F - Books by author

This section includes descriptions and links to recommended picture books that make excellent feature books in different themes or are special favorites that can extend and enrich the study of a particular subject.

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Bugs for Lunch cover Bugs For Lunch

Rhyming text and realistic and colorful double spread illustrations introduce bug-eating animals such as geckos, trout, or even people.

Turtle Splash cover Turtle Splash: Countdown at the Pond

A colorful countdown to sunset with ten turtles splashing one by one into the forest pond.

A Day at the Apple Orchard cover A Day at the Apple Orchard

Photographs and brief text show a group of children learning about apples and visiting an orchard in fall.

The Empty Lot cover The Empty Lot

Inspecting an empty, partially wooded lot before selling it, Harry finds it occupied by birds, insects, and other small animals. A Sierra Club Book

Miss Malarkey Doesn't Live in Room 10 cover Miss Malarkey Doesn't Live in Room 10

A young boy imagines what his teacher's life is like  . . .  and then she moves into his apartment building.

Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind cover Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind

A determined librarian must involve ALL of her students in reading lots of books if they are to see the principal sleeping on the roof of the school in his toupe dyed purple.

Cricket at the Manger cover Cricket at the Manger

A grouchy cricket sees the Baby Jesus and makes a special song of joy to celebrate His birth.

September 12 cover September 12: We Knew Everything Would Be All Right

With words and pictures by first-grade students at H. Byron Masterson Elementary in Kennett, Missouri, this reassuring and smart book tells all the ways these kids knew their world was safe and sound after 9/11.

Ask Mr. Bear cover Ask Mr. Bear

A small boy asks a number of farm animals what he could give his mother for her birthday.

The Boats on the River cover The Boats on the River

Vintage illustrations document the boats on the river as it flows from the mountains to the sea. A Caldecott Honor Book.

Story About Ping cover Story About Ping

Ping the duck has a difficult time on the Yangtze River when he chooses not to re-join his family on their wise-eyed boat.

The Prairie Train cover The Prairie Train

Conor, a small homesick boy from Ireland, is traveling by train to a new home in San Francisco; the train is being pulled by a steam engine that wishes it could be a boat sailing the ocean.

Joyful Noise cover Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

Poetry about insects designed for two readers to enjoy together. Winner of the 1989 Newbery Award.

Time Train cover Time Train

Miss Pym takes her class on a very special train that travels not only from New York west but back in time--what a field trip!

Sidewalk Circus book cover Sidewalk Circus

A young girl watches as the activities across the street from her bus stop become a circus.

Gator Gumbo cover Gator Gumbo

Tired of being tormented by bullies, a hungry old alligator conjures up a way to add some special ingredients to his gumbo.

Alphabet Under Construction cover Alphabet Under Construction

A mouse works his way through the alphabet as he folds the F, measures the M, and rolls the R.

Beetle Bop cover Beetle Bop

Celebrate beetles with colorful words and bold pictures that resonate with persistent energy.

The First Day of Winter cover The First Day of Winter

"On the first day of winter my best friend gave to me..." Cumulative giving of ten gifts for a snowman.

In the Small, Small Pond cover In the Small, Small Pond

A Caldecott Honor book that explores a small pond through the seasons while introducing common wildlife and action verbs.

Time to Sleep cover Time to Sleep

Bear can tell it is time to hibernate. Before she crawls into her cave to go to sleep, she must alert the other forest animals.

Be Good to Eddie Lee cover Be Good to Eddie Lee

Christy grows to appreciate the knowledge of and sensitivity to nature shown by her neighbor Eddie Lee, a Down's Syndrome child.

Dadblamed Union Army Cow cover Dadblamed Union Army Cow

Based on a true story of the cow who traveled with the Fifty-Ninth Regiment of Indiana Volunteers from 1862 to 1865.

Locomotive cover Locomotive

A family's trip by train from Omaha to Sacramento in 1869. Caldecott-winning illustrations and a wealth of historical information about the Transcontinental Railroad.

The Racecar Alphabet cover The Racecar Alphabet

A century of racecars, from bare beginnings to present-day marvels, from stock cars to Formula 1, from Ford to Ferrari, all caught in crackling action.

Insectlopedia cover Insectlopedia

A witty collection of short poems about insects and spiders with abstract watercolor illustrations that incorporate clever collage elements.

Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild cover Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild

Harriet doesn't mean to get into mischief but sometimes things just happen. Her mother doesn't like to yell but, when she finally loses her temper . . .

Hattie and the Fox cover Hattie and the Fox

An observant hen tries to warn apathetic colleagues of a nearby fox but no one is listening!

Hello Baby cover Hello Baby!

After meeting a variety of young animals a baby discovers the "most precious creature of all".

Hunwick’s Egg cover Hunwick’s Egg

A mysterious egg appears after a terrible storm and Hunwick the bandicoot cares for it and comes to understand its secret.

Koala Lou cover Koala Lou

When her mother becomes so busy she forgets to tell her firstborn how much she loves her, Koala Lou enters the Bush Olympics, intending to win an event and her mother’s love all at one time.

The Magic Hat cover The Magic Hat

A wizard's hat blows into town, changing people into different animals when it lands on their heads.

Possum Magic cover Possum Magic

Grandma Poss used her best bush magic to make Hush invisible. But then the two possums must make their way around Australia to find the magic food to make Hush visible again.

Sleepy Bears cover Sleepy Bears

Mother Bear has a gentle rhyme for each of her six reluctant cubs to help them fall into their winter sleep.

Whoever You Are cover Whoever You Are

Despite the differences between people around the world, there are similarities that join us together, such as pain, joy, and love.

Small red-headed boy playing behind an older woman in a chair Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge

Everyone says Miss Nancy has lost her memory, and despite the fact that young Wilfrid doesn't even know what a memory is, by accident he helps her find it.

Wombat Divine cover Wombat Divine

Wombat loves Christmas, especially the Nativity play. At last, he is old enough to audition but there just doesn't seem to be a part that is right for him.

Fresh Fall Leaves cover Fresh Fall Leaves

Two children enjoy playing in the new-fallen leaves of autumn.

Snow Toward Evening cover Snow Toward Evening: A Year in a River Valley

Nature poems from thirteen world-renowned poets brought to life in magnificent paintings by Thomas Locker.

When the Monkeys Came Back cover When the Monkeys Came Back

The noisy howler monkeys disappeared from a Costa Rican valley when the trees were cut down. Marta remembers. She and her children plant and tend new trees, and eventually bring the monkeys back.