Books by Michelle Edwards

A HAT FOR MRS. GOLDMAN by Michelle Edwards
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Knit a hat and love thy neighbor. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Intergenerational and neighborly love fills every page. Read full book review >
MAX MAKES A CAKE by Michelle Edwards
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Well-intentioned but, alas, as dry as matzo. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Edwards offers a story about Passover, but it might be a bad idea to read it during the holiday—particularly toward the end. Read full book review >
ROOM FOR THE BABY by Michelle Edwards
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"Warmth and comfort abound. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Everyone is thrilled that there's going to be a new baby, but where will the child sleep? Read full book review >
PAPA’S LATKES by Michelle Edwards
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"While the holiday is one of remembrance, mixed themes of death, grief, and festive preparation make this painful story more suitable for the section on death and dying than for the holiday shelf. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The recent death of Selma and Dora's Mama clouds the happy, celebratory mood of Chanukah. Read full book review >
WHAT’S THAT NOISE? by Michelle Edwards
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"MPQUOTEPAGECOUNT 802), there are no scary imaginary monsters here to leap out at viewers, nor is a child made to confront night fears alone—and the idea that even older sibs aren't immune to those fears may make susceptible younger ones feel better. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Brothers band together at bedtime in this reassuring take on a familiar theme. Read full book review >
THE TALENT SHOW by Michelle Edwards
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"An author's note detailing more strategies for overcoming stage fright follows the text. (Easy reader. 6-9)"
Jackson Magnet School is having a talent show and Howardina Geraldina Paulina Maxina Gardenia Smith is determined to be the star. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Edwards's winning black-and-white illustrations capture the feelings of desolation, fear, embarrassment, and joy associated with first days, while the prose, composed with emerging readers in mind, yields up events briskly and concisely. (Fiction. 6-9)"
A simple story about starting school and making friends. Read full book review >
BLESSED ARE YOU by Michelle Edwards
Released: March 18, 1993

"These vigorously limned, unabashedly homely kids might be cousins of the ones in Edwards's Alef-bet (1992); again, the bright, harmonious colors and the warmth and energy of the design bespeak a productive, loving, and devout family. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 2-8)"
Thirteen brief prayers in Edwards's translations, which she uses with her own children, plus the original Hebrew and a transliteration, all appearing on versos elaborately bordered with a vine-like motif that echoes the Hebrew script and also incorporates appropriate symbols—e.g., for the prayer beginning, ``God, grant us peace and goodness,'' Edwards includes a dove, a rainbow, and a menorah. Read full book review >
ALEF-BET by Michelle Edwards
Released: May 15, 1992

"Hebrew words—ice cream, airplane—have been made from ancient words, but without further elucidation), a notably cheerful first introduction. (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
In exuberant illustrations with vibrant colors vigorously defined by agile, rough lines, Edwards depicts an endearingly ordinary family engaged in everyday activities—helping Dad with the laundry, imaginative play, outings—with the oldest of three children taking part in everything from his wheelchair. Read full book review >
A BAKER'S PORTRAIT by Michelle Edwards
Released: Sept. 23, 1991

Painter Michelin is out of work because people don't care for her candid portraits. Read full book review >