Books by Hiroe Nakata

NOT THAT TUTU! by Michelle Sinclair Colman
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Attracted by the little tulle tutu on the cover, little ones seeking a ballet-themed tale may be disappointed, but this outing will resonate with any youngster who has worn a favorite outfit to shreds. (Board book. 2-4)"
Taylor, with a recognizably preschool fashion sense, wears her tutu everywhere. Read full book review >
ALL OF BABY, NOSE TO TOES by Victoria Adler
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2009

"This intuitive picture book exposes children to the beauty of language, their bodies and a communal expression of love. (Picture book. 0-3)"
Speech pathologist Adler harnesses her knowledge of language to introduce baby's cutest body parts (all of them) through playful sounds, words, beats and rhyme. Read full book review >
DUCK DUNKS by Lynne Berry
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2008

"After a read or three, listeners will chant right along, hoping there are more outings planned for this ducky family. (Picture book. 2-5)"
"Ducks in swimsuits. One with a float / One with a kite and cakes in a tote. / Five with towels—one towel each! / Five little ducks on their way to the beach." Read full book review >
SHOE BOP! by Marilyn Singer
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2008

"This sparkling tale serves as a fun introduction to poetry as well as a paean to the undeniable appeal of new shoes. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
Singer weaves a collection of fanciful poems into a clever salute to shoes. Read full book review >
TWO IS FOR TWINS by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2006

"Each illustration sports a plethora of pairs (snails, swings, braids, etc.) to discover and to help master the number two. (Picture book. 2-5)"
"Twins are two-er than anyone." Read full book review >
BABY SHOES by Dashka Slater
COLORS
Released: May 1, 2006

"Fast-moving rhyme and playful illustrations invite kids on the go to scuff, scrape and have a blast breaking them in. (Picture book. 2-6)"
What happens when an active toddler gets a pair of brand-new shows? Read full book review >
MOMMY IN MY POCKET by Carol Hunt Senderak
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2006

"Additional fare when compared with the classic Will I Have a Friend, by Miriam Cohen (1967), or the popular The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn (1993). (Picture book. 3-5)"
Separation anxiety can be a factor for both mommy and child when anticipating the first day of school. Read full book review >
WINTER FRIENDS by Mary Quattlebaum
POETRY
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"Not essential, but fun. (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)"
An uneven collection of poems tells the story of one winter day spent playing outside and making new friends. Read full book review >
DUCK SKATES by Lynne Berry
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Storytimers will have just one word for you when you finish this: AGAIN! (Picture book. 3-5)"
Five ducklings could not be more excited over the hefty snowfall outside their windows. Read full book review >
OCEAN BABIES by Deborah Lee Rose
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2005

"A touching look at birth and perfect for reminiscing about the births of loved ones. (resource list) (Picture book. 3-7)"
A beautiful peek at the marine circle of life. Read full book review >
UP! by Kristine O'Connell George
FICTION
Released: March 28, 2005

"George's bubbly tale is just the right thing to capture a bustling toddler's attention. (Picture book. 2-4)"
George deftly captures the frenetic life that is toddlerhood in this sprightly outing designed primarily as a concept tale to convey the notion of "up." Read full book review >
PAJAMAS ANYTIME by Marsha Hayles
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Fittingly illustrated by pajama designer Nakata, this looks to be a fun choice for bedtime, but the slight story makes it a title most libraries can do without. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A little pajama-clad boy recalls special times through out the year when he can wear his cozy and colorful pajamas. Read full book review >
GOT TO DANCE by M.C. Helldorfer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 11, 2004

"The story strains for agility and comes across as rather pedestrian, but the bouncy illustrations are full of razzle-dazzle that fulfills the promise of the title. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Nakata's joyously exuberant watercolor illustrations flow gracefully throughout this story of an African-American child's summer day filled with playful dance movements. Read full book review >
TELL ME MY STORY, MAMA by Deb Lund
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2004

"Warm-hearted and compassionate, this tale is ideal for sharing with expectant siblings, who will appreciate this subtle reminder of their own individuality. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Awaiting the arrival of her sibling, a young toddler is regaled with tales of the story regarding her own birth. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING IS DIFFERENT AT NONNA’S HOUSE by Caron Lee Cohen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 19, 2003

"Nakata's fresh, dappled watercolors perfectly suit this story, with its apple-cheeked figures, flower-covered countryside, and lively cityscape that looks, with its yellow taxis and glimpse of the Empire State Building, just like a happy New York City. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A cheery tale in child-bright colors offers a city vs. country theme. Read full book review >
WHAT KIND OF KISS? by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"A warm and cozy depiction of the contented bliss of a well-loved child. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Osculation is the name of the game in this cheerful little tale packed full of love. Read full book review >
THE GARDEN THAT WE GREW by Joan Holub
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

Holub (Scat, Cats!, above, etc.) uses a rhyming, patterned text to follow a group of five young children experiencing the growth cycle with pumpkins, from planting seeds all the way through to jack-o'-lanterns, pumpkin bread, and seeds saved for next year's garden. Read full book review >
DON’T STEP ON THE SKY by Miriam Chaikin
POETRY
Released: April 1, 2001

"EWSLUGp1998. (Poetry. 6-10)"
Chaikin (Clouds of Glory, 1998, etc.) defines haiku in traditional form in her introduction and goes on to say that today haiku does not always follow that three-line, seventeen-syllable model. Read full book review >
LUCKY PENNIES AND HOT CHOCOLATE by Carol Diggory Shields
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"A good read-aloud selection for the younger crowd and a nice addition to grandparents' collections of books to share. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Anticipating the visit of a favorite person is half the fun. Read full book review >