Books by Holly Meade

Caldecott Honoree Holly Meade begins her children's-book projects with lots of sketches. Painting, stamping and finally collaging get her to her finished illustrations. Kirkus called her latest book, If I Never Forever Endeavor, "[a]n irresistible invitation to test those wings and fly," in a starred review. Meade lives and works on the coast of Maine.


IN THE SEA by David Elliott
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"This mix of clever poems, handsome art and well-chosen typography, despite a few minor flaws, will function equally well for bedtime sharing and early-learning settings. (Picture book/poetry. 3-6)"
This third pairing of Elliott's reductive poems and Meade's bold woodcut-and-watercolor illustrations dives deep to explore sea creatures, from tiny shrimp to the mighty blue whale. Read full book review >
NAAMAH AND THE ARK AT NIGHT by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"This captivating interpretation creates a remarkable partner for Noah, who uses her special talent in a memorable way. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The animals march along two by two in most Noah's Ark stories, but Noah's partner is often missing altogether. In this unusual interpretation of one of the most popular Bible stories, it's Noah's wife who is the star as she sings the arkful of animals to sleep. Read full book review >
IF I NEVER FOREVER ENDEAVOR by Holly  Meade
ADVENTURE
Released: April 11, 2011

To fly or not to fly is the question for a little bird weighing the pros and cons of launching into the unknown. Read full book review >
IN THE WILD by David Elliott
POETRY
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

A stunning combination of poems and illustrations celebrating some of Earth's wildest and most beautiful creatures. Read full book review >

AND THEN COMES HALLOWEEN by Tom Brenner
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2009

A present-tense evocation of the season leads ineluctably to Halloween: "WHEN neighbors rake fallen leaves into piles, / and the sky is that certain deep blue, / and bins of pumpkins arrive at the grocery store… / THEN bring one home and scoop and carve…." Read full book review >

ON THE FARM by David Elliott
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

Energetic woodcuts accompany playfully simple poems as they give young readers an engaging tour of the barnyard. Read full book review >

VIRGINNIE’S HAT by Dori Chaconas
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2007

Illustrations outshine text in this tale of thwarted predation. Read full book review >

SKY SWEEPER by Phillis Gershator
FICTION
Released: April 9, 2007

Young Takeboki takes a job as a Flower Keeper. Read full book review >

INSIDE, INSIDE, INSIDE by Holly  Meade
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2005

Stilted text and a convoluted concept cause this latest effort from Meade to flounder. Read full book review >

PEEK! by Minfong Ho
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

From the Caldecott Honor-winning team of Hush! Read full book review >

BLUE BOWL DOWN by C.M. Millen
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 1, 2004

A mother speaks rhythmically to her small child, using repetition and old-fashioned phrasing: "Lift your arms up, little baby. . . . Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: May 1, 2003

Poor Theodore Elephant is hobbled—an injured leg means he can't meet his cousin at the edge of the forest. Read full book review >

ON MORNING WINGS by Reeve Lindbergh
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

Lindbergh first recast Psalm 139 in simple, rhymed couplets in her anthology In Every Tiny Grain of Sand (2000). Read full book review >

GOOSE’S STORY by Cari Best
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2002

Early one spring, a girl is delighted when a flock of Canada geese arrive in her yard, but she is stricken when she realizes one of the geese has an injured foot. Read full book review >

A PLACE TO SLEEP by Holly  Meade
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

An assortment of animals and two children choose where to snooze in this colorful, oversized picture book. Read full book review >

QUEENIE FARMER HAD FIFTEEN DAUGHTERS by Ann Campbell
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2001

The author of the provocative Dora's Box (1998) writes a rollicking and rhythmic maternal tale. Read full book review >

WHEN PAPA SNORES by Melinda Long
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

In this hoot of a picture book, a young girl describes the racket created whenever her grandparents snore. Read full book review >

JOHN WILLY AND FREDDY McGEE by Holly  Meade
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

Meade (Minfong Ho's Hush!, 1996, etc.) solos for this fine adventure about John Willy and Freddy McGee, guinea pigs whose caged existence is boring. Read full book review >

BOSS OF THE PLAINS by Laurie Carlson
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1998

Carlson celebrates the crowning (so to speak) achievement of John Batterson Stetson, a Philadelphia hatmaker who went West for his health in the 1850s and invented the emblematic piece of cowboy gear still identified with him, heavy enough to keep off the rain, wide enough to block the sun, tough enough to stand years of abuse—or, as some said, ``you can smell it across a room, but you just can't wear it out.'' Meade surrounds this lively odyssey with a kaleidoscope of brightly painted collage cowboy scenes, taking her ruddy-bearded artisan from his boyhood home in New Jersey to the gold fields of Pikes Peak, then back East where he found his fortune at last. Read full book review >

COCOA ICE by Diana Appelbaum
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

In the late 19th century, American schooners brought ice, refined sugar, and other goods to Santo Domingo to exchange for cocoa and coffee beans, and out of that Appelbaum spins a fine story of two children who love chocolate ices. In the tropical summer of the island, a girl helps her parents collect, harvest, and prepare cocoa beans, which require a lot of coaxing before the transcendent chocolate flavor is released. Read full book review >

PIE'S IN THE OVEN by Betty G. Birney
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

A sweet celebration of family and friends. Read full book review >

HUSH! by Minfong Ho
by Minfong Ho, illustrated by Holly Meade
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 1, 1996

From the author of A Clay Marble (1991), a charming, repetitive rhyme (subtitled ``A Thai Lullaby'') in which a mother shushes all the creatures, from a tiny mosquito to a huge elephant, in and around her thatch-roofed house so that her baby can sleep in the blue cloth hammock. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

Another happy collaboration from the producers of This Is the Hat (1992), this time a trip around all seven continents to show animal and human mothers (but no fathers!) crooning to their sleepy babies. Read full book review >

RATA-PATA-SCATA-FATA by Phillis Gershator
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

A sunny, well-shaped tale about little Junjun, who'd rather dream than do the tasks his busy mother asks him to do. Read full book review >

THIS IS THE HAT by Nancy van Laan
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

Van Laan (Possum Come a-Knockin', 1990) tells another story with a rambunctious lilt: a circular tale about a hat, dropped by an old man, put to amusing uses by a variety of humans and other creatures before getting back to its original owner. Read full book review >