Books by Rebecca Bender

PENGUIN DAYS by Sara Leach
Released: Jan. 18, 2019

"Another fine and enlightening peek into Lauren's unique, often challenging world that displays her differences but highlights the needs she shares with all children: love, acceptance and friendship. (Fiction. 5-9)"
Lauren, who has autism spectrum disorder, is back for a second outing following Slug Days (2017). Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2018

"A sequel that delivers; may Bird soon have his own starring role in an upcoming story. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The zany odd couple is back again in an exciting new adventure. Read full book review >
SLUG DAYS by Sara Leach
Released: Oct. 27, 2017

"This nondidactic effort is a fine, affecting addition to the literature for kids on the spectrum and for those who know those kids—in short, for just about everyone. (author's note) (Fiction. 5-9)"
Lauren, a white grade schooler with autism spectrum disorder, has good days and bad days. On the bad days she feels just like a slug—slow, slimy, and friendless. Read full book review >
NOT FRIENDS by Rebecca Bender
Released: Aug. 21, 2017

"This story will ring true for young readers familiar with playground politics and shifting friendships. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A charming friendship story with spare, witty text and that packs a visual punch. Read full book review >
HOW DO YOU FEEL? by Rebecca Bender
Released: March 1, 2017

"A charming, smart, and attractive book. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A hedgehog sets out to ask how its fellow animals feel; along the way, readers will learn there is more than one meaning to the word "feel." Read full book review >
GIRAFFE MEETS BIRD by Rebecca Bender
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Sincerely sweet. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The unlikeliest of friendships grows, baby step by baby step. Read full book review >
PEACH GIRL by Raymond Nakamura
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A winningly good-natured version of a familiar favorite. (Picture book/folk tale. 5-8)"
Can peach dumplings save the world? Read full book review >
DON'T LAUGH AT GIRAFFE by Rebecca Bender
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Ultimately unsatisfying. (Picture book. 4-6)"
An unlikely duo seems to have little rapport with each other until an inordinate amount of teasing leads to some remorse on the part of one friend, while the other becomes less sensitive. Read full book review >