Books by Loren Long

LOVE by Matt de la Peña
Kirkus Star
by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Loren Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Timely, timeless, and utterly necessary. (Picture book. 4-8)"
From the moment prose and art appear in the opening spread, de la Peña and Long usher readers into a patient, pensive meditation on love. Read full book review >
GOOD DAY, GOOD NIGHT by Margaret Wise Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"With pleasing echoes of Brown's famous classic, including bookends of a cow jumping over a moon, this bedtime story will entice families back again and again. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A new potential classic just right for bedtime, on the 70th anniversary of Goodnight Moon. Read full book review >
AN OTIS CHRISTMAS by Loren Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"A rare miss for Long and Otis. (Picture book. 3-5)"
As the title indicates, the little tractor Otis celebrates Christmas. Read full book review >
OTIS AND THE PUPPY by Loren Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 2013

"Fans of Otis will not be disappointed with the satisfying ending that results in a creative solution and a most happy reunion. Seek this out—'game on!' (Picture book. 4-7)"
Lovable Otis the tractor is back for a third adventure, in which he overcomes his fear to help out a new canine friend. Read full book review >
NIGHTSONG by Ari Berk
Kirkus Star
by Ari Berk, illustrated by Loren Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"Young ones will relate to Chiro and cheer as he gains confidence with his newfound skill and will be deeply satisfied flying along on his sensory-rich journey. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Exquisite design coupled with evocative illustrations enrich this charming tale of a little bat taking his first solo flight and how he learns to "see" with his "goodsense," otherwise known as echolocation. Read full book review >
OTIS AND THE TORNADO by Loren Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2011

"Technically accomplished art plus uncomplicated characters, plot and theme (depressingly timely) add up to a likely crowd pleaser. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The Little Tractor That Could introduced in Otis (2009) gets another chance to shine when a violent weather event requires a daring rescue. Read full book review >
SLUGGERS #5 by Loren Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2010

"The series premise has worn vanishingly thin, and neither the old-timey baseball talk nor Long's occasional technically accomplished charcoal drawings are enough to keep this overlong leg of the road trip moving. (Historical fantasy. 10-12)"
In this bloated, dispensable—and, despite the title and setting, blues-free—episode, the 1899 baseball team with the magic ball travels to New Orleans, discovers a spy (anachronistically dubbed a "mole") in its ranks and sees eight-year-old Graham, son of the team's catcher Elizabeth, come into his own as the superstar "Chosen One" destined to save baseball from a never-specified threat posed by the glowering "Chancellor." Read full book review >
OTIS by Loren Long
by Loren Long, illustrated by Loren Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Considering the author's track record and influences, it may find a welcome from younger audiences too. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Continuing to find inspiration in the work of Virginia Lee Burton, Munro Leaf and other illustrators of the past, Long (The Little Engine That Could, 2005) offers an aw-shucks friendship tale that features a small but hardworking tractor ("putt puff puttedy chuff") with a Little Toot-style face and a big-eared young descendant of Ferdinand the bull who gets stuck in deep, gooey mud. Read full book review >
DRUMMER BOY by Loren Long
by Loren Long, illustrated by Loren Long
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2008

"The Steadfast Tin Soldier" meets "The Little Drummer Boy" in this original, sentimental tale that carries a wistful tone unusual in Christmas stories. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2008

"Tune in next time. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The Travelin' Nine baseball team is still barnstorming across turn-of-the-20th-century America trying to raise money to pay off an enormous debt. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"The combination of high-energy artwork and exuberant characters are sure to make the Trucktown series a necessary purchase for every garage library. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The irrepressible Scieszka has set his sites on entertaining a younger crowd and getting them (boys especially) hooked on the joys of reading. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

"Bring on game three. (Fiction. 8-10)"
In order to raise money to pay off an enormous debt, Griffith, Graham, Ruby and their mother are barnstorming with the Travelin' Nine, a baseball team made up of their late father's friends from the Rough Riders. Read full book review >
TOY BOAT by Randall de Sève
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"A must for little sailors. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A boy's toy sailboat slips away for an aquatic adventure to return worn and wiser. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2007

"The reader is left hanging and may not be willing to follow the team. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Griffith, Ruby, Graham and their mother are barnstorming across the Midwest with the Travelin' Nine baseball team. Read full book review >
WIND FLYERS by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"Just as surely as the narrator and his uncle find magic in the clouds and the wind, readers will find plenty to marvel at in the pages of this compelling offering. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
In spare, lyrical prose and vibrant acrylic paintings, three-time Coretta Scott King Award-winner Johnson and acclaimed illustrator Long introduce readers to the WWII Tuskegee airmen, the African-American squadron that "distinguished themselves as the only escort group that never lost a single bomber to enemy fire." Read full book review >
THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD by Watty Piper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Not a replacement, surely, but a companion, this will travel proudly next to the one that first thought it could. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A genuine meme came into the language from this beloved story, now reaching its fourth generation of children. Read full book review >
WHEN I HEARD THE LEARN’D ASTRONOMER by Walt Whitman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Adults may appreciate this more than children, but it's a lovely tribute to Whitman's poem nonetheless. (Picture book. 8-10)"
Einstein stated, "We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality." Read full book review >
I DREAM OF TRAINS by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Perhaps—but the dream of boarding a train to find one's 'place in the big wide world' is one that echoes through every generation. (Picture book. 7-9)"
In this poetic reverie, a sharecropper's son dreams of riding with Casey Jones and his fireman Sim Webb. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"The setting, the ceremony, and Ria's epiphany combine to create an experience that will leave few readers unmoved. (afterword) (Picture book. 7-9)"
Best approached with Kleenex in hand, this tale of a young immigrant reaching a new understanding of her place in the world will find its place in plenty of hearts. Read full book review >
THE WONDERS OF DONAL O’DONNELL by Gary Schmidt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"These stories within a story can be enjoyed as a good read-aloud as well as for storytelling. (Folktale. 7-9)"
Donal and his wife, Sorcha, live on the mountain high above the village of Killaloe. Read full book review >