Books by Shana Corey

MONSTER PARADE by Shana Corey
FANTASY
Released: July 28, 2009

"A happy change of pace for beginning readers. (Early reader. 5-7)"
Simple rhymes celebrate Halloween in solid, easy-to-read fashion: "Monsters munching, / monsters crunching, / monsters chomping, / monsters stomping!" Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: April 1, 2009

"Fotheringham's bold, spiraling patterns resemble crashing water; both fiery and cool colors pay homage to this vibrant woman and her sport. (author's, source notes) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
Little has been written about Annette Kellerman, the founder of water ballet and modernizer of the female swimsuit; Corey's lively descriptions and powerful phrasing successfully fill this niche. Read full book review >
PLAYERS IN PIGTAILS by Shana Corey
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2003

This upbeat but uneven book draws from the history of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and the famous song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." Read full book review >
MILLIE AND THE MACY’S PARADE by Shana Corey
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Of course, this is not actually how the parade was conceived, but the story is fun, and readers can compare the imagined version with the historical note at the end. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This lusciously illustrated tale of how the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade may have originated features a young Milly, whose immigrant father is saddened at the prospect of spending holidays in America. Read full book review >
BALLERINA BEAR by Shana Corey
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"But ballet technique is not the point here, as it is Bernice's unshakable confidence that is the story's gentle message, a refreshing change from baby ballerinas who steal the spotlight due to extraordinary talent. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bernice the bear isn't very successful as a budding ballerina, but she keeps taking lessons and keeps practicing, even though her leaps land in lumps and her pliés in plops. Read full book review >
FIRST GRADERS FROM MARS by Shana Corey
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Horus has the real fears of any entering first grader, and this story will be popular with kindergarten and first-grade teachers and students, who will be waiting for Episode 2. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Horus wears jeans, a striped shirt, and a backpack like any other first grader, but he travels to school in a flying cup (flying saucers are so last century), because his school is on Mars. Read full book review >
FIRST GRADERS FROM MARS by Shana Corey
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Like Dan Yaccarino's Blast Off Boy and Blorp series, the themes are familiar, but they're played out in a nutty, futuristic setting, so the lesson seems less heavy-handed. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
A first grader finds reason to be proud of her physical differences rather than upset about them in this daffy follow-up to Episode 1: Horus's Horrible Day (p. 862). Read full book review >