Books by Elizabeth Sayles

ANNE FRANK'S CHESTNUT TREE by Jane Kohuth
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"A sensitive introduction to a young woman whose words continue to live. (bibliography, author's note) (Early reader/biography. 6-12)"
This brief but powerful introduction to Anne Frank's life uses a format suitable for both newly independent readers and older readers who need simplified text. Read full book review >
HOW DOES SLEEP COME? by Jeanne C.  Blackmore
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Any number of sleepy bedtime tales are sleepier and bedtimier than this. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A sleepy-bye story that doesn't work on any number of levels, despite Jacob's starry blanket and sweet-faced mama. Read full book review >
MOON CHILD by Nadia Krilanovich
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

This charming bedtime lullaby gives readers a new way of looking at the moon as they follow a raccoon, an owl and an otter in their nighttime rambles. Read full book review >
THE VERY LITTLE PRINCESS by Marion Dane Bauer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 23, 2010

"Sayles's final art not seen. (Doll fantasy. 6-9)"
Imagine you're a four-foot-tall girl visiting a Grandmother that you never knew you had and you find a beautiful, 100-year-old doll that comes alive in your hands. Read full book review >
IN THE NIGHT GARDEN by Barbara Joosse
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"This lovely tale is bound to be a favorite request at bedtime. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Three girls use the power of their imaginations to transform themselves. Read full book review >
MOTHER’S SONG by Ellin Greene
Released: March 17, 2008

"Readers will have to decide for themselves whether this one is archaic or timeless. (Picture book. 0-3)"
Greene, respected folklorist, storyteller and early-childhood expert, revives a 19th-century English nursery love song originally penned by the Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould in 1895. Read full book review >
THE GOLDFISH YAWNED by Elizabeth Sayles
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Lovely. (Picture book. 4-6)"
At least partly in homage to "Wynken, Blynken and Nod," Sayles sends a young child on a rhymed dream voyage aboard a toy boat, past a "sock and sneaker reef," through the bedroom window and out to a garden, where "Raccoons tumbled. / An owl ho-o-o-oted" and a banjo-accompanied chorus of "Crickets began to sing!" Read full book review >
I ALREADY KNOW I LOVE YOU by Billy Crystal
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2004

"A much better choice would be Harriet Ziefert's Waiting for Baby (1998). (Picture book. 4-8)"
Another celebrity author misses his audience. Read full book review >
WON’T PAPA BE SURPRISED! by Terri Cohlene
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2003

"Ribbon imagery is woven well throughout illustrations and text, making this Father's Day story a favorite any day of the year. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Mikele and her Papa share a special Sunday together eating oatmeal, gardening, fixing the front step, hanging a fish-like windsock, washing the car, and finally enjoying a honey cake and tea break while they exchange presents for Father's Day. Read full book review >
JEOFFRY’S CHRISTMAS by Mary Bryant Bailey
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 14, 2002

"Nature-loving parents may particularly appreciate a Christmas story that focuses on providing sustenance for those less fortunate. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In her first work for children, Bailey provides a rhyming text about an orange-striped cat that catches a ride in Santa's sleigh. Read full book review >
MILLIONS OF SNOWFLAKES by Mary McKenna Siddals
FICTION
Released: Sept. 21, 1998

"A sparkling salute to the frosty season. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Siddals (Tell Me a Season, 1997) again looks to nature for inspiration in her tale of seasonal delight. Read full book review >
THIS MESS by Pam Conrad
Released: April 1, 1998

"With friendly clutter in every corner of each scene, and the agreeable patterns in the children's clothing, Sayles gives readers plenty to pore over and their own ideas about how to make a room "better." (Picture book. 4-8)"
A winsome, wacky look at what happens when a father instructs his three children to "make this room look better." Read full book review >
THE MARVELOUS TOY by Tom Paxton
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"While her invention can never live up to the imaginary pictures readers will have installed in their minds, it certainly comes close. (Picture book. 5+)"
 ``It went ZIP went it moved/And BOP when it stopped/And WHIRR when it stood still./I never knew just what it was,/And I guess I never will.'' That refrain appears periodically in a tale of a father's childhood toy, which he passes on to his son when the time is right. Read full book review >
NOT IN THE HOUSE, NEWTON! by Judith Heide Gilliland
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 23, 1995

"Not a new idea—look to Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon (1958) and Anthony Browne's The Little Bear Book (1989)—but here it's particularly joyful. (Picture book. 5-8)"
 Newton happens across a red, red crayon that fairly hums with magic. Read full book review >
MOLLY AND THE PRINCE by Mary Pope Osborne
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Dog lovers and lovers of magic will respond to this brief but intense idyll. (Picture book. 6-8)"
 A friendly dog leads young Molly deep into the woods, where a summer evening's magic awaits her. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT CROSSING by Karen Ackerman
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"B&w illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7-10)"
 With the air of family history reshaped as fiction, a Jewish family's escape on foot from Innsbruck to Switzerland just after Hitler's 1938 annexation of Austria. Read full book review >
BUNGALOW FUNGALOW by Pegi Deitz Shea
FICTION
Released: April 22, 1991

"More detailed than many other beach-experience books; evocative, but not outstandingly so. (Poetry/Picture book. 4-8)"
 In a nicely cadenced present-tense narrative arranged as verse, Billy describes a weeklong visit to Nana and Pop-Pop at the Jersey shore, from invitation to driving home. Read full book review >