Books by Qin Leng

SHARON, LOIS AND BRAM'S SKINNAMARINK by Sharon Hampson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2019

"A lighthearted frolic ready for a rousing singalong. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A beloved children's song is expanded for a new generation. Read full book review >
MINE. YOURS. by Marsha Diane Arnold
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2019

"Others have done this before—better. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A lesson of possession in only three words. Read full book review >
WHEN I FOUND GRANDMA by Saumiya Balasubramaniam
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2019

"Sweet and honest. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An assimilated child of the Indian diaspora finds herself culturally challenged when her grandmother visits her family in North America. Read full book review >
I AM SMALL by Qin Leng
by Qin Leng, illustrated by Qin Leng
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"A sweet demonstration that a change in perspective can work wonders. (Picture book. 4-7)"
What child hasn't felt too small on occasion? Here, Mimi is smaller than everyone in her family (including the dog) as well as everyone in her class. Read full book review >
THE BETTER TREE FORT by Jessica Scott Kerrin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2018

"Time together is truly wonderful for one father and son. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Do-it-yourself dads rock, especially in the backyard. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A perfectly pitched celebration of an esteemed author that may nevertheless struggle somewhat to find an audience. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
A simple introduction to Jane Austen's life and work. Read full book review >
SHELTER by Céline Claire
Kirkus Star
by Céline Claire, illustrated by Qin Leng
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Claire and Leng have created a beautiful tale that reads like a fable to teach giving and kindness, with artwork that warms up as its characters do. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In the woods, families of animals awaken and are eating breakfast when the birds bring news of a winter storm approaching, which spurs them into action gathering food and supplies. Read full book review >
AWAY by Emil Sher
Kirkus Star
by Emil Sher, illustrated by Qin Leng
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Untrammeled and honest. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A busy mother and child stay connected with notes as an important separation approaches in Sher and Leng's debut collaboration. Read full book review >
READY, SET. . .BABY! by Elizabeth Rusch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Expect older kids to go gaga over this informative little guide. (Picture book. 4-7)"
What to expect when mommy's done expecting. Read full book review >
KAMIK JOINS THE PACK by Darryl Baker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A keen introduction to a way of being in the world. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The fundamentals of dog sledding emerge in this story of two youngsters, one a boy and the other a dog, eager to join the team and run. Read full book review >
A FAMILY IS A FAMILY IS A FAMILY by Sara O'Leary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A-plus fabulous. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A picture-book affirmation of family diversity. Read full book review >
THE SEA PONY by Ellen Potter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Completely satisfying. We wish for more. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Lucky Piper Green has a Fairy Tree in her front yard that sometimes yields up treasures—not always what she wants, but what she needs. Read full book review >
THAT UH-OH FEELING by Kathryn Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2016

"A tough but important subject handled with care. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Claire's coach makes her feel uncomfortable, and she must figure out whom, if anyone, to tell. Read full book review >
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ALICE BABETTE by Monica Kulling
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"A rose is a rose, and loving friendship is loving friendship, as this sweet celebration makes clear. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When Alice Babette wakes up on her birthday, she's certain "it will be a day filled with surprises." Read full book review >
A WALK ON THE SHORELINE by Rebecca Hainnu
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"More stumble than stroll, with a storyline too perfunctory to add any nuance to the instructional content. (Picture book. 7-9)"
On a seaside perambulation, an Inuit lad encounters starfish and seaweed, watches fish and clams being harvested, and looks forward to an annual family gathering at his grandparents' camp. Read full book review >
KAMIK'S FIRST SLED by Matilda Sulurayok
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"An exciting tale of boy-and-puppy bonding for Inuit children, this story is also accessible to non-Inuit readers willing to meet Kamik and Jake out on the tundra. (Picture book. 4-9)"
This Canadian import recounts a winter afternoon of an Inuit boy named Jake and his sled dog puppy, Kamik. Read full book review >
FIFTEEN DOLLARS AND THIRTY-FIVE CENTS by Kathryn Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"It's a bit of a cockeyed allegory: Joseph does the right thing the wrong way. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Bad choices typically land you in one place: the soup. Cole's protagonist makes a rotten choice and soon finds himself covered in chicken noodle. Read full book review >
PIPER GREEN AND THE FAIRY TREE by Ellen Potter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"With its intriguing setting, sympathetic characters, and hint of magic, this new chapter-book series should charm fledgling readers. (Fiction. 7-9)"
When her older brother goes off-island for high school, second-grader Piper Green misses him terribly but finds consolation in a Fairy Tree. Read full book review >
SONG FOR A SUMMER NIGHT by Robert Heidbreder
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 2015

