Books by Diane Paterson

HURRICANE WOLF by Diane Paterson
Released: March 1, 2006

"Lots of sound advice salts the story (and is summarized in fact sheets at the end of the book), which will make kids feel less helpless, if in no less awe, before the storm's brute force. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A hurricane is calling at the door. Read full book review >
LOVE, LIZZIE by Lisa Tucker McElroy
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"California senator Diane Feinstein provides the forward; backmatter includes tips for adults on how to help children cope with deployment separation. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In this reassuring offering, a young girl named Lizzie writes letters to her mom, who is serving in the military overseas. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2001

"While the storyline isn't especially inspired, the translation serves as an engaging counterpoint, making this a solid addition to multicultural and ESL collections. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A week before her sixth birthday, Marisa's mother takes her to pick out a piñata. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS DRUM by Maureen Brett Hooper
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Hooper (The Violin Man, 1991) places a universal story in a unique setting; the result is an unusual and satisfying Christmas tale. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
There is a Rumanian tradition of caroling, called colindat. Read full book review >
LET ME DO IT! by Janice Gibala-Broxholm
Released: March 1, 1994

For those hoping to raise self-reliant children, Katie's parents make fine role models: Katie's mom lets her pour the milk, then—after she spills it—quietly hands her a sponge and paper towels (the latter are not environmentally correct); Dad lets her hold the hose and only laughs and shows her how to turn off the water when he gets wet. Read full book review >
THUMBS UP, RICO! by Maria Testa
Released: March 1, 1994

"An upbeat story that will find many uses, as a hi-lo, a young reader, or a readaloud. (Fiction. 5-11)"
Rico, who has Down syndrome, creates a likable self-portrait in three brief chapters. ``The First Time I Met Caesar,'' he explains, the other boy called him ``Dummy'' and ridiculed his playing basketball, but after several encounters Rico's persistent cheerfulness—and real ability with the ball—enables the two to make friends. Read full book review >
SOMEDAY by Diane Paterson
Released: April 30, 1993

"Fun for all concerned. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
An animal story sparked with sly incongruities that give it a mellow humor. ``I like the beach,'' says Gull, rolling up his pants to wade, and he buys a boat—from a crow. Read full book review >
ABUELITA'S PARADISE by Carmen Santiago Nodar
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Also available in Spanish. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mourning her grandma (Abuelita), Marita sits in the rocker she wanted her to have, wraps herself in Abuelita's old blanket (inscribed ``para°so''), and remembers her stories about her island paradise: rural Puerto Rico. Read full book review >