Books by Sarah S. Brannen

AT HOME IN HER TOMB by Christine Liu-Perkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Move over King Tut. Lady Dai is in the house. (historical note, author's note, glossary, selected bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Debut author Liu-Perkins' infectious curiosity shines in this exploration of a Han dynasty burial chamber excavated in 1972. Read full book review >
FEATHERS by Melissa Stewart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"The combination of thoughtful approach and careful crafting makes this an excellent resource for early nature study. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
An album of images and a simple text reveal that birds' feathers are far more versatile than one might expect. Read full book review >
THE VERY BEARY TOOTH FAIRY by Arthur A. Levine
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Inspiring and clever, this story captures the simple joy and limitless possibility of belief. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A young bear with a very loose tooth anticipates the visit of the mysterious, exciting and petrifying tooth fairy. Read full book review >
THE PIG SCRAMBLE by Jessica Kinney
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A solid choice for home or school reading. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Life is hard when you're the baby of the family. Read full book review >
DIGGING FOR TROY by Jill Rubalcaba
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Given the source material, it should be better. (bibliography, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
This useful but uneven volume summarizes the legend of the Trojan War, then describes the archaeological excavations at Hisarlik, the Turkish site believed to have been Troy. Read full book review >
THE ABC BOOK OF AMERICAN HOMES by Michael Shoulders
ABC BOOKS
Released: July 1, 2008

"Despite the uneven text, consider this as a low-key alternative to the likes of Ann Morris's Houses and Homes (1992) or, going further back, Mary Ann Hoberman's A House Is a House for Me (1978). (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
Broad spaces, small figures, precise architectural details and clean, straight lines gives Brannen's art in this alphabetical gallery of housing an elegant simplicity that Shoulders's matter-of-fact commentary struggles to emulate: "A is for apartment. Read full book review >
UNCLE BOBBY’S WEDDING by Sarah S. Brannen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2008

"At the festive wedding, Chloe declares, "I planned it all from the beginning," as she realizes that she isn't losing an uncle, she's gaining one. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A modest, affable look at jealousy and reassurance. Read full book review >