Books by Melanie Hall

Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"A versatile collection to encourage creativity and multiple learning strategies. (Poetry. 6-10)"
San José and Johnson (both formerly on the editorial staff of Highlights for Children) have organized an anthology of traditional rhymes, lesser-known verses and nicely crafted child-authored poems. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

One of the latest offerings in the On My Own Folklore series for newly independent readers is a Jewish folktale with a traditional structure that features three brothers on a quest to explore the world for ten years, with the challenge of bringing back the most unusual gift. Read full book review >
WINTER SONG by William Shakespeare
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A fine winter read-aloud and an appropriate introduction to the Bard for this age group. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Taking the lively lyric from Love's Labor's Lost, Hall makes a cheery mixed-media collection of images in bright colors, fulsome textures and an Elizabethan air. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS PRESENTS by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Most illustrations cover the entire spread, with the poetry text integrated within the illustration, giving the volume a lively flair. (index) (Easy reader/poetry. 4-8)"
The preeminent anthologist of children's poetry offers another well-chosen thematic collection in the respected I Can Read series for new readers. Read full book review >
HANUKKAH LIGHTS by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Good, basic, and simple holiday reading. (index) (Easy reader/poetry. 5-8)"
Adding to his successful I Can Read collection of poetry anthologies, Hopkins has compiled 12 verses related to the holiday from well-known authors such as Jane Yolen, Maria Fleming, and Lillian Fisher. Read full book review >
OVER IN THE PINK HOUSE by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Released: April 1, 2004

"This winning combination of infectious rhythms and easy-to-learn rhymes will have young audiences jumping at the chance to skip, or clap, along. (Picture book/poetry. 6-9)"
In 32 lickety-split verses, Dotlich not only reproduces the typical pace and sound of traditional jump-rope rhymes, but most of their common tropes, too, from "Teapot, teapot, / kettle and can. / Mixer, masher, / pudding and pan," to "Jillian, Jillian, / where will you go? / To Denmark, / To Sweden, / to pick out a beau." Read full book review >
ON PASSOVER by Cathy Goldberg Fishman
Released: April 1, 1997

"A welcome addition to the holiday shelf. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-10)"
In an impressive debut, Fishman captures the emotion of the Passover celebration through the observations of a young narrator who recounts her family's annual preparations for the holiday. Read full book review >