Books by Barbara Joosse

HOORAY PARADE by Barbara Joosse
Released: June 13, 2013

"Recommended only for those in desperate need of more interactive books for preschool children or for avid fans of the author. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Awkward verse rains on this homemade parade. Read full book review >
LOVABYE DRAGON by Barbara Joosse
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"A strong and hopeful tale. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When the tears of a young princess trickle onto a dragon, a sweet friendship is born. Read full book review >
DOG PARADE by Barbara Joosse
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 5, 2011

Dogs of diverse descriptions are coerced by their owners into participating in a costume parade in this less-than-engaging story that tries too hard to be funny.

Each dog is introduced by name and characteristics on two facing pages with a portrait of the dog and a few lines of text from each dog's perspective. Read full book review >

FRIENDS (MOSTLY) by Barbara Joosse
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

Bestselling picture-book author Joosse teams up with a novice illustrator for this depiction of friendship between a little boy and girl. Read full book review >

SLEEPOVER AT GRAMMA’S HOUSE by Barbara Joosse
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 1, 2010

A young elephant child says goodbye to all that is familiar and "in the regular place" and sets off to Gramma's. Read full book review >

HIGGLEDY-PIGGLEDY CHICKS by Barbara Joosse
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

Banty Hen feels broody and lays seven beautiful eggs for the Aunties to bucka-buk over. Read full book review >

ROAWR!  by Barbara Joosse
by Barbara Joosse, illustrated by Jan Jutte
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"One dark and snarly night" Liam, whose father is away, attempts to fend off the bear he imagines is threatening his sleeping mother. Read full book review >

LOVE IS A GOOD THING TO FEEL by Barbara Joosse
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

A little girl and her toy rabbit riff on love in a sort of free-association celebration. Read full book review >

IN THE NIGHT GARDEN by Barbara Joosse
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

Three girls use the power of their imaginations to transform themselves. Read full book review >

PLEASE IS A GOOD WORD TO SAY by Barbara Joosse
NONFICTION
Released: May 1, 2007

Chatty and knowledgeable about today's etiquette, a little girl named Harriet with red "curly burly" locks demonstrates good words and phrases for all kinds of situations. Read full book review >

WIND-WILD DOG by Barbara Joosse
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

An Alaskan sled dog with a yen to run wild finds her true calling in this northern tale of man and dog. Read full book review >

NIKOLAI, THE ONLY BEAR by Barbara Joosse
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

A sensitive adoption story loosely based on fact, but given an imaginative twist that makes it uncommonly moving. Read full book review >

HOT CITY by Barbara Joosse
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2004

On a smoldering summer day, an African-American girl and her little brother sit on porch steps, "hot as a fry pan," trying to figure out how to cool off. Read full book review >

A HOUSEFUL OF CHRISTMAS by Barbara Joosse
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

A blizzard makes it impossible for anyone to leave, turning an evening of caroling, food, and presents into a sleepover at Granny's house for the whole family. Read full book review >

STARS IN THE DARKNESS by Barbara Joosse
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2001

Joosse (A Houseful of Christmas, 2001, etc.) tells the story of a boy's sadness over his older brother's growing gang involvement and of his idea to speak out against it. Read full book review >