Books by Emily Bolam

THE LION BIBLE FOR ME by Christina Goodings
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"There aren't many collections of Bible stories for young children with such a concise text and attractive illustrations, and this could be used in creative ways with a wide age-range of children. (Picture book/religion. 3-7)"
A concise introduction to most of the best-known stories from the Christian Bible, with bright, cheery illustrations and a small trim designed for younger children. Read full book review >
I CAN SAY A PRAYER by Sophie Piper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A pleasant but not essential introduction to the concept of integrating prayer into daily life. (Picture book/religion. 2-5)"
Preschoolers incorporate prayer into their daily activities in this collection of 12 short prayers. Read full book review >
COUNTING by Emily  Bolam
by Emily Bolam, illustrated by Emily Bolam
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"Both beautiful and baby-centric—a lovely package. (3-12 mos.)"
One giraffe, two tigers, three Dalmatians, four sea turtles and five tropical fish array themselves with splendid, striking clarity over the pages of this brief gem. Read full book review >
LOTS AND LOTS by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2008

"A winner."
The tricky concept of relative number receives a cheery elucidation in this oversized board book. Read full book review >
DOES A SEAL SMILE? by Fred Ehrlich
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"With some help, though, children will come to appreciate the differences and similarities between human and animal behavior and understand the basics of how members of different cultures greet one another as well. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Does a seal smile? Read full book review >
BUZZY HAD A LITTLE LAMB by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

"That's what school is all about, Ziefert suggests in her subdued way: learning to use the old bean in new and constructive ways. (Picture book. 2-5)"
How do you cope when the thing you depend on for your security can't come with you to school? Read full book review >
YOU’RE TOO BIG! by Simon Puttock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2004

"Baby Hueys everywhere will appreciate the comfort and recognition. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A proverbial bull in the china shop, Elephant charges enthusiastically into Playschool—only to create a series of mishaps, from knocking over Lion's carefully stacked blocks and squashing Hyena's book to breaking the swing. Read full book review >
BUZZY’S BOO-BOO by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2004

"Then again, this little read may be just what the doctor ordered. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Ziefert and Bolam team up again in this short but sweet foray into the bumpy landscape of childhood tumbles. Read full book review >
DOES A DUCK HAVE A DADDY? by Fred Erlich
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2004

"Choose Marion Dane Bauer's If You Were Born a Kitten (1997) instead. (Picture book/nonfiction. 2-5)"
It's difficult to say much against these related titles, but it's also difficult to praise them. Read full book review >
DOWN IN THE DAISIES by Lucy Coats
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2003

"In every kind of weather!' (Picture book. 3-5)"
With a rhyme constructed along the lines of "Over in the Meadow" and big, very simple paintings, Coats takes toddlers and post-toddlers on a tour of animal families in various climes. Read full book review >
GOTCHA, LOUIE! by H.M. Ehrlich
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2002

"This jolly little tale heralds a welcome return for Louie and his faithful red rooster, adding a sprinkling of summer fun to brighten someone's day—regardless of the season. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Louie and his favorite stuffed goose return for a seaside adventure. Read full book review >
MURPHY MEETS THE TREADMILL by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Well, maybe, but there's no denying Murphy's charm, nor Ziefert's infectious, lighthearted spirit, which Bolam snares with her simple, rosy paintings. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Ziefert and Bolam (Clara Ann Cookie, Go to Bed, not reviewed, etc.) have combined their talents again to introduce Murphy, the burly yellow Labrador who loves to eat. Read full book review >
GOIN’ TO BOSTON by H. Ellen Margolin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2001

"While there is some merit to having simple songs available in picture books for group sing-alongs and the repetition will encourage joining in, an unfortunate coupling of rather plain illustrations with a very, very long song may limit the audience. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Riding along, a little girl inspires a parade of people as she travels by bicycle to visit Boston Common. Read full book review >
BEARUM SCARUM by Vic Parker
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"There is an excellent combination in these pages of the mildly hair-raising with the humorous, a kind of slapstick for the very young, as the hunters set traps while oblivious to the fact that they are the quarry. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A lighthearted countdown in which a bear and his buddies elude the bumblings of a troop of hunters. Read full book review >
ONE SMILING SISTER by Lucy Coats
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Lively rhymes about fun activities combined with spirited pictures make this one young readers will want to hear over and again. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Exuberant rhymes describe an energetic preschooler's day in this colorful counting book. Read full book review >
BEAROBICS by Vic Parker
by Vic Parker, illustrated by Emily Bolam
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Frenetic and fun. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This counting book, its tribal rhythm pounding through its rhyming, typographic lines, is truly aerobics on the page. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC PORRIDGE POT by Harriet Ziefert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"It's just not much fun; the confines of the form, worked to such advantage by Minarik, Lobel, and Rylant (and Nola Buck—see review, above), make for a flat-footed telling here, and since most children know a version of the tale, there's no suspense to engage them. (Fiction/folklore. 4- 7)"
With beginning readers in mind, Ziefert (The Tweeny-Tiny Woman, 1995, etc.) retells the traditional story of the magic pot that won't stop cooking in this entry in the Easy-to-Read series. Read full book review >
THE ELEPHANT'S CHILD by Rudyard Kipling
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"There is no excuse for tampering with it. (Incidentally, this is Bolam's debut, and she looks like a promising illustrator: vigorous bold line and vibrant, sophisticated colors in collage- like blocks.) (Picture book. Not recommended for any age—it's not all right, Best Beloved. Do you see?)"
No, no, and, again, no! Read full book review >