Books by Joseph Slate

I WANT TO BE FREE by Joseph Slate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Not up to either contributor's standards, but a passable selection where slave tales or Christian inspirational tales are needed. (Picture book. 6-8)"
"Before I die, I want to be free. / But the Big Man says, ‘You belong to me.' " A young slave in the South escapes only to be tracked down and shackled, but he manages to break free again. Read full book review >
WHAT STAR IS THIS? by Joseph Slate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"The text is set in an unusual typeface, often flowing through the illustrations in white against midnight-blue skies, echoing the comet's careening path through space. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The author of the Miss Bindergarten series turns his attention to the Christmas star in this creative explanation for the stellar phenomenon that led the Wise Men and the shepherds to Bethlehem. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"An author's note explains the beginnings of the Conestoga wagon in America, and a few historical details about the actual event. (Picture book. 7-10)"
A farmer from the countryside and his great big wagon carry the Liberty Bell to a safe hiding place. Read full book review >
LITTLE PORCUPINE’S CHRISTMAS by Joseph Slate
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Without being preachy, this team has created a sweet, if predictable, holiday story. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Lessons in differences and inclusion are charmingly presented in this pointed Christmas tale. Read full book review >
CROSSING THE TRESTLE by Joseph Slate
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Patient readers will be rewarded. (Fiction. 10-15)"
This slow-moving story that, for all its unconventional elements, may not satisfy readers, stars Petey, a child with a fear of heights. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Miss Bindergarten's enthusiasm is irresistible, while the students provide a grand mix of ingenious creations. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The ebullient canine kindergarten teacher (Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten, 1996) is preparing for the 100th day of school. Read full book review >
MISS BINDERGARTEN GETS READY FOR KINDERGARTEN by Joseph Slate
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"1988, etc.) makes the first day a pleasure for everyone involved. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An inviting look at the first day of school in Miss Bindergarten's class. Read full book review >