Books by David A. Adler

LIGHT WAVES by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2018

"A good beginning look at light and all the ways it's important to life on Earth. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
The science of light: what it is, how it behaves, and how it colors, energizes, and illuminates our world. Read full book review >
PASS THE BALL, MO! by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Executed well and fun to read, this is a great addition to an already acclaimed series. (Early reader. 4-7)"
In this companion to Geisel Award-winning Don't Throw It to Mo! (2015), it's basketball season for small and mighty Mo Jackson, who must practice, practice, and practice before the big game. Read full book review >
MONEY MATH by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A purse full of entertainment tucked into a merry primer on money math. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Adler and Miller (Let's Estimate, 2017, etc.) team again to poke playfully about in the world of numbers, this time using U.S. currency to add, subtract, determine value, and place decimal points. Read full book review >
YOM KIPPUR SHORTSTOP by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Uplifting. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Jacob makes a very difficult decision about his participation in his Little League team's championship game. Read full book review >
MAGNETS PUSH, MAGNETS PULL by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2017

"Not much here to attract interest—particularly as clearer, more carefully written primers on the topic abound. (index, glossary) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
A first introduction to magnets of both the simple and "on and off" sorts, with basic demonstrations of what they can do. Read full book review >
LET'S ESTIMATE by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2017

"There are a few arid patches and some illustration-audience mismatch, but the value—and enjoyment—of rounding and estimating courses through it. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Estimating and rounding: two great, everyday mathematical tools. Read full book review >
CIRCLES by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"Another solid shape book that will grow with young geometry learners; don't let the picture-book format fool you—high schoolers could use some of this math. (Informational picture book. 6-14)"
Following Triangles (2014), Adler and Miller tackle another shape. Read full book review >
GET A HIT, MO! by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"This second in the Mo Jackson series is a home run for the home team of early readers. (Early reader. 5-8)"
In this tale of overcoming odds, Mo Jackson, the youngest, smallest player on his Little League team, is excited about helping the Lions to a win. Will he be the hero? Or will he strike out? Read full book review >
PLACE VALUE by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 15, 2016

"When paired with adult guidance, a 'valuable' look at place value. (Math picture book. 5-8)"
Adler tackles yet another difficult math concept using simple language and an excellent comparison. Read full book review >
HANUKKAH COOKIES WITH SPRINKLES by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 3, 2015

"A sweet and compassionate introduction to an important Jewish custom. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little girl watches a poor man take a bruised apple from the market's discard pile and finds a way to help him. Read full book review >
SIMPLE MACHINES by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2015

"Still, this is as solid a look at simple machines as any that exists outside of dry textbooks, and at least readers can imagine a narrative for the two young boys. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Continuing to branch out into science concepts (Things That Float and Things That Don't, 2013), the math and biography whiz tackles the elementary topic of simple machines. Read full book review >
DON'T THROW IT TO MO! by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"A diverse cast of football players, including a pigtailed girl and a proudly centered African-American protagonist, adds interest, but the plot's flaws may put off even young football fanatics. (Early reader. 4-7)"
Mo is one football-crazy little boy. Read full book review >
PRICES! PRICES! PRICES! by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2015

"Adler always finds a canny way into the math game, both practical and enjoyable. (Math picture book. 6-10)"
You can spell math with an "a" as in angst, aghast or agog, or you can spell it with an "A" as in Adler. Your move. Read full book review >
THE SQUIRTING DONUTS by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Not up to the standards set by Adler's Cam Jansen but an enjoyable light read. (Mystery. 7-9)"
What could have turned mean Mrs. Cakel nice? Read full book review >
COLONEL THEODORE ROOSEVELT by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A valuable addition to the presidential-biography shelf. (Biography. 10-14)
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An absorbing portrait of an iconic president known as much for his adventurous nature as his robust political life. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF PASSOVER by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"This book will help families get ready for Passover, but they may need to take a trip to the zoo a day or two later. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This version of the Passover story is designed for Jewish families and aspiring zoologists. Read full book review >
TRIANGLES by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2014

"With lots of layers of information, this is a book that can grow with kids; new information will be accessible with each repeat reading. (Math picture book. 6-10)"
Everything kids need to know about triangles—vocabulary, explanations and all. Read full book review >
THE JELLY BEAN EXPERIMENT by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2013

"Sequels are planned, so Danny's newly won fans will have something to look forward to. (Fiction. 6-8)"
Being the new kid is never easy...sometimes, neither is being the new kid's new best friend. Read full book review >
THINGS THAT FLOAT AND THINGS THAT DON'T by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"This appealing introduction can serve as a springboard for further investigations. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
A boy, a girl and a dog demonstrate that things float in water when they are less dense than the water around them. Read full book review >
A PICTURE BOOK OF DANIEL BOONE  by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2013

