Books by Dianna Hutts Aston

DREAM SOMETHING BIG by Dianna Hutts Aston
FICTION
Released: Aug. 18, 2011

"It was one man's dream to recreate beautiful buildings remembered from his childhood in Italy as a gift to the community. That dream became a National Landmark for all to treasure, and this book brings it to children everywhere. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Using his hands, simple tools and found pieces of glass, tile and steel, a reclusive Italian immigrant assembled and built the extraordinary Watts Towers in southern California. Read full book review >
A BUTTERFLY IS PATIENT by Dianna Hutts Aston
ANIMALS
Released: May 18, 2011

"Similar butterfly albums abound, but none show these most decorative members of the insect clan to better advantage. (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
Another interwoven flight of poetry, natural history and lovely art from the creators of An Egg Is Quiet (2006) and A Seed Is Sleepy (2007). Read full book review >
THE MOON OVER STAR by Dianna Hutts Aston
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"While the family is African-American, there is no explicit connection to the historical Jemison, rendering this tale gorgeously universal. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Twenty-three years before Mae Jemison became the first African-American woman to travel into space, a young girl living in the small Southern town of Star anxiously awaits the first step of a man on the moon. Read full book review >
NOT SO TALL FOR SIX by Dianna Hutts Aston
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Caring, not cloying. (Picture book. 4-8)"
For children, size is a status symbol. Read full book review >
AN ORANGE IN JANUARY by Dianna Hutts Aston
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A good springboard for discussing food's origins for the youngest listeners. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Pint-sized consumers follow an orange as it travels from blossom to truck to store and finally to lunch box in this look at how we get a taste of sunshine in the midst of wintry weather. Read full book review >
MAMA OUTSIDE, MAMA INSIDE by Dianna Hutts Aston
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

"A gentle reminder of nature's parallels. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A pretty book with a pretty conceit: A young pregnant mother prepares for her baby as the bluebird outside her window builds a nest and hatches her eggs. Read full book review >
MAMA’S WILD CHILD/PAPA’S WILD CHILD by Dianna Hutts Aston
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Nicely done. (Picture book. 2-6)"
While one among many in the "If I were your . . . Read full book review >
WHEN YOU WERE BORN by Dianna Hutts Aston
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Sure to have a huge audience. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Welcome-baby books make for joy when not squashed by gooey sentimentality, and this one works. Read full book review >
LOONY LITTLE by Dianna Hutts Aston
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

Aston adds a pointed environmental message to this inventive variation on the story of Chicken Little. Read full book review >