T - 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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Goodnight, My Duckling cover Goodnight, My Duckling

It's time to go home and one dawdling duckling falls behind, drawn to the pond creatures who call, "Goodnight, Little Duckling!" as he paddles by.

Have You Seen My Duckling? cover Have You Seen My Duckling?

An anxious mother duck leads her brood around the pond as she searches for one missing duckling.

Snowy Flowy Blowy cover Snowy Flowy Blowy A Twelve Months Rhyme

Large, lovely illustrations for this simple poem with an adjective for each month of the year.

Musubi Man cover The Musubi Man Hawai’i’s Gingerbread Man

A little man made of rice runs away from a number of Hawaiian residents before being “rescued” by a clever surfer who wants to eat him.

Rules of Summer cover Rules of Summer

A young boy tells the somewhat mysterious "rules" he learned from his brother over the summer while fascinatingly surreal paintings explain and confuse.

Math Fables cover Math Fables

A series of rhymes about animals introduces counting and grouping numbers, as well as examples of such behaviors as cooperation, friendship, and appreciation.

Rumpelstiltskin cover Rumpelstiltskin

Spare pen-and-ink drawings by Edward Gorey set this retelling of the Grimm Brothers' tale in Europe of the middle ages.

Little Cliff and the Porch People cover Little Cliff and the Porch People

When Mama Pearl wants to surprise Poppa Joe with her special candied sweet potatoes for dinner, she sends her great-grandson Little Cliff to the store for butter. On the way, he greets several elderly neighbors and each contributes something to help make magic in the skillet.

Pond Life cover Pond Life

Look Closer at pond wildlife in their natural surroundings through larger-than-life photographs.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation cover How I Spent My Summer Vacation

A schoolboy tells his class about his summer vacation, during which he joined a group of cowboys and stopped a cattle stampede.

Pigsty cover Pigsty

Wendell Flutz's room isn't just a mess--it's a total pigsty! Wendell doesn't think it's so awful and his mother can't get him to clean it up. In fact, he doesn't even mind it when one day he discovers a real pig sitting on his bed!

Train cover Train

Everyone along the way enjoys the sight and sound of the C & O train rolling down the rail.

Cafeteria Lady from the Black Lagoon cover The Cafeteria Lady from the Black Lagoon

 Wanda Belch is the new cook and they say she drives a garbage truck to school and serves roadkill ravioli and toxic waste tacos. Lunchtime will never be the same.

Cream of Creature from the School Cafeteria cover Cream of Creature from the School Cafeteria

When the food in the school cafeteria develops a life of its own and spreads out as a green blob eating everything in sight, there is only one way to stop it.

Gym Teacher from the Black Lagoon cover The Gym Teacher from the Black Lagoon

There's a new gym teacher transferring over from the junior high and Hubie is worried. Rumor says he's big, mean, and makes you dance with girls!

Librarian from the Black Lagoon cover The Librarian from the Black Lagoon

A boy is apprehensive about the coming trip to the school library because he has heard so many distressing things about Mrs. Beamster and her policies.

royals watching princess sleep on a piano on its side The Princess and the Pea-ano

A zany variation of "The Princess and the Pea" in the "Happily Ever Laughter" series from Mike Thaler and Jared Lee.

Principal from the Black Lagoon cover The Principal from the Black Lagoon

Hubie thinks about all the terrible things he has heard about the principal as he waits in the school office to see her.

School Bus Driver from the Black Lagoon cover The School Bus Driver from the Black Lagoon

The new driver is named T. Rex Fenderbender and the boy waiting for the bus has heard some very unsettling things about the trip to school.

Teacher from the Black Lagoon cover The Teacher from the Black Lagoon

"Oh, no! I have Mrs. Green this year as my teacher and I’ve been told she is a real monster! I’m too young to die!"

Popcorn Dragon cover The Popcorn Dragon

The young dragon Dexter loses all of his friends when he becomes insufferable about showing off how he can blow smoke rings. How can he win them back?

Puppy Who Wanted a Boy cover The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy

One day Petey, who was a puppy, said to his mother, who was a dog, "I'd like a boy for Christmas."

I Have Heard of a Land cover I Have Heard of a Land

The experiences of African-American pioneers who participated in the Oklahoma land runs of 1889 and 1893 as seen through the eyes of a lone black woman. Based on the family history of the author.

Hillbilly Night Afore Christmas cover Hillbilly Night Afore Christmas

The classic poem retold for Appalachia with Sainty dressed in homemade clothes and driving a buckboard pulled by eight black bears.

Winnie the Witch cover Winnie the Witch

Winnie the Witch has a problem. Her house is black and her cat Wilbur is also black. She can't see him and can't find him or is tripping over him. What will she do?

Feliciana Feydra LeRouz cover Feliciana Feydra LeRouz: A Cajun Tall Tale

Not allowed to accompany "all the men-children", Feliciana Feydra LeRoux sneaks out to go alligator hunting on her own.

The Last Straw cover The Last Straw

A prideful camel named Hoshmakaka learns the value of humility as he bears more and more gifts to the baby Jesus in Bethlehem.

Find the Nutcracker cover Find the Nutcracker in His Christmas Ballet

One of the Look & Find Books series that takes the reader on a treasure hunt through various stops on the journey of Marie and the Nutcracker Prince.

The Last Train cover The Last Train

Based on a song by acclaimed musician Gordon Titcomb, a marvelous tribute to a bygone era when trains rumbled across the countryside and a man could spend his life working for the railroad.

Pumpkin Pumpkin cover Pumpkin, Pumpkin

Story of a boy growing a pumpkin. Very simple text with watercolor paintings. Wonderful introduction to pumpkins.

Where Are You Going Emma cover Where Are You Going, Emma?

Gentle story of a little girl's exploration as she goes to the orchard with her grandfather to pick apples.

Somebody and the Three Blairs cover Somebody and the Three Blairs

While the three Blairs go for a walk in the park one morning, a bear lets himself into their little house at the edge of town.

Itsy Bitsy Spider cover The Itsy Bitsy Spider

A delightful extension of a favorite nursery rhyme.

Hide and Seek Fog cover Hide and Seek Fog

In a Cape Cod seaside village, the children romp and play throughout a heavy fog with strange and mysterious effects.

Johnny Maple Leaf cover Johnny Maple-Leaf

A maple leaf shares his life story from breaking out of his bud in spring to letting go and settling on the ground for his winter rest.

The Mitten cover The Mitten

A boy gathering firewood lost a yellow mitten which was later found by a variety of different animals.

Rain Drop Splash cover Rain Drop Splash

Follows the rain as it travels through a pond, a brook, a lake, and a river down to the sea.

What Did You Leave Behind cover What Did You Leave Behind?

Another way to look at souvenirs from such places and experiences as a beach, a parade, the woods, a snow-covered hill, and a county fair.

One Woolly Wombat cover One Woolly Wombat

A vivid, unusual introduction to counting and to the animals of Australia.

Cajun Night Before Christmas cover Cajun Night Before Christmas

A lively version of the familiar poem written in Cajun dialect and set in a Louisiana bayou.