"The informational text proves why Daniel Boone is synonymous with the pioneer spirit. (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
Adler, collaborating with his son, expands his extensive repertoire of picture-book biographies of famous Americans with this worthy addition featuring Daniel Boone. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Adler anchors great numbers in cool facts, but once past a billion, the zeroes are still helplessly dizzying. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Adler endeavors to get a grip on the slipperiness of big numbers. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Unassuming of aspect but judicious and illuminating of content. (endnotes, bibliography, personal note about the author's family in the Civil War) (Biography. 10-12)"
Modest production values add appeal to this carefully researched account of "a life of courage, passion, and adventure." Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"As an introduction to geometry it lacks important depth, simplicity and clarity in its visual approach. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Adler's workmanlike introduction to the three titular geometric concepts is straightforwardly instructive and without much whimsy, but Miller's lively accompanying artwork adds interest in the form a busy motley group of monsters engaged in cinematic pursuits. Read full book review >
MYSTERY MATH by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"A solid foundation for beginners or re-teaching tool for those who are struggling. (Math picture book. 6-10)"
Adler and Miller have once again turned out a thorough explanation of a math concept in a neat package (Fractions, Decimals, and Percents, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >
A LITTLE AT A TIME by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Still, Adler clearly navigates an important and often-forgotten concept for little thinkers growing up in a world full of immediate gratification. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little boy takes a walk with his Grandpa through a city, and they see many things: tall buildings, a construction site and a museum with an enormous dinosaur skeleton. Read full book review >
FREDERICK DOUGLASS by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 15, 2010

"An important resource, despite flaws. (timeline, source notes, bibliography, picture credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
Adler reports the life and times of the noted abolitionist in an attractive volume following an earlier treatment for younger readers (A Picture Book of Frederick Douglass, illustrated by Samuel Byrd, 1993). Read full book review >
FRACTIONS, DECIMALS, AND PERCENTS by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"Both straightforward and bouncy, a successful primer on parts. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Adler and Miller easefully tackle yet another aspect of mathematics with clear explanations and graphic interpretations that extend the topic of an earlier book of theirs, Working with Fractions (2007). Read full book review >
HONEST ABE LINCOLN by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 15, 2009

"The timeline and source notes may be unusual in an early chapter book, but they're a welcome addition for the budding historian. (Early reader/biography. 5-8)"
Seven chapters introduce early readers to the life of Abraham Lincoln. Read full book review >
IT’S TIME TO SLEEP, IT’S TIME TO DREAM by David A. Adler
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 1, 2009

"The simplicity of the text and the sensible selection of soothing colors will lull any child to sleep. (Picture book. 2-5)"
If the title recalls "Turn! Read full book review >
MONEY MADNESS by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 15, 2009

"Miller's flat, digital artwork is solid throughout, providing a cheery Uncle Sam as a guide with simple stylized images set to swaths of yeasty color, flowing easily with the narrative and surprisingly emotive. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
If there is one thing that makes the Dismal Science a shade less dismal, it's money, as in currency. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 15, 2009

"An impressive list of source notes and recommended resources provide background support for young readers and researchers alike. (timeline, notes, bibliography, recommended websites) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
America's "most underrated President" and his "Queen Dolley" receive star treatment in this latest entry in Adler's Picture Book Biography series. Read full book review >
FUN WITH ROMAN NUMERALS by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2008

"Comprehensive, readable and understandable, with a concrete activity, this is the resource for teachers. (Informational picture book. 7-12)"
This team once again hits a home run with their latest math title (Working with Fractions, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >
DON’T TALK TO ME ABOUT THE WAR by David A. Adler
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 17, 2008

"The mystery of Mrs. Duncan's illness will pull readers along, and Tommy and his times are subtly evoked in this satisfying historical novel. (Fiction. 10+)"
It's 1940, and much is going on in the life of 13-year-old Tommy Duncan. Read full book review >
HEROES FOR CIVIL RIGHTS by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 21, 2008

"By adding Earl Warren and LBJ to his roster, he serves up a reminder that African-Americans weren't the only impassioned champions of equal rights. (introduction, source notes) (Collective biography. 7-10)"
In this companion to Heroes of the Revolution (2003) and Enemies of Slavery (2004), both illustrated by Donald A. Smith, Adler introduces eight men, two women and three clusters of individuals (the "Little Rock Nine," for instance) who stood up for nonviolent protest during the Civil Rights movement. Read full book review >
WORKING WITH FRACTIONS by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"An excellent resource for elementary classrooms, this should find a home in any library. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
This team's latest math-related book will be greeted with cheers by teachers everywhere. Read full book review >
CAMPY by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2007

