Books by Amy Hest

WHEN CHARLEY MET GRAMPA by Amy Hest
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Children will love Charley and Grampa, too. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Picking up where Charley's First Night (2012) ended, the tale of Charley and Henry Korn continues in this charming stand-alone storybook. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Be forewarned: Youngsters will find Charley as irresistible as Henry does and will no doubt beg for puppies of their own. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The tenderness a child feels for his new puppy seeps from the pages of a book sure to be instantly beloved. Read full book review >
THE READER by Amy Hest
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A charming (if rather implausible) celebration of a snowy, book-y, day. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Reading anytime, anywhere is touted in this story about a boy, his dog and a snowy day. Read full book review >
LETTERS TO LEO by Amy Hest
Released: March 1, 2012

"In Annie, readers will find a perfectly imperfect Model Citizen, a loving daughter and good friend—in other words, someone a lot like them. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Annie introduces new dog Leo to the Rossi household in a letter of welcome and decides to keep writing, and reading, secret letters to him. Read full book review >
WHEN YOU MEET A BEAR ON BROADWAY by Amy Hest
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Gentle and winning. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little girl kindly helps a lost bear cub she meets on Broadway as they set off together to find his mother. Read full book review >
LITTLE CHICK by Amy Hest
by Amy Hest, illustrated by Anita Jeram
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

"Warmly familiar and enchantingly fresh. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Does the world need another charming picture book about an adorable baby chick? 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 >
REMEMBERING MRS. ROSSI by Amy Hest
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"A tender treatment of loss and recovery. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Eight-year-old Annie is devastated by the sudden death of her mother. Read full book review >
MR. GEORGE BAKER by Amy Hest
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"There's not much story here, just waiting for the bus, but the moment is captured sweetly, just in time for school. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A gentle tale of intergenerational and interracial friendship. Mr. George Baker is Harry's 100-year-old ("no kidding") neighbor, a drummer man ("some people say he's famous"), who waits with Harry for the school bus. Read full book review >
YOU CAN DO IT, SAM by Amy Hest
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Endearing characters add to the sweetness and fulfillment that younger children will identify with, making this third Sam and Mrs. Bear story quite a delicious morsel. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A warm gesture of generosity has Sam and Mrs. Bear up before dawn, baking, wrapping, and delivering small cakes in red gift bags to the sleeping neighbors' doors on their snowy street. Read full book review >
DON’T YOU FEEL WELL, SAM? by Amy Hest
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Just the thing to share with a little one struggling with a bout of the sniffles. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The direful sound of a toddler's cough in the night is the focus of this poignant sequel to Hest's Kiss Good Night (2001). Read full book review >
MAKE THE TEAM, BABY DUCK! by Amy Hest
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Young readers will recognize Baby Duck's fears and be inspired by her bravery to take the plunge with her in her latest outing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Dipping her toes into the pool, Baby Duck longs to make the swim team, but she needs some encouragement before she is ready to jump in. Read full book review >
THE FRIDAY NIGHTS OF NANA by Amy Hest
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Children will be seduced by the rhythm of preparation and ritual, and the reassurance of bread and soup and everyone talking 'at the same time.' (Picture book. 4-8)"
A warm and tender depiction of preparations for the Jewish Sabbath by a girl and her grandmother. Read full book review >
KISS GOOD NIGHT by Amy Hest
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A cute, even sweet, bedtime story, with text and illustrations that work well together, but really, do we need another Goodnight Moon? (Picture book. 2-5)"
"It was a dark and stormy night on Plum Street." Read full book review >
MABEL DANCING by Amy Hest
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: June 1, 2000

"Delightful. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Picture Mabel, bubble-bathed and lovingly tucked into bed. Read full book review >
THE GREAT GREEN NOTEBOOK OF KATIE ROBERTS by Amy Hest
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Lamut provides simple but amusing black-and-white line drawings. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A second romp with irrepressible Katie (The Private Notebook of Katie Roberts, 1996) in a small Texas town in the late 1940s. Read full book review >
GABBY GROWING UP by Amy Hest
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

A sequel to The Purple Coat (1986) that is, on its own, a tender story. Read full book review >
HOW TO GET FAMOUS IN BROOKLYN by Amy Hest
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Janie is an engaging character, but the flaws throughout mar this light tale. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A veteran author (The Private Notebook of Katie Roberts, Age 11, p. 710, etc.) and new artist form an uneasy alliance for this idealized tour of a Brooklyn neighborhood. Read full book review >
THE PRIVATE NOTEBOOK OF KATIE ROBERTS, AGE 11 by Amy Hest
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1995

"The ending, as she falls head-over-heels in love with her twin baby brothers and accepts Sam's wish to adopt her, further illustrates the theme of the first book: love is risky, but worth it. (Fiction. 8-11)"
A hearty look at city girl making a new home on the range. Read full book review >
ROSIE'S FISHING TRIP by Amy Hest
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 20, 1994

"Sweet. (Fiction/Picture book. 3+)"
It's not yet light outside, and despite her mild fear of the dark, nothing will keep Rosie from meeting Grampa to go fishing. Read full book review >
NANNIES FOR HIRE by Amy Hest
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1994

Jenny Marks, one of the trio of eight-year-olds introduced in Pajama Party (1992), gets a baby sister. Read full book review >
RUBY'S STORM by Amy Hest
by Amy Hest, illustrated by Nancy Cote
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1994

"Red Riding Hood''; readers will also enjoy comparing Ruby with Steig's Brave Irene (1986), who confronts her storm in a more substantial plot and quite a different mood. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It's wet and windy, but Ruby's undaunted; she packs checkers and a snack into a basket, slips on her yellow poncho and boots, kisses Mama goodbye, and sets out through the gusty weather that's darkening her city neighborhood, blowing newspapers and umbrellas, and pelting chilly passersby with spring rain. Read full book review >
NANA'S BIRTHDAY PARTY by Amy Hest
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"What an orderly, likable family. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In her big apartment on N.Y.C.'s 86th Street, Nana prepares for her party as she does every year, with her daughters and their daughters, Maggie and Brette, coming the night before to help. Read full book review >
THE GO-BETWEEN by Amy Hest
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 31, 1992

"Lexi must be seven or eight; the rather long text makes a good choice for independent readers of the same age. (Picture book/Young reader. 5-9)"
A satisfying child's-eye view of a November romance: Gram, who shares narrator Lexi's room, often sends Lexi with a pot of tea for Murray Singer, who runs the newsstand they can see from their window, across N.Y.C.'s Broadway; he sends back newspapers inscribed with his own cheery messages. Read full book review >
PAJAMA PARTY by Amy Hest
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 12, 1992

"Still, an attractive choice for young readers who like to read about girls like themselves. (Fiction. 5-9)"
For newly independent readers, a simple story (of four-and- a-half chapters) about three eight-year-old girls who live in the same apartment building; inspired by an older sister's 13th- birthday bash, they have their first sleepover. Read full book review >
LOVE YOU, SOLDIER by Amy Hest
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

An author of both novels and picture books (The Purple Coat, 1986) tells an episodic story with the flavor of autobiography. Read full book review >
THE RING AND THE WINDOW SEAT by Amy Hest
Released: Nov. 1, 1990

Old Aunt Stella tells Annie about a long-ago birthday when she had hoped to buy herself a ring with money she'd been saving for months. Read full book review >