Books by Ann James

Released: March 1, 2016

"A toddler-friendly celebration of messiness, with a yummy culmination. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The grime-loving young star of I'm A Dirty Dinosaur! (2014) finds fresh wallowing potential in the ingredients for a cake…Read full book review >
BIRD AND BEAR by Ann James
by Ann James, illustrated by Ann James
Released: April 7, 2015

"Ultimately, Bird and Bear are charming characters to look at, but their story needs more…story. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A slice-of-life story describes the friendship enjoyed by the eponymous Bird and Bear. Read full book review >
I'M A DIRTY DINOSAUR by Janeen Brian
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"It is nearly impossible to look at without reading aloud, chanting aloud, and even tapping and stamping and sliding: extreme joyousness. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This Australian import cries out for toddler participation, with parts for everyone. Read full book review >
SADIE AND RATZ by Sonya Hartnett
Released: March 27, 2012

"A real slice of family life, the sweet with the bitter. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Sadie and Ratz, Hannah's menacing hands, help her to handle her sibling rivalry in this piercingly intelligent foray into chapter books by much-awarded teen author Hartnett. Read full book review >
READY, SET, SKIP! by Jane O’Connor
Released: May 1, 2007

"In a brown bob cut, shorts and bare feet, this little one (with her constant companion, a doting dog redolent of Marc Simont), embodies a hallmark symbiosis of childhood—joy expressed as movement, and movement, a joy in itself. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The narrator of this effervescent exercise in rhyme cannot skip. Read full book review >
LITTLE HUMPTY by Margaret Wild
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"The burnt orange, sepia, and satiny pinks warm the pages of this cheerfully illustrated, tender and timeless tale. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This is a playful yet poignant ode to a youngster's growing independence and a mother's love. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT BABIES by Margaret Wild
Released: March 19, 2001

"Parents and older sibs who wonder why babies get so much more pleasure out of playing with food than eating it will understand at last, thanks to this follow-up to The Midnight Gang (1996). (Picture book. 5-8)"
Readers of Nina Laden's The Night I Followed the Dog (1994) and Bruce Ingman's A Night on the Tiles (1999) will readily accept this proposition that babies, too, lead a secret life in the wee hours. Read full book review >
TANGLES by Errol Broome
by Errol Broome, illustrated by Ann James
Released: April 1, 1994

"James's small, breezy sketches, peppered throughout the invitingly open format, nicely complement the story. (Fiction. 7-11)"
The consequences of living with a bad conscience are explored in a short novel by the Australian author of Dear Mr. Sprouts (1993). Read full book review >
DOG IN, CAT OUT by Gillian Rubinstein
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Charming. (Picture book. 1-6)"
The title's four words, reordered on each spread, comprise the entire vocabulary of this imaginative portrayal of a busy family's day as punctuated by the comings and goings of their pets. Read full book review >
DIAL-A-CROC by Mike Dumbleton
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Good fun. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An imaginative, disarming first book: Vanessa has a unique money-making scheme. Read full book review >