Books by Claire A. Nivola

THE SECRET KINGDOM by Barb Rosenstock
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Compelling, delicate, and spare, this book brings both artist and garden to life. (bibliography, author's note) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
Rosenstock weaves the story of folk artist Nek Chand Saini and the magnificent secret garden he built in Chandigarh, India. Read full book review >
Released: March 13, 2012

"A delicious invitation to swim with the fishes. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
Young explorers will be happy to dive into this captivatingly illustrated biography of the renowned oceanographer. Read full book review >
ORANI by Claire A. Nivola
Released: July 19, 2011

"Neither a story with a plot nor a full-blown memoir, this brief look at a town suspended in time resonates with happiness and could spark some children to reflect on their own idyllic summers in a new way. (map, author's note) (Picture book/memoir. 7-10)"
Intriguing pictures full of small details bring alive the sights, smells, sounds, tastes and textures of a small Sardinian town in the 1950s. Read full book review >
EMMA’S POEM by Linda Glaser
Released: April 1, 2010

"Nicely done, enabling even young children to see how the poem and the statue came together. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Emma Lazarus lived and wrote in New York City. Read full book review >
Released: April 8, 2008

"This impressive effort will resonate with children. (author's note, source note) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
Laced with gracefully told anecdotes, this picture-book biography examines the work of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize-winner Maathai, who returned from college abroad to find her country ecologically imperiled. Read full book review >
Released: May 30, 2005

"By focusing on Lula and her doll—the 'silent witness' of the title—the grand sweep of history is placed very firmly and humanely within the grasp of young readers. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The events of the Civil War unfold, filtered through the experiences of Lula McLean, on whose father's farm the First Battle of Bull Run was fought, and in whose father's living room Lee surrendered. Read full book review >
THE FLAG MAKER by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Released: April 22, 2004

"As inspiring as it is elegantly turned out, this will add unusual dimension to a famous episode in our national story. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Based on both historical sources and a bit of speculation, Bartoletti recreates the construction of the immense "garrison" flag that (probably) flew over Fort McHenry, was immortalized by Francis Scott Key, and was sewn by Mary Pickengill, a Baltimore businesswoman. Read full book review >
THE FOREST by Claire A. Nivola
Released: May 3, 2002

"EWSLUGp1983. (Picture book. 10+)"
Though the symbolism and level of self-awareness in this brief metaphorical journey will speak more to an adult audience, any reader who has felt fear of the unknown will identify with its solitary narrator. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Children will be seduced by the rhythm of preparation and ritual, and the reassurance of bread and soup and everyone talking 'at the same time.' (Picture book. 4-8)"
A warm and tender depiction of preparations for the Jewish Sabbath by a girl and her grandmother. Read full book review >
ELISABETH by Claire A. Nivola
Released: March 26, 1997

"Told in lyrical prose and illustrated in a muted palette with accents of bright color, this conveys the warmth and love of home and family, surviving across generations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A simple true reminiscence about the disruption of war and the almost unfathomable reunion that mends a woman's heart many years after it's broken. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1994

"Jacket note to parents. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An author long concerned with adoption issues creates a fictional model of the importance of candid discussion with young adoptees about their origins. Read full book review >