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 >
CHARLEY'S FIRST NIGHT by Amy Hest
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

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
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

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

Hardworking girl meets scruffily cute mutt. Read full book review >

REMEMBERING MRS. ROSSI by Amy Hest
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

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

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

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

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

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

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

"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

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

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

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. Armed with notebooks and colored markers, Janie does ``spy work,'' recording conversations in Margie's Hair Palace, describing her own likes and dislikes, and observing every small detail on her street. Read full book review >

THE PRIVATE NOTEBOOK OF KATIE ROBERTS, AGE 11 by Amy Hest
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1995

A hearty look at city girl making a new home on the range. This sequel begins in 1947 where Love You, Soldier (1991) left off. Read full book review >

ROSIE'S FISHING TRIP by Amy Hest
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 20, 1994

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
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1994

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

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

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

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. When Katie is seven, her father goes off to WW II. 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 >