Books by Christopher Silas Neal

FROM TREE TO SEA by Shelley Moore Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2019

"Textually purposeful and visually appealing, this may be useful to caregivers seeking to reinforce both positive traits and an appreciation for nature, but it's unlikely to engender much enthusiasm without this kind of deliberate endorsement. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Qualities found in nature are extolled and parallels drawn to strengths that can help children (and adults) face and overcome challenges. Read full book review >
HOW DO I LOVE THEE? by Jennifer Adams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"A beautiful ode to friendship that brings Browning's rhythms to kids' level. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Three diverse children adapt Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 43 from love poem to celebration of friendship. Read full book review >
ANIMAL SHAPES by Christopher Silas Neal
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 27, 2018

"Innovative and thoroughly enjoyable. (Board book. 2-4)"
You think you know shapes? Animals? Blend them together, and you might see them both a little differently! Read full book review >
I WON'T EAT THAT by Christopher Silas Neal
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"You will read this (and reread it, too). (Picture book. 3-6)"
A finicky cat searches for a meal to satisfy its hunger in this darkly humorous tale. Read full book review >
OVER AND UNDER THE POND by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"A magical artistic and informational world that readers will delight in visiting again and again. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
The author-illustrator team that brought readers into the garden and under the snow (Over and Under the Snow, 2011, etc.) now takes them on a breathtaking journey beneath the calm waters of a pond. Read full book review >
EVERYONE by Christopher Silas Neal
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2016

"There is no shortage of outstanding picture books that address children's feelings of anger, frustration, anxiety, and joy. This is not one of them. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Neal explores the well-trodden notion that everyone has feelings. Read full book review >
GO TO SLEEP, LITTLE FARM by Mary Lyn Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"It's difficult indeed for a bedtime book to stand out, and this one doesn't quite deliver. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Ray and Neal tackle the tried-and-true theme of bedtime on the farm. Read full book review >
LIFETIME by Lola M. Schaefer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Kudos for not dumbing it down, however. A more cohesive theme would make for a more understandable overall presentation, but readers will get their money's worth. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
An original concept that begins simply and ends up surprisingly—and somewhat confusingly—complex. Read full book review >
OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW by Kate Messner
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Utterly charming, and informative, to boot; readers brought up on a diet of rhymes, bright colors and adorable fluffy animals will find its simple beauty a balm. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
A young child enjoying a full day of cross-country skiing narrates this gentle tale, explaining both her own activities and what the animals are doing. Read full book review >