Books by Amy Bates

ROCK-A-BYE ROOM by Susan Meyers
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Though it sometimes threatens to veer too close to saccharine, the pairing of words and text in this book instead makes it a real, if not rocking, bedtime treat. (Picture book. 2-4)"
As gentle a rocking rock-a-bye as anyone's likely to find this side of the moon. Read full book review >
SWEET DREAMS by Jewel
by Jewel, illustrated by Amy Bates
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"Well intentioned, but this song doesn't work in picture-book format. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Lyrics to a song from the album "Lullaby" are adapted by the composer/lyricist as a tender expression of maternal love. Read full book review >
FLYING TO NEVERLAND WITH PETER PAN by Betty Comden
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"A lovely way to share a sprinkling of fairy dust. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The Broadway production of Peter Pan has remained a great audience favorite in theaters and on television, and now two of its signature songs are celebrated in a storybook format. Read full book review >
MINETTE'S FEAST by Susanna Reich
Released: May 1, 2012

"A fine recipe for pleasure: Julia Child, the culinary arts, Paris and a lucky cat. Magnifique! (afterword, notes, sources, glossary and pronunciation guide, author's note) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
Reich lures children into the scrumptious Parisian world of the legendary chef Julia Child with the story of her mouse-loving cat, Minette. Read full book review >
BEAR IN THE AIR by Susan Meyers
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2010

"Overall, the direct plot, retro styling and satisfying end may remind adult readers of the days when picture books were a quieter pleasure—like a glass of cold lemonade in the summer. (Picture book. 2-5)"
To a "House That Jack Built" rhythm and style, a teddy bear has a great adventure when a baby drops it out of his carriage and it falls, hidden, beneath the wheels of a lemonade stand at the beach. Read full book review >
THE DOG WHO BELONGED TO NO ONE by Amy Hest
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"It's a warm, well-appointed tale; both author and illustrator show a keen eye for detail. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Hardworking girl meets scruffily cute mutt. Read full book review >
I GET SO HUNGRY by Bebe Moore Campbell
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"Bates's beautifully composed watercolors deserve better than these misleading messages. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Nikki is fat. Read full book review >
DONAVAN’S DOUBLE TROUBLE by Monalisa DeGross
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Libraries seeking bibliotherapy for young relatives of disabled veterans might want to add this to their collections, as should those seeking chapter books starring African-American kids. (Fiction. 7-10)"
African-American fourth grader Donavan still keeps the word jar he started in third grade, so big words are easy. Read full book review >