Books by Kay Chorao

ED AND KIP by Kay Chorao
by Kay Chorao, illustrated by Kay Chorao
Released: March 15, 2014

"An engaging tale of friendship, play and cooperation, replete with mild suspense and gentle humor. (Early reader. 2-6)"
There's always fun to be had if you know where to look. Read full book review >
BAD BOY, GOOD BOY by Kay Chorao
Released: May 7, 2013

"Readers will be left saying, 'Poor Sam,' after this one. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The tale of a young pup whose good deeds only appear naughty falls flat due to the repeated use of judgmental phrases in speech bubbles. Read full book review >
ALL THE SEASONS OF THE YEAR by Deborah Lee Rose
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

Rhyming couplets celebrate the activities that fill each season of the year and the love that ties them all together. Read full book review >
TIME FOR BED, BABY TED by Debra Sartell
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Feb. 15, 2010

"Should be a guaranteed hit with young preschoolers and their parents. (Picture book. 2-4)"
This story opens with Dad finishing an animal book, which should signal baby Ted to go to bed. Read full book review >
RHYMES ROUND THE WORLD by Kay Chorao
edited by Kay Chorao, illustrated by Kay Chorao
POETRY
Released: March 1, 2009

The poems in this sampling of international verse originate from all over the globe, including countries such as Poland, Iran, France, China and the United States. Read full book review >
IT’S TIME TO SLEEP, IT’S TIME TO DREAM by David A. Adler
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 1, 2009

"The simplicity of the text and the sensible selection of soothing colors will lull any child to sleep. (Picture book. 2-5)"
If the title recalls "Turn! Read full book review >
I COULD EAT YOU UP! by Jo Harper
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 2007

"Harper's whimsically themed tale offers up a hearty serving of a parent's love that is just right to share with little ones. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In this aptly titled tale, animal parents of all species murmur sweet endearments to their adored offspring. Read full book review >
THE BUNNIES’ PICNIC by Lezlie Evans
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"The appealing mix of playful artwork and sing-song rhymes make this an ideal story to share with a preschool audience. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Evans's bright springtime tale cheerily details a bunny family's attempts to make a tasty stew. Read full book review >
THE BABY’S PLAYTIME BOOK by Kay Chorao
POETRY
Released: March 1, 2006

"Readers familiar with Chorao's previous poetry collections will welcome this latest installment. (Picture book/poetry. 1-4)"
Sentimental, sometimes old-fashioned pigs, bears, cats, mice and other creatures frolic with children in Chorao's fifth Baby Book. Read full book review >
GRANDMA’S HURRYING CHILD by Jane Yolen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2005

"A sweet addition to the genre. (Picture book 3-7)"
"Tell me about the day I was born." Read full book review >
D IS FOR DRUMS by Kay Chorao
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Proceeds support Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Another themed alphabet book, this one features the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area in a large, attractive format. Read full book review >
THE BABY’S BOOK OF BABY ANIMALS by Kay Chorao
POETRY
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"A winsome assortment of cuddlesome creatures adds to the overall appeal. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Chorao provides readers with a compelling mixture of old and new poems, songs, and rhymes in a treasury of verse that can be read for years to come. Read full book review >
ROSIE TO THE RESCUE by Bethany Roberts
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2003

"Soothing, playful, and fun. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The wait for Mother and Father to get home can seem eternal for a young preschooler, but Rosie uses her imagination to help her courageously pass the time with babysitter, Aunt Lily. Read full book review >
UP AND DOWN WITH KATE by Kay Chorao
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2001

"A beguiling continuation of Kate's adventures that will leave readers eagerly anticipating her next set of antics. (Easy reader. 3-7)"
Winsome Kate, Chorao's (Here Comes Kate, not reviewed, etc.) mischievous elephant, returns in an endearing collection of stories. Read full book review >
GRAYBOY by Kay Chorao
by Kay Chorao, illustrated by Kay Chorao
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"They express the sand, water, and warmth of beach days and softly underscore the message of nature appreciation that is also unobtrusively woven into the story. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A girl recalls a memorable summer when she, her grandparents, and her friend Robert find an injured seagull they name Grayboy. Read full book review >
SHADOW NIGHT by Kay Chorao
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 1, 2001

"An afterword encourages children to explore shadow play and create their own stories and creatures. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When eerily looming shadows become too much for a small boy, his parents devise an ingenious method to ease his fears. Read full book review >
THE CATS KIDS by Kay Chorao
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 15, 1998

"Chorao's hallmark artwork, which hugs the text quite closely, keeps the gratifyingly complicated, emotionally rounded stories rolling along. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This three-chapter picture book from Chorao (Little Farm by the Sea, p. 655, etc.) is a surprisingly raw, very true, depiction of sibling interaction, with its highs and lows, and all the inherent pushing and pulling. Read full book review >
LITTLE FARM BY THE SEA by Kay Chorao
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1998

"They leave an old metal box with change in their selling room (lined with such items as jam, honey, eggs, a scale, a sleeping cat, a bale of hay in winter, and bursting with flowers come spring), a detail that imparts a lingering note of respect for the entire endeavor. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An idyllic accounting of the seasonal activities on a small family-run farm called "Smallholdings." Read full book review >
JUMPETY-BUMPETY HOP by Kay Chorao
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"All the poems have been illustrated with Chorao's cuddly art, a style that works well with simpler pieces but is less suitable when paired with more sophisticated works. (Picture book/poetry. 3-7)"
This enjoyably eclectic gathering of poems sports a good range of styles, tempos, and moods. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A sentimental and somewhat overwrought collection whose gifts will be best appreciated by browsers. (Picture book/poetry. 3-6)"
Chorao (Mother Goose Magic, 1994, etc.) clearly states her intentions for this anthology in her introduction and in the selection of the first two pieces. Read full book review >
MOTHER GOOSE MAGIC by Kay Chorao
POETRY
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

A winsome, airy confection spun from eight nursery rhymes, several of which will be new to many readers. Read full book review >
THE CHERRY PIE BABY by Kay Chorao
Released: March 23, 1989

Annie is an English sheepdog who is tired of her doll, David, and wants a real baby brother. Read full book review >
THE BOY WITH THE HELIUM HEAD by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 10, 1982

"Naylor's writing isn't as buoyant as her hero, but kids will connect with the fantasy."
You are sure to draw some giggles with this story of seven-year-old Jonathan's strange adventure on flu-shot day. Dr. Mack is giving out a helium balloon with every shot, but Jonathan's little brother Sam makes such a fuss over his shot that the doctor rushes through Jonathan's just to get rid of the family. Read full book review >