Books by Laura Rankin

TIPTOE JOE by Ginger Foglesong Gibson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"This beguiling, cumulative woodland tale will make a great addition to bedtime routines. (Picture book. 2-5)"
"Tiptoe fast, // tiptoe slow. / Say hello to Tiptoe Joe." Read full book review >
A BALLOON FOR ISABEL by Deborah Underwood
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2010

A sweetly graphic demonstration that just a little ingenuity can resolve even the most daunting dilemmas. Ms. Quill's class is counting down the days until graduation, and Isabel and Walter, two porcupine friends, are feeling left out, knowing they will not receive balloons along with the rest of the animals in their class. Ms. Quill, a porcupine herself, warns the duo that balloons are not safe for them. Read full book review >

HOW TO DRIVE YOUR SISTER CRAZY by Diane Z. Shore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

Children are likely to chuckle at (and take notes on) these sure-fire tips to terrorize your older sister. Read full book review >

NO BABYSITTERS ALLOWED by Amber Stewart
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

Hopscotch is brave about many things: taking spiders outside, getting bandaged after a tricycle fall, hanging upside-down on the trapeze—none of these faze him a bit. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

Smith offers three separate food-related short stories in which children help adults solve problems: One boy finds the recipe for the perfect hamburger spice; another helps untangle a mass of spaghetti; and a third deals with a doughnut glut during a benefit bake sale. Read full book review >

RUTHIE AND THE (NOT SO) TEENY TINY LIE by Laura Rankin
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

Ruthie loves her miniature assortment of dinosaurs, trains, ponies, teddy bears, seashells and a dollhouse-size tea set. Read full book review >

FLUFFY AND BARON by Laura Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2006

Rankin draws on her own childhood memories in this satisfying story of an unusual friendship between a German shepherd and a domestic duck. Read full book review >

HARRIET BEAN AND THE LEAGUE OF CHEATS by Alexander McCall Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

Smith is back with another series for young readers, this time with a girl as the protagonist. Harriet Bean, like Smith's beloved adult book characters, has an interest in detective work. Read full book review >

RABBIT EARS by Amber Stewart
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

Sometimes all it takes is the example of someone slightly older to encourage children to try new things. Read full book review >

SWAN HARBOR by Laura Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

The flora and fauna of the four seasons of the coast of Maine come to life in Rankin's (The Wriggly, Wriggly Baby, 2002, etc.) magnificent artwork. Read full book review >

THE WRIGGLY, WRIGGLY BABY by Jessica Clerk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

A wriggly baby manages to wriggle right past his parents and into the middle of an exciting rhyming adventure. Read full book review >

THE HANDMADE COUNTING BOOK by Laura Rankin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

Rankin (The Handmade Alphabet, 1991, etc.) returns with another elegant study of American Sign Language, demonstrating the count up to 100. Read full book review >

MERL AND JASPER'S SUPPER CLUB by Laura Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1997

A quick and curious episode from Rankin (The Handmade Alphabet, 1991). Read full book review >

THE HANDMADE ALPHABET by Laura Rankin
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

Exquisitely detailed, realistically portrayed hands of different ages, sexes, and colors demonstrate the positions for the manual alphabet used in American Sign; an object with the appropriate initial appears with each—the pointing finger for ``I'' reaches toward a dripping icicle; ``T'' sports three thimbles and a fistful of thread; ``X'' appears on an X-ray. Read full book review >