Books by Joyce Sidman

WHAT THE HEART KNOWS by Joyce Sidman
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A winning combination of word and image sure to challenge young readers both to contemplate big subjects and to act. (Poetry. 12 & up)"
Profound, lushly illustrated poems explore some of life's more trying moments. Read full book review >
SWIRL BY SWIRL by Joyce Sidman
POETRY
Released: Oct. 3, 2011

"Exquisitely simple and memorable. (Informational picture book. 2-8)"
"A spiral is a snuggling shape" is the somewhat homely observation that begins Sidman's brief and graceful poem—she goes on to catalog and celebrate the ways that spirals manifest themselves in the physical and natural world in a way that will draw in the youngest listeners. Read full book review >
UBIQUITOUS by Joyce Sidman
POETRY
Released: April 1, 2010

"Lovely. (glossary) (Picture book/poetry. 8 & up)"
Sidman delights with another gorgeous collection of poems celebrating the natural world, this time focusing on species remarkable for their ability to adapt and thrive in an often-harsh world. Read full book review >
RED SINGS FROM TREETOPS by Joyce Sidman
COLORS
Released: March 16, 2009

"Details in the artwork will invite repeated readings and challenge kids to muse about other color icons. (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)"
Describing seasons by colors is not an original concept, but this whimsical color calendar sparkles with creativity. Read full book review >
THIS IS JUST TO SAY by Joyce Sidman
POETRY
Released: April 9, 2007

"Packed with the intensity of everyday pain and sorrow, kids and adults exchange the words that convey grief, delight, love and acceptance of themselves and others. (Poetry. 8-12)"
Providing a surprisingly effective story arc, this series of poems was inspired by William Carlos Williams's famous poem of the same title regarding a theft of plums. Read full book review >
BUTTERFLY EYES by Joyce Sidman
POETRY
Released: Sept. 15, 2006

"A top-drawer blend of art and science. (glossary) (Picture book/poetry/nonfiction. 8-10)"
Combining striking illustrations, evocative poems that do double duty as riddles and lucid prose commentary, this venture into the natural world stands out for both its beauty and its unusual approach. Read full book review >
MEOW RUFF by Joyce Sidman
POETRY
Released: April 3, 2006

"While mediating between the poems and the pictures they form presents a challenge to the reader, the playfulness and originality of concept make this a welcome offering. (Picture book/poetry. 5-9)"
A fat brown puppy escapes from his house as a round white kitten is abandoned by its owners. Read full book review >
SONG OF THE WATER BOATMAN by Joyce Sidman
POETRY
Released: April 4, 2005

"Matching Kurt Cyrus's Oddhopper Opera: A Bug's Garden of Verses (2001) for that up-close feel, this also makes an engrossing companion for Michael Elsohn Ross's Pond Watching with Ann Morgan (2000), illus by Wendy Smith. (glossary) (Poetry. 7-10)"
The stately rhythms of Sidman's 11 rhymed or free verse poems find echoes in Prange's strongly modeled, richly colored woodcut scenes. Read full book review >
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO DOG by Joyce Sidman
ANIMALS
Released: March 24, 2003

"As a whole, dog lovers will likely lap it up eagerly, budding writers will snuffle it with interest, and teens who combine the two tendencies might even roll ecstatically. (Poetry/essays. 12+)"
This unabashed collection joins Sidman's (Eureka!, not reviewed, etc.) verse with new-to-children's-books Mindell's photographs and essays from teens to celebrate the wonders of all things canine. Read full book review >
JUST US TWO by Joyce Sidman
POETRY
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Still poems have a bouncy appeal, and illustrations invite repeated examination. (Poetry. 6-9)"
Poems about a dozen unusual animal dads are exuberantly illustrated with cut-paper collages. Read full book review >