Books by Christiane Engel

WHAT DO YOU CELEBRATE? by Whitney Stewart
Released: March 5, 2019

"Despite some bright spots, the lapses in information limit this book's effectiveness. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 7-10) "
Celebrations the world over involve parades, foods, traditional clothing, masks, songs, and games. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 30, 2018

"Expect construction-loving kids to be dancing to this funkytown night fever hustle. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Disco is dead? Try telling that to these late-night Samaritans. Read full book review >
ABC MINDFUL ME by Christiane Engel
Released: March 6, 2018

"Positive and healthy behaviors and practices clumsily mixed together with, ironically, seeming unawareness of the book's overall effect. (Board book. 3-7)"
Concepts such as "compassion," "giving," and "meditation" are introduced one letter at a time. Read full book review >
ABC BABY SIGNS by Christiane Engel
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"One might reasonably wonder whether the best time to teach baby sign language is before babies become interested in books, but any book that fosters a child's development of communication skills seems a worthwhile undertaking. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
A baby sign language primer for caregivers and infants alike. Read full book review >
BABY'S FIRST WORDS by Stella Blackstone
Released: April 1, 2017

"A solid, attractive vocabulary builder. (Board book. 1-2)"
A little girl explores her surroundings in this board book. Read full book review >
ABC LOVE by Christiane Engel
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"An emotional mess. Here's hoping Engel finds a text worthy of her playful art. (Board book. 18 mos.-4)"
Children and their grown-ups explore the ABCs of love. Read full book review >
ABC YOGA by Christiane Engel
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Still, a sturdy and playful introduction to the popular practice of an ancient tradition. (Board book. 2-4)"
A multihued cast of characters introduce yoga to preschoolers and toddlers. Read full book review >
THE MITZVAH MAGICIAN by Linda Elovitz Marshall
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Abracadabra! Lovely magic indeed. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Whenever Gabriel the great magician commands "Presto Magico," a small disaster occurs. Read full book review >
OOH LA LA POLKA-DOT BOOTS by Ellen Olson-Brown
Released: March 9, 2010

Olson-Brown's joyful jubilee is a tribute to polka-dot footwear. Jaunty verses utilize an assortment of adjectives to describe types of clothing from hats to pants and everything in between. Each two-page spread features a quartet of barefoot children attired in the finery detailed by the accompanying text ("Ugly pants / Pretty pants / Country pants / City pants," for instance). A flap at the bottom third of the page turns to reveal the concluding refrain (in this case, "A rainbow of polka-dot boots!") and the children's tooties now shod in an array of polka-dotted boots. The color-saturated pages depict children in a bevy of inventive outfits. The simplicity and predictability of the text readily lends itself to jolly read-aloud sessions. The bright primary colors of Engel's acrylic-and-digital collage illustrations are ideally suited for the preschool audience. The novelty of "dressing" the characters in fanciful galoshes adds to the allure. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >