Books by Kim Smith

BRINGING BACK THE WOLVES by Jude Isabella
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2020

"Clear, comprehensive, and thoroughly accessible. (Informational picture book. 8-14)"
Isabella and Smith explore the ecological effects of reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone National Park in 1995. Read full book review >
BOXITECTS by Kim Smith
by Kim Smith, illustrated by Kim Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 14, 2020

"Personality and a developmental message successfully combine for STEAM fun. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Meg stands out as a brilliant boxitect—until Simone comes along. Read full book review >
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER by Jason Rekulak
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Sure to inspire future slayers to take on the monsters in their closets (thankfully readers' monsters won't be real). (Picture book. 4-9)"
Even future vampire slayers can be afraid of the dark. Read full book review >
E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL by Jim Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"OK, you've read the SparkNotes, now it is time to see the movie. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A picture-book adaptation of the iconic E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. Simplified. Very. Read full book review >
THE GREAT PUPPY INVASION by Alastair Heim
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"This silly story turns convention on its head, and kids who get the joke will surely giggle. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Hordes of puppies take over the town of Strictville, and no one knows how to react. Read full book review >
GOODNIGHT, LITTLE BOT by Karen Kaufman Orloff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A playful read to end the day. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Even little bots need help settling in for the night. Read full book review >
THE X-FILES by Kim Smith
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Even the branding may not be enough to entice readers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The truth is out there…but will Dana and Fox find it? Read full book review >
JAY VERSUS THE SAXOPHONE OF DOOM by Kara Kootstra
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Orr's afterword has the final words—on passion, struggle, respect—qualities Kootstra has spun into her story with understated dexterity. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Kootstra manages to breed a saxophone to a hockey stick and produce one sweet boy. Read full book review >
OVER THE RIVER & THROUGH THE WOOD by Linda Ashman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A rollicking fun time sure to be a hit with those traveling for their own family gatherings. (Picture book. 3-8)"
An invitation to a holiday gathering at Grandma and Grandpa's house is the catalyst for some new verses to the familiar song. Read full book review >
THE MISSING ZUCCHINI by L.M. Falcone
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2015

"Introduce Max to budding detectives or children who like to laugh as they read. (Mystery. 6-10)"
Max and his great-uncle Larry, who just happens to be a bumbling ghost and a formerly unsuccessful detective, solve their second case in this accessible chapter-book series. Read full book review >
A TICKET AROUND THE WORLD by Natalia Diaz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2015

"Young readers need to know about their peers in other countries, but this looks like a book their grandparents might have read. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Rather than a comprehensive trip around the world, a quick expedition to 13 far-flung countries. Read full book review >
MY FAMILY ADVENTURE by Jacqueline Jules
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"In all, Sofia is a likable new protagonist to add to the lineup of chapter-book heroines. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Everyday stories reminiscent of Ramona in an early chapter book. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC BOX by L.M. Falcone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Young investigators will appreciate this accessible mystery, and they'll look forward to the next title, The Missing Zucchini (2014). (Mystery. 6-10)"
A ghostly (but not scary) new chapter-book mystery series kicks off. Read full book review >
THE RAVEN AND THE LOON by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Folklore invitingly told and presented for a young audience. (Picture book/folk tale. 4-8)"
Irrepressible trickster Raven gets his comeuppance when he annoys his friend Loon in a humorous tale based on Inuit folklore. Read full book review >