Books by Gwendolyn Hooks

ONA JUDGE OUTWITS THE WASHINGTONS by Gwendolyn Hooks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2019

"A worthwhile story poorly told. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
A little-known true story of a slave sheds new light on George Washington and his family. Read full book review >
THE BUDDY BENCH by Gwendolyn Hooks
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 18, 2019

"An appealingly illustrated early reader that's strong on social message but rather weak on plot. (Early reader. 6-9)"
When Padma and her friends notice a lonely new boy at school, they make a plan to help him feel included. Read full book review >
THE GARDEN by Gwendolyn Hooks
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"A warmly inclusive book for growing new readers. (Early reader. 5-7)"
Diverse children work in a community garden. Read full book review >
MUSIC TIME by Gwendolyn Hooks
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2017

"An earnest and conscientious effort to add diversity to new readers' choices. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Set in the diverse urban neighborhood introduced by Paula Yoo and Ng-Benitez in Lily's New Home and Want to Play (both 2016), this newest entry focuses on Henry, a would-be rock-star drummer. Read full book review >
TINY STITCHES by Gwendolyn Hooks
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2016

"A good alternative to dense chapter biographies and a rousing tribute to a man unjustly forgotten. (notes, glossary, references) (Picture book. 7-12)"
Hooks (The Noisy Night, 2014, etc.) and Bootman (Hey, Charleston!, 2013, etc.) illuminate the trials and triumphs of Vivien Thomas and his vital role in the development of children's open-heart surgery.Read full book review >