Books by Laura Purdie Salas

SNACK, SNOOZE, SKEDADDLE by Laura Purdie Salas
Released: Sept. 3, 2019

"A good choice for a late fall storytime. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Animal behaviors change as they prepare to face the winter. Read full book review >
LION OF THE SKY by Laura Purdie Salas
Released: April 2, 2019

"Richly rewarding and clever: a visually arresting, inventive treatment of a popular subject. (Picture book/poetry. 5-10)"
In this spirited collaboration, Salas and López present 24 suggestive poetic snapshots chronicling the cycle of a year. Read full book review >
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT by Laura Purdie Salas
Released: March 12, 2019

"Familiar objects, playful language, and imaginative action add up to a collection that will amuse young listeners and, perhaps, inspire them to undertake imaginative explorations of their own. (Picture book/poetry. 3-8)"
Short poems describe the adventures of inanimate objects found in a young child's house at night. Read full book review >
SNOWMAN - COLD = PUDDLE by Laura Purdie Salas
Released: Feb. 5, 2019

"Poetry + art = beauty. (author's note, illustrator's note, further reading) (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
"Equation poems" explore the science and poetry behind the processes of nature. Read full book review >
MEET MY FAMILY! by Laura Purdie Salas
Released: March 1, 2018

"Supported by helpful backmatter including a simple map, this will interest animal-fact lovers and primary classroom teachers alike. (glossary, map and key, author's note, further reading) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Animal babies from around the world describe their families. Read full book review >
IF YOU WERE THE MOON by Laura Purdie Salas
Released: March 1, 2017

"Orbiting between poetic lullaby and astro-powered essentials, Salas and Kim provide a great addition to a nighttime-window reading shelf and/or early-science classroom. (further reading) (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this inventive and spirited exploration, poetry and science come together to introduce young readers to the role of the moon in our lives here on Earth. Read full book review >
A ROCK CAN BE by Laura Purdie Salas
Released: March 1, 2015

"The economy of language and breadth of imagination suggests a broad audience for this wide-ranging and inventive exploration. (glossary, further reading) (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
"A rock is a rock," but it can be so much more. Read full book review >
WATER CAN BE . . .  by Laura Purdie Salas
Released: April 1, 2014

"Kids of all ages will gain a new appreciation for water, and Salas and Dabija will surely gain new fans. (glossary, further resources) (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
In a look at the forms, functions and uses of water, Salas and Dabija turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Read full book review >
A LEAF CAN BE... by Laura Purdie Salas
Released: March 1, 2012

"Simple and pleasing, with classroom-discussion and read-aloud appeal. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A leaf's various purposes are contemplated in this gentle celebration of nature. Read full book review >
Released: April 6, 2009

No food fights or bullying here; it's not that kind of wild. But these children have some behavioral characteristics that can be likened to animals' habits. One child tucks his face into his sweater, turtlelike, to avoid answering a question. The monkey king swings on the jungle gym and the new student is a bewildered mouse in a maze. While several of Salas's very simple verses are sharp and clever, too many are flawed, either by tenuous child-animal connections or, in some cases, by stretching the theme to the breaking point. There is also a problem of repetition: Three poems about crowds of children in the schoolyard variously compare them to swarming bees, flocks of sparrows and stampeding elephants. Salerno's digitally enhanced gouache illustrations are bright and spirited, but only a few succeed in complementing the poems. Instead there seems to be a level of discomfort in handling the material, as if they're not quite sure how to balance the appearance of the child as animal. Uneven and disappointing. (Picture book/poetry. 6-8)Read full book review >