Books by Dubravka Kolanovic

GOD LOVES YOU, LITTLE ONE by Samantha Sweeney
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2019

"This book contains pretty much what you'd expect. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
Anthropomorphized woodland creatures celebrate God's love and guidance in a child's life. Read full book review >
THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE by Dubravka Kolanovic
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Still, those willing to overlook these annoyances will find this title acceptable. (Board book. 2-5)"
Starting with the traditional "All Things Bright and Beautiful" and ending with "Now the Day is Over," this collection of 10 Christian hymns, songs and prayers is aimed at parents wanting to pass on their faiths. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE RAINDROP by Joanna Gray
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2014

"Even the youngest children don't deserve this degree of dumbing down. (Informational picture book. 4-6)"
Little Raindrop journeys from cloud to sea and back again. Read full book review >
BABY BADGER'S WONDERFUL NIGHT by Karen  Saunders
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2011

Saunders makes her debut with a tender story about how Papa Badger helps Baby Badger get over his fear of the dark. As the sun goes down, the young one becomes afraid. Papa tells him, "The night is wonderful. Let me show you." When Baby worries about getting lost in the dark, Papa points out that the bright North Star "will always guide you back home." And so the conversation continues, with Papa pointing out the magical qualities of the night while Baby begins to feel more safe and full of wonder. Kolanovic's palette of pastels in a soft spectrum of blues and greens, accented with luminous yellow for the moon and stars, has a soft, cozy feel that further creates a sense of calm security. When the palette gradually changes to pinks and yellows, the sun has come up, signaling bedtime for the nocturnal badgers. (Logically minded children will wonder how it is that an animal that typically stays up all night comes to be afraid of the dark.) This story, perhaps too quiet for some, succeeds in showcasing a charming father/child relationship and is a good choice for a cuddly storytime with a preschooler struggling with nighttime fears. (Picture book. 2-4)Read full book review >
WHAT BEAR LIKES BEST! by Alison Ritchie
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

Bear, a joy-filled creature, is having a lovely relaxing time traipsing through a chalky bright meadow with nothing to do but rest, splash, scratch, swing and skip. His bucolic world is enticing him, but he's in trouble with bee who wants to collect pollen, mole who wants to dig, heron who wants to fish, fox who wants to sleep and woodpecker who wants to peck holes. Why? Because they are busy, and bear is in the way. Each distressed animal's complaint is in almost the same words creating a cumulative tale, simple to follow and enjoy. Bear is likable and responds sympathetically to each animal's protest. Finally, the animals recognize how much fun he is. In her sunny scenes, Kolanovic sprinkles humorous touches throughout; for instance, one of the fish who escaped heron sticks out its tongue and spits, "blah." Playing with friends really is the thing to like best. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >
WAKE UP, SLEEPY HEAD! by Mandy Ross
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

Animated by inventive rhymes and varied rhythms, this import—companion to Animal Lullabies (2003)—makes a perfect tool for getting young sleepyheads up and going. Generally urged on by animal parents, a range of creatures from familiar farmyard denizens to jellyfish, slugs, a baby skunk—"Sleeping sound, stinking sweet, / My little skunkadee. / Such a shame to wake you, / My little stinkaree"—sloths, spiders, even an ammonite ("I'm an ammonite / Curled up tight / All day / And all night.") face the new day. Kolanovic adds plenty of smiling, dot-eyed figures in pastel-toned natural settings. A sweet reminder that poetry is as satisfying to hear in the morning as it is at bedtime. (Picture book/poetry. 4-6)Read full book review >