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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

``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

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

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

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

"Softly focused, vividly colored illustrations complement the text, capturing sensations and delight with equal skill. More detailed than many other beach-experience books; evocative, but not outstandingly so. (Poetry/Picture book. 4-8)

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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 >