Books by Anna Raff

LIGHT WAVES by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2018

"A good beginning look at light and all the ways it's important to life on Earth. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
The science of light: what it is, how it behaves, and how it colors, energizes, and illuminates our world. Read full book review >
IF I WERE A KANGAROO by Mylisa Larsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A warm, comforting tale with interesting facts appended. (Picture book. 2-5)"
How do baby animals sleep? Read full book review >
MAGNETS PUSH, MAGNETS PULL by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2017

"Not much here to attract interest—particularly as clearer, more carefully written primers on the topic abound. (index, glossary) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
A first introduction to magnets of both the simple and "on and off" sorts, with basic demonstrations of what they can do. Read full book review >
YOU ARE NOT A CAT! by Sharon G. Flake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Silly arguments abound in life, but readers who may be wishing for a duo to replace a certain dialogue-happy elephant and pig will not find it here. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A duck likes to pretend to be other animals, much to the consternation of a very pragmatic cat. Read full book review >
THE WRONG SIDE OF THE BED by Lisa M. Bakos
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"While this certainly does not compare to Alexander's epically bad day, Lucy's may make some readers smile. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A menagerie of mayhem-causing animals causes Lucy to have a very bad day. Read full book review >
A BIG SURPRISE FOR LITTLE CARD by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Check it out! (Picture book. 3-7)"
What will Little Card be? Read full book review >
ZORA'S ZUCCHINI by Katherine Pryor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 17, 2015

"A sturdy effort from a small press focused on food literacy. (ideas for dealing with extra garden produce) (Picture book. 4-8)"
After planting a dozen free zucchini plants, Zora finds ways to share and trade her bumper crop with others in her community. Read full book review >
SIMPLE MACHINES by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2015

"Still, this is as solid a look at simple machines as any that exists outside of dry textbooks, and at least readers can imagine a narrative for the two young boys. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Continuing to branch out into science concepts (Things That Float and Things That Don't, 2013), the math and biography whiz tackles the elementary topic of simple machines. Read full book review >
THINGS THAT FLOAT AND THINGS THAT DON'T by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"This appealing introduction can serve as a springboard for further investigations. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
A boy, a girl and a dog demonstrate that things float in water when they are less dense than the water around them. Read full book review >
WORLD RAT DAY by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 2013

"Though it's bumpy, it's still a novel way to add some zany celebrations to the family or classroom calendar. (Poetry. 5-8)"
The Children's Poet Laureate takes a tongue-in-cheek look at some of the weird and wacky holidays that never quite make it onto commercially printed calendars. Read full book review >
SYLVIA'S SPINACH by Katherine Pryor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"Very young gardeners will need more information, but for certain picky eaters, the suggested strategy just might work. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A young spinach hater becomes a spinach lover after she has to grow her own in a class garden. Read full book review >