Books by Lauren Thompson

POLAR BEAR MORNING by Lauren Thompson
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"It's crystal clear, this is another winner. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Hooray, this companion to Polar Bear Night (2004) is as charming and attractive as its predecessor. Read full book review >
THE FORGIVENESS GARDEN by Lauren Thompson
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"There are many possible paths to peace, but learning forgiveness is essential to all of them, as this book demonstrates. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Two villages separated by a stream and a history of anger wonder if they will ever stop fighting. Read full book review >
ONE STARRY NIGHT by Lauren Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"This unforgettable interpretation stands out as a bright, multifaceted star in the crowded constellation of Christmas Eve stories. (Picture book/religion. 4-8)"
This arresting story of the first Christmas has a succinct, powerful, rhyming text and striking illustrations unlike any other version of the Nativity story, with art and words perfectly matched in an artistic tour de force. Read full book review >
CHEW, CHEW, GULP! by Lauren Thompson
FICTION
Released: May 24, 2011

"Not a lot of food for thought, but an enthusiastic, fast-paced feast nonetheless. (Picture book. 2-4)"
As four youngsters manipulate and maneuver the food and drink set before them, swirling and scooping playfully take center stage. Read full book review >
LEAP BACK HOME TO ME by Lauren Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: April 26, 2011

"Hop to it and make sure this is on your shelf! (Picture book. 2-4)"
Veteran picture-book author Thompson teams with Cordell to create a deceptively simple instant classic. Read full book review >
WEE LITTLE BUNNY by Lauren Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 26, 2010

"But there's no question author and illustrator know their audience: As with the other titles it's just the ticket for urging recent graduates of toddlerdom to check out their world's boundaries and then coaxing them back into the fold and mama's lap. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Joining Wee Little Chick (2008) and Wee Little Lamb (2009), a fuzzy bunny "all brand new" exuberantly hops out to explore a grassy meadow until Mama's call ("Story time!") brings him hurtling back home for a cozy recap of the day's small adventures. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS MAGIC by Lauren Thompson
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"For those who find the jolly traditional Santa overbearing, this quieter approach may be a soothing alternative. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Here's a Santa Claus unlike any other. Read full book review >
HOW MANY CATS? by Lauren Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: April 28, 2009

"Sure to be a call-and-response crowd-pleaser at any kitty-cat storytime. (Picture book. 3-7)"
"How many cats / are here to play? / Zero, zilch. / None today." Read full book review >
WEE LITTLE LAMB by Lauren Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 27, 2009

"Yes, let the wild rumpus start. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Oozing verbal and visual glucose on every page, this parent-child episode will draw timorous toddlers like flies to marshmallow creme—just make sure they brush their teeth afterward. Read full book review >
HOPE IS AN OPEN HEART by Lauren Thompson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Young readers will find a lot more to hope for in Thompson's The Apple Pie That Papa Baked (2007), illustrated by Jonathan Bean. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Photographs: a child behind a raindrop-spattered window; a child's face bearing a single tear; a long shot of a child holding her mother's hand on the beach. Read full book review >
BALLERINA DREAMS by Lauren Thompson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 2, 2007

"Includes information about Ferrara (as well as the girls' helpers) and symptoms and treatments for cerebral palsy. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
This lovely book focuses on five little girls who long desperately to be ballerinas on stage. Read full book review >
THE APPLE PIE THAT PAPA BAKED by Lauren Thompson
FICTION
Released: Aug. 21, 2007

"Thompson again proves herself a master of mixing up a treat—warm, sweet and satisfying; Bean, who explains his multi-step creative process in a note, is someone to watch. (Picture book. 5-8)"
You can always tell when the cooks have added a special touch of TLC to a recipe. Read full book review >
LITTLE QUACK’S NEW FRIEND by Lauren Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Sure to be a big hit with Little Quack fans, and with all adults wishing to impart a gentle lesson about inclusion. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Little Quack's latest outing has him teaching his siblings a valuable lesson about making friends. Read full book review >
LITTLE QUACK’S BEDTIME by Lauren Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"The gentle cadence of Thompson's tale coupled with Anderson's rich illustrations makes this an ideal candidate for the last story of the night. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Thompson's Mama Duck and her ducklings return in a tender tale about things that go bump in the night. Read full book review >
POLAR BEAR NIGHT by Lauren Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"This bedtime story will captivate young listeners; it sparkles just like ice crystals on a moonlit night. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Beckoned by a moonlit stillness, a polar-bear cub wakes up and sets out for the sky, sea, and ice. Read full book review >
LITTLE QUACK’S HIDE AND SEEK by Lauren Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Cuddlesome ducklings add instant eye-appeal while the predictable rhythms of the tale are satisfying for small fry. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A mother duck and her quintet of ducklings play a rousing game of hide-and-seek in this playful counting tale. Read full book review >
A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR MAMA by Lauren Thompson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Probably best for family reading, since there are pages and pages of text without illustrations. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Thompson borrows the plot structure of O. Henry's Christmas classic, "The Gift of the Magi," for this sentimental story, set in the 1920s, about a little girl named Grace and her mother. Read full book review >
MOUSE’S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by Lauren Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2003

"This is an enjoyable jaunt—Erdogan's rich, saturated palette is as inviting as ever and Thompson's distillation of the first-day-of-school experience will ease the nerves of antsy young ones. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Mouse gets an education in this spirited offering from Thompson and Erdogan, the fourth in the series of firsts that started out with Mouse's First Christmas (1999). Read full book review >
LITTLE QUACK by Lauren Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"A pleasant enough take on an old standby. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The odyssey of ducklings venturing forth from their comfortable nests into the big world resonates with children and has been a well-traveled subject of many works geared toward young readers. Read full book review >
MOUSE’S FIRST VALENTINE by Lauren Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

"Perfect for reading and sharing, it's another sweet treat from a talented team. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Thompson and Erdogan (Mouse's First Halloween, 2000, etc.) pair up yet again for a delightful dose of holiday cheer. Read full book review >
ONE RIDDLE, ONE ANSWER by Lauren Thompson
Released: March 1, 2001

"Taken down to its bare bones, the book's marriage plot is as old as the hills, but Aziza's intelligence and the lovely illustrations make it a pleasing example thereof. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A math-loving sultana challenges her suitors to solve a riddle in an original tale that puts an appealingly independent young woman in charge of a traditional fairytale-style "beauty contest." Read full book review >
MOUSE’S FIRST HALLOWEEN by Lauren Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"The book will reassure timorous listeners in both individual and group settings about a meant-to-be-spooky holiday—and perhaps even provide by extension a means of lessening fearfulness in other 'scary' situations they encounter. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A tiny mouse's gently scary investigation of typical Halloween encounters reveals calming answers to worrisome possibilities. Read full book review >
MOUSE'S FIRST CHRISTMAS by Lauren Thompson
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Insubstantial but wrapped prettily. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Mouse's First Christmas (32 pp.; $12.00; Oct. 1; 0-689-82325-8) Arriving in the snowy avalanche of holiday titles, this book begins with a bit of rhymed play on the beginning of Clement Moore's poem, as Mouse investigates something "sweet and sparkly," a cookie, "warm and melty" hot cocoa, and so on through candy, bells, angels, candles, presents, the tree, and finally, Santa himself. Read full book review >