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

A bad habit nipped, so to speak, in the bud.

Afflicted with a bad case of shyness on his first day of school, little Billy Goat—prompted by helpful classmate Ducky—tries to join Bunny, Piggy and Lambkin in play. 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 >
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

"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

A rainy day triggers indoor mischief. Read full book review >

TUMMY GIRL by Roseanne Thong
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2007

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

A little duck learns the power of positive thinking in this salute to spring. Read full book review >