"There has been little written about Campanella in recent years, but Adler fills that void admirably. (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
Roy Campanella was a beloved catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Read full book review >
SATCHEL PAIGE by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Another winning effort from Adler. (chronology, sources) (Picture book/biography. 7-11)"
Satchel Paige was an amazing, immensely popular pitcher who won many games in the Negro Leagues. Read full book review >
YOU CAN, TOUCAN, MATH by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Great practice for those who need it, especially with some teacher or parent guidance. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-10)"
Twenty-one rhyming bird-centric word problems challenge children to add, subtract, multiply and divide: "Twenty blue jays / by the bay. / Twelve fly off. / How many stay?" Read full book review >
JOE LOUIS by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Backmatter includes additional interesting facts about Louis's life and the author's sources. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)"
Adler and Widener offer a straightforward, beautifully illustrated biography of the legendary boxer. Read full book review >
PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 15, 2005

The third of Adler's rewritten versions of volumes in his Picture Book Biography series follows the first two in supplying additional facts and dates, including endnotes, a reading list and a list of his sources—all presented in an early-chapter-book format. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"An attractive volume nonetheless—and a useful research tool for young biography fans. (chronology, Web sites, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
George Washington was a "silent man of action" involved in the French and Indian War, the Continental Congress, the American Revolution, and the Constitutional Convention. Read full book review >
ENEMIES OF SLAVERY by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Smith's awkward paintings are a sad complement to Adler's neither-fish-nor-fowl narrative—the whole is one of those many good intentions that pave the road to you-know-where. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Adler gives 14 "enemies of slavery," black and white, the barest bones of coverage in this series of thumbnail sketches. Read full book review >
BONES AND THE BIG YELLOW MYSTERY #1 by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Bones and the Dog Gone Mystery (ISBN: 0-670-05948-X) is the second in the series. (Easy reader. 5-7)"
Adler, author of the Cam Jansen series, introduces a new easy-reader mystery series with this story about a junior detective named Jeffrey Bones. Read full book review >
HEROES OF THE REVOLUTION by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 15, 2003

"Stories of the American Revolution (p. 539). (contents, author's notes, important dates, source notes, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Adler presents 12 heroes of the American Revolution in an attractive, if slight, volume. Read full book review >
A PICTURE BOOK OF LEWIS AND CLARK by David A. Adler
ADVENTURE
Released: March 15, 2003

"By the time it began, it belonged to the United States'), but it does little to bring the fuzzy geography into focus. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
Adler (A Picture Book of Harriet Beecher Stowe, p. 378, etc.) marks the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition with this informative biography for young readers. Read full book review >
A PICTURE BOOK OF HARRIET BEECHER STOWE by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 15, 2003

"His color palette reflects the seriousness of the topic, while at the same time showing readers the details of life in the 1800s. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Adler's latest in his Picture Book Biography series (A Picture Book of Lewis and Clark, Mar. 2003, etc.) documents the events that affected Harriet throughout her life and brought her to fame as an author. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"Worthy, but needs supplementation. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
A biography of the Polish doctor and children's author who became director of a Jewish orphanage in Warsaw, in which capacity he comforted hundreds of children during the Holocaust. Read full book review >
A PICTURE BOOK OF DWIGHT DAVID EISENHOWER by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 30, 2002

"Still, as an accompaniment to an introduction to the events of WWII and the 1950s, it will be useful. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
The zeal to extend interest in the "Greatest Generation" to young children brings the 34th US president to picture book readers. Read full book review >
B. FRANKLIN, PRINTER by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 15, 2001

"Extensive source notes are included, though curiously no references for young readers are provided. (chronologies, bibliography, Web sites, illustration credits, index) (Biography. 9+)"
"Benjamin Franklin was a singular man with a keen mind that ‘soared above the clouds.' " Franklin was the only person to sign the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Treaty of Alliance with France, and the Treaty of Paris to end the revolutionary war. Read full book review >
ANDY RUSSELL, NOT WANTED BY THE POLICE by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"While hardly great literature, this easy mystery is enhanced with simple line drawings and has a comfort level that will have young readers flying through it to find out exactly what is going on next door. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Andy's next-door neighbors, the Perlmans, ask Andy and Tamika to watch their house for them while they're in South America. Read full book review >
YOUNG CAM JANSEN AND THE LIBRARY MYSTERY by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2001

It's a long shot, but Adler takes a stab at turning a mystery on the slender hope of a shopping list. Read full book review >
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2001

"This biography will be welcomed in all libraries during Black History Month and for school reports, and it will also be useful for teen or adult beginning readers. (chronology, suggested reading) (Easy reader/biography. 7-9)"
Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and his leadership in the Civil Rights Movement are more than adequately described in this well-written easy-reader biography from the prolific author of the Picture Book Biography series and the Cam Jansen mysteries (see below). Read full book review >
YOUNG CAM JANSEN AND THE DOUBLE BEACH MYSTERY by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Natti's watercolor-and-ink illustrations add colorful interest, although Cam often looks a little too young for the intended audience. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
Cam Jansen uses her photographic memory to solve two mini-mysteries that take place on a trip to the beach with her mother, her aunt, and her friend, Eric. Read full book review >
A PICTURE BOOK OF SACAGAWEA by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 15, 2000

