Books by Julie Fortenberry

LILY'S CAT MASK by Julie Fortenberry
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Shy and confident children alike will enjoy this story. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Small, brown-skinned Lily is able to navigate her world more easily when she wears a cat mask. Read full book review >
SADIE AND ORI AND THE BLUE BLANKET by Jamie Korngold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Korngold and Fortenberry move beyond sentimentality to real sentiment. (Picture book.4-8)"
It would be easy to call this picture book two stories in one, but that would be glib and irresponsibly reductive. Read full book review >
SADIE, ORI, AND NUGGLES GO TO CAMP by Jamie Korngold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Children will appreciate the sweet reassurance on display here. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Experienced camper and older sister Sadie helps younger brother Ori get ready for his first year at sleep-away camp. Read full book review >
THE ARTIST AND THE KING by Julie Fortenberry
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2014

"Parts of this may fly over younger audiences' heads, but the general point is adroitly made. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a nod to art's twin powers of subversion and of transformation, a very small painter makes a hardhearted king cry—and then smile. Read full book review >
SADIE'S LAG BA'OMER MYSTERY by Jamie Korngold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"A welcoming introduction to an often overlooked minor holiday. (author's note) (Picture book/religion. 3-6)"
One full moon in spring heralds a Jewish holiday that is not familiar to the savvy Sadie but has its own reason for celebration. Read full book review >
SADIE'S ALMOST MARVELOUS MENORAH by Jamie Korngold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A lovely, realistic examination of one specific aspect of the holiday, this will spark discussion as well as inspiration. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The fragility of a child's lovingly crafted clay menorah highlights the symbolism of the candle-lighting ritual. Read full book review >
SADIE AND THE BIG MOUNTAIN by Jamie Korngold
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"There are not many books that treat with this holiday; how fortunate that this is such a strong one. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A week-long unit on the holiday of Shavuot has one preschool class excitedly anticipating a planned reenactment of the hike Moses took up Mt. Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments. Read full book review >
SADIE'S SUKKAH BREAKFAST by Jamie Korngold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Blessings abound for the autumnal holiday, with these happy kids and (behind the scenes) grateful parents. (note) (Picture book. 3-6)"
A resourceful big sister and helpful little brother set up breakfast in the family's newly decorated Sukkah and figure out a way to quietly enjoy it with some good friends while parents sleep. Read full book review >
PIRATE BOY by Eve Bunting
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"A sweet Runaway Bunny book for the pirate set. (Picture book. 4-8)"
While reading a book about pirates, Danny considers sailing away with them. But what if he wants to come home? Read full book review >