Books by Christine McDonnell

As a public librarian, classroom teacher and school librarian, Christine McDonnell has been surrounded by children’s books for decades, so perhaps it's no surprise that she's turned her pen to writing them. Her most recent picture book, Goyangi Means Cat, lovingly illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher, sprang from her experience adopting preschool-age children from Korea. "We lived in a wild world of two languages, gestures, and picture books until gradually the children spoke fluent English," she recalls. In a starred review, Kirkus called it a "sensitive portrayal of international adoption, authentically and realistically done."

GOYANGI MEANS CAT by Christine McDonnell
Released: May 12, 2011

"A sensitive portrayal of international adoption, authentically and realistically done. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This beautifully illustrated, gentle adoption story stands out from most other treatments of the topic by honestly and reassuringly addressing the loss—of a birth family, a birth culture—inherent in adoption as well as the joy a new family experiences. Read full book review >
DOG WANTS TO PLAY by Christine McDonnell
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Subtle and sweet. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Dog has a ball but no one to play with, and all the farm animals have reasons why they cannot join him. Read full book review >
BALLET BUG by Christine McDonnell
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"There are many recent picture books about dance and ballet, but few easy novels about the ballet world, and this readable though unremarkable novel will give little balletomanes something to move on to after Rachel Isadora's picture books and before Streatfeild's Ballet Shoes. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Legions of budding ballerinas attend (or perform in) annual productions of The Nutcracker, the traditional holiday production that keeps most US ballet companies financially afloat. Read full book review >