster) 1-800-223-2336
* Five Spring Fairies (new in 2007)
* Somebunny Loves Me (hardcover board book)
*What Can Our New Baby Do? (lift the flap book)
*Fourth of July, Sparkly Sky (hardcover board book)
•Glorious Grandmas
•Marvelous Moms

HarperFestival 1-800-242-7737
*Turkeys Never Gobble

Random House: 1-800-733-3000 or 1-800-726-0600, (fax: 1-800-659-2436)
*Shampoodle (easy reader, pre-K to K)
*Hector's Hiccups by Lee Wardlaw (easy reader)

Price Stern Sloan 1-800-847-5515
Easy to Read-Easy to Draw series:
Cars and Trucks
Animals
Magical Creatures
Dinosaurs

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