Books by Rebecca Kai Dotlich

WHAT IF…? THEN WE… by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Released: Feb. 12, 2019

"Prescribed answers to contrived questions are more likely to stifle imagination than to inspire it. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Two polar bears and an octopus imagine their way through an Arctic landscape. Read full book review >
YOU AND ME by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"The importance of giving positive attention to the child who may be feeling overshadowed by a new baby cannot be overstressed, and it's nice to have the reminder delivered in such a lovely, sensitive package and featuring a loving, brown-skinned family. (Board book. 6 mos.-5)"
A preschool-age child adjusts to life with a new baby in this emotionally satisfying board book. Read full book review >
ALL ABOARD! by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"There are many better train books available; point little engineers in their direction. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rhyming verse chugs along as two children ride a train on a long-distance trip. Read full book review >
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
Released: Feb. 10, 2009

"Despite some lovely images and language play, the story doesn't quite succeed. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Bella, a poet, and Bean, a creative busybody, are best friends. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2007

"An excellent addition to the classic I Can Read series, this is one that will be read over and over. (Easy reader. 4-6)"
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
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Dreamers will latch on to the poems and pictures; for young historians, the poets close with prose notes, a timeline and a robust reading list. (Poetry. 8-10)"
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
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Sure to find a place on many nursery and kindergarten bookshelves. (Picture book/nonfiction. 2-7)"
Short rhyming verses give young children an idea of the vast array of topics that scientists study. Read full book review >
OVER IN THE PINK HOUSE by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Released: April 1, 2004

"This winning combination of infectious rhythms and easy-to-learn rhymes will have young audiences jumping at the chance to skip, or clap, along. (Picture book/poetry. 6-9)"
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
Released: March 1, 2004

"Comforting and gentle. (Picture book. 3-6)"
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
Released: March 1, 2003

"A different way of viewing the world around us. (Poetry. 6-10)"
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
Released: April 1, 2001

"A great start to some comparisons of their own. (Picture book. 4-8)"
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
Released: Sept. 30, 2000

"Once again, Dotlich and Ferrari make learning about shapes a colorful, fun experience for the littlest reader. (Picture book. 2-6)"
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
Released: March 31, 1999

"An expertly executed precursor to the I Spy books and their kind. (Picture book. 1-3)"
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 >
LEMONADE SUN by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"The cityscapes are especially strong and evocative. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
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
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

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