Books by Janice N. Harrington

CATCHING A STORYFISH by Janice N. Harrington
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A gentle-spirited book about a black girl who almost gives up her gift but for love and friendship. (Verse novel. 8-12)"
Poet and storyteller Harrington offers a verse novel about a girl named Katharen, nicknamed Keet for the parakeetlike chattiness that her family loves, particularly her grandpa, an avid fisherman. Read full book review >
BUSY-BUSY LITTLE CHICK by Janice N. Harrington
Released: Feb. 19, 2013

"Potential confusion aside, this well-told and beautifully illustrated offering makes a distinctive addition to folklore collections. (author's note, glossary) (Picture book/folktale. 4-8)"
Based on a fable of the Nkundo people of Central Africa, this compelling tale brings home the message that if you want something done right—or at all—sometimes you have to do it yourself. Read full book review >
ROBERTO WALKS HOME by Janice N. Harrington
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The brotherly reconciliation at the end aptly caps this more-or-less respectful return to Keats's timeless characters. (Picture book. 6-8)"
"Based on characters created by Ezra Jack Keats"—whose name is the only one on the front cover and spine—this homage pairs a new urban tale with illustrations that draw on Keats's palette and collage style to create a similar look. Read full book review >
Released: April 5, 2007

"Contented clucks all around. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Never has the expression, "feathers will fly" been as aptly illustrated as in this vivacious story of an African-American farm girl who loves nothing more than chasing chickens. Read full book review >
GOING NORTH by Janice N. Harrington
Released: Sept. 8, 2004

"The impressionistic, color-rich paintings are as warm and expressive as the lyrical story, a nighttime view of the car's headlights and taillights cutting the midnight-blue darkness is as stunning as the full-bleed, double-page spread of big sky and cotton fields. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Any child who has ever faced the upheaval of a cross-country move will relate to this gorgeous, autobiographical picture-book poem about an African-American family that moves north from Alabama to Nebraska in 1964. Read full book review >