Books by Barbara Joosse

EVERMORE DRAGON by Barbara Joosse
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A beguiling read-aloud for more than princess-and-dragon lovers. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The comforting friendship between a young girl and an enormous dragon deepens. Read full book review >
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

"Let this parade pass you by. (Picture book. 3-5)"
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. Read full book review >
FRIENDS (MOSTLY) by Barbara Joosse
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A (mostly) good picture book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
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 sweet theme, but the gentle rhymes and less-frenetic pace of Mary Ann Hoberman's I'm Going to Grandma's, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke (2007), may be more suitable for younger listeners. (Picture book. 4-6)"
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

"For larger collections or where the author's books are a draw. (Picture book. 2-5)"
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

"Liam's unconscious is a distinctly more fearful place than Max's, marking this as not for the easily frightened. (Picture book. 4-6)"
"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

"It's hard to argue with this one. (Picture book. 3-5)"
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

"This lovely tale is bound to be a favorite request at bedtime. (Picture book. 4-8)"
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

"Good words of wisdom for the right kind of manners. (Picture book. 5-7)"
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

"A heartwarming call of the wild for the small set. (author's notes) (Picture book. 4-8)"
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

"Economically told, deeply felt, this will leave readers feeling, like Nikolai near the end, 'soft bearish.' (Picture book. 5-8)"
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

"A vivid, if somewhat meandering summer-in-the-city vignette. (Picture book. 5-8)"
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 wonderful addition to a seasonal collection. (Picture book. 2-5)"
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

"An annotated list of resources on gang prevention is included. (Picture book. 5-8)"
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 >