Books by Louise Borden

KINDERGARTEN LUCK by Louise Borden
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 14, 2015

"There's a little luck in each person's day; here's hoping young children's eyes are open to theirs. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Theodore's gloomy morning improves when he finds a penny that brings him luck all day long. Read full book review >
BASEBALL IS . . . by Louise Borden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Love of our national game shines in every word and picture. A grand slam. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Baseball is more than a sport; in Borden's unabashed celebration, it embodies the essence of the social, historic and emotional fabric of our nation. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 16, 2012

"Moving and inspiring; Wallenberg's is a name to remember for all time, and Borden has done an admirable job of ensuring readers will. (epilogue, author's note, bibliography, sources) (Biography. 11 & up)"
An exceptional individual is brought at last to the up-close-and-personal attention of young readers. Read full book review >
BIG BROTHERS DON'T TAKE NAPS by Louise Borden
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 2011

"A fine addition to the extended family of new-baby books, with a welcome nod to the middle child. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Little brother Nicholas adores big brother James, who serves as a great role model in this story about a loving, and expanding, family. Read full book review >
THE LOST-AND-FOUND TOOTH by Louise Borden
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"Ideal for tooth-fairy aficionados. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Second-grader Lucy is anxious to join the ranks of her classmates who have started losing their baby teeth. Mr. Reilly, Lucy's teacher at West Street Elementary, adds to her anticipation by installing a "Who's Lost a Tooth?" calendar in the classroom, on which each child records the date, time and place of every lost tooth. Read full book review >
OFF TO FIRST GRADE by Louise Borden
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"An altogether thoughtful and affirming book. (Picture book. 5-8)"
From Anna to Mr. Zimmerman, an alphabetical array of children, joined at the appropriate moments by their teacher, bus driver and principal, all recount the beginning of the first day of first grade. Read full book review >
THE JOHN HANCOCK CLUB by Louise Borden
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2007

"A good addition to themes on school. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Borden's latest school-related book tackles the excitement and nervousness that surrounds every third-grader learning to write in cursive. Read full book review >
ACROSS THE BLUE PACIFIC by Louise Borden
ADVENTURE
Released: April 24, 2006

"Other than the importance of keeping and passing on family stories, there's no overt message in this understated account—which makes it more likely to leave readers moved and thoughtful. (afterword) (Picture book. 7-9)"
Embroidered details and the passage of time don't make this episode from the author's family history any less topical. Read full book review >
THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL by Louise Borden
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"Gustavson's realistic illustrations resemble oil paintings, and include many evocative details. (Picture book. 7-9)"
It's June 4th at Albert E. Chapman Elementary, and time to bring the school year to an end. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"If the artifact seems all-too-patently created to join the George publishing machine, it is nevertheless a lovely work, Drummond's movement-filled watercolors evoking but never imitating the work of his subjects. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
Borden begins her spare, lyrical text with the Hamburg childhoods of her protagonists, Hans Augusto Reyersbach and Margarete Waldstein, who grew up to become H.A. and Margaret Rey. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

One winter day in 1941, in a German-occupied Dutch town called Sluis, ten-year-old Piet Janssen's ice-skating skills are put to a dangerous test. Read full book review >
THE A+ CUSTODIAN by Louise Borden
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2004

"A nifty slice-of-school that children will recognize—and a terrific paean to the often-unsung heroes of upkeep and repair. (Picture book. 5-8)"
John Carillo is the custodian at Dublin Elementary and has been for many years—children can always hear the jingle of his keys. Read full book review >
SEA CLOCKS by Louise Borden
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"It's a story worth telling, but because the two renditions cover largely the same territory, consider this one worthy, but not essential. (afterword) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Writing in blank verse for no discernible reason, Borden profiles John Harrison, monomaniacal inventor of a "chronometer" that revolutionized navigation at sea. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"While the format looks like an early reader, the length and language make this more appropriate for middle readers. (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Another unusual approach to the celebration of the Wright brothers' achievement, this one focuses on their historic flights in 1909 in New York City and Germany. Read full book review >
AMERICA IS... by Louise Borden
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2002

"Woody Guthrie's This Land Is Your Land, illustrated by Kathy Jakobsen (1998), is at least as inspirational while, with its suggestion that we may still be a few steps away from Utopia, providing readers with a clearer-eyed view. (Picture book. 5-8)"
You can practically hear the music swell behind Borden's celebration of the US, a land where, between "rugged mountains with caps of snow" and "the swamps and bayous of the Deep South," people "rush to and from work," "proud tribes . . . live in peace with the earth and the sky," and "American farmers grow food that feeds families all over the world." Read full book review >
THE DAY EDDIE MET THE AUTHOR by Louise Borden
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"For hilarious contrast, pair this heavenly encounter with Author's Day (1993), Daniel Pinkwater's school-visit-from-hell account. (Picture book. 6-9)"
An author visit becomes an epiphany for at least one third-grader in this purposeful but not heavy-handed episode. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Most libraries will want to make room on the biography shelves for this one, which will be useful during Black History Month and for those inevitable biography book-reports. (author's note) (Biography. 8-11)"
Borden (Good Luck, Mrs. K!, 1999, etc.) and Kroeger collaborate for the second time (Paperboy, 1996) in this easy biography of the first African-American to earn a pilot's license. Read full book review >
A. LINCOLN AND ME by Louise Borden
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"It introduces Lincoln with beautiful simplicity to the youngest of children. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A boy who shares Abraham Lincoln's birthday muses on what Lincoln means to him. Read full book review >
GOOD LUCK, MRS. K.! by Louise Borden
Released: May 1, 1999

A third grader's happy year is interrupted when her beloved teacher gets cancer. Read full book review >
GOOD-BYE, CHARLES LINDBERGH by Louise Borden
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1998

"The lyric style and muted pastel drawings heighten the book's nostalgic mood, for it is far more atmosphere than story; as in the tales that grandparents pass on to their loved ones, this one has the tenor of a personal remembrance that also brings history to life. (Picture book. 5-9)"
If little stories combine to make up history, then this small tale contributes to the legacy of Charles Lindbergh. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"An eloquent ending to a book that makes a near-mythical event of WW II real and deeply personal. (Picture book. 8-11)"
A moving, fictionalized account of the ``miracle of Dunkirk,'' in which an armada of 861 ships ferried to safety across the English Channel over 300,000 Allied soldiers who had been trapped in northern France by the Germans. Read full book review >
PAPERBOY by Mary Kay Kroeger
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 18, 1996

A championship fight sells newspapers, especially the 1927 rematch between the thinking man's fighter, Gene Tunney, and iron- fisted former champ, Jack Dempsey. Read full book review >