Books by Laura J. Bryant

PATTI CAKE AND HER NEW DOLL by Patricia Reilly Giff
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"Books on moving to a bigger bed abound; this title does little to set itself apart. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Giff's rather wordy text about a little girl moving to a new room and a big bed may fail to keep young readers engaged, but Bryant's watercolor-and-colored-pencil illustrations add a touch of sweet humor. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"The weakest of Jo's three adventures; still, this could be a good checklist for young children to use on their own animal-spotting, or -listening, hike. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Quattlebaum and Bryant continue their nature-themed sing-along books with one focused on the sounds of the forest animals. Read full book review >
GOD GAVE US EASTER by Lisa Tawn Bergren
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"Fans of this popular series will find this a rewarding addition to family Easter celebrations. (Religion/picture book. 3-6)"
Bergren and Bryant attempt to explain Easter to young children in a gentle, nonthreatening manner, with partial success. Read full book review >
JO MACDONALD SAW A POND by Mary Quattlebaum
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Sure to inspire a rousing storytime, this is also likely to encourage readers to explore the world around them. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A sing-along inspired by the sights and sounds of a pond. Read full book review >
HEAVEN by Anne Graham Lotz
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Though the text is on the saccharine side and the heavenly interpretation is a bit far-fetched, this effort does serve as an accessible introduction to difficult concepts. (Picture book/religion. 4-7)"
A little girl and her younger brother learn to accept their grandmother's death in this rhyming story that explains the concepts of God, Jesus and Heaven in simplified terms for younger children. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2011

"The patterned, rhyming text will be welcomed by little ones at their own bedtime, but as an addition to rather than a substitute for the bedtime canon. (Picture book. 2-4)"
The bedtime routine for this little kitty is filled with all the excuses she can think of, fueled by her reluctance to accept the end of the day. Read full book review >
JAM & HONEY by Melita Morales
Released: Jan. 25, 2011

"Good medicine for those unreasonably afraid of bees and a subtle message about sharing the Earth. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A chance for readers to fly a mile in a bee's shoes. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"As a read-aloud, it needs a strong and flexible voice as it is nearly entirely in dialogue form. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Originally published in 1976 with illustrations by John C. Wallner, this story has been buffed up with Bryant's watercolors. Read full book review >
GOD FOUND US YOU  by Lisa Tawn Bergren
Released: June 1, 2009

"Bryant's appealing watercolor illustrations show the tender love between mother and child against soft-focus backgrounds of a cozy forest and with borders of twining vines. (Religion/picture book. 2-5)"
Bergren and Bryant continue their popular God Gave Us series with this entry that addresses adoption from a religious perspective. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Mercifully, McCourt abjures a rhyming text, but otherwise this love-fest does little to stand out from the crowd. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A bear parent and child celebrate their love together. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Adequate but uninspired. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Charming and forgettable, this slight collaboration has undeniable appeal but little real substance. Read full book review >
HOW BIG IS GOD? by Lisa Tawn Bergren
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Bryant's pleasant watercolor illustrations follow the boy, his mom and their dog as they play together in a variety of realistic, outdoor settings relating to the text, with a few spreads and the cover showing more imaginary explorations in a river and in outer space. (Nonfiction/picture book. 4-7)"
The creators of the popular God Gave Us You series continue their exploration of theological concepts for young children with this effort to explain the philosophical idea of God in more concrete terms. Read full book review >
TRACTOR DAY by Candice F. Ransom
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"This beautiful and stirring celebration has jubilantly detailed illustrations depicting a bucolic farm life that is lingering—and perhaps fading—from our landscape. (Picture book. 2-5)"
More than the sum of its parts, this gentle rhyme hums the cadence of a rural family's day on the farm. Read full book review >
THE BEAR HUG by Sean Callahan
Released: March 1, 2006

"A good gift for the Grandpa Bear in your life. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Every Sunday, Cubby Bear visits Grandpa Bear. Read full book review >
IF YOU WERE MY BABY by Fran Hodgkins
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Where this one is without the accompanying lullabies of the other, it makes up for it with the art. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Gentle teaching, snuggling and playtime moments between wildlife mothers and their children are the highlight of Hodgkins's offering. Read full book review >
A FAIRY IN A DAIRY by Lucy Nolan
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Cheerful watercolors show the, er, whey to creamy giggles and guffaws. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Whimsical and full of punning goodness, Nolan takes a little reference from Ben Jonson and runs with it. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"This collection will be a welcome addition to any easy-reader collection or to the classroom science shelves, and teachers will find the individual poems useful for adding a literature component to science class. (Easy reader. 6-9)"
Fourteen "mysteries" of science are answered with lighthearted but informative rhyming poems in this upper-level easy reader first published in 1988, but freshened with new illustrations. Read full book review >