Books by Shari Halpern

CONSTRUCTION KITTIES by Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"A good addition to construction-machine collections everywhere. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Who's ready for a day of work in the sun? Construction Kitties! Read full book review >
TICKLY PRICKLY by Bonny Becker
by Bonny Becker, illustrated by Shari Halpern, developed by fishdog.net
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"Amid the plethora of hyperinteractive apps available for this age group, the barely-there animations are underwhelming even for toddlers, but the charm of the original book remains intact. (iPad storybook app. 2-4)"
A very minimally interactive app for preschoolers uses familiar animals and bugs to explore the sense of touch. Read full book review >
I LOVE TOOLS! by Philemon Sturges
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2006

"Imagine that. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A family carpentry project affords Sturges the opportunity to show young readers that tools are a groove. Read full book review >
I LOVE BUGS! by Philemon Sturges
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"The volume's large size and Halpern's bold illustrations with thick black outlines and simple designs make this an excellent choice for reading to a school-age group, but younger preschoolers will also enjoy this as an introduction to the world of insects. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A simple, rhyming text and large, clear illustrations will make this thoughtfully designed volume a popular choice for preschool and early-elementary classrooms studying insects. Read full book review >
I LOVE SCHOOL! by Philemon Sturges
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2004

"Some readers will complain that this is a classic piece of avoidance, but its sunny disposition can't help making school look fun. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A soothing, bright-as-noon introduction to school that ought to help chase away any shim-shams that first-timers might be experiencing. Read full book review >
I LOVE PLANES! by Philemon Sturges
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2003

"The whole book would work well for group sharing, while those endpapers would be a perfect stepping-off point for one-on-one sharing with older preschoolers. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Sturges and Halpern (I Love Trains!, 2001, etc.) team up again for the not-unexpected airborne entry in their series of picture books on the apparatus of travel. Read full book review >
FALL LEAVES FALL! by Zoe Hall
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A best bet for classrooms, too. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A kaleidoscope of colors dazzle the eye in this exuberant celebration of the autumnal season. Read full book review >
THE SURPRISE GARDEN by Zoe Hall
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"The surprise may not astonish readers—that seeds grow into plants—but that quibble doesn't detract from the green zing of spring across every page, and a garden population that includes ladybugs, rabbits, spiders, and ants. (Picture book. 4-7)"
As a calendar of plant growth, this book is great. Read full book review >
HUSH, LITTLE BABY by Shari Halpern
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 15, 1997

"The musical score for the melody is included. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Halpern (I Have a Pet!, 1994, etc.) adorns a lullaby favorite with her trademark cut-paper collage illustrations. Read full book review >
THE APPLE PIE TREE by Zoe Hall
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"An appealing study for young children. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A simple nature story about an apple tree in winter, spring, summer, and fall. ``My sister and I have a tree that grows the best part of apple pie. Read full book review >
WHAT SHALL WE DO WHEN WE ALL GO OUT? by Philip H. Bailey
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: April 1, 1995

"Overall, the pictures take little risk and with the text, make this pretty innocuous fare. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Song lyrics don't always translate well to text. Read full book review >
I HAVE A PET! by Shari Halpern
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Pleasant, but lacks imagination. (Fiction/Picture book. 3-6)"
In this simple, informative book about pets, five children introduce their animals to a pet-show judge by telling him a little bit about their pets. Read full book review >