Books by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

LOVE by Stacy McAnulty
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Perfect for balancing the commercialism of Valentine's Day. (Picture book. 3-8)"
After tackling Beautiful (2016) and Brave (2017), McAnulty and Lew-Vriethoff present readers with all things love. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 30, 2018

"Sentimental but effective. (Picture book. 3-6) "
A book aimed at easing separation anxiety and reinforcing bonds. Read full book review >
I AM FAMOUS by Tara Luebbe
Released: March 1, 2018

"Glamour, attitude, bucketloads of confidence, and a hefty dose of narcissism all rolled into the big personality of one memorable little girl. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Move over, Eloise, Fancy Nancy, and Olivia; this curly-haired, brown-skinned protagonist has miles of flair and knows how to use it. Read full book review >
THE MAGICIAN'S HAT by Malcolm Mitchell
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Perhaps youngsters who think they are more interested in football than reading will take the message to heart. (Picture book. 3-6)"
New England Patriot and literacy advocate Mitchell proves to have a touch of magic as an author as well as on the field. Read full book review >
BRAVE by Stacy McAnulty
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A gentle reminder of everyday challenges and opportunities, told with economy, clarity, and earnestness if not great style. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Every kid faces challenges every day. And the brave persevere. Read full book review >
HERO DOG! by Hilde Lysiak
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Although entertaining and fast-paced, there is nothing to elevate this effort above a crowded field. (Fiction. 6-8)"
The spunky, smart, but fictional Hilde who cracks a string of pastry thefts before the evening deadline is modeled after a real Hilde—the co-author—who runs her own newspaper. Read full book review >
ANOTHER DAY AS EMILY by Eileen Spinelli
Released: May 13, 2014

"A witty and endearing story with a timeless message. (Verse fiction. 9-12)"
Spinelli's free verse presents a summer of self-acceptance for one girl. Read full book review >
PEACE, BABY by Linda Ashman
Released: May 1, 2013

"Excellent advice in a sweet and easy-to-swallow package. (Picture book. 2-6)"
When things aren't going right, what's the best reaction? Peace, baby! Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Not likely to be much help in an actual library, but the concept that there's a system may be reassuring. (basic chart) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
The Great Library Code is deciphered simplistically and, more problematically, in labored rhyme. Read full book review >
THE DANCING PANCAKE by Eileen Spinelli
Released: May 11, 2010

"Choose readers who'll enjoy, rather than envy, Bindi's parents' reunion at the end. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Eleven-year-old Bindi copes with her parents' separation and an unsettling move, supported by a gently colorful cast of characters. Read full book review >
SUMMERHOUSE TIME by Eileen Spinelli
Released: May 22, 2007

"Sophie's humorous outlook, combined with Spinelli's lyrical blank prose, makes for a book that's as light and satisfying as a summer breeze. (Fiction. 7-10)"
All year, Sophie eagerly anticipates the month of August, aka summerhouse time, when her extended family rents a house by the beach. Read full book review >