Books by Ashley Wolff

BABY BEAR COUNTS ONE by Ashley  Wolff
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Brimming with visual treasures and ending with snowflakes—'too many to count'—this joyous treat will reward both family and group sharing. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The season's turned from summer to fall since Baby Bear learned about the colors in his world (Baby Bear Sees Blue, 2012). Now, as he and Mama observe many creatures getting ready for winter, he learns to count. Read full book review >
BABY BEAR SEES BLUE by Ashley  Wolff
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"Imbued with a spirit of exploration, fostered by parental protection, Baby Bear's colorful adventures will enrich repeat bedtime read-alouds. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Inspired by the mother bear and cub in Blueberries for Sal, Wolff creates a gentle story for toddlers that introduces colors and images from the natural world. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: March 9, 2010

"Consider this recipe an ideal, accessible title to expand composting information for budding environmentalists. (Informational picture book. 3-6)"
A rollicking, rhyming alphabetical recipe for making successful compost. Read full book review >
WHEN LUCY GOES OUT WALKING by Ashley  Wolff
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"A dog-lover's look at the changing seasons. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Lucy's forays into the outside world give the youngest readers a glance at the typical weather in a northerly clime and activities popular for each of the 12 months of the year, as well as a look at how quickly a puppy grows up. Read full book review >
I CALL MY GRANDMA NANA by Ashley  Wolff
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 11, 2009

"A nice choice for school and home, these selections incorporate warmth, gentle humor, a variety of languages and a range of family groupings while they show some of the many things that grandparent and grandchildren can do together. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Miss May's grandmother has come for a school visit, which leads to discussion of how all grandmas have stories—and different names, depending on their backgrounds. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"The final scene, a double page of glowing windows set in snowy mountains and facing the sparkling tree, is just plain breathtaking. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The words of the traditional Christmas song are adapted here to reflect a Southwest theme, with influences from Latino and Native-American cultures. Read full book review >
THE PEN THAT PA BUILT by David Edwards
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Teachers will welcome this visual demonstration in book form, which is almost as good as a visit to Old Sturbridge Village. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
This historic riff on The House That Jack Built provides dimension to the process of raising sheep to make wool. Read full book review >
THE WILD LITTLE HORSE by Rita Gray
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Little horse lovers will be besotted. (Picture book. 2-7)"
The whistling wind tempts Little Horse to venture from his cozy barn to find out what's afoot in the big wide world. Read full book review >
HOME TO ME, HOME TO YOU by Jennifer A. Ericsson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Young readers experiencing their first separation, as well as their more seasoned counterparts, will find equal comfort in this offering. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Ericsson crafts a tale addressing a common occurrence in contemporary family life: separation due to business travel. Read full book review >
SHE’LL BE COMIN’ ’ROUND THE MOUNTAIN by Philomen Sturges
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: June 1, 2004

"Rich in storytime possibilities, to say nothing of offering a crystalline but unpreachy message of the joy and value in books. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Southwestern color, flavor, and rhythm, a cheery village of anthropomorphized animals, and a slight twist on the words of a traditional and well-loved song culminate in a rollicking surprise ending. Read full book review >
ME BABY, YOU BABY by Ashley  Wolff
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"While the trip to the zoo, full of mothers and babies of all sizes and shapes, offers an interesting subject, the overly repetitious verse and somewhat saccharine paintings keep this from being a distinctive selection. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Rhythmic verses follow the trip of two toddlers and their mothers as they visit the zoo. Read full book review >
OLD MACDONALD HAD A WOODSHOP by Lisa Shulman
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A terrific idea measured and mitered to a tee, building a perfectly crafted book, one that will make a fun gift. (Picture book. 3-6)"
"Old MacDonald had a shop, E-I-E-I-O!" Read full book review >
MY SOMEBODY SPECIAL by Sarah Weeks
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2001

"Sympathetic and soothing, this tale is just right for taming the worries of small fry when they are away from home. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A sensitive tale exploring the turbulent mix of emotions, both the trepidation and happy reunion experienced by youngsters at pick-up time. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"They are pointing to a page where the game is explained, with suggested variations, and a melody and guitar chords are provided for singing the original song. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The familiar children's playground chant, "Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar," is broadened here into a picture-book mystery that's a delight to view, but less successful as a read-aloud. Read full book review >
EACH LIVING THING by Joanne Ryder
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2000

"An idyllic but responsibly conscious view of nature in a book as rich visually as it is textually spare. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Ryder's rhyming call reminds us to be aware of all living things and to treat them with respect and care. Read full book review >
SOME THINGS GO TOGETHER by Charlotte Zolotow
Released: March 31, 1999

"The original was grand, but here's a chance to replace those lost and worn copies. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The cozy, 30-year-old title gets bright new illustrations from Wolff and is primed for a new generation of children. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Miss Bindergarten's enthusiasm is irresistible, while the students provide a grand mix of ingenious creations. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The ebullient canine kindergarten teacher (Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten, 1996) is preparing for the 100th day of school. Read full book review >
DOCTOR BIRD by Gerald Hausman
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 18, 1998

"Wolff's illustrations are flashy and funny, hinting at the Jamaican setting without fully invoking it. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Doctor Bird, hummingbird trickster and national bird of Jamaica, stars in a trio of parables adapted by Hausman. Read full book review >
HOME SWEET HOME by Jean Marzollo
POETRY
Released: April 11, 1997

"It's a place where there are only nuclear families and no Nintendo64; adults long for it, but children no longer live in it—if they ever did. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A prayer honors all living things, but neglects truths about humans' relationship with nature, and romanticizes life in modern times. Read full book review >
MISS BINDERGARTEN GETS READY FOR KINDERGARTEN by Joseph Slate
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"1988, etc.) makes the first day a pleasure for everyone involved. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An inviting look at the first day of school in Miss Bindergarten's class. Read full book review >
STELLA AND ROY by Ashley  Wolff
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1993

"These outgoing, self-assured kids are beautifully observed; depicted in definitive black with joyfully bright added colors, their excursion makes a cheerful, attractive book. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Aesop's ``The Hare and the Tortoise'' is reenacted by two preschoolers racing ``around the lake,'' in what could be a San Francisco park, to a popcorn stand. Read full book review >
A GARDEN ALPHABET by Isabel Wilner
ABC BOOKS
Released: May 1, 1991

"A mixed effort: not essential, but with some charming bits. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A fine anthologist (The Poetry Troupe, 1977) fashions garden facts and practices into adequate, if sometimes forced, verse. Read full book review >