Books by Amy Schwartz

100 THINGS I LOVE TO DO WITH YOU by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Sure to spark readers' own lists of things they love to do. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A rollicking, rhyming read-aloud gives kids ideas for things to do with someone else. Read full book review >
POLKA DOTS FOR POPPY by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A spot-on depiction of sisterly love. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Three girls help their baby sister get the clothing she covets. Read full book review >
I CAN'T WAIT! by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Although listeners will relate to the difficulty of waiting as presented in Schwartz's straightforward plot, there is not more to glean. Henkes and Portis offer deeper pleasures in more succinct packages. (Picture book. 4-5)"
Periodically, a publishing season yields titles on a common theme. This year, coincidentally, three artists explore dimensions of waiting. Read full book review >
100 THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"It is a book chock-full of fun—what more could one want? (Picture book. 3-8)"
Lollipop colors and utterly cheery simplicity make for a rousing read-aloud chant. Read full book review >
DEE DEE AND ME by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Bright and captivating, this new take on sibling relations is a needed tale for all. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Schwartz examines sibling power dynamics in this humorous and ultimately empowering tale. Read full book review >
LUCY CAN'T SLEEP by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

Restless, sleepless Lucy decides to climb out of bed and wander through her hushed house. Read full book review >
WILLIE AND UNCLE BILL by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2012

"Emerging readers will appreciate the feel of a chapter book, but this dynamic duo will surely be adored (and envied) by all ages. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Uncle Bill visits, adventure is never far behind! Read full book review >
TINY & HERCULES by Amy Schwartz
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"Medium-saturated hues fill in fine, black outlines, and some of Tiny's postures are priceless. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This friendly cousin of Laura Vaccaro Seeger's Dog and Bear (2007) is filled with understated humor and even-tempered loyalty. Read full book review >
A LITTLE KITTY by Jane Feder
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

The titular little kitty frolics gently in a similarly diminutive backyard, observing the flora and fauna, napping and stretching before cuddling up to its little girl for a "great big hug." Read full book review >
STARRING MISS DARLENE by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"The illustrations alternate formats between multiple spot illustrations and full-page views of the young hippo performing, using a soft palette and a minimalist approach that suits the understated text. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Darlene is a young hippo who wants to learn to act. Read full book review >
A BEAUTIFUL GIRL by Amy Schwartz
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Sweetly affirming. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Successively meeting Baby Elephant, Robin, Fly and Goldfish en route to market, self-possessed "big girl" Jenna chats them up with aplomb. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2006

"Throughout, Oscar keeps his head and stops to smell the roses, even when their thorns could prove prickly—an important subtle message about problem solving and the power of a positive attitude. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A small sock monkey tackles the big city in an attempt to save the day in this husband-and-wife collaboration. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2005

"Sure to become a new classic. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The 1983 story of Sara, a budding artist with a challenging school art project, has been given a modern, colorful, spacious new look. Read full book review >
THINGS I LEARNED IN SECOND GRADE by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2004

"Just right. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When red-headed Andrew started second grade, he didn't know how to spell "should," subtract 348 from 411, write in cursive, or read a chapter book. Read full book review >
A GLORIOUS DAY by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"A sensitive observer in top form, Schwartz has created a treasure of a tale that captures marvels in everyday life. (Picture book. 5-7)"
With perfect pitch and hilariously deadpan delivery, Schwartz follows a two- (or so) year-old through an ordinary, completely wonderful day. Read full book review >
WHAT JAMES LIKES BEST by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Especially amusing are 'Auntie's funny hair' and Mommy's reaction when James and his playmate throw toy fruit down the stairs. (Picture book. 2-5)"
James is on the go in these four short stories targeted toward the preschool set. Read full book review >
THE BOYS TEAM by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Boys will probably like this, but it will leave little girls feeling like the last person to be picked for the softball game. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Schwartz (Some Babies, 2000, etc.) presents a first-person narrative of a trio of kindergarten-age boys who enjoy the tight, three-way friendship they call the "Boys Team." Read full book review >
SOME BABIES by Amy Schwartz
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Very small children will love the lists, and somewhat older children will get a glimpse into the secret life of parenthood. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A wry and winsome reality infuses this anti-bedtime story, which sounds as though it could have been transcribed from life, only better. Read full book review >
HOW TO CATCH AN ELEPHANT by Amy Schwartz
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"It's a wild, daffy recipe for gasps and giggles: now, anyone for a bear hunt? (Picture book. 5-7)"
Taking a broad swipe at children's silly bones, Schwartz (A Teeny Tiny Baby, 1994, etc.) concocts a strategy for elephant-snatching that involves raisins ("Elephants are crazy about raisins!"), cake ("Elephants hate cake!"), a telescope, and savvy advice from an uncle. Read full book review >
GABBY GROWING UP by Amy Hest
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

A sequel to The Purple Coat (1986) that is, on its own, a tender story. Read full book review >
WISH YOU WERE HERE by Kathleen Krull
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1997

"Not just for school reports—this volume is far more fun than that. (maps, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
From Krull (Lives of the Artists, 1995, etc.), a grand tour of the 50 states in the company of Emily and her grandmother. Read full book review >
A TEENY TINY BABY by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"The power and grace in Schwartz's spare style and language lies in the fact that she never condescends to young readers—she just compares notes. (Fiction/Picture book. 2-6)"
A baby is taken on a tour of Brooklyn Heights in this book written for the older brothers and sisters of new arrivals. Read full book review >
NANA'S BIRTHDAY PARTY by Amy Hest
CHILDREN'S
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 >
MY ISLAND GRANDMA by Kathryn Lasky
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 16, 1993

"A book that ranks high in a frequently exploited genre. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Yet another summer idyll with a grandparent—this one notable for lyrical yet unsentimental language depicting an independent, warmhearted woman and for the bracing realism of its detail. Read full book review >
ALBERT GOES HOLLYWOOD by Henry Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"One of the better dinosaur fantasies. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Like the Biggest Bear, the friendly blue dinosaur that Liz brought home to L.A. from Baja California (How I Captured a Dinosaur, 1989) is growing so huge that he's becoming a problem: The PTA can no longer foot his food bill in exchange for educational services, and his job as a lifeguard ends with the summer. Read full book review >
MAGIC CARPET by Pat Brisson
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 30, 1991

"Good fun; good model for more freewheeling make-believe adventures. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Elizabeth asks Aunt Agatha how her pretty carpet got to her from China, where it was made, it's the beginning of a game for the two of them, providing an imaginative answer in which tall tale is creatively blended with fact. Read full book review >
CAMPER OF THE WEEK by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"A real winner. (Picture book. 5-9)"
For the younger set, tough moral choices treated with respect and memorable humor. Read full book review >