Books by Laura Freeman

Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Perhaps one day we can reclaim the word 'wild' as a descriptor for black hair, but this book doesn't do the trick. As it is, it could facilitate discussion on the politics of black hair. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young girl's hair becomes home to animals. Read full book review >
THE NEW KID by Karen English
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Combining inviting storytelling with a warm message of friendship and accountability, this entry is a welcome addition to a pretty near perfect series for independent readers. (Fiction. 6-9)"
English and Freeman's Carver Chronicles kids make the acquaintance of a mysterious and self-assured new kid in town. All goes awry when a prized bike goes missing. Read full book review >
SIGHTS I LOVE TO SEE by Cheryl Willis Hudson
Released: May 1, 2017

"A bright and bubbly outing with an infectiously cheerful protagonist. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A brown-skinned girl with straight, black hair who lives in what looks to be the American Southwest lists the "wonderful sights I love to see." Read full book review >
FANCY PARTY GOWNS by Deborah Blumenthal
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Kudos to a title that recognizes a previously uncelebrated African-American woman of achievement. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Society ladies and screen actresses made Ann Cole Lowe's gowns famous, but no one credited their African-American designer. Read full book review >
CORETTA SCOTT KING by Kathleen Krull
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Foibles and tragedies receive due acknowledgement, but readers should come away impressed by her uncommon independence of spirit and opinion. (source and reading lists, indexes) (Biography. 9-11)"
An admiring portrait of a gifted singer who didn't exactly stand back when her illustrious husband stepped on to the public stage. Read full book review >
DON'T FEED THE GECKOS! by Karen English
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"The series continues to present appealing and likable characters gently exploring the moral dilemmas of childhood. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Bernardo, Carlos' cousin whom he hasn't seen in years, is temporarily moving in with Carlos and his family. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A welcome series addition that emphasizes familiarity instead of difference and treats its message with an affectionately light hand. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Richard dreams of landing the perfect flat-ground Ollie, but before he can attempt the daring skateboard feat, he must recover from an earlier trick that he played on his parents by concealing a teacher's note informing his parents of lackluster effort. Read full book review >
DOG DAYS by Karen English
Released: Dec. 17, 2013

"This outing lacks the sophistication of such category standards as Clementine; here's hoping English amps things up for subsequent volumes. (Fiction. 6-9)"
A gentle voice and familiar pitfalls characterize this tale of a boy navigating the risky road to responsibility. Read full book review >
WEDDING DRAMA by Karen English
Released: March 20, 2012

"Readers of this series will long for some character development; it would be nice to see the girls grow more empathetic along the way. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Third grade continues to be a series of ups and downs for best friends Nikki and Deja. Read full book review >
NIKKI & DEJA by Karen English
Released: July 4, 2011

"While beginning chapter books with African-American characters are rare and usually welcome, this particular installment in a usually sunny series falls flat. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Best friends Nikki and Deja are back in a tale of school elections and friendship. Read full book review >
NIKKI AND DEJA by Karen English
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"A solid addition to a welcome series for new readers, especially for children who want to read realistic stories about kids of color. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Third graders Nikki and Deja have a lot to learn about journalism. Read full book review >
NIKKI & DEJA by Karen English
Released: Jan. 19, 2009

"Likable and independent African-American girls are a rare find in early chapter books—let's hope these two can start a trend. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Little girls, little girls…they can be mean sometimes. Read full book review >
NIKKI & DEJA by Karen English
Released: Jan. 21, 2008

"English nicely fills an underdeveloped area—this is a first-chapter book featuring African-American girls, and race is presented as an attribute of the characters rather than as an issue. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Nikki and Deja are best friends, next-door neighbors and schoolmates. Read full book review >
A BRAVE SPACEBOY by Dana Kessimakis Smith
Released: April 1, 2005

Using a big box and a colander "helmet," a lad turns the stress of moving-in day into the excitement of a rip-roaring space adventure—but this promising premise runs afoul of inexpert execution in both writing and pictures. Read full book review >
A WILD COWBOY by Dana Kessimakis Smith
Released: April 1, 2004

"Freeman's chalk-like computer graphics, drawn with charm in bright, tangy colors match the fantasy well. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The pictures tell one story while the text reveals the youngster's inner fancies in this ode to cowboy enthusiasts. Read full book review >
BABIES by Deborah Heiligman
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Hello toddler.' (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
A satisfying introduction to babies from birth to toddler that explores how they grow, what they see and hear, why they look like their parents and more. Read full book review >