R - 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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Casey Over There cover Casey Over There

After his older brother Casey goes off to fight in World War I, Aubrey and his family are so worried that Aubrey writes a letter to Uncle Sam asking him to send Casey home.

3-D ABC cover 3-D ABC: A Sculptural Alphabet

Focuses on sculpture from the twentieth century, arranged alphabetically from A to Z, pointing out different styles and the variety of materials that sculptors can use.

Art Is cover Art Is...

Beautiful reproductions of 27 unique paintings and other creative works are presented with rhyming verse to expand the definition of art.

Snowy, Blowy Winter cover Snowy, Blowy Winter

Several different families engage in a variety of cold weather activities.

Santa’s New Suit cover Santa’s New Suit

Santa feels like he needs a change but no one appreciates his new suit.

Fluffy and Baron cover Fluffy and Baron

"One summer day, someone new waddled into Baron’s life. Her name was Fluffy." So begins a true tale of a dog, a duck, and a perfect companionship.

Abe's Honest Words cover Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln

Simple text, tells Lincoln's life story, jumping from his humble beginnings and early political career through his struggles to preserve the Union and help abolish slavery.

Eleanor, Quiet No More cover Eleanor, Quiet No More

Evocative paintings combine with quotations from the words of Eleanor Roosevelt to present a brief summary of her life and work.

Freedom River cover Freedom River

A true story of a man's journey into Kentucky to help an African-American family escape slavery by crossing the Ohio River to reach the Underground Railroad.

Jack's Path of Courage cover Jack's Path of Courage

Stunning artwork and meaningful quotations focus on the life of John F. Kennedy from his young adulthood through his presidency.

Martin's Big Words cover Martin's Big Words

Powerful watercolor and collage illustrations combine with Dr. King’s own words in a portrayal of this great civil rights leader suitable for younger children.

Ball for Daisy cover A Ball for Daisy

Poor Daisy! Her favorite red ball is ruined when playing with a friend in the park. Whatever will she do?

Charlie Parker Played Be Bop cover Charlie Parker Played Be Bop

Boldly illustrated introduction to the great jazz saxophone player Charlie Parker and his be bop style of music.

New York is English, Chattanooga is Creek cover New York is English, Chattanooga is Creek

New York City decides to throw a party to make new friends of the other unique cities like Chattanooga and Minneapolis.

Officer Buckle and Gloria cover Officer Buckle and Gloria

The children at Napville Elementary School ignore Officer Buckle's safety tips until a police dog named Gloria starts "acting out" during his safety speeches.

America's White Table cover America's White Table

Three children set a special white table in memory of service members fallen or missing in action, especially their Uncle John, a POW in Vietnam.

Circle Unbroken cover Circle Unbroken

A child learns about her African-American heritage from her grandmother as they make a sweetgrass Gullah basket.

Mud cover Mud

Spring brings "gooey, gloppy. mucky, magnificent mud."

My Name is Yoon cover My Name is Yoon

Disliking her name as written in English, Korean-born Yoon, or "shining wisdom", refers to herself as "cat", "bird", and "cupcake" as a way to feel more comfortable in her new school and new country.

Lester and Clyde cover Lester and Clyde

Predictable rhymes and brightly colored illustrations tell the story of a frog who moves away from his pond only to discover potential new "homes" are spoiled by pollution.

Wabi Sabi cover Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi, a cat living in Kyoto, learns about the Japanese concept of beauty through simplicity as she asks various animals about the meaning of her name.

Tomorrow on Rocky Pond cover Tomorrow on Rocky Pond

After arriving at their summer cottage, a little girl goes to bed anticipating what she and her brother will do the following day.

Merry Un-Christmas cover Merry Un-Christmas

New Discoveries and Old Favorites

Santa Claustrophobia cover Santa Claustrophobia

Holiday characters ranging from the Easter Bunny to the April Fool try to take over Christmas responsibilities so that stressed Saint Nick can take a vacation.

Kittens playing around a basketball, tennis shoes, and other symbols of Indiana. H is for Hoosier

The letters of the alphabet are represented by words, set in short rhymes with additional information, relating to the state of Indiana.

Rocks and Minerals cover First Field Guide: Rocks and Minerals

Easy-to-read text and over 450 color photographs and illustration; identification guide for 50 common rocks and minerals of North America and much more.

Cajun Alphabet cover Cajun Alphabet

Gaston the green-nosed alligator uses the alphabet to provide a basic course in Cajun society, language, and culture.

Cowboy Night Before Christmas cover Cowboy Night Before Christmas

When Santa's reindeer abandon their job in the midst of a Texas storm, he enlists the help of two lonely cowpokes to hitch up some "ornery longhorns" so he can finish his Christmas Eve rounds.

Gaston Goes to Mardi Gras cover Gaston Goes to Mardi Gras

Gaston the green-nosed alligator travels to New Orleans to get a close look at the excitement and pageantry that characterize Mardi Gras.

Pompeii: the day a city was buried cover Pompeii: The Day a City Was Buried

Describes the life and people of Pompeii, a city in southern Italy destroyed during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79.

A Fruit Is a Suitcase for Seeds cover A Fruit Is a Suitcase for Seeds

Provides an illustrated description of seed dispersal by which plants, most specifically fruits, travel from one place to another.

Snuffles and Snouts cover Snuffles and Snouts

A collection of 25 pig poems, accompanied by Kellogg's exuberant watercolors.

Autumn Leaves cover Autumn Leaves

Photographs of individual leaves and the types of trees on which they grew accompany text with snippets of related information.

Pumpkins cover Pumpkins

Photo-essay with limited text that follows pumpkins through their life cycle.

Seeds cover Seeds

An excellent photo-essay about how seeds grow and how they vary in size, shape, and dispersal patterns.

Baboushka and the Three Kings cover Baboushka and the Three Kings

The Caldecott Medal-winning version of a Russian folktale about an old woman's endless search for the Christ child.

Valentine Mice! cover Valentine Mice!

"Skip! Hop! Zip! Nip!" Four sprightly mice frolic across a wintry landscape to deliver valentines to all their woodland friends.

Where Did All the Dragons Go? cover Where Did All the Dragons Go?

Dragons lived and played and loved the children until one day their leader said "Now's the time!" and they all flew away. But where . . . ?

Testing the Ice cover Testing the Ice: True Story about Jackie Robinson

As a testament to his courage, Jackie Robinson's daughter shares memories of him, from his baseball career to the day he made sure the ice was safe for the neighborhood children.

happy boy in aviator cap and goggles sitting on Moon Man Moonpowder

The Moonpowder factory is on the blink and only young Eli Treebuckle can fix it and stop the nightmares that haunt him every night . . .