Books by Lesléa Newman

Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"Though somewhat heavyhanded, these poems are sure to instill much-needed empathy and awareness to gay issues in today's teens. (Poetry. 14 & up)"
Nearly 14 years after the unspeakable tragedy that put Laramie, Wyo., on the hate crimes map, lesbian literary icon Newman offers a 68-poem tribute to Matthew Shepard. Read full book review >
A SWEET PASSOVER by Lesléa Newman
Released: March 1, 2012

"Deliciously traditional. (recipe, author's note) (Picture book/religion. 5-7)"
A week of eating matzah has one little girl ready to swear off the bland, unleavened cracker for good, until a sweet, time-honored staple slowly changes her mind. Read full book review >
DONOVAN'S BIG DAY by Lesléa Newman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 26, 2011

It may be his mothers' wedding day, but it's Donovan's big day in Newman's (Heather Has Two Mommies, 1989, etc.) latest picture book about queer family life. Read full book review >
MISS TUTU'S STAR by Lesléa Newman
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

Little spike-haired Selena so loves dance that her mother enrolls her in Miss Tutu's ballet school, where she demonstrates passion and style but no grace. Read full book review >

JUST LIKE MAMA by Lesléa Newman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2010

A little girl lists the many things that no one can do "just like Mama." Read full book review >

DADDY, PAPA, AND ME by Lesléa Newman
POETRY
Released: May 5, 2009

As the title indicates, a smiling tot describes his role within a nurturing two-dad family. Read full book review >

DADDY’S SONG by Lesléa Newman
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2007

Daddy strums his guitar as he sees his little girl off to sleep by singing her a unique song. Read full book review >

SKUNK’S SPRING SURPRISE by Lesléa Newman
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

In this sequel to Where Is Bear? (2004), which ended with Bear's hibernation, Skunk awakes from her own deep sleep and exclaims, "Hooray! Read full book review >

THE EIGHT NIGHTS OF CHANUKAH by Lesléa Newman
HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

Borrowing from the poetic format of the popular Twelve Days of Christmas, Newman has created a similar rhyme for the Chanukah holiday. Read full book review >

JAILBAIT by Lesléa Newman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 14, 2005

Fifteen-going-on-sixteen, Andi is bored, lonely and cynical in 1970s suburbia. Read full book review >

WHERE IS BEAR? by Lesléa Newman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

The game is hide-and-seek. Read full book review >

A FIRE ENGINE FOR RUTHIE by Lesléa Newman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 23, 2004

Newman's latest recalls the Charlotte Zolotow classic William's Doll. Read full book review >

THE BEST CAT IN THE WORLD by Lesléa Newman
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

Every night Victor always asked Charlie, "Who's the best cat in the world?" Read full book review >

PIGS, PIGS, PIGS! by Lesléa Newman
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

Another exuberantly rhymed and illustrated animal invasion from the creators of Cats, Cats, Cats! (2001) and Dogs, Dogs, Dogs! (p. 738): "The pigs are coming to play, hooray! / The pigs are coming today. / We'd better take care to completely prepare, / A minute's too long to delay." Read full book review >

RUNAWAY DREIDEL! by Lesléa Newman
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

Readers certainly don't need to be familiar with the poem "The Night Before Christmas" or with the alternative lyrics to "On Top of Old Smokey" (about the runaway meatball) to appreciate the humor of this Chanukah offering, but it wouldn't hurt. Read full book review >

DOGS, DOGS, DOGS! by Lesléa Newman
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2002

Newman and Oller (Cats, Cats, Cats!, 2001) join forces again for this canine counting exercise featuring a pack of extremely exuberant dogs of every size, shape, and shade. Read full book review >

CATS, CATS, CATS! by Lesléa Newman
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

A celebration of all things feline, this frisky, rib-tickling picture book unveils the secret life of cats. Read full book review >

EATING OUR HEARTS OUT by Lesléa Newman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 1993

Feminist writer Newman (Good Enough to Eat, 1986, etc.—not reviewed) put together this collection of original cries, complaints, and confessions on the belief that ``most of us [women] have, or at least at one time had, a voice inside us that nags at almost every meal: You shouldn't eat that.'' Lee Lynch, one of several lesbian contributors, maintains that ``there is probably not a lesbian in the world who would not, at the slightest sign of interest, tell you about her personal history with food.'' The ninety other anorexics, bulemics, overeaters, and other food- disordered women represented here—few if any of them accomplished writers—would seem to bear out these assertions with their lamentations about ups and downs and mostly losing battles against cake and chocolate and whatever high-fat confection might stuff up their empty and demanding selves. Read full book review >