Books by Lesléa Newman

HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES by Lesléa Newman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 24, 2015

"Welcome back to Heather and her mommies. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Heather has two mommiesand a new look!Read full book review >
HERE IS THE WORLD by Lesléa Newman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Both lovely and eminently useful. (Picture book/religion. 3-6)"
The year's range of Jewish holidays and celebrations are presented in this repeating, rhyming chant that features key succinct elements for each. Read full book review >
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

"He, of course, gets to kiss the brides on the last page, lending a happily-ever-after sensibility to the end of this story about a family's new beginning. (Picture book. 3-6)"
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

"Pink glitter on the cover doesn't quite elevate this to the level of necessary purchase. (Picture book. 4-7)"
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

"Newman's verse occasionally sacrifices syntax to scansion, but it stays on the bearable side of saccharine, making this an acceptable purchase this season. (Picture book. 3-5)"
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

"Toddlers with two moms or two dads don't care about gender politics, they care about love, and this is what these two books give them. (12-36 mos.)"
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

"Capturing a heartwarming moment as tuck-in time becomes a cozy, loving ritual. (Picture book. 2-5)"
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

"But those cheery animals, rendered in pen and ink and watercolor, will be irresistible to the preschool set. (Picture book. 2-7)"
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

"Perhaps this can be an introduction for a new yearly song to add to the season's plethora of traditional ditties. (Picture book. 2-4)"
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

"Unfortunately, however, the characters are unremarkable and the 1970s setting adds nothing but outdated slang to the story. (Fiction. YA)"
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

"Newman lacks her usual flair, but the text is simple enough for the youngest ears and proves that together is better. (Picture book. 2-4)"
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

"A good choice for challenging gender stereotypes and creating a culture of acceptance. (Picture book. 4-8)"
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

"A sweet story about grief and acceptance. (Picture book. 4-6)"
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

"A lively Chanukah romp that can be enjoyed by every denomination. (Picture book. 4-7)"
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

"Another collaboration (on the subject of perennially popular pigs) is already in the works for this talented pair. (Picture book. 3-8)"
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 whimsical tale perfect for cat fanciers young and old. (Picture book. 5-8)"
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

"In the last of these qualities, at least, they can't touch the several well-known harrowing tales by slaves to alcohol and drugs."
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 >