Books by Ellen B. Senisi

Released: July 1, 2010

"Still, a nifty introduction. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
This dos-à-dos photo-essay plays off the old saw, "If you dig a hole deep enough, you'll reach China," to present a representative day in kindergarten classrooms in Schenectady, N.Y., and Beijing. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2008

"Very attractive but flawed. (foreword, timeline, glossary, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
This complex mixture of history and stories from seven important periods in the life of the Forbidden City attempts to bring that astonishing place directly to young readers. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"But, packaged with a CD recording of the band's signature song plus seven more cuts done by partial line-ups, this account of their efforts makes inspiring reading for young performers tempted to try for the limelight themselves. (CD) (Nonfiction. YA)"
What does it take to play Amateur Night at the renowned Apollo Theater? Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"This title may be useful for sensitizing children to those with special needs, but it could have been so much better. (Picture book. 5-8)"
First graders in Moses's class are asked to write about a friend in this didactic story about children with special needs. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2001

"Where additional craft titles are wanted, this is an attractive supplemental purchase. (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
A dozen nature craft projects are displayed in vivid, color photographs, as the author/photographer of Hooray for Pre-K (2000) here explores finding and making colors from nature. Read full book review >
HURRAY FOR PRE-K! by Ellen B. Senisi
Released: Aug. 31, 2000

"A vibrant, honest book that will soothe anxious newcomers and generate enthusiasm for their exciting foray into academia. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Colorful photographs combined with brief text give young readers a taste of pre-kindergarten. Read full book review >
READING GROWS by Ellen B. Senisi
Released: April 1, 1999

"A note for parents and caregivers offers concise instructions for turning children into readers—a practical primer that concludes the book perfectly. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-9)"
Using sharp, cheerful, full-color photographs of young people, from toddlers to teenagers, Senisi (Just Kids, 1998, etc.) illustrates her premise that "Reading grows—bit by bit." Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Despite an out-dated, text-heavy design and long paragraphs of explanation, Senisi's book makes the special-needs children real, not worthy of pity, but just their measure of respect. (Picture book. 8-11)"
On the school playground, Cindy snaps at Ashley: ``Don't touch me! Read full book review >
All in a Rainforest Day by Ellen B. Senisi

"A big win for classroom use or individual research thanks to its captivating photos and smooth introductions of new concepts."
An accessible introduction to rain forests of the world by Senisi (Steel Drumming at the Apollo, 2015, etc.) featuring immersive animal and plant photographs by Marent (Butterflies, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >