Books by Patrice Barton

THE YEAR OF THE FORTUNE COOKIE by Andrea Cheng
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 6, 2014

"Similar in subject to the author's Shanghai Messenger (2005) but different in approach, this is just right for middle-grade Anna fans ready for new experiences. (Fiction. 7-11)"
A two-week trip to China allows sixth-grader Anna Wang to reflect on her Asian-American identity. Read full book review >
THE INVISIBLE BOY by Trudy Ludwig
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Accessible, reassuring and hopeful. (Picture book. 5-7)"
This endearing picture book about a timid boy who longs to belong has an agenda but delivers its message with great sensitivity. Read full book review >
THE YEAR OF THE BABY by Andrea Cheng
Released: May 28, 2013

"Middle-grade readers will find many ways to connect with Anna and her friends in this warm family and school story. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Worried that her newly adopted baby sister isn't gaining weight, fifth-grader Anna Wang and her friends Camille and Laura make the toddler the subject of a successful science-fair project. Read full book review >
I LIKE OLD CLOTHES by Mary Ann Hoberman
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"With Barton's nuanced illustrations, Hoberman's 36-year-old hand-me-down poem defines sustainability for the next generation. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Hand-me-downs gain new poetic life in this charming picture-book remake. Read full book review >
ROSIE SPROUT'S TIME TO SHINE by Allison Wortche
FICTION
Released: Dec. 13, 2011

"A confusing, if visually attractive offering. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Rosie is pretty secure in her own skin, but, just once, she wants to be better than her classmate Violet at something. Read full book review >
MINE! by Shutta Crum
FICTION
Released: June 14, 2011

"This charming, animated episode will elicit giggles and demands of "read it again!" (Picture book. 2-5)"
What toddler hasn't experienced the frustration of trying to retrieve toys from a baby sibling or the family dog with a shouted "MINE!"? Read full book review >
SWEET MOON BABY by Karen Henry Clark
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

This dreamlike tale is, above all else, a love story. Read full book review >
LAYLA, QUEEN OF HEARTS by Glenda Millard
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2010

"Barton's illustrations gently convey the bonds of affection among the author's eccentric, engaging characters. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Layla Elliott and Griffin Silk are best friends, and she's become a virtual Silk family member. Read full book review >
THE NAMING OF TISHKIN SILK by Glenda Millard
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Other strengths include a rich sense of place—rural Australia—and insight into how we process grief, young and old alike. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Griffin Silk's mother and baby sister have gone away, and Griffin is haunted by their absence, for which he feels responsible. Read full book review >