Books by Philip C. Stead

Philip C. Stead provided the text for his wife Erin's Caldecott-winning picture-book debut, A Sick Day For Amos McGee. An illustrator in his own right, he flew solo for this year's playfully ebullient Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat. He and Erin live and create in Ann Arbor, Mich.


HELLO, MY NAME IS RUBY by Philip C. Stead
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"A final encounter helps the heroine and readers comprehend and value the concepts of name and identity—and the blessings that reaching out to a diverse community bestows. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Stead's flora-filled settings and free-spirited style will feel happily familiar to readers of A Home for Bird (2012); the fresh storyline follows the range of reactions to an extroverted personality. Read full book review >
BEAR HAS A STORY TO TELL by Philip C. Stead
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"The Steads' work adopts a folkloric approach to cooperative relationships; the affectionately rendered animals that stand in for humans convey a nurturing respect for child readers. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Within a gentle tale of hibernation and renewal, the Steads' second collaboration (after Caldecott-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee) explores a second, internal theme: the nature of the storytelling narrative itself. Read full book review >
A HOME FOR BIRD by Philip C. Stead
Released: June 5, 2012

Vernon is both a toad and a forager for found objects. Ambling along with his latest haul, he chances upon a creature he seeks to know and then to help. Read full book review >
JONATHAN AND THE BIG BLUE BOAT by Philip C. Stead
ADVENTURE
Released: June 7, 2011

"Stead encourages children to puzzle over minutia, readying them to think about more opaque topics: growing up, obsolescence and the intrigue of old, forgotten things. (Picture book. 2-6)"
After Jonathan's parents trade his teddy bear Frederick for a more useful and age-appropriate toaster, he sets sail on a rusty Big Blue Boat to find his lost toy. Read full book review >
A SICK DAY FOR AMOS MCGEE by Philip C. Stead
ANIMALS
Released: May 25, 2010

"This gentle, ultimately warm story acknowledges the care and reciprocity behind all good friendships: Much like Amos's watch, they must be wound regularly to remain true. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Amos McGee, an elderly zookeeper, enjoys a clockwork life (one teaspoonful of sugar for oatmeal, two for tea and the number five bus to work) until the sniffles force him to stay in bed and miss his daily visits with animal friends. Read full book review >
CREAMED TUNA FISH & PEAS ON TOAST by Philip C. Stead
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"This homage to Americana finds success looking backward, proudly reclaiming the rhythms of old stories and craftsmanship not so common in the digital age. (Picture book. 3-9)"
Wild Man Jack hates one dish the most, and who can blame him? Read full book review >