Books by Erica Silverman

JACK (NOT JACKIE) by Erica Silverman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Although this picture book provides a necessary message of acceptance and representation for transgender boys, the narrative remains rooted in a cisgender perspective. (further reading) (Picture book. 3-7)"
A big sister learns a lesson about loving her transgender brother for who he is. Read full book review >
WAKE UP, CITY! by Erica Silverman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A different view of a city (and of getting to school) than is usually presented, this is sure to be a hit, in rural and urban areas alike. (Picture book. 4-8)"
As a young girl and her father journey to an easily guessed destination, the sun rises and the city starts it day. Read full book review >
LET'S HAVE A PARADE by Erica Silverman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 2, 2015

"Emerging readers looking for a just-right book for reading fun will welcome this new series and its heroine. (Early reader. 4-9)"
Bright-eyed Lana's big imagination draws her whole family into her play. Read full book review >
COWGIRL KATE AND COCOA by Erica Silverman
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"Just right for the new reader who loves horses. (Early reader. 5-8)"
It was only a matter of time before Cocoa would get bored with barn life. Read full book review >
THERE WAS A WEE WOMAN... by Erica Silverman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2008

"A fun-filled romp bound to become a favorite. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Sometimes a shoe just isn't big enough for a whole family, even a miniature one, especially when said family consists of a mother, five children and a multitude of pets (including a cow). Read full book review >
COWGIRL KATE AND COCOA by Erica Silverman
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2007

"Yee-haw for Kate and Cocoa—and for all the readers who will learn to read right along with them. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Cowgirl Kate and her sensitive and lovable horse, Cocoa, are back in this third installment of the popular series for young readers. Read full book review >
COWGIRL KATE AND COCOA by Erica Silverman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Both girls and boys will enjoy this fresh new series, another winner in the publisher's stable of excellent books for emergent readers. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
After garnering a well-deserved Geisel Honor medal for their first adventure, Kate and her wiseacre talking horse Cocoa kick up their heels and hooves in another satisfying romp. Read full book review >
COWGIRL KATE AND COCOA by Erica Silverman
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"The humorous text, warm friendship between horse and owner and captivating illustrations add up to a cowgirl and 'cowhorse' with enough star power to ride the range together in subsequent sequels. (Easy reader. 6-9)"
Kate is a confident and resourceful little girl with her own talking horse in this easy reader written at the fluency level for children who are reading on their own but not quite ready for longer fiction. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 11, 2005

"Although most in the audience will be unfamiliar with Aleichem, they will identify with the child's dual wishes to please his father and to excel. (author's note, afterword, sources) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
A picture-book biography of Sholom Aleichem focuses not on his work as an adult, but on how the child grew to become the writer. Read full book review >
WHEN THE CHICKENS WENT ON STRIKE by Erica Silverman
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2003

"Satirical and absurdly appropriate for this ludicrous and outdated rite. (Folklore. 5-9)"
Silverman adapts a story from Sholom Aleichem featuring Kapores, the old Eastern European Jewish ceremonial custom of twirling a chicken in order to erase one's bad deeds on the last day of Rosh Hashanah. Read full book review >
FOLLOW THE LEADER by Erica Silverman
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 15, 2000

"The possibilities are limitless in this imaginative romp, which will have readers eagerly anticipating their own follow-the-leader adventures. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The classic child's game of follow-the-leader springs to life in a convivial tale of sibling play. Read full book review >
RAISEL'S RIDDLE by Erica Silverman
Released: March 2, 1999

"Graber's illustrations are the perfectly complement, embodying Raisel's transformation from a life of servitude to one of riches 'more precious than rubies.' (Picture book. 5-8)"
Silverman (The Halloween House, 1997, etc.) tells of Raisel, an orphan girl who is raised by her scholarly grandfather until his death; three wishes from an old beggar woman allow Raisel to attend the Purim play dressed as Queen Esther, where she captures the attention of the rabbi's son. Read full book review >
THE HALLOWEEN HOUSE by Erica Silverman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 1997

"Booooooo''-ing cast, without fear of nightmares when it's time for bed. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A natural candidate for reading aloud, this book puts a Halloween twist on a familiar counting rhyme: ``In the Halloween house,/in a dark dingy den,/a papa werewolf crouched/with his little ones ten.'' Silverman (Mrs. Peachtree's Bicycle, 1996, etc.) populates her creaky mansion with tried and true creatures, both natural and supernatural: baby vampires, worms, spiders, witches, monsters, ghosts, young skeletons, bats, etc. With splashy watercolors reminiscent of those in James Stevenson's Grandpa yarns, Agee not only creates a plotline—two escaped convicts spend a terrifying night touring the derelict place before dashing back to their cells—but depicts all the creepies as more cute than frightening, or at least harmless-looking. Read full book review >
MRS. PEACHTREE'S BICYCLE by Erica Silverman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

"Best of all, it maintains a light, breezy tone throughout, not only in the text, but in Beier's pictures, too. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This turn-of-the-century tale breaks stereotypes while teaching the value of determination. Read full book review >
GITTEL'S HANDS by Erica Silverman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1996

"Readers familiar with Passover traditions will love the story most; others will find the glossary a useful page for learning more. (Picture book/folklore. 7+)"
Elijah makes a miraculous appearance in this Passover tale of a boastful father and his wise and compassionate daughter, Gittel. Read full book review >
FIXING THE CRACK OF DAWN by Erica Silverman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1994

"The book's lovely, but it misses the point. (Fiction/Picture book. 3-7)"
Lisa's dad tells her that her mom, away on a business trip, will be home ``at the crack of dawn.'' Lisa misunderstands the turn of phrase, and she begins to fret that her mother won't be able to get home if morning is cracked and the sun can't come up. Read full book review >
MRS. PEACHTREE AND THE EIGHTH AVENUE CAT by Erica Silverman
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"Zelinsky's The Story of Mrs. Lovewright and Purrless Her Cat (1985) would make a pungent contrast. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Even Mrs. Peachtree's name belies her gruff exterior, so it's no surprise when she and a persistent stray cat reach affectionate accommodation; but it is satisfying. Read full book review >
BIG PUMPKIN by Erica Silverman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 1992

"A sure-fire addition to the Halloween shelf. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In a nicely cadenced variant on the cumulative tale about a turnip, a witch is vainly trying to tug a pumpkin off its vine in order to bake a pie. Read full book review >