Books by Julie Morstad

THE DRESS AND THE GIRL by Camille Andros
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A gentle tale well-suited for family-history and creative-writing units. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Around the turn of the last century, a Greek village girl wears her beloved red dress as she goes about her daily life only to be separated from it when the family emigrates. Read full book review >
HOUSE OF DREAMS by Liz Rosenberg
Released: June 12, 2018

"A kind, thoughtful, nuanced portrayal of one of the icons of children's literature. (Biography. 10-14)"
The first middle-grade biography of Canadian author L.M. Montgomery in over 20 years. Read full book review >
BLOOM by Kyo Maclear
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Not only a gorgeous portrayal of this 20th-century creative genius, but an empowering tale encouraging readers to 'dare to be different.' (author and illustrator's note, endnotes, bibliography) (Picture book. 4-8)"
An exuberant fictionalized rendering of designer Elsa Schiaparelli's early life. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 2, 2014

"'There's things you've seen and things you may not have, but there ain't nothing that's impossible, sugar,' says a village widow; readers will end the book with a new sense of possible. (Magical realism. 8-11)"
Nashville, who has qualities both human and birdlike, feels compelled to follow his avian destiny. Read full book review >
JULIA, CHILD by Kyo Maclear
Released: July 8, 2014

"Intriguing for an adult familiar with the real Julia and perhaps for the perceptive child who will understand that it's not about how old you are, or about what you cook, but about what you bring to the table. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A mere hint of Julia Child's collaboration with Simone "Simca" Beck informs this look at how following one's passion can require the fearless enthusiasm of childhood. Read full book review >
HOW TO by Julie Morstad
Released: May 1, 2013

"In these inventive scenarios, children will recognize themselves and find new ways to be. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Smart, clean design and a text built around unpunctuated phrases offer room to pause, ponder and discuss in this book of quiet joy. Read full book review >
WHEN I WAS SMALL by Sara O'Leary
Released: Sept. 29, 2012

"Winsome. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The third of the Henry books (When You Were Small, 2006; Where You Came From, 2008) continues the adorable journey but doesn't veer from the path. Read full book review >
SINGING AWAY THE DARK by Caroline Woodward
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Night can be a very alien world, but this beckoning book is like an invitation to come walk there. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In the back of beyond, a girl sets out for the schoolbus stop, a good long cross-country hike away. Read full book review >