Books by Julie Fogliano

Released: Oct. 8, 2019

"Simple and nurturing, this will likely be loved by many a parent-child pair. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Fogliano and Robinson (When's My Birthday?, 2017) collaborate again, this time in the voice of a caregiver speaking to a beloved child. Read full book review >
IF I WAS THE SUNSHINE by Julie Fogliano
Released: May 7, 2019

"Gentle on ear and eye, a keen display of relationships bound together in love and complexity. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A metaphor-rich venture that is far preferable to average Runaway Bunny read-alike fare. Read full book review >
A HOUSE THAT ONCE WAS by Julie Fogliano
Released: May 1, 2018

"Inventive and lovely. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A derelict house on top of a hill beckons two young children. Read full book review >
WHEN'S MY BIRTHDAY? by Julie Fogliano
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A gift of a picture book that's at once nostalgic and fresh. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A picture book to celebrate. Read full book review >
OLD DOG BABY BABY by Julie Fogliano
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Tender, joyous, and altogether wonderful. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Love and trust abound between a patient, old family dog and a very young baby. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2016

"This combination of poetry and art in praise of the familiar, natural world is sweetly, successfully dazzling. (Picture book/poetry. 4-10)"
Forty-eight short poems follow the four seasons, beginning and concluding on March 20, a bird singing, "each tweet poking / a tiny hole / through the edge of winter," as spring comes round again. Read full book review >
IF YOU WANT TO SEE A WHALE by Julie Fogliano
Released: May 14, 2013

"The boy, his dog and bird rear back in wonder; readers will gape at the two enormous, whale-sized talents at work in this transfixing picture book. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Fogliano and Stead (And Then It's Spring, 2012) produce another tender, timid story about a boy, his animal friends (a basset hound and a bird) and practicing patience.

Whale watching requires lots of resolve to avoid distractions like birds, roses, pirate ships, clouds, pelicans and so on. Fogliano's exhaustive accounting of what not to notice artfully communicates the impossibility of unflagging focus. Her skeined advice unreels in a vivid, looping poem, while Stead's soft, accompanying artwork settles into subdued, simple compositions. Linoleum printing offers oceanic, undulating blues and greens, while pencil drawings bring the redheaded boy's freckles and his hound's drooping skin into focus. Stunning specificity surfaces in the poem's off-kilter phrasing (an inchworm's "just nibble scoot" across a leaf). The drifting verse floats and coalesces like the clouds that threaten to divert the boy from whale watching. When read aloud, it charms like an incantation. The poem's unresolved ellipses at the conclusion suggest an unending whale hunt, but Stead's final two images silently deliver what we've been waiting for. The whale, huge and hidden, floats beneath the unknowing child's tiny vessel and then twists its mass, pulling its head completely out of the water. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"This sweet seedling will undoubtedly take root and thrive. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A boy plants seeds in late winter's brown, barren earth and vigilantly watches for green sprouts alongside his companions (a dog, turtle, rabbit and bird). Read full book review >