Books by Loreen Leedy

STEP BY STEP by Loreen Leedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"Effortlessly enlightening. (Informational picture book. 3-6)"
Very young readers trail paths of baby-animal tracks to reveal unique attributes for each. Read full book review >
JACK AND THE HUNGRY GIANT EAT RIGHT WITH MYPLATE by Loreen Leedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2013

"Despite obvious curricular connections, this one's a miss. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Books about the USDA's nutrition standards regarding healthy eating are universally bland. This is no exception. Read full book review >
SEEING SYMMETRY by Loreen Leedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2012

"Useful and accessible. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
An entertaining assortment of dozens of diverse and colorful examples from quilts to kites to cupcakes invites the reader to discover both line and rotational symmetry. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Prehistoric time was never this much fun. (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
What do you get when you combine punny jokes and riddles with diamond poems and rhyming verse? Read full book review >
THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT ENERGY by Loreen Leedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"EWSLUGp2009 did for fossil fuels, this book does for energy as a whole. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Erg, a cartoon energy-bolt, narrates this electrifying introduction to the basics of energy. Read full book review >
CRAZY LIKE A FOX by Loreen Leedy
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2008

"As welcome as springtime to teachers, aspiring writers and any who appreciate wordplay. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Not everyone can take the most well-known and clichéd similes in the English language and turn them into a story that will hold the interest of young readers, but Leedy has done just that. Read full book review >
IT’S PROBABLY PENNY by Loreen Leedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"Leedy scores again with this engaging mathematical tale. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Lisa and her Boston terrier, Penny, are back in this delightful look at probability. Read full book review >
MESSAGES FROM MARS by Loreen Leedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Backed up by yet more information on her web site, this will please both casual and detail-hungry young readers, and makes a lively update for Franklyn Branley's Mission To Mars (2002), illustrated by True Kelley. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Next best thing to a real field trip, Leedy and her astrobiologist husband send a 22nd-century class on an excursion to Mars. Read full book review >
THE GREAT GRAPH CONTEST by Loreen Leedy
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Highly educational and fun to boot. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Leedy makes graphing simple and fun in this delightfully clever outing. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Most youngsters will need help with some vocabulary and ideas, but elementary teachers couldn't hope for a better invitation to the art and craft of writing. (Nonfiction. 4-10)"
Kids can write, edit, illustrate, and bind their own books. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 2003

"The cat's pajamas! (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
As the subtitle indicates, this is a compendium of familiar and not-so-familiar sayings that have to do with animals, from "we're off like a herd of turtles" to "the tail end." Read full book review >
FOLLOW THE MONEY! by Loreen Leedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2002

A newly minted quarter rolls out into the wide world in this lighthearted travelogue from the author of Mapping Penny's World (2000). Read full book review >
MAPPING PENNY’S WORLD by Loreen Leedy
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Leedy's blocky forms and poster paint colors (created with digital painting and photo collage) are a fine foil for the clear text, which teaches without patronizing. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Leedy (Celebrate the 50 States!, 1999, etc.) has a gift for presenting concepts wrapped in stories both easily assimilated and engaging. Read full book review >
CELEBRATE THE 50 STATES! by Loreen Leedy
Released: Sept. 15, 1999

"Readers gain a good, first-line resource, with all the enthusiasm Leedy has made her trademark, but without much chance that they'll adopt the excitement. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Leedy (Measuring Penny, 1998, etc.), so deft in making hard facts memorable and setting information into a context that makes sense to children, selects a hodge-podge of details and miscellany to convey a sense of what every state is about, as either a political entity or a place. Read full book review >
MEASURING PENNY by Loreen Leedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Readers will be inspired to measure their own pets; it will be up to their pets, of course, to cooperate. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A terrific pedagogical idea from Leedy (Mission: Addition, 1997, etc.) that offers instruction and no small dose of delight. Read full book review >
MISSION: ADDITION by Loreen Leedy
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

"It's good, real-world math for home or classroom, with only one unsolved problem: Why is there a table of contents and an answer key that refer to specific pages, when the pages aren't numbered? (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
From Leedy (2 x 2 = Boo!, 1995, etc.), a set of short math lessons in the form of comic strips: addition facts and how to write them; adding two numbers when one of the addends is greater than ten; adding columns of numbers; keeping a running total; creating addition sentences; totaling a bill when all of the addends are whole-dollar amounts. Read full book review >
HOW HUMANS MAKE FRIENDS by Loreen Leedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 1996

"Leedy's approach leavens serious information with giggles in this highly effective discussion of the emotional ties that bind. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Another lighthearted, elementary guide from Leedy (2x2=Boo!, 1995, etc.), this time a clever how-to on the subject of friendship. Read full book review >
2 x 2 = BOO! by Loreen Leedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"The entire production has a homemade feel: It's exactly the kind of thing an older sibling might make for a younger one, by turns goofy, entertaining, and educational. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Halloween characters and Leedy (Fraction Action, 1994, etc.) help readers memorize the multiplication table from 0 to 5. Read full book review >
FRACTION ACTION by Loreen Leedy
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 1994

"An excellent contribution that meets a real need for attractive early math books. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 6-9)"
Couched as five chapters in which teacher ``Miss Prime'' (a high-heeled, spectacled horse) presents sequential lessons to a class of five lively little animals, a lucid introduction to an often vexing topic. Read full book review >
TRACKS IN THE SAND by Loreen Leedy
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Quiet and appealing. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Known for her lighthearted treatments of a variety of subjects (The Monster Money Book, 1992, etc.), Leedy takes a more direct look at sea turtles. Read full book review >
MESSAGES IN THE MAILBOX by Loreen Leedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"What a nifty way to encourage the written word! (Nonfiction/Picture book. 6-10)"
In the style of the author's The Furry News: How to Make a Newspaper (1990), an appealing introduction to correspondence as taught to an eclectic bunch of kids and creatures in Mrs. Gator's class. Read full book review >
THE GREAT TRASH BASH by Loreen Leedy
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1991

"The illustrations' comical style helps make the message palatable. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The animals of Beaston realize something's wrong: litter mars their landscape, landfills are filling up, and no one wants a new dump in their neighborhood. Read full book review >