"A barely additional purchase. (Picture book biography. 7-9)"
Adler is the author of the wide-ranging and market-savvy Picture Book Biography series that now tops 25 titles. Read full book review >
AMERICA'S CHAMPION SWIMMER by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2000

"A welcome addition to the growing body of works about female athletes. (Picture book/biography. 59)"
The author and illustrator (The Babe & I, 1999, Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man, 1997) team up for a third time in this engaging picture book biography of the first woman to swim the English Channel. Read full book review >
THE BABE AND I by David A. Adler
Released: April 1, 1999

"The stadium and Webster Avenue are monuments of memory rather than reality in a style that echoes Thomas Hart Benton's strong color and exaggerated figures. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Adler (also with Widener, Lou Gehrig, 1997, etc.) sets his fictional story during the week of July 14, 1932, in the Bronx, when the news items that figure in this tale happened. Read full book review >
Released: March 15, 1999

"Wide-eyed cartoon figures are superimposed against cinematic montages of rulers and grids in an eye-catching format; after children have fallen down laughing over Math Curse (1995), this volume offers them practical tools. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Libraries that have been dusting off their old metric system books for years can finally replace them with a bright, new title on measurement from Adler and Tobin. Read full book review >
A PICTURE BOOK OF AMELIA EARHART by David A. Adler
ADVENTURE
Released: March 15, 1998

"This is a cogent tribute to an aviation pioneer. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
Adler (A Picture Book of Jackie Robinson, 1994, etc.) draws even young onlookers into the life of Earhart, whose Kansas childhood included firing a .22 rifle at barn rats and fashioning a roller coaster from fence rails and roller skates. Read full book review >
HIDING FROM THE NAZIS by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 15, 1997

"So real and clearly explained is Lore's anxiety that to younger readers the events that compelled it will not seem remote at all. (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-10)"
Adler (Child of the Warsaw Ghetto, not reviewed, 1995, etc.) continues a series of picture books set during WW II with this true account of a young Jewish child's concealment by a family of Dutch farmers. Read full book review >
LOU GEHRIG by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1997

"Readers will feel good after reading this biography—and maybe even inspired to start measuring themselves against Gehrig's standard. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
The aw-shucks decency of Gehrig drives this picture-book biography from Adler (One Yellow Daffodil, 1995, etc.); what comes through is Gehrig as a genuine rarity, blessed with colossal athletic talent that he carried with dignity and modesty. Read full book review >
ONE YELLOW DAFFODIL by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The expressions on the characters' faces, the tilt of their heads, the way they hold their hands—it's almost unbearably wistful. (Picture book. 6- 10)"
A very slow description, in a melancholy present tense, of the ordinary days of a kind old man named Morris Kaplan, a Holocaust survivor and now owner of a flower store. Read full book review >
HILDE AND ELI by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 15, 1994

"A sensitive but unsentimental account. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 8-12)"
Hilde Rosenzweig and Eli Lax were two of the 1.5 million Jewish children who were victims of the Nazi's ``Final Solution.'' Hilde was not yet ten when Hitler came to power in Germany and her happy childhood was disrupted as she and her family attempted to escape from Nazi persecution. Read full book review >
A PICTURE BOOK OF JACKIE ROBINSON by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 15, 1994

"A fine addition to this notable series. (Author's note) (Biography/Picture book.)"
Adler's (A Picture Book of Eleanor Roosevelt, 1991, etc.; Hilde and Eli, above) latest Picture Book Biography tells how a courageous man and outstanding athlete desegregated major league baseball. Read full book review >
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 15, 1992

"Index. (Biography. 8-11)"
In the author's ``First Biography'' series (presenting more substantial information than his ``Picture Book'' biographies but still easily read): an excellent introduction with a goodly collection of revealing, not always familiar anecdotes enlivening a straightforward account of many of Franklin's most outstanding accomplishments, clearly set in their historical time. Read full book review >
A PICTURE BOOK OF ELEANOR ROOSEVELT by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 15, 1991

"Adequate but, of necessity, superficial. (Biography/Picture book. 5-9)"
Continuing his very brief biographies, Adler presents the essential facts here in a style so succinct that it can verge on parody (``Franklin's mother Sara often told Franklin and Eleanor what to do...Eleanor didn't complain, but later she refused to be bossed around''). Read full book review >
A PICTURE BOOK OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN by David A. Adler
Released: April 15, 1989

An experienced children's author teams with a pair of widely published illustrators in a new series on famous Americans. Read full book review >