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
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 >
Released: April 11, 2011

"An irresistible invitation to test those wings and fly. (Picture book. 4-8)"
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
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"The poems, though they employ some sophisticated vocabulary, are short and direct, a feature that will demonstrate to verse-averse young readers that poetry can be powerful and pleasurable without being too complicated or threatening. (Picture book/poetry. 4-10)"
A stunning combination of poems and illustrations celebrating some of Earth's wildest and most beautiful creatures. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2009

"The way Halloween should be. (Picture book. 4-8)"
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
Released: March 1, 2008

"Farmyard books are a dime a dozen, but this one is a worthwhile addition, for those poems that reach beyond the ordinary and for the good-natured illustrations that complement them. (Picture book/poetry. 2-5)"
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
Released: May 1, 2007

"A cryin' shame. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Illustrations outshine text in this tale of thwarted predation. Read full book review >
SKY SWEEPER by Phillis Gershator
Released: April 9, 2007

"Includes an explanatory note on Japanese gardens. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Young Takeboki takes a job as a Flower Keeper. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2005

"Truly a book caught betwixt and between, this is hard put to be placed inside any category. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Stilted text and a convoluted concept cause this latest effort from Meade to flounder. Read full book review >
PEEK! by Minfong Ho
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Young readers will delight in finding the little girl and her umbrella hiding in each luscious, sun-drenched scene. (Picture book. 3-6)"
From the Caldecott Honor-winning team of Hush! Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2004

"Sweet and wonderful to read aloud. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A mother speaks rhythmically to her small child, using repetition and old-fashioned phrasing: "Lift your arms up, little baby. . . . Read full book review >
THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR by Florence Parry Heide
Released: May 1, 2003

"That's what friends are for!' (Picture book. 3-8)"
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
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"There is a certain heaviness to the beat of the couplet format, but that is mitigated somewhat by pictorial clarity and sincere reverence. (Picture book. 4-8)"
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
Released: May 1, 2002

"Quietly joyful, satisfyingly optimistic. (Picture book. 5-8)"
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
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"An interesting experiment that doesn't succeed. (Picture book/poetry. 3-6)"
An assortment of animals and two children choose where to snooze in this colorful, oversized picture book. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2001

"Go Queenie. (Picture book. 3-7)"
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
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Lively fun. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In this hoot of a picture book, a young girl describes the racket created whenever her grandparents snore. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Particularly remarkable is how Meade, through impressive cut-paper pictures, captures the guinea pigs in their vacant, caged stage, and then, with little anthropomorphization, fashions two personable adventurers, full of brio. (Picture book. 3-8)"
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
Released: April 1, 1998

"Steer readers who want to know more about Stetson, or about western fashion in general, to M. Jean Greenlaw's Ranch Dressing (1993). (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
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
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A tasty treat. (Picture book. 5-10)"
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. Read full book review >
PIE'S IN THE OVEN by Betty G. Birney
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Meade's sky-blue outlined collages are childlike and appealing, as bright as hand- painted pottery and just as welcoming as the text. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A sweet celebration of family and friends. Read full book review >
HUSH! by Minfong Ho
by Minfong Ho, illustrated by Holly Meade
Released: March 1, 1996

"A sure winner. (Picture book. 2-6)"
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 >
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"An unusual and very beautiful bedtime book. (Picture book. 1-5)"
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
Released: April 1, 1994

"Meade's torn-paper collages—rough, white-bordered areas of radiant tropical hues- -are the perfect complement to an engagingly cadenced story that will be just right for sharing aloud. (Picture book. 4-8)"
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
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A good choice for the preschool group. (Picture book. 2-6)"
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 >