"Populated by pink, gold, and brown children, the story is a sweet evocation of the pleasures of nighttime. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A rhyming ode to the sights and sounds of a summer night. Read full book review >
HANA HASHIMOTO, SIXTH VIOLIN by Chieri Uegaki
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"This sweet multicultural story will resonate with anyone who has experienced stage fright, but Hana's achievement will be particularly satisfying to young string players who have made some unusual music themselves. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When Hana Hashimoto signs up for the school talent show after only three violin lessons, her brothers laugh, but with diligent practice, she learns to make some surprising sounds. Read full book review >
NORMAN, SPEAK! by Caroline Adderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"Norman's rocking rump and hula dance are quite the highlights—it's a language everyone can understand. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this picture-book debut, novelist Adderson (Jasper John Dooley: Not in Love, 2014, etc.) provides an affectionate look into the surprises of bringing home a new pet. Read full book review >
GRANDMOTHER PTARMIGAN by Qaunaq Mikkigak
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"A brief, illuminating glimpse into Inuit storytelling. (Picture book/folk tale. 4-7)"
Grandma tries to help her little one fall asleep. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Satisfying fare for the culturally myopic. (index, no bibliography) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Unusual for its ambition if nothing else, this selective encyclopedia of "world" historical, cultural and scientific highlights offers at least a few unexpected choices but rarely looks beyond Europe and North America. Read full book review >
THE BEST THING ABOUT KINDERGARTEN by Jennifer Lloyd
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 18, 2013

"The best thing about this book? Its reassuring look back at all the things the happy and successful students have enjoyed about kindergarten—equally valuable at the beginning and the end of the school year. (Picture book. 3-5)"
On graduation day, a patient teacher leads her class through a guessing game about what has been the best thing about kindergarten. Read full book review >
KAMIK by Donald Uluadluak
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2013

"An intriguing, positive glimpse into Inuit traditional culture. (Picture book. 4-9)"
An Inuit boy begins to understand his puppy with the help of his grandfather, an experienced sled-dog owner. Read full book review >
THE STONE HATCHLINGS by Sarah Tsiang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Tsiang portrays the life cycle of imagination with a deft touch; Leng's pictures capture both mirth and motion. Lovely. (Picture book 3-5)"
Can a girl's imagination turn stones into eggs? Read full book review >
DOGS DON'T EAT JAM AND OTHER THINGS BIG KIDS KNOW by Sarah Tsiang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"It is all just too jumbled to succeed as a charming older-sibling book. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An older sister prattles on to her newborn sibling about all the things to learn in the world. Read full book review >
DEAR BAOBAB by Cheryl Foggo
by Cheryl Foggo, illustrated by Qin Leng
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

Maiko experiences an orphan's loneliness and an immigrant's unease but eventually finds comfort in his new home. Read full book review >
A FLOCK OF SHOES by Sarah Tsiang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

An imaginative look at just what happens to all those outgrown and worn-out but still beloved shoes. For Abby, those adored shoes are her sandals, perfect for everything. Abby wears them all summer long, delighted by the heart-shaped tracks they make in the sand. In the fall, none of her mother's arguments persuade her to part with them. But then, while she is swinging high, they fly off her feet. Instead of falling, they fly away, joining others in a V formation and heading south. A heartbroken Abby reads the postcards they send from a sunny beach and reluctantly wears the boots her mother buys. It's February before they are her new favorite shoes. But in the spring, they join a long line of other boots on a northbound train. Forlorn, Abby sits barefoot, until she hears flapping…. Tsiang's flight of fancy is delightfully captured in Leng's illustrations. While small, they are rich in detail and movement. Abby's personality truly shines in her body language. This whimsical tale is sure to beguile anyone who has ever outgrown a much-loved pair of shoes. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >