Books by Cynthia Cotten

THE BOOK BOAT'S IN by Cynthia Cotten
Released: April 1, 2013

"Jesse's pride of ownership and the closing scene of Jesse writing his name and the year in his very first book will resonate with book lovers of all ages. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A pleasing historical tale about a boy willing to work hard for what he desires most—a book. Read full book review >
RAIN PLAY by Cynthia Cotten
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2008

"The stream of rainy-day tales never seems to abate, but this stands out as one of the simplest, both in language and feeling. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The children in Steptoe's crumpled-tissue collages don't leave the playground when the sky darkens or the rain starts coming down more and more heavily—but come a FLASH! and a BOOM!, it's "Uh-oh. / Time to go. / Hurry, hurry, / scoot and scurry." Read full book review >
FAIR HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT by Cynthia Cotten
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 9, 2007

As 12-year-old Michael and his family arrive at Grandma and Grandpa's farm for their annual summer stay, an ambulance pulls away, its siren silent. Read full book review >
SOME BABIES SLEEP by Cynthia Cotten
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

Cotten's latest is cleverly formatted to suit different audiences. Read full book review >
THIS IS THE STABLE by Cynthia Cotten
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Against a background of flying birds and feathery wings, the title stands out in huge, shiny red letters, inviting readers inside. (Picture book. 2-8)"
With a gentle, perfectly rhyming text, this cumulative tale presents the Nativity story in a beautifully illustrated version just right for younger children. Read full book review >
ABBIE IN STITCHES by Cynthia Cotten
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 12, 2006

"The illustrations have freely drawn impressionistic backgrounds and nicely detailed facial expressions and needlework bits. (sources, afterword) (Picture book. 5-8)"
In the early 19th century in upstate New York, young Abbie despairs of ever making stitches as fine and even as her older sister Sarah's. Read full book review >
AT THE EDGE OF THE WOODS by Cynthia Cotten
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Still, the peaceful forest crew and comforting color palette make this a soothing read, if not a great counting tool. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Cartwright's (Going Home, not reviewed, etc.) mossy greens, golden yellows, and smoky blues evoke a late summer in the woods as numbered sets of forest animals go about their business. Read full book review >
SNOW PONIES by Cynthia Cotten
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Paintings full of quick brushstrokes of color layered on a softly muted landscape make this a beautiful as well as a magical read. (Picture book. 3-6)"
On a dreary, gray day, Old Man Winter goes out to his barn and releases his snow ponies to gallop across the cold, hard ground, bringing winter to everything they touch. Read full book review >