Books by Carole Lexa Schaefer

MONKEY AND ELEPHANT GET BETTER by Carole Lexa Schaefer
Released: March 12, 2013

"A sweet story that delivers a healthy message about individuality and friendship to new readers. (Early reader. 5-7)"
A fine follow-up to Monkey and Elephant (2012) follows two friends in sickness and in health. Read full book review >
MONKEY AND ELEPHANT by Carole Lexa Schaefer
Released: March 27, 2012

"A welcome addition to the early-reader shelf. (Early reader. 5-7)"
Odd couples abound in early readers (see Mo Willems' Gerald and Piggie, Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad, Wong Herbert Yee's Mouse and Mole, to name a few), but there's room for Monkey and Elephant, too. Read full book review >
WHO'S THERE? by Carole Lexa Schaefer
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: June 1, 2011

"Make room for this one—with its spot-on characterization, humorous details and wordplay, this stands out even among the crowd of similar books. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Schaefer and Morgan have again paired up (Kids Like Us, 2008, etc.), this time bringing readers an emotionally expressive and linguistically playful book about nighttime fears. Read full book review >
BIG LITTLE MONKEY by Carole Lexa Schaefer
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Not surprisingly, Schaefer's lively pace returns Monkey to the Mango Tree to enjoy the sweeter side of life in this gently predictable tale. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Life may be grander on the other side of big Mango Tree, Little Monkey surmises, as he leaves his sleeping mama and siblings in search of new friends. Read full book review >
KIDS LIKE US by Carole Lexa Schaefer
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"A sure-fire impetus for rousing make-believe play! (Picture book. 3-6)"
As the yellow bus pulls away into the drizzle, it leaves behind a cluster of energetic youngsters at preschool, ready for a day of playacting. Read full book review >
DRAGON DANCING by Carole Lexa Schaefer
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"A fun-filled tribute to the powers of cooperation and the imagination. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In school, the teacher reads a book about dragons, and the students are enthralled. Read full book review >
THE BORA-BORA DRESS by Carole Lexa Schaefer
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"One memorable spread shows the girl leaping along the beach, with the swirling dress flowing into the sand, sky and water, and the parrot flying alongside. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The search for a perfect party dress is the theme of this lyrically told tale of a special dress that brings its own magic to the wearer. Read full book review >
THE BIGGEST SOAP by Carole Lexa Schaefer
FICTION
Released: Sept. 9, 2004

"Still, the enchanting tale, set in the South Pacific, will encourage children's creativity and imagination and far outweighs this problem. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Kessy loves laundry day, because he can sit and listen to the adults spin wonderful tales as a way to counteract the drudgery of their laborious task. Read full book review >
SOMEONE SAYS by Carole Lexa Schaefer
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

Freely brushed human and animal figures seem to dance across the unpainted backgrounds in this energetic tribute to imaginative play. Read full book review >
FULL MOON BARNYARD DANCE by Carole Lexa Schaefer
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Visually charming, though a bit weighed down by the blatant message. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Free-spirited watercolor-and-ink illustrations show a barnyard full of animals going down to the pond at night for a rousing dance. Read full book review >
TWO SCARLET SONGBIRDS by Carole Lexa Schaefer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 11, 2001

"What a wonderful way to introduce children to the world of music, and to the inspiration that is all around them. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A mix of fact and fiction, this is a lovely tribute to the muse of music. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE FRENCH WHISTLE by Carole Lexa Schaefer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2001

"The sprinkling of French vocabulary and the repetition of the whistle sounds make this a perfect read-aloud story—young readers will be whistling for more. (Picture Book. 4-7)"
The shrill metallic sound of "Whoui! Read full book review >
DOWN IN THE WOODS AT SLEEPYTIME by Carole Lexa Schaefer
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A cozy tale that provides a soothing transition from play-time to bedtime for bustling babies and toddlers. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Schaefer weaves an enchanting bedtime tale for rambunctious tots. Read full book review >
THE SQUIGGLE by Carole Lexa Schaefer
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"Schaefer (In the Children's Garden, 1994, etc.) strives a bit too hard in the sound effects, but for the right performer, this could be a fabulous read-aloud. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Splendid, vibrant illustrations exhibiting a Chinese influence dance through this tribute to the imagination of one small girl. Read full book review >
IN THE CHILDREN'S GARDEN by Carole Lexa Schaefer
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1994

"Not essential, but an interesting and well-matched pair of first efforts. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Both author and illustrator make promising picture-book debuts in this lyrical paean to a Seattle children's garden. Read full book review >