Books by Terry Widener

THE STREAK by Barb Rosenstock
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"DiMaggio's remarkable hitting streak is freshly presented for a new generation of fans. (afterword, author's note, statistics, source notes, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak is considered one of the greatest feats in baseball and the one least likely to be replicated. Read full book review >
THE KITE THAT BRIDGED TWO NATIONS by Alexis ONeill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Memorable and dramatic. (Fiction. 7-11)"
A young kite enthusiast lends his skill to an engineering feat—the construction of the first suspension bridge downstream from Niagara Falls. Read full book review >
YOU NEVER HEARD OF WILLIE MAYS?! by Jonah Winter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"Say hey! An all-star gem to share with grandparents, parents, children, baseball fans and anyone else. (author's note, career highlights, glossary of baseball terms, online resources) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
The greatest baseball player of all time?! Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"The paper-over-boards cover may need reinforcing after repeated handling. (Songbook/picture book. 4-8)"
This fourth in the Peter Yarrow Songbook series (Let's Sing Together, 2009, etc.) will be welcome, especially with the accompanying CD that features the author and his daughter Bethany. Read full book review >
THE PETER YARROW SONGBOOK, #3 by Peter Yarrow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"This volume is the third in the Peter Yarrow Songbook series. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
This musical celebration meant for a family car trip, an evening at home or a campfire sing-along include some of Yarrow's (of Peter, Paul, & Mary fame) family favorites. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE OF JOYFUL LIVING by Roni Schotter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 4, 2008

"Warm and comforting. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An apartment building in New York City in an earlier era forms the near-perfect world in which a little girl lives, surrounded by the love of her parents and her diverse neighbors. Read full book review >
STEEL TOWN by Jonah Winter
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 20, 2008

Evocative illustrations pulse with energy and poetic prose describes the nation's industrial past in loving detail. Read full book review >
SATCHEL PAIGE by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Another winning effort from Adler. (chronology, sources) (Picture book/biography. 7-11)"
Satchel Paige was an amazing, immensely popular pitcher who won many games in the Negro Leagues. Read full book review >
JOE LOUIS by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Backmatter includes additional interesting facts about Louis's life and the author's sources. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)"
Adler and Widener offer a straightforward, beautifully illustrated biography of the legendary boxer. Read full book review >
ROY MAKES A CAR by Mary E. Lyons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Tain't no telling what he'll try next.' (source note) (Picture book/folktale. 7-9)"
Lyons wheels out a terrific new tall-tale character in a Florida yarn based on a fragment collected by Zora Neale Hurston. Read full book review >
NONNA’S PORCH by Rita Gray
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Gray's poetic first effort is as satisfying as an ice-cold glass of lemonade and as comforting as a hug from Grandma. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A wordless introductory spread provides a wide view of Nonna's house in the countryside: a cheery yellow home with a periwinkle-blue roof and a big, wide porch. Read full book review >
THE FIREFIGHTERS’ THANKSGIVING by Maribeth Boelts
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"A satisfying holiday story with an unusual perspective. (Picture book. 4+)"
Spare verse chronicles a day in the life of the firefighters of Station 1. Read full book review >
WHEN THE FIREFLIES COME by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2003

"The thong-thong of backyard badminton,' will bring back those hazy crazy days for any readers wondering whether winter will ever end. (Picture book. 7-9)"
In image-rich, sometimes impressionistic prose, the prolific London captures sights and sounds of summer afternoons, then celebrates a game of baseball played in the gloaming until called by darkness. Read full book review >
GIRL WONDER by Deborah Hopkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"A pleasure to look at and read aloud, this concludes with a timeline about women in baseball and, on the back cover, a wonderful black-and-white photograph of Alta Weiss preparing to pitch. (Picture book. 4-9)"
A winning author-illustrator team hits a home run with this top-notch tale about Alta Weiss, who played semi-pro baseball in early 1900s. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Only when the Bird of Darkness with its seven rainbow-colored heads appears, does the book reverberate with any real power. (author's note) (Picture book/folktale. 8-12)"
San Souci (The Birds of Killingworth, p. 572, etc.), one of the premier promoters of the folkloric tradition, always provides a careful author's note detailing the origins of his stories, several of which have recently come from the Caribbean. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS COBWEBS by Odds Bodkin
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Stick with Bodkin's recorded version, available on the audiotape, Winter Cherries: Holiday Tales From Around the World (1994). (Picture book. 7-9)"
Uninspired illustrations mar this rendition of a German miracle tale. Read full book review >
IF THE SHOE FITS by Gary Soto
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Widener's (The Christmas Cobwebs, 2001, etc.) lively illustrations of Rigo and his family establish a warm, inviting tone, exuding friendliness without being cliché-ridden or saccharine-coated. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Soto (Fearless Fernie, p. 52, etc.) offers a complex take on the "giving is better than receiving" sentiment in this gentle lesson on what really matters. Read full book review >
SHOE MAGIC by Nikki Grimes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Dreamers and doers both will find inspiration here. (Picture book/poetry. 7-9)"
Urging readers to understand that "What you do, / Where you go, / Who you grow / Up to be / Depends on / The steps you take," these poems profile children trying on shoes for the future. Read full book review >
PEG AND THE WHALE by Kenneth Oppel
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Fans of Edward C. Day's John Tabor's Ride (1989), or Alexis O'Neill's Loud Emily (1998), will delight in this new nautical yarn. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Pushing seven and eager to make something of herself, a strapping young salt leaves her parents' fishing boat to sign on with a disreputable crew of whale hunters. Read full book review >
AMERICA'S CHAMPION SWIMMER by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2000

"A welcome addition to the growing body of works about female athletes. (Picture book/biography. 59)"
The author and illustrator (The Babe & I, 1999, Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man, 1997) team up for a third time in this engaging picture book biography of the first woman to swim the English Channel. Read full book review >
LOU GEHRIG by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1997

"Readers will feel good after reading this biography—and maybe even inspired to start measuring themselves against Gehrig's standard. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
The aw-shucks decency of Gehrig drives this picture-book biography from Adler (One Yellow Daffodil, 1995, etc.); what comes through is Gehrig as a genuine rarity, blessed with colossal athletic talent that he carried with dignity and modesty. Read full book review >