Books by Jen Hill

BE KIND by Pat Zietlow Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Lovely illustrations work with a somewhat heavy-handed message; effective more as instruction than story. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This picture book champions interpersonal kindness both globally and in a young child's town. Read full book review >
THE UNCANNY EXPRESS  by Kara LaReau
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Move over, Holmes and Watson. There's a new detecting pair in town, and the name's Bland. (Mystery. 7-9)"
Magicians are supposed to disappear, but this one may have a hard time coming back. Read full book review >
SPRING FOR SOPHIE by Yael Werber
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Rural and suburban readers in northern climes will find much to recognize. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little girl uses all her senses to detect the signs of spring. Read full book review >
JOLLY REGINA by Kara LaReau
by Kara LaReau, illustrated by Jen Hill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"'To shanghai' and 'charming' don't usually go together, but here they do. (Adventure. 7-9)"
When two dull-as-dishwater sisters suddenly find themselves working for female pirates, their days of boredom come sadly to an end. Read full book review >
DOING HER BIT by Erin Hagar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Crisp dialogue and small dramas propel this story of a young woman's summer of service in wartime and women's emerging power on the homefront. (author's note, web search ideas, bibliography, period posters and photographs) (Picture book. 6-9)"
Based on real events and people, Hagar's story follows college student Helen Stevens during the summer of 1917 as the white "New York City college girl" learns farming to support the war effort. Read full book review >
DIANA'S WHITE HOUSE GARDEN by Elisa Carbone
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"An important piece of our history brought down to a child's level. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
Based on a true story, Carbone's story shines a light on the little girl who became the face of the first White House victory garden. Read full book review >
THE BOY WITH PINK HAIR by Perez Hilton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Cheery-looking and well-intentioned, but missing a crucial kid sensibility. (Picture book. 5-8)"
There aren't any direct references to boys liking boys or girls liking girls in this story about open-mindedness; it simply calls for tolerance for those who may be thought of as "different," such as this boy, who in addition to his startling looks also likes to cook. Read full book review >