Books by Megan Halsey

VALENTINE BE MINE by Jacqueline Farmer
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"A solid nonfiction offering; libraries should buy multiples. (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
Farmer (O Christmas Tree, 2010) offers a compelling survey of the history, legends, traditions and symbols of Valentine's Day for the primary school set. Read full book review >
COUSINS OF CLOUDS by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
POETRY
Released: Feb. 22, 2011

"Purposeful, but both informative and heartfelt. (Informational picture book/poetry. 8-10)"
Against fanciful collage backdrops portraying pachyderms in an array of styles and arrangements, Zimmer pairs prose and mostly free-verse tributes to elephants and those who care for them. Read full book review >
STEADY HANDS by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
POETRY
Released: Feb. 16, 2009

"Compiled photographs, papers and household objects create multifaceted collages and textured backdrops, and the result is an intriguing, albeit offbeat, examination of the world of work. (Picture book/poetry. 9-13)"
Walt Whitman's "I Hear America Singing" receives an invigorating revival in this poetry collection that illuminates the pressures and pleasures of work, including some 34 career choices. Read full book review >
BACKYARD BEAR by Anne Rockwell
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A good springboard to further research and discussions of habitat loss and animal relocation efforts. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
The team's latest collaboration summarizes habitat encroachment and animal relocation for the youngest readers through the story of one small black bear, from his birth to his learning to survive in the wild. Read full book review >
CARS by Patricia Hubbell
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"The diverse typography and page-design help propel this winner past the finish line. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The pit crew of Hubbell, Halsey and Addy continue their successful series of preschool books about vehicles with this high-octane look at cars. Read full book review >
AKIRA TO ZOLTÁN by Cynthia Chin-Lee
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 2006

"Though most of these men are no longer active, or even living, and not all "changed the world" to quite the same degree, they're still worth knowing. (source list) (Picture book/collective biography. 8-10)"
In a companion to Amelia to Zora (2005), Chin-Lee selects an alphabetical array of men for the same treatment—a two or three paragraph biographical précis that includes a childhood incident, a description of important accomplishments and a pithy quote. Read full book review >
TRAINS by Patricia Hubbell
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Two dazzling vertical spreads top off this standout train trip filled with "Tooting, hooting" fun for adults and tots alike. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Hubbell takes a wild ride with locomotives both past and present. Read full book review >
LITTLE SHARK by Anne Rockwell
ANIMALS
Released: May 30, 2005

"A guide to further resources wouldn't have been amiss, but even without this makes an appealing prelude for Jim Arnosky's All About Sharks (2003) and its swarm-mates. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Rockwell and Halsey take on a topic of perennial interest in their latest collaboration, following a shark from birth to maturity while adding general comments about his teeth, skin, senses and skeleton, then closing with a spread of different sharks and challenging readers to identify this particular one (a blue shark). Read full book review >
AMELIA TO ZORA by Cynthia Chin-Lee
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2005

"An inspiration and a delight. (bibliography, author's note) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
With spirited language and marvelous collages, an abecedarium of contemporary women takes flight. Read full book review >
FOUR SEASONS MAKE A YEAR by Anne Rockwell
TIME & SEASONS
Released: March 1, 2004

"Halsey collaborations, such as One Bean (1998) and Two Blue Jays (2003), introduce narrower topics to young children more successfully; for a basic but more inclusive introduction to the seasons, there are plenty of other choices. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-6)"
In this rather blinkered tour through the annual cycle, a child tallies the exact dates of the solstices and equinoxes while observing natural changes that mark each season. Read full book review >
TWO BLUE JAYS by Anne Rockwell
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 2003

Having watched caterpillars Becoming Butterflies (2002) in a previous episode, the children in Miss Dana's class have ringside seats when two blue jays build a nest outside the classroom's window, and raise four chicks. Read full book review >
TRUCKS by Patricia Hubbell
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2003

"The nature of connection between truck, cargo, and driver varies, offering interesting questions to readers in the mood to ponder puns and products; for those who just want rhymes and trucks, this will be a quick, joyful, and often-requested read. (Picture book. 2-5)"
These neatly skillful rhymes and creative, detailed collages will delight the youngest of truck aficionados. Read full book review >
WHERE, WHERE IS SWAMP BEAR? by Kathi Appelt
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

"Perfect fare for young naturalists and a "natural" for tandem reading aloud too. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Appelt (Bubbles, Bubbles, 2001, etc.) offers a consciousness-raiser about an endangered animal in a catchy, rhymed dialogue for two voices. Read full book review >
BECOMING BUTTERFLIES by Anne Rockwell
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"EWSLUGp2000. (Picture book nonfiction. 5-7)"
The creators of One Bear (1998) and Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night (1999) turn in another polished take on a perennial classroom science topic. Read full book review >
ONE BEAN by Anne Rockwell
NATURE
Released: April 1, 1998

"This is an ideal book for classrooms where students can't resist the temptation to keep "checking" on their bean plants. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-6)"
PLB 0-8027-8649-9 The simple life cycle of a bean provides a practical and understandable example of scientific observation for budding young naturalists. Read full book review >
WHO WAKES ROOSTER? by Clare Hodgson Meeker
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"It adds a wondrous realism to the proceedings. (Picture book. 2-6)"
 Who wakes rooster? Read full book review >
3 PANDAS PLANTING by Megan Halsey
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"The serious message is delivered with an admirably light touch; and it's a good counting book, too. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 The title says it all: from ``12 crocodiles...carpooling'' (unequally divided among three cars for extra arithmetic practice) to ``2 whales...watching for polluters'' and ``1 elephant...enjoying the earth,'' sensible suggestions for protecting the environment are dramatized in humorous spreads featuring animal characters—tigers turning off faucets, turtles taking cans home from the beach, rhinos using rechargeable batteries. Read full book review >
THE DARLING BOYS by M.C. Helldorfer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"A good choice for sharing with a group. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 A feminist slant on a traditional ballad or tale, ``Get Up and Bar the Door'': The baker's widow dotes on her sons, Swindle and Gyp, but—while she and their hard-working sister Vi take loaves to market—the two steal gold from the family pot and bicker until one declares that whoever speaks first must lock the door. Read full book review >