Books by Ryan O'Rourke

ALPHABET BOATS by Samantha R. Vamos
Released: April 17, 2018

"This companion to Alphabet Trains (2015) and Alphabet Trucks (2013) offers opportunities for classroom use as well as learning for boat enthusiasts. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Ahoy! "Raise the anchor. / Grab the oars. / Chart a course / to distant shores." Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Encouraging, lovely words. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Mouseling's family lives in a nest filled with words gleaned from restaurant menus, labels, signs, and packaging. Read full book review >
READ, READ, READ! by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Readers willing to pick and choose will find some gems, but there are a few rocks as well. (Picture book/poetry. 5-10)"
Learning to read, wanting to read, daring to read—nearly every state of mastering the word is explored in VanDerwater's collection of 23 poems. Read full book review >
UP! UP! UP! SKYSCRAPER by Anastasia Suen
Released: May 2, 2017

"Crisply informative. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Lucky kids don hard hats to witness the construction behind the fence. Read full book review >
BELLA UP, UP, AND AWAY by Ryan O'Rourke
Released: July 12, 2016

"A delightful nautical and aerial feline caper. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When her new pal accidentally drifts out to sea, a spunky cat attempts a daring rescue. Read full book review >
ALPHABET TRAINS by Samantha R. Vamos
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"All in all, this alphabet book lacks steam. (Alphabet picture book. 4-7)"
Almost every kind of vehicle has been alphabetized in a picture book. This companion to Alphabet Trucks (2013) chugs along, depending on rhyming text to identify the type and purpose of 26 trains.Read full book review >
Released: June 10, 2014

"Well-designed visuals hold up a somewhat flat story. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An indoor kitty goes out to sea by mistake. Read full book review >
ALPHABET TRUCKS by Samantha R. Vamos
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Gear up, as this is bound to be a hit. From apple truck to zipper truck, 'Day and night. / just watch and see. / Trucks work hard / from A to Z.' Vroom, vroom! (Picture book. 3-6)"
Another new alphabet book—and focused on trucks? Yep. So put on your hard hats and get ready to roll with these 26 hardworking trucks featured in rhyming verse. Read full book review >
EIGHT DAYS GONE by Linda McReynolds
Released: July 1, 2012

"Still, nifty. (Informational picture book. 3-6)"
The momentous Apollo 11 mission unfolds in pictures and rhyming verse. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Purportedly for kids, but adults will find their share here as well. (author's note, CD) (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
Songs for singing around a campfire—or anywhere, with s'mores! Read full book review >
ONE BIG RAIN by Rita Gray
Released: July 1, 2010

"Soft and refreshing. (introduction, about haiku translations) (Poetry. 5-9)"
The images in this compact collection are appropriately misty—colors and shapes seen through rain. Read full book review >