Books by Rebecca Kai Dotlich

DIGGER THE DINOSAUR by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"A strong new series for brand-new readers. (Early reader. 4-6)"
Dotlich's text makes good use of assonance and internal rhymes to support new readers' decoding skills in this story about a dinosaur who needs to clean up his bedroom before he can go outside to play ball. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2013

"The poets invite and may well entice readers to write their own fairy-tale poems. (Poetry/fairy tales. 5-9)"
An intriguing idea becomes a thought-provoking collection of short poems from characters readers only thought they knew. Read full book review >
WHAT CAN A CRANE PICK UP? by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"For some children, however, the real excitement will come after they've reached the last page and their grown-up asks, "What else can a crane pick up?" Children will ask to read this book many times, but the words may change every time they read it. (Picture book. 2-7)"
This is the sort of book readers co-write along with the author. Read full book review >
BELLA & BEAN by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
FICTION
Released: Feb. 10, 2009

Bella, a poet, and Bean, a creative busybody, are best friends. Read full book review >

PEANUT AND PEARL’S PICNIC ADVENTURE by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2007

Peanut and Pearl, next-door neighbors and best friends, decide to go on a picnic together. Read full book review >

CASTLES by J. Patrick Lewis
POETRY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

Adopting similar tones and voices, two poets exchange generally somber observations in verse about 15 stone castles and palaces, plus a "Castle in the Air" from Viking legend. Read full book review >

WHAT IS SCIENCE? by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
NATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

Short rhyming verses give young children an idea of the vast array of topics that scientists study. Read full book review >

POETRY
Released: April 1, 2004

In 32 lickety-split verses, Dotlich not only reproduces the typical pace and sound of traditional jump-rope rhymes, but most of their common tropes, too, from "Teapot, teapot, / kettle and can. / Mixer, masher, / pudding and pan," to "Jillian, Jillian, / where will you go? / To Denmark, / To Sweden, / to pick out a beau." Read full book review >

MAMA LOVES by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

Sweetly pretty tale of mother love in a pastoral setting reminiscent of rural New England. Read full book review >

IN THE SPIN OF THINGS by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2003

In this collection, a wide variety of mostly everyday items are described in terms of their motion. Read full book review >

A FAMILY LIKE YOURS by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2001

Don't be fooled by the title—this delightful offering is a welcome departure from stories about family groupings. Read full book review >

WHAT IS A TRIANGLE? by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Sept. 30, 2000

Young children discover triangles in the unlikeliest places in this latest addition to Dotlich's shape book series (What is Round, What is Square, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

WHAT IS ROUND? by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: March 31, 1999

Bright full-color photographs, featuring bold objects and dramatic contrasts, characterize this first book about shapes in the Growing Tree series. Read full book review >

POETRY
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

Dotlich (Sweet Dreams of the Wild, 1996) uses her poetry to call up moments in a summer. Read full book review >

SWEET DREAMS OF THE WILD by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
POETRY
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

Dotlich's debut, subtitled ``Poems for Bedtime,'' is sure to give any preschooler sweet dreams. Read full book review >