Books by Sam Williams

FROSTY THE SNOWMAN by Steve Nelson
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Sparkly-covered and visually appealing, this one would work well in both a winter-themed storytime and a warm lap. (Board book. 1-4)"
Sing along to a perennial favorite wintertime tune celebrating a magical snowman. Read full book review >
BUNNY AND BEE PLAYTIME by Sam  Williams
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"The offering would have been better served in a larger picture-book edition with more pages to allow the delightful illustrations and the simple story room to breathe. (Board book. 2-4)"
Two toddlers, one costumed as a bunny and another like a bee, are the best of friends. Read full book review >
ARE WE THERE YET? by Sam  Williams
Released: March 5, 2013

"A measured counterattack for those parents planning on going anywhere with chronic complainers in tow. (Picture book. 4-8)"
If Make Way for Ducklings had been chock-full of whiny fowl, it might have looked like this thinly veiled metaphor of a family road trip. Read full book review >
NO MORE BITING FOR BILLY GOAT by Bernette Ford
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"The morsels of behavioral insight, along with Ducky's peacemaking, give this as much instructional value for adults as it does for little diaper-wearing beasties. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A bad habit nipped, so to speak, in the bud. Read full book review >
PLAYTIME FOR TWINS by Ellen Weiss
Released: June 12, 2012

"All in all, given that there are so few board books about twins available despite the recent rise of multiple birth rates, this pair is a welcome new arrival. (Board book. 1-3)"
Twins enjoy a day of play at home and at the park. Read full book review >
YOU'RE GETTING A BABY SISTER! by Sheila Sweeny Higginson
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Nicely explores little ones' excited anticipation and justified reservations about the newest additions to their families. (Board book. 2-4)"
There's a lot to celebrate (and dread) when a baby sister arrives. Read full book review >
BABY, I LOVE YOU by Karma Wilson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Dec. 22, 2009

"Still, only Cruella de Vil couldn't love this book; everyone else will dissolve into baby-loving protoplasm. (Ages 6 mos.-2)"
"Love my baby's / little hands, / love those / little fingers, too. // Love my baby, / little one. / Oh, my baby, / I love you!" Read full book review >
BUNNY FUN by Sarah Weeks
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Williams's figures are oversized, emphasizing the boldness of their romp, and the inviting design should attract the very young, but will parents want to encourage such (mis)behavior? (Picture book. 2-5)"
A rainy day triggers indoor mischief. Read full book review >
TUMMY GIRL by Roseanne Thong
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2007

"Affecting without being maudlin, Thong's tale is one for daughters and their families to treasure. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Thong's observance on the fleeting nature of childhood is wryly sentimental. Read full book review >
THAT’S LOVE by Sam  Williams
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 2006

"With neither poignancy nor telling details, this attempt at the concept of love ultimately seems false—but it will probably sell like crazy. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The competent narrator in this companion piece to Talk Peace (2005) can tell time, identify trees and their leaves and even imagine crossing the ocean. Read full book review >
LITTLE RED’S SUMMER ADVENTURE by Sarah Ferguson
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2006

"Ferguson's sweetly innocent tale, filled with whimsy, is the perfect antidote to high-tech overload and just the thing to share with little ones. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Ferguson returns to the bucolic splendor of Little Red and Little Blue's world in this third addition to the series. Read full book review >
BUSY IN THE GARDEN by George Shannon
POETRY
Released: March 1, 2006

"Get ready to reap some new young gardeners who will relish their veggies. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Shannon and Williams produce a joyful celebration of gardening, vegetables and silliness. Read full book review >
OVERBOARD! by Sarah Weeks
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2006

"Delightful—for those beyond this baby stage. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A toddler bunny's favorite game is to fling things "Overboard!" Read full book review >
PEA POD BABIES by Karen Baicker
ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"MPSLUGetc Baicker's tale will resonate with all youngsters, addressing their need to be recognized for their individuality. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Clearly aimed at multiple birth siblings, this comical tale reminds readers that just because babies, peapod or otherwise, look the same does not mean they are the same. Read full book review >
LITTLE RED by Sarah Ferguson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"The cheery cover and detailed watercolor illustrations add considerable, genuine charm to the effort. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Ferguson, the Duchess of York, is famous for her red tresses, a trait shared by the main character in this offering, a doll-like child named Little Red. Read full book review >
BABIES by Ros Asquith
by Ros Asquith, illustrated by Sam Williams
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2003

"A perfect choice for an anytime snuggle. (Picture book. 1-4)"
A catalogue list of all the different types of babies begins as their diapered forms start tumbling across the pages. Read full book review >
LET’S DO THAT AGAIN! by Hiawyn Oram
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

After her mother playfully sneaks up on her, Little Brownmouse cries, "Let's do that again!" Mrs. Brownmouse patiently replies, "Hmm, not now, because right now it's time to go home." Read full book review >
TUMBLE ME TUMBILY by Karen Baicker
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Inventive and fun. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Using the repetitive and sometimes nonsensical words that toddlers employ, this three-part tale imagines what babies and children might say when waking up, when eating, and when settling into bed. Read full book review >
WAKE UP, ME! by Marni McGee
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2002

"Start the day off right with this happy and energetic youngster. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The sun is just rising and with it a toddler is waking to take on the day. Read full book review >
A CHILD’S GOOD NIGHT PRAYER by Grace Maccarone
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A gentle reminder for youngsters (and adults, too) to be grateful for the small things. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A sweet ode of gratitude for the simple pleasures in a child's life. Read full book review >
SLEEPY ME by Marni McGee
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 1, 2001

"An enchanting addition to a child's repertoire of bedtime tales. (Picture book. 1-5)"
McGee (Forest Child, not reviewed, etc.) serenades readers with a softly lilting ode to somnolence. Read full book review >
JIGGLE JOGGLE JEE! by Laura E. Richards
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 30, 2001

"Nostalgic and brimming with old-world charm, this merry romp is a great ride. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A turn-of-the-century poem is resurrected and paired with Williams's sparkling illustrations. Read full book review >
MY DO IT! by Ros Asquith
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"With thick pages and manageable flaps, this merry little book should keep busy tots happily occupied. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Asquith's exuberant story celebrates the fierce independence of toddlerhood. Read full book review >
THE BABY'S GAME BOOK by Isabel Wilner
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 30, 2000

"A winsome treasury of games that reinforce the bonds of love between parent and child. (author's note) (Picture book. 0-2)"
Wilner's (The Poetry Troupe, not reviewed) collection of games, especially for baby, engages children's entire being, from the top of their fuzzy little heads to the tips of their tiny toes, in loving play. Read full book review >
COLD LITTLE DUCK, DUCK, DUCK by Lisa Westberg Peters
ANIMALS
Released: March 31, 2000

"Sweet, sweet, sweet. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little duck learns the power of positive thinking in this salute to spring. Read full book review >